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Using drones for solar plant inspections has started to become the norm amongst plant owners and O&M companies because it is quicker, more accurate, more economical and safer. However, plants aren’t being inspected nearly enough to ensure their functionality. PES caught up with Mauro Migliazzi, the CEO of Wesii, to find out how their new product launch this coming February is going to change the way we do solar plant inspections. PES: A warm welcome to PES Solar/PV Mauro, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by introducing us to WESII S.r.l and telling us how you got started? Mauro Migliazzi: Absolutely, thank you for having me, I’m happy to be here. I first started Wesii in 2016 after 10 years of working in hyper spectral and multispectral remote sensing elsewhere. I had always worked with airplanes but starting my own company you could say that an airplane was out of budget for me, so I decided to spend all my money on a drone instead. My initial idea for Wesii was to help the everyday person learn how to use drones and infrared wavelengths to take better care of their businesses and assets. However, after one

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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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How innovation has driven the next performance/cost breakthrough How can the solar industry continue on its cost-down roadmap of lowering the LCOE of solar energy, without sacrificing quality and performance? It’s a challenge that applies to many aspects of solar technology, not least to backsheets. Over the past few years, DSM has developed a new generation of Endurance backsheets that help tackle this challenge. Now the global science-based company has raised the bar yet again with the launch of its Endurance Backsheet D15. PES sat down with the DSM Advanced Solar Technology Manager, Sunny Zhao, to discuss how and why this latest innovation came to the market. PES: It’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. You work in research & development for DSM. Can you tell us more about your role? Sunny Zhao: I am the Solar Technology Manager for DSM, based in China at our Research & Technology Development Center. My background is in materials science and I have specific responsibility for developing our backsheet technology. PES: Before we get onto the new D15 backsheet, can you just give us some background on the philosophy behind the R&D work that you’ve been conducting in recent years? SZ: It’s now

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PES was delighted to speak with Valentin Hartmann, a partner in Waterworks Offshore CONCEPTS. He was enthusiastic about their new venture, as they branch out into the ship finance market. A bold new chapter is beginning in this young dynamic company, encompassed in a slight change of name. They have already established links with investors, which are proving to be mutually beneficial and will continue to do so in the future. PES: Hi Valentin, welcome to PES Wind, it’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. It would be good to start with an overview of the company. Valentin Hartmann: Hi, yes thanks for giving us the opportunity to introduce our company and its services to the PES readers and the offshore industry. Waterworks Offshore was founded in 2014 by Sven Boedewig and since then has been active in the offshore oil & gas sector, as well as the renewables market. Chartering and S&P to the industry have been key activities since then. Lately we have been very busy with recycling offshore assets as well. I joined the company in 2018 and have been actively supporting our clients in the renewables market, especially in chartering for wind park O&M campaigns in the

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TSR Wind is a lively, go-ahead company in our industry, Juan Rivas, Commercial Director, was excited to share some of their solutions with PES. There’s no doubt that robotics is making a big difference to the cost, efficiency, safety and downtimes of inspections for the asset owners, and to cap it all off the analysis can be done back at the office, meaning the experts don’t need to move from their offices to see the results or plan interventions. PES: A warm welcome to PES Wind, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by giving us an overview of TSR Wind? Juan Rivas: Thank you very much. Very proud to represent TSR Wind and very glad to introduce a very young, but assertive company. TSR Wind develops new services and products based on complex robotic technology and software to provide high quality solutions to wind industry. The company core is our engineering team, young, experienced and specialised in new robotic technology and software solutions. We began with our first robot prototype for blade inspection and cleaning towers. Now we can offer our clients internal and external blade inspections, tower welding inspections by UT and we are continuing to develop new

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Following on from our interview with Wim Keen in the last edition, PES had some questions for Maik Rienecker, founder of Steel Inspect and father of the unique Q7 concept for optimal quality management of offshore windfarm EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation) projects. He was happy to explain the Q7 concept in more detail and share the benefits this brings to offshore wind farm construction projects. PES: Hi Maik, welcome back to PES Wind, for the second part of the interview, following on from the last issue. For the benefit of our new readers, would you like to begin by telling us something about the history of Steel Inspect? Maik Rienecker: Steel Inspect and especially its predecessor Rienecker PM was founded in 2006. At this time, I had already gained wide experience over the years from 1990, in purchasing and quality management for manufacturing, including site construction and commissioning for worldwide EPCI power plant projects. Consequentially I capitalized on this experience I gathered from various kinds of projects worldwide and founded the company. From 2016 we consistently pursued the growth path, as a quality service provider for inspection and monitoring. The establishment of Steel Inspect allowed us to pool the experience

