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Seher Kaygusuz, Head of Business Development, Marketing and Sales, WINDSOURCING.COM, talks to PES about the ever growing number of products in their portfolio, the importance of supply partners and training. This is an expanding company in our industry. PES: Welcome to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of Windsourcing and how you currently serve the wind industry? Seher Kaygusuz: WINDSOURCING.COM is a specialised distributor for spare parts, accessories, materials for the maintenance and repair of wind turbines. Launched in 2011, WINDSOURCING.COM was the first platform of its kind in the market, with a real focus on the after-sales market of wind energy turbines. Our objective is to professionalise purchasing processes within the wind industry and to provide a new search tool for spare parts and services, related to the wind energy market. WINDSOURCING.COM became a distributor in 2012. We have a product and service portfolio specifically tailored to meet the demands of the wind industry. We have more than 15 years of experience and know-how in procurement and 10 of those years have been in the wind energy industry. We are not only a trading company with a defined product portfolio,

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SkySpecs CTO, Tom Brady, dropped in to catch us up with the latest developments in the use of drones for inspections. It has been quite a year for them, with record breaking numbers of inspections in the fastest time. This company is wowing the industry. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of SkySpecs and how you currently serve the wind industry? Tom Brady: Thank you to PES for taking the time to speak with us! SkySpecs is an automated diagnostics and maintenance provider for smart grid applications. We’re a team of engineers obsessed with applying our robotics expertise to problems faced by owners and operators of energy infrastructure. Today, we serve the wind industry with a drone-based blade inspection solution. Our drones are completely automated, requiring only the push of a single button to collect photos of all four sides of each of the three blades of a wind turbine in 20 minutes or less. We’ve conducted over 3,000 inspections this year, saved our customers thousands of hours of downtime, and identified tens of thousands of instances of damage that owners

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PES met up with Marten Seifert, MD of RECASE Regenerative Energien GmbH, Germany. He is very excited about the growth in projects and puts this down to the expertise and knowledge of his team of engineers. PES: Welcome to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of RECASE and how you currently serve the wind industry? Marten Seifert: RECASE is a small but efficient company made up of long serving wind turbine engineers. Lorenz and I founded RECASE in 2013, after gaining a lot of experience with wind turbine (WT) manufacturing companies over many years. Together with Maurice Graber, who has been our project engineer from the very beginning, we have been able to develop services for our customers in the industry, based on our knowledge, quality and capacity. Two years later Jörg Zeumer, the main electrical designer and developer for REpower wind turbines from 1998, joined our team. Today we are a team of 8 engineers, including the founders, one administrator and additional students from different fields of engineering expertise. PES: You work in different energy sectors, but how important is the wind industry to you? MS: For sure the wind industry

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The power of the sun is immense. But capturing this power efficiently and turning it into sustainable energy is no easy task. Solar module manufacturers and project developers are therefore always on the lookout for new technologies and materials that amplify the power generated by solar systems. As a renowned materials supplier with a long track record and a strong scientific background, DSM offers several advanced solar solutions that significantly enhance the performance of solar modules and systems. PES meets up with Madelon Janssen, RT&D Director at DSM Advanced Solar, to talk about DSM’s contribution to the industry and some exciting new additions to its portfolio. PES: Could you briefly introduce DSM and how you currently serve the solar PV industry? Madelon Janssen: DSM is a globally operating science-based company that focuses on health, nutrition and materials. We have also long been active in the field of renewable energy, including biofuels and material applications for wind and solar energy. At DSM Advanced Solar, we focus on innovative materials that can be applied in the entire solar value chain. To do this, we challenge every aspect of module and system design to maximize output and returns. We’re currently a leading player in anti-reflective coatings,

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PES met up with Holger Dechant, CSO at Universal Transport, to learn about their new slogan and the risks involved in oversized component transportation. It’s really not as simple as it looks. PES: Welcome back to PES. Thanks for talking with us. We know the wind industry is an expanding sector, how is this impacting on Universal Transport? Holger Dechant: This year there is a strong upturn in the wind power industry in Germany. As we don’t know whether this is will continue to increase in future, we are also looking at other markets such as Turkey and Egypt. There is a new law in Germany with new regulations. For this reason a lot of companies signed many projects last year and in 2017 these components have to be delivered. The new law is called Erneuerbare - Energien-Gesetz - EEG 2017 PES: Your company slogan is don’t worry, be heavy!, can you explain why this was chosen? HD: We had been looking for an international slogan. We wanted it to show that the customer can feel in good hands, that we are capable of managing demanding and complex logistic tasks. The song from which we got the idea is still well known all over

