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Contracted by JDR Cables, a world-class provider of subsea technologies and services, the multi-purpose offshore vessel Olympic Commander equipped with a 28 metre-long Safeway Seagull type walk-to-work gangway system, has been deployed for the efficient transfer of people and goods during a maintenance campaign at the Sandbank Wind Farm in the German North Sea. The presence of a smart Safeway A-Frame construction at the boom tip of the Seagull gangway also allows the operator to switch from People Transfer Mode to Cargo Transfer Mode, activating a lift capacity of 1,000 kg, at the touch of a button. The Sandbank offshore windfarm has been finalized in 2017 and is located 90 kilometres off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the second joint project between Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München. The two companies have already jointly implemented the DanTysk wind farm.

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The photovoltaic system operates on a former demolition range of the French Army and saves 2,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. EnBW Solar GmbH has operated the 4.4-hectare solar farm in Kenzingen, Germany since 2016. The roughly 9,900 photovoltaic modules and the powerful Delta-M50A inverters provide 2.62 megawatts of peak power and enough electricity to supply an average of 850 homes. The owners of Solarpark Kenzingen GmbH are Necker-Elektrizitätsverband (NEV) (85 %), a regional utility co-operative comprising 167 towns and cities in nine counties, EnBW (10 %), and Kenzingen Regenerativ GmbH & Co. KG (5 %), a citizen action project of Ökostromgruppe Freiburg, a group that promotes green electricity. As the EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) firm for the project, EnBW assumed responsibility for the direct marketing and technical management of the solar park. Solar farm puts brownfield site to good use The French military used this 4.4-hectare parcel of land not far from the small town of Kenzingen as a demolition range from 1950 to 1988. Since the area is contaminated with the remains of explosive ordinance, the city was forced to change its plans to allow agricultural use of the land. In 2013, members of the electrical co-op from

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Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said:  “Reaching our net-zero target will require using the diverse range of renewable technologies we have available here in Scotland and next year’s Contracts for Difference auctions will support the critical investment needed to achieve this. "Onshore wind is one of the cheapest forms of new energy generation and Scotland is already the UK’s onshore wind powerhouse with around 58% of its installed capacity, as well as 80% of its consented capacity. Allowing this technology to access the CfD auctions once again will enable their financing and deliver enormous economic benefits across the country. "We welcome the new dedicated pot for offshore wind and support for innovative technologies such as floating wind. Scotland’s offshore renewable energy resource is one of the best in the world and our waters will have a huge role to play in the global expansion of these important technologies. "However, differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK need to be accounted for in all areas to ensure there is a level playing field for Scottish projects, particularly the disproportionate impact transmission charging costs pose for Scottish projects. Not addressing these disadvantages will hamper progress towards a geographically diverse energy system and reaching the level of deployment needed to achieve net

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Hamburg, 24 November 2020 – Unusual times require unusual measure – and new ideas. Sometimes a proven concept has to be reinvented entirely: From 1 to 4 December 2020, WindEnergy Hamburg will be held as the first purely digital event in the history of Hamburg Messe und Congress. After the trade fair had at first been postponed from September to December, it quickly became clear that holding a leading international trade event with exhibitors and visitors from 100 countries was going to be an impossibility in the year 2020. "We have reinvented the entire concept of the trade fair and got more deeply involved in the ongoing transformation of the exhibition sector, at a significantly accelerated pace. WindEnergy Hamburg will be the first in a series of purely digital events organised by Hamburg Messe und Congress. Within a very short period of time, we developed a new digital platform that includes two live streams. It will turn the world's biggest meeting place of the wind industry into a permanent global marketplace for the sector," says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. As of 1 December 2020, and well beyond the duration of the eventwww.windenergyhamburg.com will offer

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Carina® CarbonSecure™ delivers safety, sustainability, and substantial cost savings 24th November 2020, London, UK – Silixa has today announced the launch of Carina® CarbonSecure™, its distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) based solution for continuous or on-demand monitoring of all stages of carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations to guard against carbon leakage or safety issues. Glynn Williams, CEO at Silixa, says: “In the last few weeks alone we’ve seen Prime Minister Boris Johnson issue his ten-point climate plan here in the UK, and the victory of president-elect Joe Biden and his ambitious climate goals, both of which lean heavily on CCS. That’s the big picture – now it’s down to the market to solve the detailed technical challenges that can make it possible. “For CCS to be successful from a climate perspective, you can’t just bury the carbon and forget about it. You need ongoing monitoring to make sure it stays put, you need detailed data throughout the initial assessment and injection phases, and you need to do all that while being sensitive to cost and safety considerations. Regulators and communities need that confidence to accept widespread adoption.” Carina CarbonSecure is a reservoir management tool, developed based on extensive experience solving similar challenges in the

