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EV adoption is expected to accelerate as AI makes the EV ecosystem more attractive and competitive Oct. 28, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights describes the AI applications used in the current generation of EV hardware and services as of 2020, providing market forecasts for in-vehicle AI applications, EV fleet AI applications, and utility AI applications for EV planning, through 2029. While many EV drivers are enthusiastic about their vehicles, prospective customers have legitimate reasons for hesitating to make the switch, including shorter driving range, inconvenient charging, and insufficient knowledge of what to do when problems occur. The EV industry is aware of these concerns, and is aggressively applying AI technology to enhance the EV experience. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, the market for AI-based applications for EV energy management is expected to grow at a 27.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next decade, from $298.7 million in 2020 to $2.7 billion in 2029. “The use of AI technology is anticipated to play an increasingly important role in enhancing the efficiency and capabilities of EVs, advancing the competitive positioning of EV OEMs, and overcoming the objections of prospective EV buyers,” says

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Asset owners must learn from a recent run of publicised turbine defects, and benchmark their assets at a portfolio level to overcome missing data around serial faults Vancouver, 28th October 2020 – Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for renewable energy, has today called on asset owners to benchmark the performance of their renewable energy equipment at portfolio, rather than project, scales. While a number of high-profile manufacturers have recently announced losses owing to the repair and replacement of turbines with blade or tower defects, very few of these serial faults are made public until they affect the manufacturers’ balance sheet. Therefore, in order for asset owners to understand what issues might be recurring, a lack of transparency around ‘big picture’ operational data must be addressed. Clir argues that in the absence of industry-wide transparency on serial defects, owners need to use their asset and project data to build a portfolio-wide understanding of asset health and act on issues before they impact performance or result in a critical failure. Today’s turbines are four times as large as the average assets installed in the wind power boom of the 1980s, with the next generation of turbines set to reach new heights

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Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation has been awarded a contract by Seaway 7, the renewables business unit of Subsea 7, to provide 281 NjordGuard cable protection systems for Vattenfall’s Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm project, located in the North Sea, Netherlands. These will protect the inner-array power cables for 140 monopile wind turbines, as well as the array cables at the points where they meet the two offshore substations on the project, from over-bending, abrasion and fatigue. Daniel Bate, Sales Manager for renewables at Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation, states: “We are delighted Trelleborg has been selected by Seaway 7 to supply NjordGuard cable protection systems across all four Hollandse Kust Zuid project sites. The award follows continuous efforts, working collaboratively with the team at Seaway 7 to optimize the NjordGuard cable protection system package and offer synergies across the project.” Production of the 281 NjordGuard cable protection system will take place in Trelleborg’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the North West of England. NjordGuard is an integrated cable protection system designed and developed to protect offshore wind farm power cables in wind turbine generators and offshore substation platforms. Easily assembled on a vessel to allow speedy installation, the system’s highly abrasion resistant API

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Global Offshore, a leading provider of cable installation, repair and trenching services to the offshore renewables, utilities and oil & gas markets, and part of the Global Marine Group, has installed a 2,000-tonne capacity power cable carousel at Port of Blyth’s Battleship Wharf terminal. The strategically located cable carousel, provided by Swan Hunter, offers Global Offshore increased operational flexibility with short-term, local cable storage, reduced mobilisation times and improved cost efficiencies for their customers. The port, where cable-lay vessels Normand Clipper and Global Symphony are frequently mobilised, has become an operational hub for Aberdeen-based Global Offshore in recent years. The port’s location on the northeast coast is ideally situated for the company’s wealth of campaigns in the North Sea. The new carousel, which is equipped with a 10-tonne tensioner to ensure effective cable handling from vessel to shore, and back, also offers short-term options for clients requiring reliable cable storage on the northeast coast of England. Mike Daniel, Managing Director at Global Offshore, said, “Expanding our presence at the Port of Blyth, the introduction of our new cable storage carousel enables us to reduce cable transportation costs as well as offering quicker mobilisation to aid our regular offshore operations in the North Sea.  

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First order in the US for N155/4.X Delta4000 turbines The Nordex Group now also offers this turbine type with an increased rating of more than 5 MW: the N155/5.X Hamburg, 27 October 2020. The Nordex Group has won an order for a 240 MW wind farm in Texas, USA to be installed in 2021. The project will be supplied with 50 N155/4.X turbines of the Delta4000 series and will operate with a rated power of 4.8 MW per wind turbine. The project and customer are undisclosed. With a 155 meter rotor diameter, the N155/4.X turbines are ideally suited to the site conditions of the project which enables the customer to achieve a low cost of energy. "We are pleased to once again deliver Delta4000 turbines to the USA. The wind farm will be the 10th Nordex Group project in South Texas. This brings our installed volume in this region to almost 1.9 gigawatts," says Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group.

