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Covestro develops sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore industry Covestro offers a sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore wind power industry. It is based on a precursor of the cardyon® brand containing CO₂. The elastomers show the same good properties as petrochemical-based products. © Covestro Covestro has developed a sustainable cast elastomer solution that enables the offshore industry to reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint. The polyurethane elastomers are based on so-called cardyon® brand polyols, which contain CO2 and offer the same good performance as corresponding petrochemical-based elastomers. A new technology from Covestro makes it possible to produce these precursors from carbon dioxide in a proportion of up to 20 percent by weight, thereby replacing some of the fossil raw materials used up to now. The development contributes to recycling carbon and underlines Covestro's intention to focus all its activities on the Circular Economy. In its search for a more sustainable solution for the offshore industry, molding company Polarttech opted for a Desmodur® elastomer system containing cardyon® polyols. This cast polyurethane elastomer offers the following advantages: The part produced with this system shows very good hydrolysis resistance, as expected from such an offshore application, and is more durable than other elastomers

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Moventas introduces its Exceed Evo+ upgrade for the Exceed Evo gearbox, launched in Hamburg wind energy expo 2018. The Exceed Evo+ contains a new bearing concept, the Moventas Orbit™ Bearing Solution, which provides a calculated bearing lifetime of 40-years. Exceed Evo+ is the next step in the technology roadmap developed by Moventas that was launched with the release of the first Exceed gearbox back in 2014. The modular Exceed technology platform, and its roadmap, has been designed to give turbine OEM’s a competitive edge by lowering the LCoE of wind turbines. The roadmap has been designed to provide a modular gearbox technology base that anticipates and adapts to the requirements of the wind industry. Exceed Evo+ represents Moventas’ 40 years of commitment to our customers and the wind industry. Exceed Evo+ continues the Exceed technology platform’s trend of providing validated industry leading technology in a compact form factor and higher torque density ratings. The Exceed Evo+ supports both medium and high-speed drivetrain turbine variants in the 6MW and above power classes.

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Trail Blazing apprentices to work on East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm As the UK celebrates Wind Week (23-27 November 2020) ScottishPower Renewables is announcing the appointment of its first-ever offshore wind apprentices. Talented locals, 18-year-old Jovita Beeston from Norwich and 17-year-old Hope Reynolds from Lowestoft, secured the roles after a rigorous selection process. The two mechatronics maintenance apprentice technicians are now hard at work on their three-year apprenticeship programme, which will see them working 30 miles off the Suffolk coast on the recently completed East Anglia ONE windfarm. During the three-year programme, Jovita and Hope will receive on the job learning and unique work experience opportunities, which will bring classroom studies, such as programming and mechanical assembly, to life. The first stage of their study programme is focused on college learning, where they are the only two women on the course. Jovita was inspired to join the ScottishPower Renewables programme after studying engineering at college as well as gaining practical work experience in the offshore wind sector. She said: “I not only really enjoyed the experience of working in the offshore industry – I was also really fascinated about the impact of renewable energy and how it was growing as a key sector for the

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, presented his Spending Review 2020 to parliament today and also published a new National Infrastructure Strategy. David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: “The Chancellor has made decarbonisation a priority in the Spending Review and highlighted the energy networks' vital role in helping the UK shift gear to achieve net zero carbon emissions in just 30 years' time. We're supporting the drive towards electric vehicles, a hydrogen economy, greener gas and the smart energy grid. To do all of this while providing the public with the best possible service requires significant private investment over the next three decades and a strong policy framework all backed up by a supportive regulatory regime. The government's ambitions here are clear, and we look forward to helping this become a reality." ENA - the voice of the networks We’re Energy Networks Association, the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and

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Grid edge estimated to be crucial to tackle the energy transition Assessment of grid edge readiness and need for 36 countries worldwide Results provide valuable insights for governments and industries alike In the effort to mitigate climate change, global energy markets are changing for good. Energy generation is increasingly relying on renewables, and formerly passive consumers are becoming active prosumers. For this energy turnaround to succeed, the grid edge – the interface between energy supply and energy demand – is more important than ever. Grid edge technologies are crucial to support the energy transformation. They encompass a wide range of technologies, from electric vehicles to heat pumps, solar panels, and smart meters to apps which allow remote control of appliances. In a joint research project, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) and University of Oxford (UK) have defined a comprehensive index to assess the opportunities and barriers for grid edge solutions. “There is no one-fits-all blueprint for the energy transformation. Many factors influence which solutions are appropriate for a region, and how ready a country is to deploy them at scale,” says Michael Weinhold, CTO at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. The three partner organisations analysed 36 countries worldwide for

