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Over a Third of UK Business Decision Makers Believe COVID-19 Increased Digital Transformation Budgets “Dramatically” Twilio, the leading cloud communications platform, today announced the results of a global survey measuring the impact and outlook of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses’ digital engagement strategies. Twilio powers communications technology for organisations across a range of sectors, giving it first-hand insight into the ways in which the pandemic has impacted customer and business communications. To better understand this impact, Twilio surveyed over 2,500 enterprise decision makers globally, including 300 in the UK, to gauge the effect on their company’s digital transformation and communication roadmap. The COVID-19 Digital Engagement Report is a snapshot of how businesses have addressed the complex challenges posed by this crisis and how they will continue to evolve moving forward. “Over the last few months, we’ve seen years-long digital transformation roadmaps compressed into days and weeks in order to adapt to the new normal as a result of COVID-19. Our customers in nearly every industry have had to identify new ways to communicate with their customers and stakeholders – from patients, to students, to shoppers, and even employees – essentially overnight,” said Glenn Weinstein, Chief Customer Officer at Twilio. “Cloud scale, speed, and

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Cable strikes are not uncommon. Out of an estimated 4 million excavations in the UK annually, it’s believed that there are approximately 60,000 cable strikes[i]. These strikes occur when machinery or tools come into contact with a live cable and expose workers to risks including electrocution and devastating Arc Flash explosions. These incidents can result in fatalities and life changing injuries to workers involved. With so many of these incidents taking place across the UK, it’s essential that anyone breaking ground is equipped with Arc Flash training and the right Arc Rated PPE. Here, Mark Lant, technical sales manager at ProGARM, the UK’s leading provider of specialist Arc Flash PPE, offers important advice for those at risk. Arc Flash incidents often go unrecorded, as people mistake them for a severe electric shock. As such, there isn’t as much awareness around the true dangers of a cable strike as there should be. Even more alarmingly ProGARM research shows that there is little understanding of what an Arc Flash is, and how people can best protect themselves. As such thousands of workers across the UK are heading out to site ill-equipped to prevent and protect against an Arc Flash occurring. Considering the true scale of

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NKT awarded turnkey order for the on- and offshore project Shetland HVDC Link NKT has been awarded a contract of approx. EUR 235m (approx. DKK 1.75bn) by SSEN Transmission to deliver and install a high-voltage DC (direct current) interconnector to the Shetland HVDC Link project. The turnkey order comprises the manufacturing of approx. 2x260 km of 320 kV high-voltage DC on-and offshore power cables, installation by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria and protection of the cables. NKT President and CEO Alexander Kara says: - This turnkey order confirms NKT’s strong position in the market for high-voltage DC interconnectors. I am very pleased that we are selected as partner for the Shetland HVDC Link, which will provide a sustainable grid connection to Shetland and renewable energy supply from the island. With this opportunity we continue our good relationship with SSEN Transmission, with whom we also successfully completed the Caithness-Moray Link, connecting Eastern and Northern Scotland. The contract value of approx. EUR 235m in market prices corresponds to approx. EUR 230m (approx. DKK 1.71bn) in standard metal prices. The power cables will be manufactured in Karlskrona, Sweden, with expected production start in 2021 and with commissioning in 2024. The Shetland HVDC Link will be the first transmission

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In the first half of 2020, only 219 MW of offshore wind energy was installed in Germany, as of 30 June the total capacity was 7,760 MW Industry welcomes long-term planning security with increased expansion targets up to 2040 and calls for an economically efficient remuneration model Creation of an incentive system for the market ramp-up of green hydrogen is important EU Council Presidency and North Sea Cooperation:  Laying the foundation for cross-border offshore wind projects Offshore wind energy will make a significant contribution to the "Green Recovery"  Berlin, 17 July 2020 - "Particularly against the background of the low level of new installations, we appreciate that the anchoring of 20 GW offshore wind energy by 2030 and 40 GW by 2040 now creates long-term planning security. With the increased expansion targets, offshore wind energy strengthens climate protection and creates economic development", the industry organisations BWE, BWO, VDMA, WAB and the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation comment on the offshore expansion figures published today by Deutsche WindGuard. As forecast at the beginning of the year, only 32 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 219 MW were connected to the German grid in the first half of 2020.[1] This figure corresponds

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The oldest French nuclear power plant located in Fessenheim has been disconnected from the electricity grid at night the 29th of June. The French government announced closure of 12 more reactors in the coming years, complying with the demand reflected in the recent elections, very successful for the environmentalists: the demand for clean and affordable energy. For many years now IMEON ENERGY, French manufacturer of solar hybrid inverters, prepares ingenious solutions aiming to bring down the costs of kWh produced by solar power plants, making them budget-friendly and efficient sources of electricity. The most recent innovation extending the lifespan of the solar batteries by up to 50% is here. Battery management based on time of the year The "Seasonal Cut-Off" application developed for OS. ONE operating system running on IMEON solar inverters allows installers and users to configure the solar battery's Depth Of Discharge (DOD) settings for each month of the year separately. Why would it matter?

