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Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “We welcome the Committee’s recognition that extensive electrification of transport and heating, supported by a major expansion of renewable power generation, is required to meet our climate targets, and that investments in low-carbon infrastructure must be at the heart of measures to restore economic growth. "Investing in the expansion of renewable energy generation can provide the stimulus needed for a sustainable economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, creating high-quality green jobs of the future and delivering environmental benefits across the UK. “The Committee reiterates that mature renewable technologies like wind and solar power are as cheap as, or cheaper than, new fossil-fuel alternatives.  Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon energy system powered by renewable energy is essential if we are to emerge from this crisis with a stable, resilient economy which supports net zero.”

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Pettenbach/Wels, 06/25/2020 - What began in 1945 as a one-man business based on a simple idea is now part of the industrial landscape: we’re talking about the Austrian family-owned company Fronius, which has grown over the past three quarters of a century from a regional repair shop to a global player in the fields of welding technology, photovoltaics, and battery charging technology. And it all started exactly 75 years ago on June 20. Günter Fronius set the ball rolling in 1945 when he started a radio and electrical repair workshop, beginning a story of success that continues to this under the stewardship of the third generation of the founding family. The business was born in the market town of Pettenbach, Upper Austria, where Fronius’s headquarters are still located. This is where Günter Fronius lived and worked after being given an old military barracks in exchange for carrying out some repair work. In those days, charging vehicle batteries was not a simple matter – something which he felt ought to change. A trained electrical engineer, he developed a solution which meant that batteries could be used for longer. “So what we are and what we stand for is based on a sustainable

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One year on from the launch of MIMRee (Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance and Repair in Extreme Environments), the project reports breakthroughs in its quest to demonstrate an end-to-end autonomous inspect and repair mission to offshore wind farms. MIMRee, awarded a £4.2 million grant from Innovate UK, is one of offshore wind’s most ambitious robotics project to date. The end-game is demonstration of an autonomous system capable of planning its own operational missions to offshore wind farms, whereby a mothership will scan moving turbine blades on approach, then launch teams of inspection drones carrying blade crawlers for forensic inspection and repair of damaged blades. The Consortium reports a series of technological challenges already overcome in the first year of the two-year project, evidencing the feasibility of their vision. The Thales imaging system has achieved blur-free images of moving wind turbine blades at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine off the coast of Fife. Scanning blades for defects, without stopping turbines for days at a time, is considered a game-changer for wind farm operations. The MIMRee mission planning software developed by Professor Sara Bernardini of Royal Holloway University of London has been integrated with the Thales vessel and the inspection drones developed

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 — Following the signing of the early works agreement in April 2020,  CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) has now taken the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the construction of ‘Green Jade’, which is the first floating DP3 heavy lift and installation vessel to be built in Taiwan. ‘Green Jade’ will feature an exceptional combination of high transport and load capacity, impressive lifting heights and green technology. The new vessel will be built at CSBC in Kaohsiung and is set to be delivered in 2022. CDWE, Taiwan’s first offshore wind EPCI contractor, was established at the end of 2018 by CSBC, the largest shipbuilder in Taiwan, and DEME Offshore. ‘Green Jade’ highlights CDWE’s ambitions to further support development of the offshore wind industry in Taiwan and the wider Asia Pacific region. With the vessel being built at CSBC shipyard in Kaohsiung and by operating under the Taiwanese flag, CDWE has shown its 100% commitment to maximising localisation content to enable it to fully support the flourishing offshore wind industry. Mega monopiles and jackets With its 4,000-tonne crane capacity and DP3 capability, the vessel is perfectly equipped to serve the renewables market. This unique asset will enable CDWE and its customers to transport a

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A research team from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, which lowers the production cost yet improves the enzyme’s stability. It also opens up a new avenue for the enzymatic production of biodiesel, an eco-friendly and effective substitute for fossil fuels. The research findings were recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Enzymes are small microscopic engines that drive the various chemical processes needed for life. Chemists often generate tailor-made enzymes and use them to produce drugs and other useful chemicals that we use daily. One example is the enzymatic synthesis of biodiesel. Biodiesel is an emerging renewable fuel commonly used in blends with petroleum diesel, which produces less pollutants than traditional pure diesel. It is typically produced from vegetable oil or animal fats and methanol in the presence of a base catalyst. Enzymes can also act as a catalyst to produce biodiesel. In fact, enzymes generate less waste and require lower temperatures than traditional base catalysts, and they can even convert waste sources such as used cooking oil directly into biodiesel, while base catalysis requires rigorous pretreatment resulting in water pollution.

