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Scottish Renewables' CEO: Initiative 'will help provide the skills Scotland will desperately need if it is to contribute to the global fight against climate change and capture the social and economic benefits of doing so' The creation of a Green Jobs Workforce Academy which will focus on "a national mission for new, good, and green jobs" has been announced in today's Scottish Government Budget (Jan 28). Finance Secretary Kate Forbes made the pledge, which is set to ensure those reskilling or facing redundancy can take advantage of green job opportunities as they emerge. Those opportunities are expected to come from: The transition to renewable heat, which is expected to create between 16,000 and 17,000 skilled jobs over the next decade. The more-than ten-fold increase in Scotland's offshore wind sector which The Scottish Government deems possible by 2030. Continued development of mature technologies, such as onshore wind and solar, and innovative ones, like tidal and floating wind, needed to meet our net-zero target. The move mirrors Scottish Renewables' recent call for a skills centre of excellence to be established, and for industry to be consulted on the content of its curriculum. Responding to today's announcement, Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Claire Mack said: “The Climate Change Committee has said the UK must

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‘Europe and the UK won’t be carbon neutral until we tackle home heating’ London, 28th January 2021: Christian Deilmann, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at tado° outlines the measures needed to meet Europe’s and the UK’s climate targets. Heating and cooling in buildings and industry accounts for half of the energy consumption, and governments across Europe and the UK have begun to recognise the scale of this challenge and opportunity through financial incentives and legislation to make homes greener. A rapid acceleration of energy-efficient measures and a comprehensive digital energy transition are required in 2021 and beyond. Energy efficiency, the Green Deal and Climate Change Act The European Green Deal and the UK’s Climate Change Act - Europe’s and the UK’s plan to go carbon neutral by 2050 - is calling for the doubling of the number of energy-efficient renovations in homes. This would mean 35m homes being renovated to a higher energy-efficiency standard by 2030 - but this still leaves the vast majority of the 200m+ homes as energy inefficient. One of the key challenges is the high cost of purchasing and retrofitting promoted measures like insulation, heat pumps, and solar panels. We need to make sure that we start with the

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The independent maintenance provider Deutsche Windtechnik is further expanding its service portfolio and has signed a contract to provide full maintenance for eight Siemens SWT 2,3 DD wind turbines at the Gunnarby wind farm in Sweden. The contract comes into effect in February 2021 and has a term of ten years. The turbine operator is the real estate company Wallenstam, which specialises in sustainable development and focuses on the new construction and management of residential and commercial properties, mainly in Stockholm and Gothenburg. At the beginning of 2013, Wallenstam was the first real estate company in Sweden to become self-sufficient using renewable energies, in particular from wind power. Kaj Lamton, Operations Manager Wind Power at Wallenstam, said: “Responsiveness, commitment and technical competence together with the right price were decisive factors for us in the choice of service provider for our wind farm in Gunnarby. We want a partner who treats our turbines as if they were their own, provides ongoing service and proactive work and can easily ensure both good maintenance and clean and tidy sites. We hope that our collaboration with Deutsche Windtechnik will be characterised by respect, commitment and development, which are central in everything we do. The key

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A 539 kW rooftop solar array installed using 1,635 Q CELLS Q.PEAK DUO-G7 330 Wp modules meets the annual electricity needs of one of the largest flower bulb producers in the Netherlands. The quintessentially Dutch landscape of fields carpeted with colourful flowers and charming old windmills is steadily being enriched with solar PV. Having seen more than eight million solar panels installed nationwide in 2019, last year continued in a similarly impressive vein, with 2020 topping 2.9 GW of new PV installs to push the Netherlands to 10 GW of cumulative solar capacity (according to Dutch New Energy Research). With an annual growth rate of 41% last year, solar has rapidly become a permanent fixture of the Dutch landscape. And where solar grows, flowers can too: pairing PV with flower production is a fledgling industry, but one in which Q CELLS is proud to have recently partaken. Last year, the company supplied 1,635 solar panels for J. W. Smit flower bulbs – one of the largest flower bulb growers in the country. Planting the seed of sunshine Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, partnered with Dutch renewable energy company Sunergetic to bring

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Since the first 12X92DF engine was built in 2019, WinGD has been confident in calling it the world’s most powerful dual-fuel engine. Now it’s official. The engine series has been awarded the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for the most powerful Otto-cycle engine ever built. In tests carried out at engine builder CSSC-MES Diesel Co (CSSC-CMD) and verified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, for the official record title ‘Most powerful marine internal combustion engine (otto cycle) commercially available’,  the 2,140-tonne engine demonstrated a power of 63,840 kW at a speed of 80 rpm. The super-sized engines fueled from 18,600 cubic metre (cbm) tanks, containing enough liquefied natural gas (LNG) to sail complete Asia to Europe round trip, will propel nine 23,000 TEU containerships operated by world leading French shipping and logistics company, CMA CGM. These ships are the world's biggest LNG-powered vessels. In November 2017, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, decided to make CMA CGM the first ship-owner to operate ultra-large containers using LNG. These ships are the result of seven years of research and development, and a concentration of technological innovations. WinGD CEO Klaus Heim said: “The future uptake of LNG as a marine fuel is being driven by large merchant