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The leading UK insurer enlisted the services of renewable energy developer RenEnergy to install more than 3,000 Q CELLS solar modules for a 1 MW solar carport system at the site of the company’s iconic Plitheavis building in Perth, Scotland. The installation is one of the largest carports in the UK to combine solar and storage with EV charging. [Berlin, Germany, 24 November, 2020] The renewable energy drive of one of the UK’s largest insurers – Aviva – has accelerated these past few weeks with the completion of one of the largest solar-powered carports in UK at the company’s Scottish headquarters in Perth. The 1.07 MW carport array has been built by renowned renewable energy developer RenEnergy using 3,283 Q.PEAK DUO-G5 solar modules from Q CELLS. The solar carport was completed at the end of October, and will allow Aviva to reduce its onsite carbon emissions by around 400,000 kg per annum. Aviva will self-consume 77% of the generated energy onsite, thanks to the presence of a 1.8 MWh Tesla powerpack battery and 50 individual electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The solar carport covers 342 parking spaces and was built without imposing any restrictions on car parking space for Aviva staff and visitors.

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Low LID & High Bifacial Gain Shipments of LONGi’s high-efficiency bifacial modules have now reached 10GW, with expectations that production will reach 12GW by the end of 2020. Bifacial modules are now one of the more mature developments in solar panel technology. Thanks to their low LID and high efficiency, they are now on track to be the latest trend to sweep the PV industry and will soon become the standard. In 2017, LONGi became one of the earliest suppliers to promote this technology with its Hi-MO2 bifacial module. In 2018, with half-cut technology and bifacial cells, Hi-MO 3 was launched and 2019 saw the widespread adoption of bifacial modules, with the 166mm Hi-MO 4 (high voltage) module being a disruptive player in the solar PV market. As the era of grid parity approaches, the all new Hi-MO 5 bifacial module has been launched this year for delivery to investors in utility-scale PV plants around the world. Global Application Delivering True Value With its strong commitment to innovation, LONGi achieved mass production of bifacial modules based on PERC technology in 2017. The company’s bifacial modules have since been widely installed around the globe, from a 390MW project in Aswan, Egypt to a 224MW plant in

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Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and remote-helm control systems, announces today that Herman Sr. BV, a Netherlands-based tug and workboat company, will add a Sea Machines’ SM200 wireless, remote-helm control system to one of its Shoalbuster tugboats, the 23.35-meter Teddy, for the purposes of increasing productivity and operational safety during offshore operations. The SM200 provides wireless helm and propulsion control, as well as remote control of auxiliaries and payload equipment (including pumps, winches, anchor windlasses and more), freeing mariners from the wheelhouse to conduct operations from any location that offers the greatest visibility and safety. Sea Machines empowers the pilot to be in full control of the tugboat and on-board payloads with a direct local view of the task, as compared to conventional methods that often rely on signals relayed from another crew member to the wheelhouse. Herman Sr. operates Teddy in offshore waters for a variety of marine projects, from towing and cable pulling to mooring and dredge support. “No longer bound to a fixed control station, our crew will use Sea Machines’ wireless helm to monitor operations from the tugboat’s upper decks or wherever visibility is greatest, a valuable capability that increases both productivity and

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NKT is preferred turnkey supplier for high-voltage offshore wind farm project NKT has entered into a Preferred Supplier Agreement (PSA) as main contractor for delivery and installation of high-voltage DC on- and offshore export cable systems to an European offshore wind farm. The wind farm is included in the high-voltage project pipeline listed in the NKT prospectus which was recently released as part of the initiation of a rights issue, cf. Company Announcement no. 25 of 19 November 2020. The potential order for NKT will comprise the manufacture and delivery of more than 500 km total production length of 320 kV DC offshore export power cables, accessories as well as installation by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria. For NKT, the order is expected to have an estimated contract value of above EUR 250m (approx. DKK 1,865m) in market prices, equivalent to approx. EUR 200m (approx. DKK 1,490m) in standard metal prices. A firm order is conditional upon final contract negotiations and that the project owners provide NKT a notice to proceed. NKT President and CEO Alexander Kara says: - This Preferred Supplier Agreement for another turnkey high-voltage DC offshore windfarm proves that the European move towards renewable energy has momentum and that NKT is a

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Agreed cash consideration of GBP 648 million RWE will remain operator of the 219 megawatts offshore wind farm RWE, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed an agreement with Greencoat to sell a 49 % stake in the UK offshore wind farm Humber Gateway for a total cash consideration payable at completion being GBP 648 million. The disposal is part of RWE’s capital rotation program and the proceeds will be used to finance further growth in the renewable energy business. Greencoat is a UK-based investment manager whose funds invest in operating UK wind farms and other renewable projects. The transaction continues the successful relationship between RWE and Greencoat. The company is already a strong partner in other RWE UK projects, namely in the offshore wind farm Rhyl Flats as well as in the onshore wind farms Little Cheyne Court, Lindhurst and Middlemoor. The transaction with Greencoat also demonstrates the attractiveness of the United Kingdom for investment in wind power. The market provides great potential for growth with significant buildout targets. This means the UK will play a key role in RWE’s strategy to grow its renewables business and to become carbon neutral by 2040. The company is currently constructing the offshore

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