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UXOcontrol, the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) risk mitigation solutions expert, which was appointed as specialist contractor to complete the UXO identification campaign for the Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm, has now completed the scope on time and under budget. Located approximately 15km off the south-east coast of Aberdeen, at water depths ranging between 60m to 80m, Kincardine Offshore Wind Farm is the world’s largest project of its kind with a nominal capacity of 50 MW, comprisingoffshore floating wind turbine structures, an offshore export cable, a landfall and an onshore export cable. UXOcontrol’s first UK contract as the rebranded joint venture of N-Sea and BODAC, was awarded by Cobra Wind International Ltd., a subsidiary of Spanish developer and construction company Grupo Cobra, which has been contracted to undertake the engineering, design, supply, construction and commissioning of the wind farm. Following geographical survey works, the identification campaign commenced in May 2020, with the mobilisation of UXOcontrol‘s fully-equipped UXO clearance vessel, the Noordhoek Pathfinder (NHP), which conducted works at water depths varying from 13.9m to 87m over a period of four weeks. The contract engaged 40 of UXOcontrol’s highly-skilled offshore personnel, in addition to six of its onshore experts. Productivity during project execution resulted in it being completed under budget.

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A world-leading authority on offshore renewable energy, Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, has been named as one of the country’s leading female engineers. Professor Greaves, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth, has been listed by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) among its Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability. The awards celebrate women who have made a significant contribution within sustainability, and nominations were required to provide evidence of their successful support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or the Net Zero Carbon Programme. Professor Greaves has been working in the sector for more than two decades and has pioneered the development of novel types of wave energy converter, analysis methods for offshore renewable energy farms, and extreme wave-structure interactions, while combining hydrodynamics experiments in the University’s COAST Laboratory with numerical modelling. Since arriving in Plymouth in 2008, she has continued to cement her position as one of the UK’s foremost ORE researchers, having secured more than £10million in research funding. She has led a number of national and international research initiatives, and provided expert advice to organisations including the United Nations, European Union and the UK government. She was selected by the EPSRC to head the Supergen ORE

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ABB Turbocharging has introduced a holistic service package that offers shipowners financial predictability and peace of mind while reducing complexity and enabling greater insight into equipment health. Turbo MarineCare offers a turnkey solution to maintenance at a fixed price, providing continuous cover from drydock to drydock. Designed for customers with turbochargers for two-stroke engines, the plan covers standard overhaul parts, wear and tear components, unplanned events (including unexpected repairs), labor, waiting and overtime, and intermediate inspection. Shipowners are traditionally covered by a limited warranty only in the first few years of a new vessel’s life. Turbo MarineCare can be applied from new or at any stage of the vessel or turbocharger’s life subject to access to its service history and operating data. By offering comprehensive cover, the service brings the peace of mind afforded by big fleet service agreements within reach of all shipowners. “In challenging markets, it is even more important for companies to reduce and simplify day-to-day costs,” said Roland Schwarz, head of Service at ABB Turbocharging. “Turbo MarineCare allows owners and operators to flatten the cost of turbocharger care over the span of an overhaul period, making their outgoings fully predictable while safeguarding access to original parts, the latest technologies

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Linxon is supporting Petrofac to deliver the turnkey onshore substation and supply, install and commission the HVAC equipment for the offshore substation of the Seagreen offshore wind farm project. The Linxon EPC scope includes the design, supply and construction of all onshore civil works and the HVAC electrical system equipment at both the onshore Tealing substation site and within the offshore substation platform. The onshore civil works will be undertaken by Noel Regan & Sons (NRS), a Scottish-based civil engineering contractor. “We are honoured to be collaborating with Petrofac for this large-scale renewable energy project,” said Frederic Trefois, CEO of Linxon. “Our collaboration, bringing together collective expertise and experience from similar onshore and offshore renewables projects is impressive and creates value for our customers from the early stage of the project development until the end of the commissioning of the project. Linxon is fully committed to contribute with its world class execution skills to deliver a safe, quality focused and on-time project.” At peak, the Linxon project team will have 10 UK based project staff who will manage the works with a UK based M&E contractor providing 40 installation staff and NRS, who are based in Livingston, providing 50 local project staff

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NEW Cost-Saving Package Measures DNI, DHI, and GHI EKO Instruments Europe B.V. (The Hague, Netherlands) today (24/06/2020) announced the launch of the MS-90 Plus+, a new total solar irradiance measurement solution combining the companies industry-leading MS-80 Class A Pyranometer, an original C-Box smart interface, and the unique internal rotating mirror design of the MS-90 DNI Sensor. Solar PV generation increased 31% in 2018, ahead of wind and hydropower, and with annual average growth of 16% still on track between 2018 and 2030i there has been growing demand for accurate, cost-saving, alternatives to larger solar monitoring stations. The MS-90 Plus+ was developed as a practical solution to the increasing diversity of solar power plant locations and Photovoltaic (PV) applications. Taking up much less space, the MS-90 Plus+ can easily be deployed on rooftops or other inaccessible areas. Dr Mário Pó, lead scientist at EKO Instruments Europe, described the MS-90 Plus+ as “a truly viable alternative to a full solar monitoring station” thanks to the unique internal rotating mirror design of the MS-90 DNI Sensor at the heart of the new system. The distinct shape of the mirror reflects sunlight to a high-speed pyroelectric detector, measuring direct radiation without the whole unit tracking the sun as

