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We look into the increasing importance of geophysical and geotechnical pre surveys in the offshore wind market. MMT is a Marine survey company that is leading the way in this specialist area. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of MMT and the importance of the wind industry to you? Nils Ingvarson and Ola Arvidslund: MMT is a Marine survey company that has been around for over 40 years and for the past 25 years we have grown from a one boat company to a large fleet of operational platforms performing various type of survey operations to the Renewable, marine cable and Oil and gas sector. As for Offshore wind farms, MMT started with the geophysical and geotechnical pre surveys in the late 90s mainly in Danish and Swedish sectors. We have since then increased our operations and extended them to also perform these type of surveys in the UK and Germany primarily. During 2008 to 2010 the increased awareness of UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) made the UXO survey a requirement for these surveys. The UXO survey has also

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PES had an in depth interview with Hans-Peter Zimmer, CEO, blade care GmbH and trainer at the blade care Academy. The Academy has been going for almost 10 years, welcomes students from around the world and the demand is still growing. blade care also offers a variety of consultancy services. This is an innovative company, which enthusiastically shares expertise with fledgling or established companies, freelance technicians and operators alike. PES: Welcome to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of blade care GmbH and the importance of the wind industry to you? Hans-Peter Zimmer: We offer inspection by rope access or by drone, repairs on all blade types, manufacturing monitoring and quality assurance before and during blade installation, transport monitoring, court case relevant assessment of blade and asset damages after disaster events, general consultancy on blades and turbine issues etc. For components, other than blades, we work with colleagues. We are happy to have Sven Wetzig from ZANWIND on board. Sven has worked for the wind industry throughout his professional career. Even as a student he worked for SÜDWIND, a turbine manufacturer in Berlin. Sven is an expert for all

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Mads Poulsen, Sales and Chartering Manager, BBC Chartering, Esbjerg, got together with PES to share his optimism on the outlook for the wind industry. He also talks about working with the bigger and bigger component sizes we are seeing today. Their worldwide offices mean they are more than well positioned to meet their customers’ needs. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and the importance of the wind industry to you? Mads Poulsen: Thank you. It´s always a pleasure talking to PES. As a project carrier, a large share of our cargo volume is energy-related project commodities. Wind energy has, for many years, been a key commodity for our business. We are convinced that wind power will continue its increasing importance for BBC Chartering as most countries follow policies to move towards greener energy capacity. Of course, we follow the industry developments with keen interest and learn about the industry’s future logistic needs and evaluate how we at BBC can best support the efforts. PES: Are you experiencing more growth in the market? MP: Green energy continues to

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Gordon Clements, General Manager Residential Power & Energy VARTA Storage GmbH, caught up with PES, during his very busy schedule, to bring us up to date with the latest news from this innovative company. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV publication. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of VARTA storage and the importance of the Solar/PV industry to you? Gordon Clements: We are located in the Bavarian town of Nördlingen, Germany. We have 130 years of experience in the battery industry and have become a leading manufacturer of energy storage devices for private households and tailor-made, large-scale storage applications. Plus, we provide powerful and reliable energy solutions for the requirements of cordless devices. So we are very experienced in mastering the challenges of lithium-ion batteries efficiently and safely. Our worldwide presence ensures fast and flexible solutions. The solar and PV industry is really important for us. The global energy storage is one of the vital challenges and growth opportunities of the 21st Century and we see energy storage systems as key to success in this. PES: Is this a growing market for you? GC: Yes we are pleased to say the energy storage is a

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Mini-grids have become the solution for efficient and economic electrification in developing countries and in remote areas. PES gets an overview of the different configurations available from Pablo Muñoz, Technical Support Manager at Studer Innotec*. He will also be a guest speaker, at the Intersolar Europe Conference 2018, on this topic. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Being a mini-grid expert, perhaps you could start by clarifying the terminology used in this field. For instance, mini-grids, microgrids and nanogrids, are these many names for the same thing? Pablo Muñoz: Yes and no. All three terms refer to an electricity distribution network that is smaller than typical regional or nationwide distribution networks. It is easy to find more specific definitions online but they are sometimes contradictory. At Studer Innotec, we use the term mini-grid to describe an energy system with distinct economic entities between the producer/operator and user/consumers. More than a specific technological solution, it is a business model. PES: Please tell us why you think we should use mini-grids for electrification? PM: There are several reasons for using a mini-grid. For economic reasons, because for example, extending the national grid to certain areas of a country can become very

