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Lindø Industrial Park saves time and manpower by replacing heavy polyester slings with lightweight Dynamica SafeLift slings manufactured in Dyneema®. The industrial park on Funen has a great experience with the handling and shipping of large components for the offshore and heavy industry. The industrial zone in Odense is, amongst other things, a collection point and a storage depot for jackets for offshore wind turbine foundations. Jackets are 63m tall steel structures with a weight of up to 665t per piece. This figure corresponds to the weight of 27 fully loaded lorries! A gantry crane with a capacity of 1,000 t is used several times, both to gather the jackets and then to move them around for storage or shipping. The process involves lifting of so-called 3D structures, which have a height of 55m and a weight of approx. 500t per piece, where rigging needs to be done at a height of some 50 or 60m. A lifting sling is lowered down along the foot of a jacket, pulled underneath two stiffs, and then guided back up to the beam. Lindø Industrial Park has used polyester slings for this type of lifting until very recently. In this case a standard polyester sling had

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More and more with the growth of wind farms in the North Sea, depots in convenient locations that offer fast and efficient services are imperative to ensure continuous power generation in the face of an emergency or breakdown. PES wanted to find out more about Cargostore, who as the world’s largest operator of DNV 2.7-1 certified Reefer Cargo Carrying Units (CCUs), are providing such a service. Utilizing DHSS quay side yard space at Eemshaven, Cargostore Worldwide Trading Ltd’s dedicated CCU depot provides round the clock service to wind farm projects. Holding a full range of DNV 2.7-1 certified equipment, wind farm project managers can now access reefers, hazardous goods containers, rigging lofts, storage units, workshops and toolboxes, 365 days of the year, 24/7. Having this quay side depot service means Cargostore can deliver CCUs immediately or for larger runs of stock, within less than 24 hours. This rapid response service has already been utilized by several major wind projects in the area. ‘Nearly everything I deliver in Eemshaven is on an ad-hoc, rapid response basis, saving our customers on time and transport costs. I’ll get a call for 10 and 20ft Reefers at 7pm some nights and have them delivered by 9am the

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VARTA Storage has a growing network of partners, its most recent collaborations have been with EWE and innogy. VARTA Storage is focussing on the use and connectivity of energy storage systems in smart homes. • Cooperation with EWE for myEnergyCloud: More independence from the electricity market • Complete solution with innogy: Manage your own green electricity more flexibly • Energy storage in smart homes: Focus on connectivity • Energy monitor from Smappee shows savings potential Advantages on all sides: EWE electricity community and VARTA Storage The energy industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation, innovative concepts are in demand and collaborations are becoming increasingly important. The most recent example is the collaboration between VARTA Storage and the north German energy company EWE with EWE myEnergyCloud. Owners of private solar power systems in the electricity community can save their self-produced electricity like credits and retrieve it at any time. Their photovoltaic system and the electricity storage system from VARTA Storage therefore make them independent of the electricity market. With EWE myEnergyCloud, specialist trade companies receive a service that gives them competitive advantages. ‘The collaboration between EWE and VARTA Storage is a double win-win situation. For example, the VARTA energy storage system in conjunction with EWE’s cloud solution makes customers even

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Pasi Kautonen, Marketing Manager at Valoe Oyj, tells PES about the background and aspirations of this high-tech company. Their focus is on the developing high efficiency solar photovoltaic modules and automated module manufacturing technology. The company, originally named Cencorp, was founded in 1978. It soon acquired a reputation for innovative automatic robotic solutions for a wide range of industries. By the turn of the century, as a major global supplier of special components mainly for mobile phone industry, the company obtained advanced production and nano material experience in high efficiency laser technology and flexible back contact electrical circuits used for example in antennas inside mobile phones. By the end of the first decade of the millennium, Valoe moved its future business focus towards the upcoming and growing solar power industry. Through mergers and acquisitions backed by its own know-how of back contact technology Valoe started to implement its strategy to develop more sustainable, yet world leading, high efficiency solar modules and production technology. The company first started to develop and manufacture advanced back contact modules in Finland, which were based on polysilicon and monosilicon solar cells while also concentrating on enhancing automated production technology. In 2018 they launched their advanced and

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Offshore wind is all the rage right now, competing without subsidies, floating into deeper waters with new foundation designs and bigger turbines. For all its promise, however, offshore wind remains mostly a European affair, with more than 15 gigawatts of capacity installed in European waters by the end of 2017 and less than two gigawatts elsewhere. Slowly but surely the picture is beginning to change. The US, and Asian countries including Taiwan, are progressing ambitious offshore wind plans. Leading European energy companies want to benefit from this ambitious mood. PES invited Vladimir Nicolaas, innogy Head of Offshore Growth & New Business, and Chris Willow, innogy Business Development Manager Offshore Wind, to give an insight into innogy’s global offshore growth aspirations. With more than 1,000 megawatt of installed capacity (pro rata), innogy is one of the world’s leading operators of offshore wind farms, trailblazing the industry since 2004. Together with investment partners, the company owns seven operational wind farms off the UK, German and Belgian coasts. ‘Our strong European footprint is the backbone for our global growth plans,’ Chris explained. ‘Our aim is to actively pursue and unlock opportunities worldwide,’ Vladimir added. ‘We plan to do this by entering into partnerships with

