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ArcVera Renewables, a leading provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar and storage projects, has employed Ron Nierenberg in its wind energy team.  Ron is an award-winning wind industry veteran and meteorological specialist with 40 years of experience. Ron has over four decades of experience with meteorological consulting in wind energy.  His expertise ranges from prospecting and project analysis in development, to due diligence and strategic/operational climatological studies.  He has designed, implemented, and analyzed wind energy assessment programs to optimize production from windfarm developments for hundreds of clients on over 21 gigawatts of windfarm projects since 1978. Ron has been involved with the first wind energy facilities in most U.S. states.  One such project was the original wind study of the Altamont Pass, which led to the installation of $1.5 billion of wind turbines in the region.  Ron has worked on projects in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, China, India and the Europe, which fits seamlessly with ArcVera’s renewable energy experience on 6-of-7 continents.  He has designed and managed federally funded wind energy studies and has authored DOE/NREL (or SERI) reports. In April 1998, Ron was given a special award “For making critical contributions to the development of wind energy

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Wind farm to be set up on recultivated land of a former open cast lignite mining site, Garzweiler Hamburg, 28 May 2020. innogy SE has commissioned the Nordex Group to equip the “Jüchen A44n” wind farm with six N149/4.0-4.5 turbines, all with hub heights of 164 metres. The “Jüchen A44n” wind farm will be built next to the A44 motorway on around 90 hectares of recultivated land formerly used by the Garzweiler open cast lignite mining site, located to the south of the town of Jüchen in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The wind farm will be run as part of a partnership between innogy SE and NEW Re GmbH, a subsidiary of the municipal service company NEW in the area of regenerative projects. The co-operation was successful in the German auction for onshore wind turbines at the beginning of 2020 and therefore awarded the contract from the Federal Grid Agency for a firm electricity feed-in tariff to operate the 27 MW wind farm.

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Bleskensgraaf, the Netherlands, April 28, 2020 – In order to offer their clients the ability to produce large format back-contact PV modules, Eurotron is currently incorporating an upgrade of their high-tech production tools. The demand for large-format solar panels is increasing as a result of a growing need for efficiency throughout the value chain. Eurotron, global leader and manufacturer of equipment for manufacturing back-contact solar modules, anticipates on this by upgrading their equipment. The upgraded production tools will be suitable to produce all solar modules, cell sizes (wafer sizes, half cells, hexagonal) and cell systems (MWT, IBV, HJ-back contact) with a maximum size of 1400 x 2600 mm and an output of 250 MWp. Eurotron’s dedicated team of hard- and software engineers are working hard to be able to supply the new equipment by the end of September. Back-contact PV modules From the beginning, Eurotron has been focusing on back-contact solar modules. In contrast to traditional modules, back-contact solar modules are connected at the back of the panel. This results in more available space for solar panels, an aesthetically more beautiful solar panel and a significant improvement in performance and durability.

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WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) has received type approval for the biggest and most powerful LNG-fuelled engines ever built. Class society Bureau Veritas awarded the approval for WinGD’s dual-fuelled 12X92DF engines, the first series of which is currently being built by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and will power nine ultra-large container ships (ULCS) owned by the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics. These vessels will become the largest container ships powered by liquefied natural gas and represent a significant step on the path to the energy transition of the shipping industry. The type approval was awarded following a series of extensive full-load tests in diesel and gas operation. A virtual ceremony on May 26 with guests joining from Beijing, Shanghai, Marseille, Paris and Winterthur marked the landmark moment for the ground-breaking engine technology, which has brought the use of LNG as a marine fuel into an entirely new vessel sector. In a statement, CMA CGM said: “The certification ceremony marks a new stage in the construction of the CMA CGM’s nine 23,000-TEU LNG-powered vessels. These vessels are the world’s largest containerships powered by LNG. CMA CGM’s ground-breaking choice in favour of LNG is a major step forward

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Mid-April saw the virtual kick-off of the »power4re« (Reliable converters for a renewable energy supply) research project. Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, five Fraunhofer institutes are working together alongside industry representatives to develop solutions aimed at improving the reliability and robustness of inverters in photovoltaic systems and frequency converters in wind turbines. power4re is being funded to the tune of €3.5 million as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s internal research program PREPARE. Converters play a central role in the energy transition: they are vital technical components for connecting photovoltaic systems and modern wind turbines to the power grid in order to feed in energy from renewable sources at a grid-compliant voltage and frequency. The converters thus have to be extremely reliable. Yet, they are subject to particularly challenging operating and environmental conditions. They have been among the most frequently failing system components for years and often cause considerable costs. Long-lasting converters which are able to withstand environmental influences are in great demand. They represent an indispensable technological component of the energy transition and, as such, have a high economic potential. The goal of this three-year project is therefore to develop solutions for substantially improving the reliability