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Olivier Haldi, Global Business Development Photovoltaics and Alternative Energies, met up with PES to share the reason behind the recent rebranding from Multi-Contact to Stäubli Electrical Connectors and the importance of using high-quality components. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our newer readers, would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of Stäubli and the importance of the Solar/PV industry to you? Olivier Haldi: Originally founded in 1892 as a small workshop in Horgen/Zurich, today Stäubli is a multi-national group headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. We are a global mechatronics solution provider with three dedicated activities: fluid and electrical connectors, robotics, which are also used in PV panel production lines and textiles. We serve customers who want to increase their productivity in many industrial sectors. We are an international group that currently operates in 29 countries, with agents in 50 countries on four continents. Our global workforce of 5000 shares a commitment to partnering with customers in nearly every industry to provide comprehensive solutions with longterm support. Stäubli Electrical Connectors, formerly Multi-Contact, was founded in 1962 and is part of the Swiss Stäubli family. We have over 55 years of practical

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Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO Singulus Technologies AG, caught up with PES to tell us about the latest business activities and technology.This is a company which makes a significant contribution to the solar/PV market. It is innovative and always strives to improve performance and save costs. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG and how you currently serve the solar industry? Stefan Rinck: SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG’s business activities centre on developing, manufacturing, and marketing machinery and equipment in the fields of vacuum coating technology, surface engineering, wet chemistry, and thermal processing technologies. The company’s primary focus is on the solar, optical disc, and semiconductor applications, with particular attention to consumer goods and medical technology in the future. In the solar segment, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG offers machinery for manufacturing crystalline solar cells and thin-film solar cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), cadmium telluride (CdTe) vacuum deposition equipment and equipment for wet-chemical processing. The field of activity of crystalline solar cells includes production solutions for high-efficiency solar cell concepts such as HJT (heterojunction), IBC (interdigited back contact) and PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar

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PES were eager to meet Frank Jürgens, Sales & Marketing Director, INDEOtec SA, to learn more about their innovative deposition platform for HJT and high-efficiency cells, OCTOPUS, using the Mirror reactor concept. It is both renowned and exclusive. He predicts higher and cleaner manufacturing standards including high-end, high-purity tool sets are on the near horizon and this dynamic company is ready to adopt them. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our readers we would like you to begin by explaining about the background of INDEOtec and the importance of the Solar/PV industry to you. Frank Jürgens: Founded in 2007, INDEOtec is a relatively new, Swiss based equipment manufacturing company, headquartered in Neuchâtel (NE), which specialises in high-end thin film deposition technology, mainly PECVD and PVD. The senior team has an impressive track record of PECVD reactor technology and cluster tool development, for the display flat panel and PV thin film industry, which dates back to 1980. For example, key PECVD reactor milestones such as the Plasmabox and more than 6 system generations of the famous KAI PECVD cluster tool, for substrate panel sizes of Gen 5 and above have been developed by Prof.

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PES has an exclusive interview with Jörg Scholz, CEO, Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions GmbH. The solar/PV industry is expanding and his company has just the solution for measurement and control of all parameters of utility scale PV power plants. They are already in Egypt and Australia. He is optimistic and confident about the future. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our newer readers, would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions and the importance of the Solar/PV industry to you? Jörg Scholz: Gantner is a market-leading full solution provider for utility scale PV power plants. We develop and produce hardware and software for measurement and control of all required parameters in such plants. All solutions and services are ‘Made in Germany’. Our web portal software is designed to manage even the large size PV plant portfolios. All these solutions are supported by our O&M activities giving us the possibility of offering high quality products worldwide with local service. While our offerings are tailored for the PV industry, they are also very pertinent to other energy sectors. PES: Are you still experiencing growth in this

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