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Repowering and extensions of existing onshore wind sites in GB have yet to receive the same attention from policymakers as new build. However, without repowering activity, the current ~13GW onshore wind fleet could start to reduce in size from 2027 when many Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) accreditations end. Cornwall Insight’s ‘Renewables pipeline tracker report’ highlights applications for repowering and extensions of current assets have increased as existing projects start to age. The below graph shows onshore wind farms that have applied for planning permission for extensions and repowering to existing sites. This equates to 20 projects totalling 665MW, predominantly located across Scotland. Of the 20 sites, 16 are classified as extensions with four considered full repowering plans. For both extension and repowering projects, there is a clear trend of a significant reduction in the turbine count alongside a material increase in turbine capacity, demonstrating a real value add to the net zero push arising from these sorts of activities. James Brabben, Wholesale Manager at Cornwall Insight, said: “Cornwall Insight’s forecast shows that between 2027 and 2030 up to 3.6GW of existing onshore wind assets could drop out of the Renewable Obligation scheme, with the majority approaching the end of an assumed 20-25 year economic

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Flexibility markets allow grid operators to address infrastructure needs at lower costs with greater customer and environmental benefits August 25, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines local flexibility markets and the enabling technologies in five major geographic regions, presenting a 10-year forecast and market sizing from 2020 through 2029. Traditionally, a transmission or distribution system operator (DSO) faced with aging equipment or increased load demand would simply replace conduct poles and wires. Today, distribution grid operators in deregulated markets are increasingly opting to deploy flexibility markets—commercial markets operating at specific points of the grid that manage access to a segment of the grid—to provide services such as real-time congestion management, peak demand reduction, outage management, and long-term capacity planning. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, local flexibility markets are expected to account for roughly $167.7 million of global transaction revenue in 2020 from 1,537.1 MW of participating capacity. The forecast shows relatively robust growth by 2029 at a total of $10.0 billion in global revenue from 79.5 GW of participating capacity. “Local flexibility markets are ready to become a bigger piece of distribution grid management based on the growth of distributed energy resources

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New study shows half in oil and gas have considered new role in renewable energy industry – or are already diversifying into it Eight in ten Scots oil workers have considered that their careers could be impacted by actions being taken to tackle climate change, new research suggests. The equivalent of 90% of Scotland’s electricity demand is now met from renewables like wind and solar power. More electric vehicles and low-carbon heating, as well as moves to slash plastic use, will further reduce the need for oil and gas, with the sector also hit by a coronavirus demand cut, leading to a prediction 30,000 of those workers in the UK could lose their jobs by 2022. A new study by Survation for industry body Scottish Renewables has shown 80% of Scottish oil and gas workers have considered their career’s future – and that more than three-quarters (77%) are positive about retraining to join the renewable energy industry. Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Claire Mack said: "Our industry provides enormous opportunity for those working in oil and gas who may be facing redundancy and unemployment. "These professionals possess a high level of skills and expertise which, with the right support from government to create a clear pipeline of projects

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Breakthrough New Alloy Bridges Gaps to New Opportunities SANDVIKEN, August 25, 2020 – Sandvik, a developer and producer of advanced stainless steels, special alloys, titanium and other high-performance materials, has launched Sanicro® 35, a unique grade that bridges the performance gap between stainless steels and higher cost nickel alloys. Sanicro® 35, the latest addition to Sandvik’s growing Sanicro® portfolio of nickel alloys and austenitic stainless steels, offers exceptional high performance, strength and corrosion-resistance at a wide range of temperatures. Designed for extremely corrosive environments and seawater applications, it is ideal for heat exchangers and hydraulic and instrumentation tubing. The new alloy features high mechanical yield strength, superior corrosion-resistance and excellent structural stability. “Sanicro® 35 is a unique, high performance alternative to existing duplex and austenitic stainless steel grades and more expensive nickel alloys. It offers a cost-efficient choice for minimising risk and extending production lifecycles when battling corrosion in demanding environments,” said Martin Holmquist, Business Development Manager, Sandvik Materials Technology. “Because of its versatile properties, Sanicro® 35 is an “all-in-one” instrumentation tubing grade. Distributors can streamline inventories by using Sanicro® 35 to replace most other special grades, including 6Mo, Alloy 825 and Alloy 625,” highlights Andreas Furukrona, Global Product Manager, Sandvik Materials Technology. “With a long

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Hamburg, 25 August 2020. Nordex Group has again received an order for AW132/3465 turbines from Brazil. For its new customer TODA Energia do Brasil, the manufacturer will supply eight turbines for a 27.7 MW wind farm. The project is located in the French developer Voltalia’s 2.4 GW Serra Branca wind and solar cluster in north-eastern Brazil. The order also includes the service of the turbines for 15 years. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2021. The infrastructure work and operation will be carried out by Voltalia for TODA Energia do Brasil. The Nordex Group will install the eight turbines on 120-metre concrete towers produced at its local plant in Areia Branca in Rio Grande do Norte. The project forms part of the 2.4 GW Serra Branca cluster to which the Nordex Group has already provided turbines with 341 MW. TODA Energia do Brasil is a subsidiary of the TODA Corporation, a Japanese company which has explored wide range of business fields including renewable energy, with operations in Japan, Brazil and regions of Southeast Asia as well as Africa.

