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Double rotor floating concept nezzy² receives statement of feasibility Innovative concept allows for a rated power of 15 MW Next milestone in prototype development reached  Hamburg, 29 October 2020– DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has awarded aerodyn engineering with a statement of feasibility for its double rotor floating wind turbine concept nezzy². This statement, based on DNV GL’s technology qualification services, confirms that the floater is designed to state-of-the-art safety, quality and performance standards. It allows aerodyn to secure investments and enter the next level of prototype development. “Floating offshore wind will be an exciting new market with 250 GW installed, producing 2% of global power in 2050, says Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President Renewables Certification at DNV GL. “Qualification of new technology based on state-of-the-art methods and certification schemes linked to international standards is key in bringing early confidence in the concept to this emerging industry.  “ “Through the cooperation with DNV GL, we have evaluated the technical and commercial risks of the project within the framework of the Technology Qualification. Now we are able to offer our customers a reliable, forward-looking and economically attractive solution confirmed by a statement of feasibility.” says

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The two companies have now executed O&M service agreements for more than 500 solar plants across North America totaling nearly 1GW of capacity. Following the execution of a Framework Agreement in November 2019, SMA America and Brookfield Renewable have successfully executed service agreements pertaining to an extensive 1 GW solar portfolio consisting of over 500 solar facilities across North America. The service agreements will focus efforts to maximize energy production and revenue creation using an innovative framework that shares risk and opportunity between the two organizations. SMA is uniquely positioned for this mandate thanks to, among other things, its extensive knowledge of inverter technology and superior bankability. The agreement was originally signed by Terraform Power, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable and its institutional partners. Over the past months, SMA has increased its service coverage areas throughout North America and strengthened its back-office and support functions to prepare for providing service to the Brookfield Renewable solar portfolio. Furthermore, SMA’s inverter repowering initiative gained a firm footing in the U.S and Canadian markets in 2019, and this capability will play a key role in increasing the reliability and energy generation of the Brookfield Renewable solar portfolio. With more than 35

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Delivering safer, faster, more cost-efficient and traceable high torque bolt tightening for critical applications in the energy sector are the key objectives of a new range of cordless smart battery nutrunners, launched by Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions. Previously expensive and time-consuming installation and maintenance processes carried out using hydraulic wrench methods, on wind turbines for example, have been made much faster and more cost-effective, as a result of Atlas Copco’s proven tensor motor technology, which delivers the world’s most productive output. Enhancing safety and comfort further, the ergonomically optimised SRB HA smart battery nutrunner is the only product of its type on the market equipped with an integrated dual twin trigger, designed to minimise the risk of finger pinch injury. The single operator tool has a torque rating of up to 4000Nm and an internal torque transducer for maximum control and reliability. Clear operator feedback is provided with multi-functional LEDs, displaying OK/NOK status messages based on torque and angle readings.

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Progress towards Scotland's 2020 renewable heat target A £4 million cashback grant scheme to encourage small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency and install renewable heating Responding, Helen Melone, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Scotland has barely scratched the surface of decarbonising the way it keeps warm - something which will be absolutely critical if we are to meet our stretching net-zero target. "The figures released today show that we are a long way (6.5%) from meeting our target that 11% of heat will be delivered from renewables by 2020. “SMEs form the backbone of Scotland's economy, providing an estimated 1.2 million jobs and using an enormous variety of business premises. Today's announcement will enable them to modernise their heating systems while cutting carbon emissions. "Together with the support provided by the UK Government through the Renewable Heat Incentive, and the successor scheme which it must soon put in place, these measures show that renewable heat solutions are an attractive option at all scales.”

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Vela Software Group (“Vela”), an operating group of Canadian public company Constellation Software Inc. (TSX:CSU) is pleased to announce it has acquired SeaRoc Group Ltd (“SeaRoc”), a United Kingdom operating company based in Chichester, UK.  About SeaRoc. SeaRoc was formed in 2002 and has grown under the Fred. Olsen Group to provide industry leading Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions (SeaPlanner and SitePlanner) with associated hardware, to optimise safety and efficiency within large scale, hazardous operational and construction environments.  Alongside QHS&E and other consultancy services, SeaPlanner has played a pivotal role in the development of 31 offshore wind projects, supporting the induction and certification management of over 24,000 personnel and 500 subcontractors.  Built on learning from these highly challenging environments, the SitePlanner Contractor Management System now offers customers solutions to reach excellence in efficient and safe operations across a wide range of land-based construction and site management challenges.  Going forward, SeaRoc will continue to operate as an independent business unit within Vela.  Ian Sellwood, MD of SeaRoc stated, “Despite past successes it was very important that SeaRoc found a new partner to maximise its growth potential in these expanding and innovative markets.  In Vela we believe we have found that partner.  Their successes across SaaS providers demonstrates the value add of their best practices, financial guidance and support, and business focus.  Their customer focused culture aligns with SeaRoc’s ‘personality’ and the teams desire to offer customers the best solutions and services.  We look forward to an exciting and prosperous future together”.  “We