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CSSC Marine Service Co (CMS), the worldwide equipment service subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has extended its range of services for WïnGD and RT-Flex two-stroke engines, with the introduction of an injection control unit (ICU) overhaul and testing service. The development marks the first time that OEM-authorised ICU overhaul and testing has been available in China. ICU overhauls are traditionally carried out in two key ports worldwide and often require international shipment of complete ICUs to and from the repair shop at great cost.  The number of vessels stopping or drydocking in China makes CMS’s new service highly convenient and offer the added cost advantages of repair work performed at Chinese ship repair yards. It is estimated that around 2,000 ICUs are overhauled globally each year, so the service represents a viable new business line for CMS in China. For CMS the expansion to other key markets can be replicated once this is proven to be popular with owners. “ICU overhaul and testing are a core service that until now has not been available in one of the world’s biggest ship repair markets,” said Andrew Stump President CMS. “As a sister company and authorised service partner of WinGD, customers can be

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Singapore, Tuesday, 27th October 2020 – October 2015 marked the official launch of the specialist heavy lift project cargo and breakbulk carrier AAL’s Middle East Hub Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Today, despite one of the most challenging periods in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)’s recent history – with oil price instability and COVID-19 causing economic pressure on local economies – AAL is seeing tentative growth in cargo demand through the Middle East and has made a long-term commitment to operating a scheduled monthly multipurpose (MPP) sailing through the region in service of local shippers and project owners, as well as additional tramp sailings when required. Given domestic and external headwinds, real GDP in the MENA region has been projected to fall by more than 4.7 percent in 2020, reflecting the widescale economic impact of COVID-19 and subdued activity in oil exporters and related sectors. However, fiscal responses put in place by a number of countries in the region, including Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia, are casting a lifeline to ongoing power and civil infrastructure projects and supporting local economies. AAL’s Chief Representative in the Middle East, Karim Smaili, explained; “Green shoots first appeared after

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Pforzheim, October 27, 2020 – The rising demand for photovoltaics, technological innovations and decreasing costs are making the manufacture of photovoltaic products in Europe attractive. This trend is further boosted by the research and mechanical engineering expertise represented on the continent as well as problems with global supply chains induced by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the still tangible effects of the corona pandemic, European companies such as Meyer Burger and NexWafe are setting up new production facilities in Europe. Intersolar Europe, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry, will once again dedicate an exhibition space to PV production technologies in 2021. The exhibition will take place as part of The smarter E Europe at Messe München from June 9–11, 2021.  In view of a drop in order intakes suffered by PV mechanical engineer in the second quarter of 2020 and an expected global drop of installations by four percent to 112 Gigawatts (GW) in the year 2020, SolarPower Europe’s Global Market Outlook (GMO) 2020-2024 predicts growth of up to 34 percent for the coming year. And the current coronavirus pandemic is not expected to change this: “Photovoltaics is often more cost-efficient than other power generation technologies – a trend that

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After successfully completing the certification process for its transponder-based Aircraft Detection Light System (ADLS), the independent service provider Deutsche Windtechnik can now announce that it has signed its first major ADLS contract. windpunx GmbH & Co. KG has placed an order for the retrofitting of a large proportion of their managed wind turbines. The ADLS system can be installed in turbines from different manufacturers that use different technologies. In addition, the associated documentation of the retrofitting will ensure that the operator continues to receive remuneration under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Preparations to retrofit the wind turbines will begin immediately and the process will be completed within the legally mandated period of time. Multi-brand and spanning multiple wind farms The contract between the operations manager windpunx GmbH & Co. KG and Deutsche Windtechnik encompasses wind turbines from existing contracts as well as additional turbines. For Steffen Schroth, managing director, and Felix Genze, chief operating officer of windpunx GmbH & Co. KG, two major reasons for the decision to work with Deutsche Windtechnik were the good cooperation in the past and the expertise to retrofit turbines from multiple manufacturers. The operations manager´s wind turbines that require On-Demand Night-Time Marking (ONM) include systems

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ASM Industries started in September the fabrication of 42 offshore wind tower sections to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for Fryslan Offshore Wind Farm. The project will be installed in Dutch waters and will be composed, in total, by 89 offshore turbines 4.3 T108.66. Fabrication activities are taking place at ASM Offshore, located in Aveiro Port, during the next months. “This is a very important milestone achieved. Our new facility has successfully been commissioned and ramped up, and this project is one more step towards our strategy to be involved in the most challenging and demanding projects in the offshore industry, cooperating together with the major leading companies, such as SGRE, contributing actively for the Energy Transition.” Adelino Costa Matos, CEO, said. ASM Industries has been also successful in securing a strong backlog for 2020 and 2021, “Over last months we have reached the highest Backlog in ASM Industries history, and our pipeline of Tenders gives us a strong expectation for the future ahead of us, consolidating our presence as one of the main fabricators of Wind Towers, Offshore Foundations and Marine Structures in a unique strategic location”.

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