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Siemens Gamesa will supply 13 turbines with outputs ranging from 3.6 MW to 4.1 MW, various rotor diameters and hub heights of up to 165 meters Close cooperation with project developer SL NaturEnergie and tower supplier Max Bögl Wind AG reduces project costs The order includes delivery, installation, connection and a service contract for 20 years With a total output of 52.8 MW, the Coesfeld Letter Bruch wind farm is one of the largest wind energy projects currently being installed in North Rhine-Westphalia. Each year, the 13 wind turbines will save more than 53,000 tons of climate-damaging CO2 and produce enough green electricity to supply around 36,000 three-person households with climate-neutral electricity. The wind farm Coesfeld Letter Bruch is operated by SL NaturEnergie together with Emergy as a joint venture of the public services of Coesfeld and Borken and the citizen run energy company Letter Wind. In this way, as much added value as possible from plant operation remains directly in the region and with the community. "The wind farm is backed by broad support from citizens and the community. This has a model character also beyond the region. In Coesfeld, we relied from the outset on cooperation with municipal utilities and

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The COVID-19 lockdown had a significant impact on Great Britain’s (GB) electricity demand, causing it to drop by almost 15-20% compared to the previous year. However, analysis by Cornwall Insight shows that as GB has slowly started to ease out of lockdown and some sectors start to reopen, electricity demand is beginning to recover. The first nine days of June showed that daily transmission system electricity demand was, on average, 10% lower than the equivalent days in 2019. The graph below highlights this gradual increase in demand compared to levels seen in April and May. Sam Nicholls, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “Ever since the record-breaking spring Bank Holiday where transmission system power demand troughed at a 15-year low of 14.5GW in a single settlement period, demand has slowly resurged. However, energy demand has yet to come close to reaching the 0.7TWh daily demand seen at the end of March. “This uptick in demand can, at least in part, be attributed to the easing of lockdown restrictions. In fact, since the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10 May encouraging workers who couldn’t work from home to go to work, the gap between 2020 daily Transmission System demand and the five-year average has narrowed from 0.14TWh

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Preferred Supplier Agreement signed with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Sofia to be the first European project to install 100 turbines of the new model Offshore construction works expected to start in 2023 Essen, 22 June 2020 innogy SE has chosen the latest state-of-the-art 14 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbines for its 1.4 gigawatt (GW) Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, located 195 kilometres from the UK coast on Dogger Bank in the shallow area of the central North Sea. A corresponding preferred supplier agreement was signed with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A. today. The agreement includes the manufacture, installation and commissioning of a total of 100 turbines, each standing 262 metres tall. The execution of the agreement will be subject to contract and final investment decision, anticipated in the first quarter of 2021. Sven Utermöhlen, Senior Vice President Renewables Operations Offshore at innogy SE, explains: "The selection of these state-of-the-art offshore wind turbines for Sofia, our largest offshore wind development project, reflects our ambition to strive for continuous innovation. Siemens Gamesa's towering 14 MW machine is a perfect match for our flagship Sofia project, together cementing offshore wind's central role in the world's clean energy future. This turbine embodies the impressive technology we need to

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Conditional order from innogy to use 100 units of new Siemens Gamesa SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine pending final investment decision; service agreement included The project will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to power more than 1.2 million British households The announcement takes the total conditional order backlog for the new offshore wind turbine to 4.3 GW, following conditional orders in Taiwan and the U.S Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has conditionally received an order for 100 units of its new SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines for innogy’s 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. A comprehensive service and maintenance contract is also included in the conditional order. The project will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to power to more than 1.2 million British households when completed. The final investment decision is expected to be made in the first quarter of 2021. A total of 100 SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines, launched on May 19, 2020, are planned to be installed commencing 2024 at this project, located 195 km off the north east coast of the UK, on the shallow area of the central North Sea known as Dogger Bank. Each turbine will

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Annual high-powered e-motorcycle sales revenue expected to exceed $2 billion by 2030  June 22, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new Leaderboard Report from Guidehouse Insights evaluates the strategy and execution of 11 electric motorcycle (e-motorcycle) manufacturers, with Zero Motorcycles ranked as the leading market player. The market for high powered e-motorcycles remains relatively small compared with their internal combustion engine (ICE) equivalents. The long-term outlook for the industry remains strong, however, as government regulators continue to demand cleaner production motorcycles and encourage their use through increasingly stringent emissions standards, purchase incentives, and the establishment of low and zero emission zones. Click to tweet: According to a new Leaderboard report from @WeAreGHInsights, Zero Motorcycles is the leading manufacturer of electric motorcycles. “Zero’s industry-leading e-motorcycle product portfolio has a balanced mix of on and off-road models, with numerous battery options and competitive pricing,” says Ryan Citron, senior research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “Just behind Zero is a diverse and crowded group of contenders led by Evoke Electric Motorcycles, Energica Motor Company, KTM Sportmotorcycle, Harley-Davidson, and Lightning Motorcycles that are developing innovative e-motorcycle products and are playing an important role in the evolution and growth of the industry.” According to the report, annual high-powered e-motorcycle sales

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