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Vendors of intelligent building solutions should stay up to date on local goals and increase efficient products to remain relevant  May 13, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the role of US city and state governments in addressing climate change, and how layering energy efficient systems and intelligent building solutions can help them meet their goals. Since the US withdrew from the Paris Agreement in November 2019, city and state governments are creating and working toward their own decarbonization and sustainability goals. As a key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the building sector is primed to play a pivotal role in overall emission reductions and reaching these goals. According to a new report from Guidehouse Insights, intelligent building solutions can help cities and states increase energy efficiency to successfully reduce emissions. “Energy efficiency is a critical step to meeting climate goals, and the buildings market as a targeted segment for these offerings is made more desirable by the addition of intelligent building solutions that allow for further insights and analytics into the built environment,” says Krystal Maxwell, senior research analyst at Guidehouse Insights. “Looking at buildings with a holistic perspective and building on this foundation through the

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New 30m vessel design and FOSS system for Chartwell 24 are first outcomes from partnership to ensure offshore wind is supported by advanced, complementary vessel fleets Southampton, 13th May – Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, has announced its partnership with world leading naval architects BAR Technologies, to support in the delivery of the next generation of offshore wind crew transfer vessels (CTVs). The partnership will drive forward the development of new vessel designs ranging from 30m CTVs through to 60m service accommodation and transfer vessels (SATVs), making use of BAR’s patented foil optimisation and stabilisation system (FOSS). It will see Chartwell’s leading structural, class and engineering design joined with BAR’s latest innovations in hydrofoil technology and unique, patented hull form development expertise. While the offshore energy support vessel market is well served by the likes of existing designs – such as the versatile Chartwell 24 catamaran for wind farm construction and O&M support – the trend for building further out at sea presents new challenges in the form of longer journeys and rougher waters. These challenges are further compounded by the drive to reduce operating costs, and carbon emissions, by cutting fuel consumption. This has led to an industry demand for larger vessels

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Ideol SA (“Ideol”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Kerogen Capital (“Kerogen”), a private equity fund manager specialising in the international oil & gas sector to assess the benefits of using offshore wind to power oil & gas platforms. The focus of this initiative will be to leverage Ideol’s technically proven floating offshore wind solution and combine it with Kerogen’s extensive international offshore oil & gas expertise and network. The collaboration is intended to identify and promote differentiating values propositions when substituting hydrocarbon powered generators of oil and gas production platforms with floating wind systems to improve the operational, commercial and environmental sustainability of the offshore facilities. Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, commented: “As already demonstrated with the development of the world’s first market-ready floating electrical substation, Ideol’s internationally recognized expertise in floating offshore wind can be leveraged to develop additional and increasingly relevant value-added solutions. We will benefit from Kerogen’s deep knowledge of the offshore oil & gas markets which will undoubtedly help us bring innovative products and services to the market. At the same time contribute to meeting the environmental and financial objectives of platform operators.”

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Increasing import costs, fall in electricity consumption and indefinitely postponed auctions are likely to impact the momentum of the Brazillian solar PV sector, with the annual installed capacity expected to decline to 0.7GW in 2020 from 1.3 GW in 2019, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The weakening of the Brazilian economy due to the pandemic is causing an increase in import costs, which would impact the viability of projects that have secured financing. The slowing of the economy will make it difficult for the developers to close the financing deals and stall the market growth. A big driver of the solar PV market in Brazil is the A-4 and A-6 auctions, which of late, have resulted in substantial PV capacities being contracted. The government’s strategy, before the COVID-19 outbreak, was to implement the A-4 public auction in the first half of 2020 and the A-6 auction in the second half and to repeat the same in 2021. With the outbreak of the pandemic, these auctions are to be held when normalcy is restored, which is hard to predict. Somik Das, Senior Power Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Brazillian solar PV developers generally procure most of the PV components from China. With

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·        YoY revenues up by 26.6% to EUR 5.316 million in Q1 2020 due to outstanding power production, EPC business in Australia and O&M services in Europe, boosting EBITDA by 28.9% to EUR 1.391 million ·         The global proprietary portfolio of PV power plants topped 60 MWp ·         The company partnered with Australian technology company RayGen Resources to unlock new opportunities worldwide Amsterdam – 13 May 2020 – Photon Energy N.V. (WSE: PEN, the 'Group' or 'Company') today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter, ending 31 March 2020, posting all-time high consolidated revenues of EUR 5.316 million, up by 26.6% YoY, and EBITDA of EUR 1.391 million, up by 28.9% YoY. ‘We are proud to have successfully navigated an unusual quarter in the history of Photon Energy. With regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that our strong core of diversified and recurring revenues will reduce the potential negative impact on our business, serving as a solid foundation to weather the difficult times ahead,’ commented Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy N.V. Despite the global coronavirus outbreak in Q1 2020 and its impact on business performance across industries, Photon Energy managed to provide uninterrupted service to its customers in this challenging first

