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PES caught up with Carsten Kofoed, Managing Director & Hans Christian Hansen, Director of Operations at Vento Maritime, to find out more about this young company, with years of experience behind it. By following the weather and planning ahead it’s possible to make substantial savings in time and fuel and thus decrease costs. Offshore operators need to have an eye on the weather forecasts. PES: Welcome to you both to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background and experience of Vento Maritime and the importance of the wind industry to you? Carsten Kofoed & Hans Christian Hansen: Vento Maritime is a Danish weather service company, which we founded in Copenhagen in January 2017. Together we have more than 20 years of experience in the maritime business, within meteorology, oceanography and operational MetOcean services. We are dedicated to helping maritime customers save time while, improving safety at sea. We are only into maritime weather. Our marine forecasters are dedicated meteorologists and are all WMO-certified, with years of experience in understanding the needs of maritime customers. The team is passionate about excellent customer service and the art of communicating meteorological and oceanographic

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André Moura, Founder and CEO of Pro-Drone, Integrated Solutions for the Inspection of Energy Infrastructure, sat down with PES to tell us his perspective on drone inspections and how his company differs from other players in the market. Their experience and strategy means this company is here to stay and remain one step ahead of the game. PES: Welcome PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of Pro-Drone and how you currently serve the wind industry? André Moura: Pro-Drone was born out of our desire to contribute to the efficiency of the wind energy sector by modernising the blade inspection procedures and empowering asset owners by providing them with high quality data. Our team has a very diverse background including robotics, aeronautical engineering, computer science and data management systems. Founded in 2015, we have carried out inspections in Europe and South America totalling over 1500 blades over the last 8 months. Our aim is to be established globally by the end of 2018. PES: We were wondering why Pro-Drone decided to focus on wind turbine inspection with the UAVs? AM: I was involved with offshore maintenance operations of wind energy assets, which

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PES met up with Per-Olof Sverlinger, the recently appointed CEO at MMT. Consolidation, growth and innovation are very much in the forefront. He brings with him the necessary wealth of experience in consultancy, civil engineering and mine clearing to take this expanding company forward. PES: Hi P-O, it’s great to have this chance to speak with you. MMT is a regular contributor to PES and as you only joined MMT, as CEO, in June this year, it would be good if you could tell us something about yourself and your experience in the wind industry? Per-Olof Sverlinger: I have a background in management consulting and I have worked a lot with industrial equipment manufacturers, some of whom supply components to the offshore wind industry. I have also worked for clients in the offshore industry, but I believe I qualified for this position because of my experience in leading consulting operations. I also have a background as civil engineer and naval officer in the mine clearance operations. This has contributed to my understanding of the methods and conditions we are work with every day. PES: It would be interesting to know your strategic plans for the various industry segments MMT is involved in and

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Brett Jarman, VP Commercial Business Development at Sunflare spared time to share the company’s vison with PES. Their panels are unique and they are now spending equal time developing commercial and residential solutions. They are super light, can be customized, low on emissions and can be installed in places which were previously thought impossible. PES: Hi Brett, thanks for coming in to talk with us. Could you begin by explaining a little about the background of Sunflare and the importance of the solar/PV industry to you? Brett Jarman: My pleasure. Sunflare has been in development for almost a decade, perfecting the next generation of CIGS technology. Our mission is to reduce CO2 worldwide. For that, solar needs to be installed universally. This is why Sunflare modules are light, thin, flexible and rugged, so they can go everywhere traditional solar is already installed, and many places they can only dream of for the moment. Our SUN2 cells are made of Copper, Indium, Gallium and Selenide on a .127 mm stainless steel substrate. Unlike traditional solar panels, which are covered in glass, our modules are more durable because the SUN2 cells are encapsulated between strong polymer sheets. PES: We have been hearing about your CIGS panels

