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The Alliance will facilitate the knowledge transfer of DNV GL’s experience in the certification of international offshore wind farms to provide wind farm developers with world-class certification services  Taipei, Taiwan 16 July 2020 – DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body today announced that it has signed an agreement to enter the Taiwan Offshore Wind Project Certification Alliance (TOWPCA), initiated by the Taiwanese government to promote the localization of its offshore wind sector. Together with the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI), administrative agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), DNV GL launched the Taiwan Offshore Wind Project Certification Alliance with partners Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC), CR Classification Society, Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center (SOIC) and the Taiwan Electric Research and Testing Center (TERTEC). The signing ceremony was held on 15 July 2020 in the BSMI office. With the formation of this Alliance, members will work together to provide third-party project certification services for offshore wind farm developers. The signing ceremony was witnessed by BSMI Deputy Director Linghui Chen. During her address, she shared that the Alliance members had been in detailed discussions for over a year on various topics such as personnel

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Hamburg, 16 July 2020. The Nordex Group was able to obtain numerous firm orders in the second quarter of 2020 despite the difficult circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic. From April to June, customers ordered 217 wind turbines for projects with a combined output of 888.0 megawatts (MW) (Q2 2019: 2,003.3 MW). The intake of firm orders in the Projects segment (excluding the service business) reached a volume of 2,531.9 MW in the first half of 2020 (H1 2019: 3,038.4 MW). Europe accounted for 83 percent of the order intake in the second quarter of 2020, with major projects in Spain and Ireland contributing to this share. Further orders were placed in Brazil (Latin America region: 17 percent). New business is clearly dominated by the current Delta4000 series of turbines: In the second quarter of 2020, around 65 percent of the orders were attributable to the various types of turbines on this platform; in the first half of 2020 the share was 79 percent overall.

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Synaptec has launched a real-time data analytics platform which reveals previously hidden indicators about networks, enabling network operators and generators to effectively predict outages and significantly reduce operations and maintenance costs. The new software platform, called Synthesis, was developed by Synaptec’s Head of Power System Technologies, Dr Steven Blair, in direct response to the pressing need for detailed visibility of electrical networks as they become increasingly complex. Synthesis has been designed to build upon the unique capabilities of Synaptec’s distributed sensing hardware and is designed specifically to work with continuous point-on-wave (CPOW) data, and cope with the visualisation and analytics needs for large-scale monitoring schemes. To this end it’s being trialed with ORE Catapult and Innovate UK through their REACTION project. The software platform works by accessing multiple high-resolution data streams from Synaptec’s sensor platform, to fully leverage the unique capabilities of the hardware. It supports any combination of electrical and mechanical sensors, visually summarises their outputs, shows measurements in a geographical context, and securely archives important data. Steven said: “Synthesis automatically produces summarised data formats, such as synchrophasor outputs and power quality metrics. It also implements additional processing and analytics to extract everything possible from the detailed data, to minimise the effort required by

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Althen Sensors & Controls expands its portfolio Industrial IoT sensors with a new range of wireless IoT vibration and temperature sensors. The sensors are developed by Treon and Althen takes care of the distribution and (project) implementation in Western Europe. The new wireless IoT monitoring system consists of a network of sensor nodes, which can send their data via an IoT gateway to any computer network or cloud platform. We offer two different nodes: the industrial sensor nodes measure and monitor tri-axial vibrations and surface temperature of (rotating) equipment, such as pumps, motors, agitators and mixers. The ambient nodes monitor air quality, temperature, humidity, ambient light, noise level and air pressure. The battery-powered nodes can be easily and cost-efficiently mounted on existing equipment, but can also be part of large-scale mesh networks for collecting sensor data in smart buildings, cities and factories. Smart industrial IoT solution for condition monitoring of various machines "Treon's smart IoT sensor network enables our customers to monitor any room or machine 24/7, without expensive wired equipment. This makes it a very cost-effective way to start monitoring assets that are not yet monitored on a large scale, which is why we see this new IIoT sensor solution as a

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Albany, July 15, 2020: RENA Technologies North America LLC (RENA NA) is the new name of former MEI Wet Process Systems & Services LLC, the US wet-chemical specialist for semiconductor equipment headquartered in Albany, Oregon. RENA NA now becomes a visible member of the RENA Group. This acquisition is part of RENA’s strategy to further diversify the product and service portfolio as a global provider of wet-chemical equipment for surface processing. With RENA NA the company has now much better access to the US market for the whole product range. RENA can now offer outstanding machine and process solutions for wet-chemical processing as MEI adds a complementary product portfolio while both companies have regional strengths that together form a global player in the international semiconductor market. RENA’s main markets are Europe and Asia while RENA NA is an established market leader within the US high-tech semiconductor sector. Our synergistic Sales, Service and Process Technology Teams have already joined forces to support the global customer base. Together RENA now covers all wet-chemical process steps of semiconductor processing. From best-in- class prime wafer processing to state-of-the-art MEMS, SiC and semiconductor processing including Plating technology, Batch Immersion, Batch Spray, and Single-wafer applications. RENA NA’s new