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The leading company in design, manufacturing and supply of solar trackers and fixed tilt structures has earned the ISO 45001 certification. This is an international regulation applied to health and safety management system at work; destined to protect workers and visitors against accidents and work-related illnesses. This certification has been created to reduce any harmful factor or risk factor concerning the workers’ physical and mental well-being and it helps to improve the business performance thanks to a safer work environment and healthier staff. ISO 45001 provides important changes in the health and safety management system that had not been considered on the previous regulation OSHAS 18001. The principal changes are listed below: Understanding of the organization and its proper context. Understanding of the needs and expectations from both parties. Actions to address risks and opportunities. Continuous improvement The most important change is ‘Continuous Improvement’, since it ensures the commitment of the organization in order to continuously improve their management system year after year, using audits as a main tool. The ISO 45001 regulation takes the high level structure allowing an easiest integration with the ISO 9001 quality regulation and ISO 14001 environment regulation. Nclave maintains its dedicated commitment with the management systems, in commitment with the

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Shenzhen/Munich, May 12, 2020 – BYD Co. Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rechargeable batteries, today received the official certification for the VDE 2510-50 energy storage standard by TÜV Rheinland for their Battery-Box Premium system in the BYD headquarters in Shenzhen. The German energy storage system standard VDE-AR-E2510-50 is the strictest safety standard in the energy storage industry and the certification underlines BYD’s commitment to continuously invest into the development and delivery of the safest possible energy storage technology on the market. In Addition to VDE2510-50, The BYD systems also received safety certification according to 2PfG 2698  standard by TÜV Rheinland. The combination of high system efficiency and safety with the module design for flexibility in various application scenarios has made the BYD Battery-Box systems one of the most popular choices across many markets, as e.g. a 19 percent market share in Germany for the year 2019, recently determined by EuPD, shows. The global market for energy storage systems continues to grow rapidly. A joint installation of solar PV systems with battery storage e.g. currently makes up almost 90% of all residential installations in Germany according to a survey by EuPD. This trend can be seen across many markets as

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he investment company Incus Investor changes its name to Scana ASA and embarks on a new course as parent company for a group of strong equipment and service suppliers to the maritime industry. The head office will move from Stavanger to Bergen. Through its subsidiaries, Incus Investor has managed a broad Nordic industrial history that stretches back hundreds of years. As part of the company's new strategy, the board is now planning an offensive maritime venture. A strong maritime DNA Many probably recognise the new Scana name. Not only was Incus Investors formerly named Scana Industrier, but several current and former subsidiaries have also had Scana as part of their company names. “As we now take back the Scana name, we are leaving behind some difficult years as Incus Investor and look forward to a new effort based on our proud background. Historically, we have been positioned heavier in the steel and heavy industries, but Scana also has strong expertise and a clear DNA from the maritime industry. It is with this DNA we have chosen to build the company's new platform, and our venture is strengthened by the fact that Scana's maritime products and services already have a strong reputation among

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27 make finals of Young Professionals Green Energy Awards Winners will be announced during first ever Young Professionals Green Energy Awards Week from 15-19 June, a change of format to reflect current business operations Almost 30 finalists of the 2020 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards are announced today (May 12). Those shortlisted have shown their enthusiasm to drive change within the sector by undertaking key research to help shape the future, supporting renewable energy development in communities and improving the efficiency of project processes. That shortlist includes: James Ferguson, Hydrogen Research Engineer at the European Marine Energy Centre and IDCORE, who is undertaking research on the potential of a green hydrogen economy in Orkney. His findings will enable industry to gain a detailed understanding of what drives the economics of this new fuel. Gemma Murray, CARES Development Officer at Local Energy Scotland, has facilitated the combined installation of 542kW of building integrated solar PV across Scotland by supporting communities to make the most of the extension to the Feed-in Tariff. Andrew McGregor, Transmission Infrastructure Project Engineer at Moray East Offshore Windfarm, has played a key role in developing and improving offshore project processes to save time and construction costs whilst ensuring high standards for working practices

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High April solar resource levels in the UK and Germany drive new production records, while new capacity helps Spain hit record production despite below average resource in March As GHI increases in the summer months, further records are expected, but more investment in forecasting is needed to manage curtailment and price cannibalisation risks  Bratislava, 12th May – Following solar production records set in the UK, Germany and Spain in March and April, the European solar market is set to break further records in 2020. This is according to data and software architects for bankable solar investments, Solargis, whose solar irradiation maps show the impact relatively small fluctuations in global horizontal irradiation (GHI) are having on production during the current lockdown. The recent record production figures in these key European solar markets have been driven by a number of factors, not limited to GHI levels. These include new capacity added in 2019 and reduced levels of air pollution. Low energy demand during the lockdown has also helped solar energy enjoy record high market shares in these countries. However, with high GHI levels set to continue in summer, it is expected that solar resource will drive further production records in the coming months. The

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