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Worley has successfully completed the accessibility design assessment for Saitec Offshore Technologies’ ‘DemoSATH’ floating wind turbine, which will be deployed off the Basque Coast in northern Spain. DemoSATH is a 2 MW turbine, mounted onto a concrete floating foundation. Once connected to the grid, DemoSATH is expected to supply electricity to almost 2,000 homes. The project will test the very first floating wind foundation connected to the Spanish grid using SATH (Swinging Around Twin Hull) technology. The project has benefited from Worley’s extensive technical expertise, acquired through decades of project experience in the oil, gas and offshore wind industries. Worley provided advisory services pertaining to the access, inspection and maintenance of boat landings and turret access design assessments. Worley also consulted on access materials, handling scenarios depending on the weather conditions, different human factors and Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) requirements.

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Unprecedented precision and speed are the outstanding features of a novel high-throughput system for the metallization of silicon solar cells and other functional printing applications. The system is able to realize high-precision coating processes using rotary screen printing and flexographic printing with a throughput corresponding up to 8000 components per hour on an industrial scale. The demonstrator machine was developed by a project consortium under the joint leadership of the ASYS Automatisierungssysteme GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. In addition to solar cells, the system enables high-precision printing on single components, e.g. for applications in the field of hydrogen technology, sensor technology or power electronics. The main focus of the Rock-Star research project was the evaluation and development of rotary printing methods for silicon solar cell production. This project has now been successfully completed upon the realization of a novel demonstrator for the high-throughput coating of silicon solar cells and other electronic components. The new system features a newly developed high-throughput transport system, in which the components to be printed e.g. silicon solar cells, are transported on autonomous shuttles with high speed and precision through the rotary printing units of the Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG, a

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Other states are expected to develop into strong markets as falling costs of batteries allow utility-scale energy storage projects to compete with fossil fuel systems July 16, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the large and promising US state markets for utility-scale energy storage, providing an overview of market drivers, policies, and new projects in each of the 10 leading states. The US utility-scale energy storage market has been the world’s largest and fastest growing since 2015 and is projected to maintain that position through 2023. Despite the rapid growth, however, the development of new utility-scale energy storage systems (ESSs) remains highly concentrated in a few states. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, California, New York, and Texas lead the top 10 US utility-scale energy storage markets. “In the US, utility-scale energy storage has quickly transformed from an expensive and poorly understood niche technology to a major source of new investment with thousands of megawatts of new projects being developed,” says Alex Eller, senior research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “While several states have seen a blossoming storage industry, many others have little to no utility-scale energy storage currently operating, however, this reality is

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Augsburg, July 16, 2020 – meteocontrol GmbH, a solar energy service provider based in Augsburg, is a team partner in the new PermaStrom research project. Together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the German Meteorological Service (DWD), meteocontrol is investigating how atmospheric aerosol particles affect clouds and solar irradiation. The findings are intended to help create more precise yield forecasts for photovoltaic systems in order to make power grids more stable. Weather forecasts that are as accurate as possible are crucial for the management of power grids. This is because yield forecasts for photovoltaic systems are based on sunlight predictions. If the actual irradiation is less than the forecast values, the grid operator is forced to either pay high energy compensation costs or to down-regulate certain systems as part of their feed-in management system. Aerosol particle concentrations, such as those caused by large-scale forest fires or Saharan dust, have been insufficiently considered or totally neglected in numerical weather forecasts until now, yet they can lead to significant incorrect predictions of solar irradiation on individual days. As part of the ‘Photovoltaic yield forecast for the better management of the impact of atmospheric aerosols on power grids in Germany and Europe’ project

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Siemens Gamesa wins first offshore service agreement for Senvion wind turbines since the acquisition and further strengthens its leading market position 5-year full scope offshore service contract with fixed extension options awarded by Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG for maintenance of Trianel Windpark Borkum II Starting date for maintenance operations is August 1, 2020 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will service Germany’s newest offshore wind park Trianel Windpark Borkum II (TWB II). The installation of the 32 Senvion 6.33-MW turbines was completed in May 2020. TWB II has a total output capacity of 200 MW and produces clean energy for around 200,000 households per year. It is located 45 km north of Borkum. The wind park is owned by 20 municipal utilities and municipal companies from Germany and Switzerland. "We are pleased to have Siemens Gamesa at our side, an experienced and reliable partner for the servicing and maintenance of the 32 wind turbines. With the full commissioning we have successfully completed the construction phase of the offshore wind park. Now the focus is on the resilient and trouble-free operation of the turbines," says Irina Lucke, Technical Managing Director of Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG. The contract

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