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After over half a year of low-sulphur fuel operations for international shipping, Chevron Marine Lubricants has distilled its experiences of working with new fuels and lubricants into a new whitepaper published today. ‘Taking the Temperature of the 2020 fuel sulphur switch’ includes findings based on work with ship operators worldwide to manage the transition from traditional high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) to very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) – the most widely used means of complying with IMO’s 2020 regulation. The paper also explores what these experiences mean for shipping as it prepares for even greater changes in the future, as decarbonisation and other sustainability targets further influence fuel choices. “Chevron’s observations show that most ship operators managed the transition very well,” says Ian Thurloway, Brand, Marketing and Business Development Manager for Chevron Marine Lubricants. “Fuel quality has been less variable than expected and accurate recommendations on cylinder lubrication helped prevent the worst fears from being realised. But there have been engine condition concerns and rigorous monitoring remains a fundamental of any fuel change – particularly faced with a whole new range of clean fuels to choose from.” Chevron notes in the whitepaper that VLSFO in general has a higher energy content than HSFO, offering good

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ADELAIDE - A South Australian company which has developed a “stethoscope” for wind turbines that could save the energy industry $500 million a year globally is ready to begin commercial production at a global scale. The company will launch their second-generation Ping Monitor with an event at Stone & Chalk’s Lot Fourteen collaboration space, where they are residents, at 10am AEST on Tuesday August 18. The Ping Monitor continuously monitors the acoustic signature produced by wind turbine blades, automatically alerting operators when there is a change that indicates possible damage. This produces savings on preventative maintenance by enabling earlier and more targeted intervention to address blade damage. It also reduces downtime, increasing the profitability of windfarm operations, and make inspection and maintenance safer for workers. “Today marks a huge step forward for Ping Services as we take the Ping Monitor to the global market,” CEO Matthew Stead said. “Until today, we have been working with our customers on a bespoke level. With the second-generation Ping Monitor, we are ready to manufacture and export at commercial scale. “If we got an order for 1000 second-gen Ping Monitors tomorrow, we could fill it.”

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Research from Cornwall Insight Australia, examined the performance of wind and solar technologies against the time-of-day price shape, highlights a clear divergence in the merchant outlook for both technologies. This presents a real opportunity for collaborative and hybrid projects to maximise developers’ value. Key findings From FY19 to FY20, average prices between 7.30 AM-3 PM have dropped by       15-38%, while prices between 4.30 PM-6 PM have increased by 10-40%. On average, solar delivers its peak volumes (11 AM-1 PM) entirely in the bottom quartile of prices. For every settlement period between 3 PM-8 PM, wind on average delivered over 90% of its peak generation in the top quartile of prices during the day. For every settlement period between 5 PM-7 PM, wind on average delivered over 90% of its peak output in the 90th percentile of price outcomes through the day. Lumi Adisa, Lead Consultant – Market Analysis and Business Development at Cornwall Insight Australia, said: “The merchant market in New South Wales (NSW) - and all mainland states are undergoing significant change; we see a continuing trend of steeper evening peaks, and lower day troughs. Changing demand patterns due to COVID-19 restrictions and impacts are partly complicit

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Solar power generation is rising in Europe, new data from energy market analyst EnAppSys has shown. In the first six months of this year, generation from this power source across Europe amounted to 68TWh – up from the 59TWh in the corresponding period in 2019 and 70% higher than the 2015 figure of 40TWh. In the second quarter of 2020, solar output hit a record 47.6TWh – up 19% from the previous peak in Q2 2018. The rise was attributed to the increase in solar capacity across Europe, as countries across the continent attempt to improve their environmental footprint by producing a greater proportion of electricity from renewable sources. This rise in capacity slowed between 2017 and 2019, with solar generation totalling 38.3TWh, 40.1TWh and 39.1TWh in Q2 of 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. But this year it has risen again significantly, raising the question: what is happening in 2020 that was not happening over the previous three years? Fifteen years ago, solar farms provided only a very minor contribution towards overall European power demand, with only a few GWs of solar projects across the entire continent. These provided only a nominal share of overall power production. By 2011 solar was in the middle of a

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With more than 140GW of new PV plant expected to be added to grids around the world this year, up almost 15% on 2019*, leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power is gearing up to support the global industry build-out the expansion. In the past 12 months, Natural Power has supported more than 6GW of solar projects, half of which have been in North America, including work as technical advisor, independent engineer of record, energy yield analysis, providing expertise on PV plant lifetime extension, and installation quality; as well as more than 100MW of storage projects supported through due diligence and lender’s technical advisor roles. Demonstrating further commitment to support the solar industry in North America, Natural Power recently opened its 12th global office in Golden, Colorado. Initially, there will be four keys members of the team here including the recently appointed Dr Vardaan (Dan) Chawla as Principal Solar Engineer, as well as Chris Mertes (PE), Head of Advisory; Chad Homuth (PE), Senior Project Engineer; and Reece Enderson (PE) Senior Project Manager. Dan has more than a decade of professional experience in the solar industry. He adds extensive experience with solar technology and as an independent engineer of record on numerous