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With the operational kick-off of the construction of an offshore wind farm, Jan De Nul Group formally enters the American offshore renewables market for the first time. Roll Group is proud to play a part in the completion of this project with its BigRoll vessels. The offshore wind farm will be located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, generating a combined total of 12MW, a cooperation between Dominion and Ørsted Wind Power North America LLC, with Jan De Nul Group as subcontractor.  On 31 March, the first foundation components for two windmills were loaded onto the BigRoll Beaufort at the EEW facility in Rostock, Germany. In order to be able to transport all wind equipment in the most safe way, the in-house engineers of Roll Group have designed dedicated grillage for Jan De Nul. This grillage was installed onboard the BigRoll Beaufort in Gdynia, Poland, before loading. After loading in Rostock, the BigRoll Beaufort made a port call in Esbjerg, Denmark, to load the ‘white’ parts - like towers and blades. Mid April she set sail to her final destination Halifax, Canada. At this moment the BigRoll Beaufort is ready for the discharge operation. The foundation components will be discharged by

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May 27, 2020, North America – Atlantic Wind Transfers based in Quonset Point, Rhode Island has secured its second long-term O&M Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) contract in the U.S. to provide offshore marine support services for the Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines to be installed for the first offshore wind project in U.S. federal waters. The project is being developed by Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Energy. Atlantic Wind Transfers was selected by Dominion Energy through a competitive bid process and this contract solidifies the company’s role as a leader in crew transfer vessel services for the U.S. market along the East Coast. The crew transfer vessel will be based out of Virginia’s Hampton Roads region. Atlantic Wind Transfers is the first CTV owner/operator in the U.S.; operating the “Atlantic Pioneer” built in 2016 originally under a contract with Deepwater Wind for the installation and operations & maintenance of the five GE 6 megawatt turbines off Block Island, Rhode Island. The Atlantic Pioneer currently has a long-term contract with Ørsted providing offshore marine support services for the Block Island Wind Farm, transporting GE technicians/cargo along with Ørsted personnel performing maintenance year-round. Atlantic Wind Transfers was selected based upon its marine experience and safety track record in operating

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Risk management and compliance specialists Pentagon Assurance are celebrating a contract to provide quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) expertise in relation to subsea trenching services for Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan. The project will see the South Shields firm providing QHSE advice and support safety, reduce risk and costs associated with the export of equipment from the Port of Blyth in Northumberland to Singapore and Taiwan. Pentagon Assurance are highly experienced in the offshore energy sector and high hazard environments, this appointment will deliver on their responsibility for coordinating Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA) including management of the risks associated with subsea cable burial, vessel mobilisation, sea fastening, equipment loading with the added complexities introduced to the project by coronavirus COVID-19 for transit of project staff. Director Barry Cooper said: “To be awarded this contract at any time would be great news and in the current economic context it’s fantastic to have some good news to share. In addition to the conventional risks associated with this type of project, the coronavirus COVID-19 has introduced a range of additional considerations which we need to factor in. Employee Health, Wellbeing and Safety, are core to both our and our clients values so

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Over the past two decades, Rotamec has grown from a single engineer to an organisation of 65 employees providing responsive electromechanical repair services across the UK. Celebrating its 20th birthday this May, the story of Rotamec has been defined by a 24/7 service from its very beginning. It’s an ethos that will drive the business into the future too. Specialising in the repair and sourcing of motors, pumps, gearboxes and associated power transmission components, Rotamec is a key maintenance partner for leading companies in the utilities, food & beverage, healthcare, facilities management, printing and agricultural sectors. Its growth has been driven by a highly responsive 24/7 365 days a year service, an ability to adapt to engineering challenges and the commitment of its employees. Founder and Managing Director, Simon Brooks, set these precedents early on: “When I started Rotamec after years working for other engineering companies, it was just me on call 24/7. It was hard work, but this approach has defined our service as we have grown. In most cases, our on-site teams can be with a customer within hours after an emergency call out. We aim to provide quality repairs fast to minimise downtime.” From Simon, Rotamec has expanded to four

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Top vendors are playing multiple roles through turnkey services or strategic partnerships to drive down costs and enable financing innovation May 27, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new Leaderboard Report from Guidehouse Insights evaluates the strategy and execution of 15 distributed energy storage integrators, with ENGIE, Enel X, Tesla, Honeywell, Con Edison Battery Storage, EDF, and NantEnergy ranked as the leading market players. The number of cities, states, and businesses committed to carbon reduction goals is swelling, and the demand for onsite generation of renewable energy is mounting. In this environment, distributed energy storage is poised to take a leading role in the new energy paradigm shift, delivering cost savings, grid support, and other bottom-line benefits. As the market matures, the role of distributed energy storage systems integrators has become the key position in the value chain for ensuring projects are successfully built and profitable. Click to tweet: According to a new Leaderboard report from @WeAreGHInsights, ENGIE, Enel X, Tesla, Honeywell, Con Edison Battery Storage, EDF, and NantEnergy are the leading commercial and industrial energy storage systems integrators. “The seven leading vendors in this space have focused on playing multiple roles through turnkey services or strategic partnerships across the project delivery value

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