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Lindø Industrial Park saves time and manpower by replacing heavy polyester slings with lightweight Dynamica SafeLift slings manufactured in Dyneema®. The industrial park on Funen has a great experience with the handling and shipping of large components for the offshore and heavy industry. The industrial zone in Odense is, amongst other things, a collection point and a storage depot for jackets for offshore wind turbine foundations. Jackets are 63m tall steel structures with a weight of up to 665t per piece. This figure corresponds to the weight of 27 fully loaded lorries! A gantry crane with a capacity of 1,000 t is used several times, both to gather the jackets and then to move them around for storage or shipping. The process involves lifting of so-called 3D structures, which have a height of 55m and a weight of approx. 500t per piece, where rigging needs to be done at a height of some 50 or 60m. A lifting sling is lowered down along the foot of a jacket, pulled underneath two stiffs, and then guided back up to the beam. Lindø Industrial Park has used polyester slings for this type of lifting until very recently. In this case a standard polyester sling had

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Buss Offshore Solutions GmbH & Co. KG is a member of the Buss Group in Hamburg. It was founded in 1920 as a stevedoring company. Today, it is made up of several units, which are active in different areas of maritime logistics. One of them is the Buss Offshore Solutions GmbH. Right from the start the company, which is also located in Hamburg, has been an active player in the offshore wind logistics industry, and has established itself successfully in this specific business sector. Focusing on heavy, challenging loads, a team with international experience develops tailor-made logistic solutions for its customers. Buss Offshore Solutions handles the project planning and management at all stages between the manufacturing plants and the offshore installation sites: from handling, trans-shipment and interim storage to pre-assembly, maintenance and the required engineering services. This logistics consultant has its own terminals such as the Orange Blue Terminal, Eemshaven in the North Sea and the Mukran Port Terminals, Sassnitz in the Baltic Sea. Additionally Buss Offshore Solutions offers its know-how by consulting international clients during all stages of port development, project preparation or project execution. Meanwhile we have successfully completed our fourteenth major project, including various offshore wind projects such as Veja Mate, Gemini,

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Blaaholm designed and manufactured the Davit Crane because of the increased weight of future wind turbine components, which puts greater demands on crane capacity and the demand for savings on service costs from their customers. PES sat down with Torben Blaaholm to find out more about this crane’s innovative features. The new crane offers the following key features: a lifting capacity of 1000kg to 2000kg, automatic and manual overload protection systems and special features for easy access for the servicing. We also provide a special service through a partnership with Fanø Kran-Service, which provides great benefits for our customers. We developed the Davit Crane in cooperation with our customers in the wind industry, due to the increased weight on future components used in wind turbines, which places greater demands on the current onsite crane capacity. It’s is new to the market and the reduced service costs and competitive prices have secured early success. There are already signed contracts and we have been invited to tender on a significant number of offshore wind projects. Located in Esbjerg, Denmark, Blaaholm has developed and produced lifting equipment for the wind industry since 2008. We supply solutions worldwide within 4 business areas: tower production, wind industry, automation &

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The offshore wind market is set to grow six-fold by 2030. A recent report states that the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, and China will drive forward the development of new fields over the next decade, while Taiwan and the US will become more prominent gigawatt markets. The latest wind farm to be developed in Europe is now under construction off Aberdeen’s coastline. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility and is being developed by Vattenfall-owned Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited. It will comprise of eleven turbines and is expected to be operational in summer 2018. Such innovative developments, as well as the upkeep and maintenance of existing offshore wind farms, require the safe transfer of personnel and cargo between turbines or offshore substations and vessels. Ampelmann has been a pioneer of Walk to Work (W2W) gangway systems for more than a decade. The company is enhancing its motion-compensated gangway systems to create even greater operational efficiencies for offshore wind projects. Innovation in action Using technology inspired by the flight simulator industry, The Netherlands headquartered company boasts a wide range of gangway systems to compensate all six degrees of freedom of a vessel. This enables the transfer

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It is well known that on large scale PV farms clean panels are essential in order to produce peak yields. The Italian company Messersì has been offering PV cleaning solutions for 7 years. Their product, Roboklin 25, is a fully automated machine and it delivers efficient cleaning to large PV farm operators. The company’s main business is actually building special vehicles for construction and agriculture, the Roboklin 25 was developed as a solution for cleaning solar modules. 40 units have been sold worldwide so far. During 7 years, working in many different conditions around the world Messersì acquired a lot PV cleaning experience. The tracked vehicle is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine from Kubota and has a maximum cleaning capacity of 1MW in five hours. The telescopic arms have maximum lengths of 4 and 6.5m. Two washing systems can be mounted on them. There is either a sprinkler system with a maximum pressure of 40bar or a rotating brush: 3 sizes of 2.2, 3.6 and 4.2m long. Both systems are supplied from a tank with a capacity of 2400l. Cleaning is controlled through ultrasound sensors, which ensure that the distance between the modules and the cleaning system is always the same, automatically

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