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Comms infrastructure upgrade completed at 15 onshore windfarms in Ireland, stretching from Cork to Mayo Secure, resilient network carries reliable trading data with maximum network uptime Helps Enerco Energy meet its data reporting requirements for regulatory purposes Announcement coincides with EMR’s exhibitor presence with Enterprise Ireland at the Global Offshore Wind 2020 Conference DUNBOYNE, CO MEATH, IRELAND, Wednesday, 28th October 2020:  Leading SCADA network and wireless telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has completed a communications infrastructure upgrade at 15 onshore windfarms for independently-owned renewable energy provider, Enerco Energy. Stretching from Cork in the south to Mayo in the west, the upgrade provides a secure, robust and resilient communications network allowing Enerco’s energy trading desk to have ‘always on’ access to reliable windfarm data and meet its regulatory reporting requirements to grid operator, EirGrid. Announcement of the deal coincides with EMR’s exhibitor presence at the Global Offshore Wind 2020 Conference, which starts today and takes place virtually until 30th October, 2020. Commenting on the project win, a spokesperson for Enerco Energy said: “EMR provide us with a level of comfort in that we know our forecasters are getting the data they require in order to trade efficiently and effectively in the market. 

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Responding, Ben Miller, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said:  "Today’s publications represent new foundations on which our members can continue to develop Scotland’s tremendous offshore wind resource and deliver on Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy and net-zero targets. "The Scottish Government’s statement that 11GW of offshore wind deployment is possible by 2030 means there is much work to do, but this is a milestone moment for the decade ahead. "We are however disappointed that some areas in the draft Sectoral Marine Plan have not been taken forward at this stage. If we are to deliver on those stretching climate targets it’s imperative that we use every tool in our armoury and continue to work together to find creative solutions to the further deployment of the cheap, popular renewable energy technologies which are already delivering environmental and economic benefits across Scotland."

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Smart watches and wristbands are becoming more and more popular. Various new functions such as health monitoring, contactless payment, entertainment, living assistance, have been added to these small devices and bring convenience to our daily lives. However, the limited battery life of these devices, due to its critical size, remains a key issue. To address this issue, a research team led by Prof. Wei-Hsin LIAO, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has developed an embedded energy harvester which is very efficient in generating electricity to sustainably power the smart watches and wristbands. Energy harvesters have been used to power up traditional watches in which mechanical gears are equipped to increase the frequency of human motion and convert mechanical energy to electricity. But these designs have the disadvantage of incompact structure and require precision manufacture. The mechanical friction caused by the gears also leads to significant energy loss and such devices occasionally suffer mechanical failure. Prof. LIAO and his research group on smart materials and energy harvesting tried to replace mechanical gears with electromagnetic components to solve the key issue. Dr. Mingjing CAI, one of the research group members, said, “The low

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Responding, Brian McFarlane, Co-Chair of the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council, said: “Scotland's offshore wind resource is one of the best in the world and the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council is committed to its vision of an offshore wind sector that plays to Scotland’s strengths, delivering jobs, investment and export opportunities in line with the UK Sector Deal. “Today’s announcements help achieve that by providing the policy certainty which developers and investors need to make plans for building the offshore wind farms of the future. “The Scottish Government’s belief that the ambition for the Scottish offshore wind sector should be raised to 11GW by 2030, from 1GW today, sets a pathway for the sector which aligns with Scotland’s net-zero ambitions, in which offshore wind will play a fundamental role. “Industry and government must now work collaboratively together, alongside other users of the sea, to create a competitive, commercially-attractive offshore wind sector in Scotland which can deliver both domestically and in the global offshore wind market.”

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The construction package covers site preparation, concrete precasting, procurement of steel bulkheads and assembly of the floater along with management of the supply chain. The various sections of the floater will be first precast and then assembled proving the efficiency of the industrial fabrication. 90% of the construction budget will be destined to the local supply chain. Commissioning is scheduled for 2022. Bilbao, 28 October 2020.- Leading global infrastructure operator Ferrovial has been selected for the manufacturing and assembly of the SATH floating platform in the DemoSATH project lead by Saitec Offshore Technologies in collaboration with RWE Renewables. The construction package will last 14 months and covers site preparation, concrete precasting, procurement of steel bulkheads and assembly of the floater along with management of the supply chain. The award of the construction contract is a significant milestone for the project and kicks-off the on-site works in the already granted area of the Port of Bilbao (northern Spain). Work will start in November 2020 under strict health and safety rules to protect against Covid-19, and will create around 60 local jobs during the peak of the project. In February 2020, RWE Renewables and Saitec Offshore Technologies announced they were joining forces to test

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