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PES Wind caught up with Ed Hall, President of Oxifree, to discover the latest corrosion solutions. Our readers have always been interested in this sector, as it has a real impact on maintenance and life span of the wind turbines. Research and development are at the forefront. The core product encapsulates the part, rather than sticking to it, which lends itself to many different possibilities. Read on to find out more… PES: A warm welcome to PES Wind Ed, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by giving us an overview of Oxifree? Ed Hall: Thank you for having me! Well, in short Oxifree offers anti corrosion solutions for complex metal assets. Our core product is TM198, which is a thermoplastic coating melted down from a solid resin, in the supply unit and applied using a heated hose and gun. The coating requires minimal surface preparation and can often be applied to live equipment since it does not depend on adhesion but instead encapsulates the asset. The built-in corrosion inhibitor actively protects the metal structure preventing the ingress of air and moisture. It is a versatile product and has potential to bring major savings to infrastructure

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Miros is a technology company that specialises in measuring the ocean surface. With over 35 years of experience engineering dry-mounted, radar-based sensors robust enough to weather the harsh and unpredictable conditions of the North Sea, the company develops innovative solutions for real-time, local environmental monitoring for the global offshore and maritime industry. By making essential data available to all relevant stakeholders, Miros continues to develop its long track record of enhancing the safety, performance, and efficiency of offshore operations worldwide, including those related to both floating and fixed offshore wind installations. In the run up to their latest series of webinars for the offshore wind market, Miros’ renewables lead and former offshore wind underwriter, Robert Bates, was joined by veteran offshore operations specialist, Andy Readyhough, for a conversation about risk allocation, contract disputes and the shifting sands of offshore wind insurance. Robert Bates: When it comes to claims in offshore wind, we know that significant wave height (Hs), waiting on weather, and standby charges play a major role, but exactly how big of an issue are the related contractual disputes between contractors and their employers? Andy Readyhough: It depends where the risk lies within the contractual structure. At the moment, developers likely have

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Liftket‘s CEO Jürgen Dlugi, tells PES about the company’s expansion in the wind industry. In 1953 they started off by supplying electric chain hoists and are now able to offer a complete service crane globally, suitable for on and offshore work. Well aware of safety needs, they provide full training and tailor made packages to meet their clients’ needs on request. PES: A warm welcome to PES Wind, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by giving us an overview of LIFTKET? Jürgen Dlugi: We are one of the largest and oldest manufacturers of electric chain hoists worldwide, with loads ranging from 125 kg to 25,000 kg. Founded in 1948 by D. Hoffmann, the company initially developed agricultural equipment, before specializing in electric chain hoists from 1953. Hoffmann’s innovations, namely the horizontal assembly of both motor and gearbox and the patented safety-brake/clutch system, set the standard for electric chain hoists. A uniquely high level of vertical integration enables us to be flexible for our customers. In combination with our unique structure, we can offer a very comprehensive range of products, from series production to custom-made products.

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Blade O&M has become a focus for BladeInsight, formerly Prodrone. André Croft de Moura, CEO and founder, spoke enthusiastically to PES, about his vison for the future of drone inspections, with added value. This blade centric company has already embraced the idea of predictive maintenance and is continuing to provide quality, agility and a focus on the customer. PES: Hi André, it’s great to have you back with us at PES Wind. Last time we spoke, you were ProDrone and today you join us as BladeInsight. For the benefit of new readers, could you walk us through the background of your company and how you came to be BladeInsight? André Moura: Firstly thanks for having us back. It’s great to be here under our new brand BladeInsight. I founded this company as ProDrone in 2015, based on the conviction that in order to make wind energy universal, it had to become more competitive than other carbon-intensive energy sources. Wind turbine blades really caught my eye early on, as one of the most critical elements in wind energy infrastructure. As a key component, blades are exposed to the elements and susceptible to all types of damages, making their maintenance critical to a

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