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Latest research from Cornwall Insight Australia shows that solar farms are responsible for paying somewhere between 10%-20% of total regulation FCAS costs in any given month (see Figure 1). This is disproportionate to solar’s energy generation in the NEM, which in FY20, was only ~3%. In contrast, wind is far more proportionate with cumulative FCAS causer pays* factors accounting for ~10% of FCAS regulation costs. Wind provided ~9% of total generation for the NEM in FY20. In fact, calculations by Cornwall Insight Australia highlights that FCAS causer pays costs solar farm owners, conservatively, around $2,368/MW/yr**, which is ~$1.55/MWh. In 2019 this was closer to $5.5/MWh. It should be noted that not all regions are created equal, with solar farms in Queensland in FY20 on average having higher causer pays factors than other states. Ben Cerini, Principal Consultant at Cornwall Insight Australia, said: “Since 2018, regulation FCAS costs have fluctuated between $10-$40mn a quarter. Q220 was a relatively small quarter by recent comparisons at $15mn with the last three quarters before that more than $35mn a quarter. “Renewable energy generators have historically turned off to avoid negative pricing. However, a new operational consideration for renewables is the liability that high regulation FCAS prices pose to the

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The latest DC UPS system of the German manufacturer provides the advantage of the choice between a longer buffer time or a longer service life for the safe supply of the customer's machinery Voltage fluctuations and voltage dips can have serious consequences for machines and systems. Losses of data and an uncontrolled process stop result in downtimes and expensive consequential damage. Uninterruptable power supplies compensate these fluctuations with the help of a buffer medium and conduct a controlled shutdown or process stop for industrial PCs, machines, and systems. J. Schneider Elektrotechnik is one of the pioneers of uninterruptible power supplies when it comes to batteries or capacitors as a buffer medium. The CAPTEC 2410-14 is new in the product portfolio of the company, which is located in Offenburg, Germany. With 24 V or 12 V in the input and output and an output current of max. 10 A, i is indispensable for protecting an industrial PC or important functions in machines and systems. The possible buffer time depends on the state of charge, the output current, and the cell voltage of the capacitors. For example, with an output current of 2 A, the device can achieve a buffer time of five minutes while at 10

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Cargostore Worldwide, London based global supplier of DNV and ISO certified containers and specialist equipment announces the appointment of Sharon Keverne to the newly created role of Operations Director. Sharon brings with her 20+ years of valuable experience having worked in several companies across the oil and gas, shipping and freight forwarding industries. The most recent role as the Head of Operations at Allport Cargo Services, followed by Airfreight Manager at Alpi UK Ltd, and prior to that the Oil & Gas Manager at Panalpina World Transport. Sharon will play a key role in the future growth of the company, following on from Cargostore’s Secondary Management Buyout with private equity firm Connection Capital at the start of 2020.

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Second acquisition made by €340 million Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners Operational plants increase Foresight’s European wind portfolio to 800MW Foresight has over 2.5GW of renewable generating capacity from its Solar, Wind and Bioenergy portfolios across Europe and Australia LONDON, 24 August 2020: Foresight Group LLP (“Foresight”), the leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager, is pleased to announce the second investment made by  Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners (“FEIP”), into two operational wind farms located in the Castile and León region of Spain.  The 27-turbine portfolio represents Foresight’s second acquisition from subsidiaries of wpd AG (“wpd”), one of Europe’s leading wind energy developers and operators, following the acquisition of a 50MW German wind portfolio in December 2018. The wind farms were commissioned in Q4 2019 having been developed, financed and constructed by wpd and comprise 27 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (“SGRE”) G-132 3.465MW wind turbine generators, with SGRE also providing long term O&M services.  The portfolio additionally benefits from ongoing operational management services provided by wpd windmanager, a wholly-owned subsidiary of wpd. Revenues are underpinned by a 10-year, fixed price PPA with Statkraft, with further revenue protection resulting from participation in the second and third Spanish tender rounds of

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Clir Renewables appoints Tim Reitsma as Director of People and Culture as the firm outlines plans for growth in solar and Asian markets Vancouver, 24 August 2020 – Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for renewable energy, today announces the appointment of Tim Reitsma as Director of People and Culture. Formerly of FLIR Systems, SPARK Creations & Company, and co-founder of the People Managing People podcast, Tim will lead on ensuring Clir’s strong internal culture of innovation and diversity is reinforced and replicated as the firm expands into new technical and regional markets. Clir’s platform uses artificial intelligence to analyze wind turbine and solar panel data in the context of the surrounding environment and the wider portfolio of assets. Tim joins Clir during a year of rapid growth and development, with the firm having increased the capacity of onshore and offshore wind assets analysed by its platform to 7GW since the start of the year, expanded its technical offering to include solar PV optimization, and reinforced its presence in the Latin American and Spanish markets with a number of senior hires. Alongside ongoing growth in existing markets, the company has now set its sights on optimizing wind and solar

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