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Hans-Peter Zimmer, CEO, blade care GmbH and trainer at the blade care Academy, had so much to share last issue that PES felt a follow up interview was necessary. We wanted to find out in more detail about clients’ motivation and some of the specific know-how the Academy offers. Research is also an integral part of improving the services and training offered. PES: Thanks for coming to talk with us again. In our last interview we learned a lot about blade care’s service on rotor blades and the Academy training programmes. We thought it would be interesting to have more details about what types of training the Academy offers and to have more information on your new reporting and management software. To begin with would you like to tell us which the most popular topics in the seminars for administrators? Hans-Peter Zimmer: Clients feel much more confident once they know about the blade structure. The administrators and decision makers need to know the importance of visible and invisible damage. An example is the need to understand the effect of lightning strikes. Some clients are not aware of the fact that plasma arcs can be generated inside the blades. Internal plasma arcs can cause

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PES caught up with Carsten Kofoed, Managing Director & Hans Christian Hansen, Director of Operations at Vento Maritime, to find out more about this young company, with years of experience behind it. By following the weather and planning ahead it’s possible to make substantial savings in time and fuel and thus decrease costs. Offshore operators need to have an eye on the weather forecasts. PES: Welcome to you both to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background and experience of Vento Maritime and the importance of the wind industry to you? Carsten Kofoed & Hans Christian Hansen: Vento Maritime is a Danish weather service company, which we founded in Copenhagen in January 2017. Together we have more than 20 years of experience in the maritime business, within meteorology, oceanography and operational MetOcean services. We are dedicated to helping maritime customers save time while, improving safety at sea. We are only into maritime weather. Our marine forecasters are dedicated meteorologists and are all WMO-certified, with years of experience in understanding the needs of maritime customers. The team is passionate about excellent customer service and the art of communicating meteorological and oceanographic

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Danny Ellis, CEO and co-founder of SkySpecs, dropped in to PES to give us the latest on the different maintenance strategies and why he thinks his company has the best proposition. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. It’s great to talk with you again. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of SkySpecs and the importance of the wind industry to you? Danny Ellis: SkySpecs is focused on wind turbine blade diagnostics and maintenance, providing robotic technology that completely automates the visual inspection, analysis, and prescription maintenance of blades with drones. Our inspections take 15 minutes or less per wind turbine, and we inspect all four sides of all three blades in a single flight without any manipulation of the wind turbine. We do not require any prior information about the wind turbine because the drone is programmed to identify and learn about the turbine when it takes off. This streamlined approach allows us to conduct around 25 turbine inspections, with a single drone, in one day. SkySpecs recently introduced Horizon – an analytics, reporting, and management software platform for the wind energy industry. Horizon allows customers to review, prioritize and

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Readunit is a new, flexible, tool management software system, designed with the wind industry in mind. This is a time saver for companies and once set up, all stock movement, mandatory testing becomes automatic and with the option of RFID, via the telephone or tablet APP. PES had a lot of questions for Torben Kofoed the owner. PES: Hi Torben, welcome to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of Readunit and the importance of the wind industry to you? Torben Kofoed: We are a software company, founded because we saw the need for a good system to keep track on regulatory inspections and documentation. We want to help companies move from manual work in excel, or access-based systems, to a real software designed exactly to meet the needs in the wind industry. From the start Readunit was based on the idea of creating an easy to use software that can and will be used in day to day work, not just another software, never to be used. It is a tool for the users, who want to make their daily work easier. At the same time the company as

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Carsten Aa, chief executive officer of LINDØ port of ODENSE in Denmark, talks to PES about his vision for the site, and its expansion into a specialist cluster supporting the offshore wind industry. PES: Welcome to PES Wind magazine, it’s great to talk with you. We would like you to begin by explaining a little about the background of LINDØ port of ODENSE and the importance of the offshore wind industry to you? Carsten Aa: The port is owned by the local municipality. At the beginning of 2014 we bought the former shipyard, which had been owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, and began to transform it from a shipyard into a port area specialising in heavy load, and in particular supporting the area’s offshore wind cluster. We merged the two former companies, the old port and shipyard, into one new company, which we called LINDØ port of ODENSE (LPO). The port specialises in supporting the wind industry, and has nearly 200,000 square metres of production halls and storage buildings, and some of the largest cranes in Europe. We have now re-built and renewed most of the area, and are close to completing its transformation into the most modern port area in Europe for the

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