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Today, Alfa Laval and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping announced that they have formalized a strategic collaboration on the development of zero carbon solutions for the maritime industry by signing a Strategic Corporate Partnership Agreement by which Alfa Laval becomes an official partner to the Center. The collaboration will revolve around the development of low- and zero carbon technologies through joint projects and activities including (but not limited to) the development of systems needed to handle new green fuels or solutions to improve overall energy efficiency. It is expected that some joint activities will be carried out at the Alfa Laval test facilities. The collaboration is already operational through the recently announced SOFC4Maritime, a project targeting optimal utilization of future green fuels via the application of SOFCs for power production on marine vessels, funded by the EUDP. “Decarbonizing shipping requires a system change. This can only be achieved through comprehensive collaboration across maritime and energy sectors. Alfa Laval share our vision of a zero-carbon maritime industry and acknowledgement of the vast effort required to get there. In joining the Center, they bring onboard vital experience and knowledge enabling the Center to establish the overall narrative of the transition as well

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Thursday 28th January; Today, Extreme E and AFC Energy unveil the Hydrogen fuel cell power system that will be used to sustainably charge the Championship’s ODYSSEY 21 electric SUVs in its inaugural season of racing. The AFC Energy designed and built system will highlight to Extreme E’s global audience the vast potential for today’s newest clean power technologies to displace polluting diesel generators, to which a large quantity of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed. Engineered to withstand some of the world’s harshest environmental conditions, AFC Energy’s specially modified fuel cell system will power vehicles across five continents in Extreme E’s first season, including race locations in the Arctic, Amazon Rainforest, Sahara Desert and the heights of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. Following six months of collaborative engineering with Extreme E’s utilities team, the fuel cell system has undergone a month of intensive commissioning in January at AFC Energy’s Surrey assembly facility, alongside battery management systems and vehicle charging infrastructure testing.  Following inspection by its Engineering team, it is now set for handover to Extreme E’s logistics team for shipping to the Season’s first race in Saudi Arabia. Race organisers and teams, including teams run by current Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton (X44), former

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FTC is taking orders for Voyager+ with support for large-format modules AUSTIN, TX, January 27, 2021 – FTC Solar today announced the release of Voyager+, the next generation of its single-axis Voyager tracker, engineered to provide compatibility with new large-format solar modules now entering the marketplace. The large modules entering the market are built to incorporate larger solar cells, which are the energy -producing heart of each solar panel.  With these larger 182mm and 210mm cells, the modules can achieve power output exceeding 500 watts. Voyager+ supports these larger format modules and will be able to accommodate multiple module sizes from a variety of solar manufacturers. “We are seeing an increasing level of interest around large-format modules and are pleased to introduce this new Voyager line to support our customers,” said Tony Etnyre, FTC Solar’s CEO. “As the industry transitions to larger modules, FTC Solar is ready to deliver tracking systems that are compatible with a variety of module sizes and configurations, while maintaining our two-in-portrait format and industry-leading installation speeds,” he added. FTC Solar is currently conducting tests at its research facility near Denver, Colorado, and will be evaluating the performance and structural requirements of a wide variety of large-format modules.

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Since the start of the year, as a result of Brexit, Great Britain's (GB's) internal and cross-border trading has been temporarily decoupled from European power exchanges. This is expected to result in less efficient trades; interconnector flows and divergent electricity prices between power exchanges. Research from Cornwall Insight examining the trends observed across exchange platforms at the start of 2021 highlights that prices have started to diverge between the two GB day-ahead exchanges, the N2EX and EPEX platforms. Key findings Prices at the two exchanges are diverging, prior to Brexit they would outturn the same. Between 3-10 January, N2EX prices averaged £0.37/MWh above EPEX prices. This was mainly due to several exceptional price events where N2EX prices exceeded EPEX prices by notable amounts. On 6 January between 5PM and 6PM, there was a price differential of £262.59/MWh. In contrast, 68% of all hours in the week saw EPEX prices outturn above N2EX prices. The below graph shows the volumes traded across both exchanges, and the cleared prices, on the hourly day-ahead auctions in the eight days examined. Nordpool's N2EX platform has seen the greater volume of trades, with roughly double that of EPEX day-ahead auctions. Tim Dixon, Wholesale Team Lead at Cornwall Insight, said: "Although

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(NORFOLK, VA; January 27, 2021) – Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and remote-helm control systems, announces today that it has promoted Phil Bourque to the role of business development and sales director, U.S. Government, effective immediately. In his new position, Bourque will primarily focus on advancing the company’s government contracts and related special projects. Bourque has relocated to the Norfolk area for the role, a move that enables Sea Machines to establish a new company foothold closer to key government customers and its strategic partner Huntington Ingalls. “On behalf of the entire Sea Machines team, I congratulate Phil on this much-deserved promotion,” said Sea Machines’ Michael G. Johnson, CEO and founder. “Among other endeavors, Phil was instrumental in securing our agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense to engineer, build and demonstrate ready-to-deploy kits that enable autonomous, self-propelled operation of barges to land and replenish military aircraft. He also led the establishing of our relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, both of which are implementing and evaluating the SM300 autonomy system. We are certain Phil will further develop Sea Machines’ reputation as the premier commercial provider of intelligent

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