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2020-06-24 | Xi'an Seven leading photovoltaic industry companies jointly establish the M10 silicon wafer standard size LONGi SolarPosted on 2020-06-24 Dear friends, partners and colleagues in the photovoltaic industry, Today, we are pleased to announce that LONGi and six other leading companies in our industry have come together to establish the new M10 silicon wafer standard size (182mm x 182mm). Over recent years, with the continuous development of technology and production scale, photovoltaics has become one of the world’s most competitive sources of power. With this rapid progress, leading companies are actively innovating and developing multiple technology streams to enhance the performance of photovoltaic solar products. Amongst these, high-power modules based on larger size silicon wafers has become one of the main directions of innovation for companies in both the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry. With the absence of a common standard, however, companies have adopted wafers of varying sizes, resulting in an increase in manufacturing costs throughout the entire  industry supply chain, including wafers, cells, modules and auxiliary materials such as glass. This situation has complicated customers' selection processes, the installation of photovoltaic systems and coordination between the industry’s upstream and downstream sectors. To effectively address these issues and accelerate the industry’s efficient and

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The effects of the fall in energy demand due to the COVID-19 lockdown accompanied with a high penetration of renewables on the transmission system has seen the activity on the Balancing Mechanism (BM) increase. This increase in accepted volume on the BM is reflected in BSUoS charges. The average half-hourly BSUoS charge in April and May 2019 was £2.82/MWh and £2.56/MWh, respectively. This has risen to £4.93/MWh and £5.75/MWh in April 2020 and May 2020*, shown in the below graph. Lee Drummee, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “The fall in energy demand because of the COVID-19 lockdown was always expected to increase the £/MWh rate of demand-based industry charges with total costs levied against a lower charging base. However, the addition of the overall rise in Balancing Mechanism volumes and other balancing services actions has pushed BSUoS even higher. In fact, the total daily BSUoS charge has increased from £2.9mn in May 2019 to £5.2mn in May 2020. “With exceptional market conditions and the Electricity System Operator noting up to £500mn in additional BSUoS costs over the summer period, on 19 May SSE Generation raised CMP345 to 'Defer the Additional COVID-19 BSUoS Costs'. “The CMP345 sought to defer the additional BSUoS costs arising from COVID-19 that

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Leading azimuth propulsion expert, Steerprop, has long traditions on customer centricity and technologically demanding solutions that have a real impact on ship performance. To continue to strenghten customer relations and commitment Steerprop has merged sales and project management with the appointment of Mr. Juho Rekola as the new Director Sales and Project Management of the Company, effective from June 1st, 2020. Rekola has been with Steerprop since 2017, and has a deep knowledge of company’s products and solutions. Rekola joined Steerprop from Alfa Laval, where he worked years in various responsible positions and was involved in international marine projects and R&D. In Steerprop and in his recent position at Alfa Laval, Rekola has worked in customer projects to develop solutions for better performance and economical operation of vessels. “Ship owners and designers are facing new challenges with tightening legislation and requirements for ship efficiency and emissions regulations. This position offers me the opportunity to bring a new perspective to Steerprop and marine propulsion systems and really demonstrate how at Steerprop we can overcome these challenges through our expertise.” says Rekola. “One of Steerprop’s founding principles is to be the best in what we do. Not only in our products but our delivery and

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Manufacturers are looking to add more capable advanced driver assist systems and expand the availability of partially automated systems to conventional vehicles   June 24, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights analyzes the market for sensing technologies and compute platforms for automated driving, providing sales forecasts for various levels of automation through 2030. The development of highly automated driving systems has proven to be a bigger challenge than expected, and highly automated vehicles (HAVs) are not expected to be deployed at scale in the millions of units until well into the second half of the 2020s. However, there is an increasing push to add more capable advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and expand the availability of partially automated systems to conventional vehicles in the next few years. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, sales of perception sensors in the automotive market are expected to exceed 1.8 billion by 2030. “Much of the core sensing technology and compute platforms initially developed for HAVs are being adapted to ADAS, providing a market for component suppliers to begin to recoup some of the investment made for HAVs and enabling safer vehicles,” says Sam Abuelsamid, principal research analyst

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New study shows every gigawatt of renewable energy installed in Scotland adds £133 million to economy and creates 1,500 jobs Demand for low-carbon skills boosted worldwide – countries with £2.9 trillion now placing green bounce-back at heart of plans ‘No other industry but renewables provides the opportunity for investment, improvement of health and tackling the climate emergency’: Scottish Renewables CEO New figures released today (June 24) show the economic boost available if government uses renewable energy to pursue a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Every gigawatt of renewable power installed in Scotland creates 1,500 jobs and adds £133 million of GVA to our economy, new research by industry body Scottish Renewables has shown. The renewable energy industry – which now provides 90% of the electricity consumed in Scotland – is the country’s “passport to green economic recovery” from COVID-19, Scottish Renewables’ CEO has said. A global surge in demand for a low-carbon recovery from coronavirus has also been revealed by Scottish Renewables’: countries with more than £2.9 trillion in combined GDP have so far placed a green recovery at the heart of their post-pandemic response. The body has outlined actions the Scottish Government could take alongside the 17,700-strong, £5.5 billion-a-year renewable energy industry. Key to those are: Establishing

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