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First jacket foundations touch ground in Taiwan Onshore connections are completed Jan De Nul Group is well on track in the construction of the ‘Taiwan Power Company Offshore Windfarm Phase 1 Project – Demonstration’. The very first jacket foundations have been installed in Taiwanese waters, approximately 10km off the coast of Fangyuan in Changhua County. Onshore, the civil works for the connection of the offshore wind farm are completed. Up to today a total of nine jacket foundations, weighing approximately 1,100 metric tonnes each, have been installed on the seabed by means of the offshore installation vessel Aegir, which Jan De Nul Group chartered from Dutch Heerema Marine Contractors for the foundation installation campaign. “Two years have passed prior to installing the first jacket foundation offshore. We are therefore more than delighted that the installation has been successful”, says Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group. 9 jackets installed, 12 to follow In total, the TPC Offshore Wind Farm will comprise 21 offshore wind turbines, each installed on a jacket foundation, which are anchored to the seabed by four steel pin piles. Installation of these pin piles started in June this year. After installing the jackets on the pin piles,

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(Wels, 13.08.20) On 16th of September 2020, solar expert, Fronius will be launching its own virtual solar fair for the first time, devoted to 24 hours of sun. “We want to show visitors to the fair our latest developments and guide them through our wide range of solutions,” says Martin Hackl, Global Director Solar Energy, Fronius International about the innovative trade fair concept. "All of our new products and the wide range of applications for storage, e-mobility as well as solar heating and cooling are designed for maximum self-sufficiency with solar energy. We’re also dedicating a lot of space to the trending topics of solar hydrogen and digitisation.” Innovative solutions for detached houses, apartment buildings and small businesses through to commercial photovoltaic parks are on the agenda and Fronius will be unveiling a number of new products for visitors to enjoy. As always, the company will be placing a great deal of emphasis on consulting and service for customers and installers, which is why international Fronius experts will hold guided tours in different languages, covering the various key topics. Of course, you are also welcome to explore the individual areas on your own. The experts at Fronius are looking forward to

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The Gecama wind farm will provide clean energy to approximately 260,000 Spanish households Madrid, Spain 13th August 2020 – DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, successfully completed a technical due diligence on behalf of Banco de Sabadell S.A. and Bankia S.A for financing the construction of the Gecama wind farm. The project’s 312 MW of total installed capacity is the largest single wind farm in Spain. Gecama is expected to provide clean energy to approximately 260,000 Spanish households. Located in the province of Cuenca (Castilla La Mancha, Spain), the wind farm is planned to enter commercial operation in 2022 and will reduce CO2 emissions annually by approximately 150,000 tons. To support the two banks during the financing process, DNV GL provided a variety of technical services bringing together a multidisciplinary team of experts to undertake an integrated assessment and review of different aspects, such as the energy production, technology and design, grid connection arrangements, construction and operation and maintenance contracts, permitting, environmental, social and health and safety compliance, amongst others. Financial close occurred in June 2020. DNV GL will continue to act as Lenders’ Technical Advisor during the construction phase of the project. In the midst of the

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Transformation of the business model from machine supplier to vertically integrated cell and module manufacturer Capital increase successfully completed with gross proceeds of CHF 165 million Cash inflow of approximately CHF 24 million from the sale of Muegge GmbH and book profit of approximately CHF 4 million Net revenues of CHF 51.0 million (H1 2019 adjusted: CHF 110.2 million) affected by corona and business transformation EBITDA of CHF -27.5 million (H1 2019: CHF 14.5 million) and net profit of CHF -38.6 million (H1 2019: CHF 1.8 million) 2020 is a year of transformation for Meyer Burger. In the first half of 2020, the Board of Directors decided to adjust the business model and prepare the company for the future. Meyer Burger wants to position itself as a technologically leading manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules. As a result, the production machines for heterojunction/SmartWire technology will in future only be manufactured exclusively for its own use. In order to finance the realignment, the company has successfully completed a capital increase with gross proceeds of CHF 165 million, following the approval of the shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 10 July 2020. The sale of the microwave and plasma technology

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European fund manager adopts technology agnostic software to provide essential oversight of portfolio performance for its investors Gothenburg, 11th August - Glennmont Partners (Glennmont), one of Europe’s largest pure renewables fund managers, has adopted Greenbyte’s monitoring platform to oversee the technical performance of its dynamic European wind and solar portfolio. Greenbyte will be fully integrated with Glennmont’s financial and commercial management systems, pulling data from Glennmont’s newest funds with an operational fleet exceeding 1GW to inform decision-making and create transparency with investors. European renewables have been identified as a ‘safe haven’ for investors amid market volatility, offering stable long-term returns, backed by high standards of commercial and technical performance. As capital continues to be channeled into renewables infrastructure and portfolios scale up, it is important that fund and asset managers continue to invest in technologies and systems that deliver maximum value to an increasingly diverse set of investors. Glennmont currently operates a complementary portfolio of onshore and offshore wind and solar assets across France, Italy, Finland, and Germany. With further investment planned, the geographical scale and diversity of this asset base will continue to grow, underlining the requirement for a versatile asset management system encompassing the technical, financial and commercial aspects of project

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