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With its digital solution, Eturnity AG has managed to simplify the daily work of over 180 installers and energy suppliers throughout Europe. The Swiss greentech company accomplished this by developing two easy-to-use software solutions designed to facilitate planning and sales of residential PV and heating systems. The result for customers: Up to 80% time savings in consulting and quotation processes and up to 30% more deals. Simplify your everyday work now – free of charge for two weeks Software solutions from Eturnity are now also available in the UK, and customers such as Solar South West Ltd. are already using the software solution successfully. In order to allow even more British customer consultants to experience the benefits of the solution for themselves, the Swiss company offers a free two-week trial period to all interested parties. "We hope that this will enable us to remove potential initial obstacles for the installation companies and energy suppliers. They should be able to test how and whether our digital solution simplifies their everyday work without having to invest money beforehand. Throughout the test phase, our support team is available for all questions free of charge. We are looking forward to seeing which innovative companies will choose to

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~ High-speed microwave radio links deployed at Greater Gabbard offshore substations to transport critical plant information including wind turbine data ~ Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday, 25th November 2020:  EMR Integrated Solutions, a leading SCADA network and wireless telecommunications provider, today announced the completion of a communications upgrade project for the Greater Gabbard offshore transmission assets located off the coast of Suffolk in the United Kingdom. The upgrade involves the deployment of 100Mbps resilient microwave radio links, specifically designed for marine applications.  The links, located at two offshore substations, will transport vital plant information including wind turbine data, ensuring uninterrupted operational information to the onshore transmission SCADA system. Commenting on the project, Roger Morgan, general manager of Greater Gabbard OFTO, said: “We agreed on the most efficient solution which was mindful of people's safety, the installation methodology and the project costs. It has been a big success story for us.  Everything is working well and it is a rock-solid, robust solution for our needs.” The team at EMR recommended the use of Advanced Space Diversity technology which uses fewer antennae for microwave connectivity as Alan Feenan, sales director with EMR explains. “Three antennae, rather than the traditional four, provide a hybrid system with two separate paths. 

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Bilbao, 25 November 2020 – Saitec Engineering has been awarded with 2.4M€ funding by the European Commission "Blue Economy Window" call. The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) launched in November 2019 a call for proposals named `BlueInvest Grants: Investing in Blue Innovation´ with a total investment of 22M€ to develop and bring to market new products, services, and business models for small and medium enterprises that could ultimately improve market readiness of technologies and/or maritime services. The funding for SATHScale project will allow to address the challenge of bringing to market SATH floating wind technology through scaling-up the prototype from the technology validation and demonstration in a relevant environment to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) required for commercial products in the relevant markets, i.e., to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, exploiting real experiences of the ongoing open-sea 2MW demonstrator that will be deployed at BiMEP (Biscay Marine Energy Platform) in Biscay (Spain). Carlos Garrido-Mendoza, Head of R&D, said: “SATHScale is an important project for Saitec with a view of industrialize, internationalize and scaling-up SATH technology. SATHScale will help us to move forward to the required commercial maturity level through an open-sea experience, which is essential to fully understand the challenges

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Wim Schouwenaar, CEO is passionate about the work carried out by DHSS. He told PES that the whole work force is dedicated to their services and go above and beyond the call of duty. Well aware of the importance of location and reactivity this go-ahead team provide full vessel agency services and helicopter logistics for the Offshore Energy Industry. Currently based in the Netherlands they are looking to expand globally. In fact, it would appear that the world is their oyster. PES: Hi Wim, it’s great to welcome you back to PES Wind. Please can you begin by giving us a brief overview of DHSS? Wim Schouwenaar: It is good to catch up with PES Wind again. We are quite busy in all the service areas we provide to our offshore wind clients. Our clients are keeping us busy in all the ports, where we have an agency, in the Netherlands. Customers who regularly rely on our services with regards to all related activities during their project execution at sea and at their port calls. On a daily basis we provide our services to walk to work vessels, installation vessels and the supporting crew tender fleet for various wind farms. The added value of

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Cornwall Insight’s Renewable Pipeline Tracker service has examined the potential capacity that could enter the Contract for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round (AR) 4, with the analysis showing there is currently 17GW* of technologies likely to be eligible to bid. This analysis is based on Cornwall Insight’s unique tiering system in the Renewables Pipeline Tracker service, which assesses viability based on a range of criteria across planning and grid connection status, project sizing, route to market confirmations and ongoing project activity. Of the total 17GW eligible almost half (7.9GW) is offshore wind. The rest is made up of 7.6GW of “Pot 1” (established technologies) and 1.4GW of “Pot 2” (less established technologies). “Pot 1” technologies have been re-integrated into the scheme for AR4, and the analysis shows over 5GW of onshore wind and 1.7GW of solar PV could be eligible to bid, with a number of further solar PV sites known to be in the grid connection queue. Lucy Dolton, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “Recent announcements by BEIS have confirmed the CfD AR4 auction will take place in “late 2021” and will look to procure up to double the ~6GW seen in AR3. With a potential of up to 12GW available, it is easy to

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