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Raymond Fisch, Senior Vice President Strategic Projects, BBC Chartering dropped in to PES to bring us up to date on the latest news from this no. 1 global, heavy-lift specialist. Despite the volume in increased traffic, planning diligence, customer care and quality are never compromised. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and how you currently serve the wind industry? Raymond Fisch: Thank you. BBC Chartering goes back some 20 years and in that time significantly shaped the segment of industrial transport solutions for a variety of industries. We feel privileged to have supported so many projects in the energy, resource and infrastructure sector worldwide and of being a trusted partner of the global project shipping community. Since the beginning of the green revolution BBC Chartering has also evolved as leading carrier, for the global wind industry. With our current fleet of 180 vessels, there is no trading request we cannot match, giving our customers highest value through flexibility, reliability and performance in project shipping. PES: Is the wind industry an expanding sector for you? RF: The transport volumes in the wind

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Thijs Haselhoff, New Business Development Manager at Althen Sensors & Controls, talks to PES about the latest sensor solutions for offshore windfarms, and how the newest Quick Connect feature for fibre optic sensors makes instrumenting offshore as easy as ABC. PES: Welcome to PES Wind. Can you briefly introduce your company? Thijs Haselhoff: Altheris Sensors & Controls BV (Member of the Althen Sensors & Controls group) is your specialized partner for sensors, instrumentation, measurement systems and industrial joysticks. We offer solutions for OEM, Test & Measurement, Industrial Automation, and IoT Applications. We turn every measurement challenge into a sensor solution. PES: Please can you tell us about Althen Sensors & Controls and the partnership with Opsens Solutions? TH: Roughly three years ago, we started a partnership with Opsens Solutions to be their sensor expert partner in Western Europe. Opsens is a leader in the development of fibre optic sensors based on White Light Polarisation Interferometry (WLPI). Together with them we developed the best custom sensor solutions for the European market. The WLPI fibre optic solutions are immune to EMI, lightning, temperature and RF. Also the sensors have no drift over time and they are temperature independent which make them perfect for long term monitoring applications

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Dr Ganesan Visvabharathy, founder CEO of Solar Micronics Incorporated, shares his enthusiasm for providing clean energy to low income families with PES. The company has a wide portfolio, in a variety of areas and so brings a plethora of skills and expertise to the solar market. PES: We are pleased to welcome you to PES Solar/PV. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Dr Ganesan Visvabharathy: My background is electrical engineering, but I spent most of the past 27 years developing real estate. But, the great recession of 2008 made me focus on a burgeoning solar industry, with the bottom having fallen out of the real estate market. We started Solar Micronics in late 2009. Historically, we have focused providing clean energy for commercial and industrial sector. Our operation base is Chicago, Illinois. Over the last years, Illinois hasn’t been known for solar, but the recent fixing of the state’s renewable portfolio (standards RPS) is changing all that. Illinois is now poised to be the third largest solar market in US, with the recently announced changes to the renewable energy credit (REC) program. A bit more

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PES caught up with Brad Berwald, Morningstar Product Manager, to learn all about their new product designed for domestic, rural use. Another company in our industry who is experiencing growth and positive global reception of its products with more to come. PES: We are pleased to welcome you back to PES Solar/PV. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Brad Berwald: Morningstar is a US based company. Since 1993, we have been designing and supplying high quality solar charge controllers, to regulate battery charging in off-grid systems, throughout the world. This includes remote telecommunications, oil & gas, lighting, traffic, railroad, surveillance, residential, and many other applications where grid connectivity is not economically viable and solar power is the best solution. Over the years, we’ve experienced steady growth and now we offer over 50 product SKU’s including off-grid inverters and accessories that complement our solar charge controllers. PES: We have been reading about your EcoPulse™ solar charge controller, could you explain to us what it is and how it works? BB: The EcoPulse is our latest pulse width modulation (PWM) charge controller. It

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PES was pleased to have the opportunity follow up and find out about the latest updates to KUBUS and the M10 Solar Campus, with Gregor Reddeman, the CEO at M10 Industries AG. Things are still looking good, with expansion and innovation continuing well in to 2018. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of M10 and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Gregor Reddemann: M10 Industries AG specialises in developing and producing highly efficient state-of-the-art cell connecting automation equipment. Based in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in the so called Solar Valley, our young dynamic team of skilled engineers and technicians face this challenge under the leadership of solar pioneers of Günter Schneidereit, Reinhard Willi and myself Gregor Reddemann. Our M10 Solar Campus incorporates our development and technology centre, production and material testing, including preliminary acceptance, 24/7 service support and service. This enables us to provide our customers with ideal solutions. Our performance areas are perfectly synchronised to suit each other’s needs. This is achieved through the close connection to our subsidiary, SI Module – our module manufacturer, in a cutting edge

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