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To meet its soaring demand for energy, Egypt is turning to renewable sources. Its targets, if accomplished, will see it become a pioneer in the African energy landscape. But are the plans realistic?  Egypt’s population has now passed 100 million. As one of the most populous and fastest-growing nations on the African continent, providing electricity to all its citizens is a matter of priority for the Egyptian government. To ensure continuous security and stability of energy supply, Egypt has launched an energy diversification strategy, known as the 2035 Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy (ISES), which aims to step up the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country. Egypt aims to produce 20% of its electricity using renewable sources by 2022 and 42% by 2035. For the second target, the goal is for wind to provide 14%, hydropower 2%, and solar 25%. Ambition driven by necessity This is a hugely ambitious energy plan, but it is one that is necessary for Egypt to flourish. In particular, the country wants to diversify its mix of power sources. Egypt has introduced nuclear power and it is also developing a few megaprojects that will bring a massive amount of gas into its energy mix. This is in stark contrast

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Pandemic is dampening near-term market growth, but is driving more interest in products that enhance health and wellness July 14, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines how the smart home IoT market is likely to evolve, providing market forecasts for annual smart home unit shipments and revenue, along with software and services revenue, through 2029. The smart home market continues to demonstrate growth despite the hampering effect of the COVID-19 shutdown. While sales in 2020 have not been as robust as previously anticipated, more consumers are finding value in connected products that can deliver convenience, energy efficiency, and greater security. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, the global smart home device market is anticipated to generate $24.8 billion in 2020 and grow to $108.3 billion in 2029 at a compound annual growth rate of 17.8%. “The smart home market has held relatively steady during the COVID-19 shutdown as many consumers who are still employed and are staying home are investing money in products that can enrich their lives and provide value,” says Neil Strother, principal research analyst at Guidehouse Insights. “Nonetheless, the overall downward economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as widespread

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The company secures its fourth nearshore project in Vietnam, the largest to date of its kind in the country A total of 36 units of its SG 5.0-145 turbine with flexible power rating will be supplied for the Tan Thuan and Thai Hoa wind farms The company will also provide operation and maintenance services for 10 years and 20 years respectively for the two projects The turbines will be among the most powerful in the Vietnamese wind industry. Siemens Gamesa has scored a double order, including one for the largest nearshore wind farm in Vietnam, as the country quickly advances on its renewable ambitions. The two deals, with 75 MW and 90 MW at the Tan Thuan and Thai Hoa wind farms respectively, will use the SG 5.0-145 turbines, which are among the most powerful turbines on the Vietnamese market. The Tan Thuan wind farm is the fourth nearshore project Siemens Gamesa has secured in Vietnam and it is also the largest nearshore project to date in the country. The orders follow the company’s largest order in Vietnam announced in March for 113 MW, helping to cement its market leading position. The two deals also mark the first-ever cooperation Siemens Gamesa has

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Extreme E and AFC Energy announce collaboration to pioneer Zero Emission EV charging in Motorsport AFC Energy, the leading provider of Hydrogen power generation technologies, has today announced a collaboration with Extreme E to provide zero-emissions electric vehicle (EV) charging at the world’s first all-electric international rally series. The rally championship will see teams racing bespoke off-road electric SUVs in some of the remote corners of the planet, powered by AFC Energy’s Hydrogen fuelled H-Power Charger. Extreme E will be the first event organiser to utilise Hydrogen fuel cell generators for remote charging. The inaugural Extreme E championship series will take place throughout 2021, taking 100% electric motorsport to worldwide audience of up to 220 million viewers, with races taking place across the world. Founded by Alejandro Agag, the original founder of the Formula E series, Extreme E series 1 will see EVs race across five locations including the Arctic, the Amazon Rainforest and the coast of Senegal. The race organisers and teams aim to highlight the most important climate issues facing our planet and, through the use of 100% electric EVs and sustainable EV charging, hope to inspire people and organisations to tackle the challenges posed by the climate emergency. The collaboration

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Cornwall Insight Australia’s projections show that based on the current trajectory of small-scale PV systems and associated battery storage assets, the National Electricity Market (NEM) is already on the path to a very high Distributed Energy Resources (DER) scenario seen in Energy Networks Australia’s Open Energy Network Project position paper (OpEN Paper). Based on Cornwall Insight Australia’s projections, the expected total installed capacity of small-scale solar PV by 2030 is 24.45GW*. Further projections show the expected installed capacity for battery storage reach 7.4GW over the next decade (assuming each battery is at least 6kW). This brings the total high-level DER estimate to ~32GW of small-scale PV and DER battery storage. Ben Cerini, Principal Consultant at Cornwall Insight Australia, said: “Over the last month, we have seen several reports by ARENA, AEMC and Energy Networks Australia that seek to establish the best way forward for integrating DER into the NEM to ensure that DERs are optimised, actively utilised and incorporated at least cost. “However, even our conservative projections showing the total capacity of small-scale PV and DER battery storage reaching ~32GW by 2030 suggests that Australia is well on its way to achieving the highest DER integration scenario. “Interestingly, the recommendation in the OpEN Paper that there is

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