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SAL Heavy Lift Shipping boasts a fleet of 15 heavy lift vessels, providing customised and reliable sea transportation solutions for all types of project cargoes, including heavy machinery, equipment for the oil and gas industry, (offshore) wind energy, cranes and floating cargo. The German-based specialists have developed an enviable reputation, largely as a result of their impressive high-crane capacity of up to 2,000mtons, along with the fleet's unrivalled speed of 20 knots - imperative for the safe delivery of time-sensitive cargo. PES spoke to Jan-Peter Esbensen (Director of Business Development) at the company's Steinkirchen HQ, about the company and its operations.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you firstly explain a little about your business and how you serve the wind industry?Jan-Peter Esbensen: Founded in 1980, SAL is located outside of Hamburg in Germany. SAL is the exclusive agent for a fleet of 15 modern heavy lift vessels. Apart from its headquarters in Steinkirchen the company is represented through various sales offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Bejing, London, Genoa, Helsinki, Perth and Houston. With its latest newbuildings, SAL features the largest heavylift vessels currently in the market. Both vessels - the second one will be delivered in March 2011 - have 2

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With a formula for success which includes combining years of practical experience with enviable scientific know-how in all areas of wind energy utilisation, Deutsche WindGuard Consulting GmbH has built an enviable reputation among the wind farms of Europe. The company, based near Hamburg in Germany, offers its customers engineering services of the highest standards in all areas of wind energy utilisation. Here PES talks to Axel Albers, Managing Director and one of Deutsche WindGuard's founding members, about the company, its operations and its future

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Words: Catriona MunroThe scourge of bribery and corruption traverses industries and markets like no other. However, against an eclectic backdrop of intensifying international competition and heavy R&D investment, coupled with a patchwork of regulation, the renewables energy sector could be particularly exposed to such threats. PES examines a new law that could potentially have massive ramifications for any European business with the slightest connection to the UK. To clamp down on such practices, across all sectors, the United Kingdom is soon to follow the lead of other countries by introducing tough new legislation, which will apply both at home and abroad. The long-awaited Bribery Act 2010 will force organisations to address bribery and corruption, or face the prospect of punishing corporate fines and life-altering criminal sanctions for directors and staff. However, the recent decision to delay the introduction of the Act should not be used as an excuse to slow the pace to a halt, but an opportunity to review policies and procedures, to ensure they make the grade when the new legislation comes into force. The UK has long been under fire for its failure to tackle corrupt business practices at an international level. This is partly because the

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Victoria Kenrick of international sustainable recruitment specialist, Allen & York explores current trends within the wind energy sector; including an in-depth look at where the latest job roles exist within Europe, which job types are on the increase and the transferable skills that exist for professionals wanting to make their career move into the industry.Europe has a challenge ahead, in terms of renewable energy targets. Many governments have signed-up to a commitment which states that by 2020, 20 per cent of energy production will come from renewable sources. It's quite a target for any government to achieve, but in a climate where purse strings are being tightened, this challenge is ever more complex. However, the UK in particular has made incredible headway in wind power and in fact is now known as the flagship nation for harnessing the power of wind, on an industrial scale.The wind energy sector is one of the key employment sectors in Europe, with the industry as a whole employing 154,000 people (Wind Energy Assoc. data). In 2015 this figure is forecast to grow to 212,000 and in 2020 to 328,000, the current top 4 EU member country employers are: Germany with 38,000, Denmark with 23,000,

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With many European nations embarking on smart metering programmes, Duncan Sinclair of Redpoint Energy examines the ways in which advanced meters can be used to combat the highly variable output of intermittent energy sources such as wind.In January 2011 the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) announced that Europe is set to beat its target of drawing 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, and that wind energy is now powering five per cent of total energy generation across the region.The renewable energy strategies being implemented are a key part of each nation's decarbonisation agenda, which seek to reduce CO2 emissions. Many have ambitious short-term targets for incorporating renewable sources into the energy mix, and to meet these targets, a sea-change is required in the way countries approach energy production and consumption - including the way in which it is sourced, controlled and regulated, and the way in which it is funded.Most importantly, it is essential to recognise the defining characteristic of a renewable source - i.e. the intermittent nature of its output, and the fact a renewable is subject to fluctuations in weather conditions. The rotors of wind turbines only turn when the wind blows, in

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Do you feel as if you are helping in some small way to make a difference to the world? It's a question that few of us ever consider, but the very nature of our industry lends it validity. In this issue's exclusive ‘My vision' interview, we put this and a selection of other, more philosophical questions, to Günter Laubinger, Head of Contracting and Procurement at BBB in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.PES: Welcome to the PES, can you firstly explain a little about your role, and how it relates to the wind industry?Günter Laubinger: BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH is one of those small sized enterprises which maintains entrepreneurial spirit in its best sense, even after 15 years of operation, which we are celebrating this year. BBB offers professional service within the whole life-cycle of wind energy projects.Our team of motivated specialists performs a wide variety of services, ranging from Technical Due Diligence (TDD), planning and engineering, wind measurements and bankable yield assessments, supervision of construction works and operation management. Within the company I am Head of Contracting and Procurement and therefore review all contractual documents within a TDD-process, commenting on them and proposing alterations which improve the projects' profitability. I give valuable advice to

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PES reveals the amazing story behind the iconic brand's diversification from cars to turbines - and how it put them back on the road to success.In Europe in the 1980s, there was only one car to have: the Ford Sierra Cosworth. The family saloon car had been fitted with an engine from a British company that specialised in high-performance engineering and a classic was born. For more than 40 years, the Cosworth name has been synonymous with motor racing excellence and its engines have powered some of the sport's most famous names to world championships, including Jackie Stewart, Michael Schumacher, James Hunt and Nelson Piquet.Four years ago, however, Cosworth ran out of buyers for its Formula One engines and the company was left in crisis. Cosworth had become obsessively focused on doing one thing well, but suddenly nobody wanted that product. To survive, Cosworth has had to diversify and it is leading a trend among British motor sport companies as they seek new markets for their unique skills.As Mark Gallagher, general manager of Cosworth's Formula One business, told the Daily Telegraph last year: "F1 can be a fickle mistress. We learnt a big lesson that, if you have all your

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As the Managing Director of one of Europe's top PR agencies for the energy industry, Alastair Turner is responsible for creating buzz, managing crises and building brands. He talks to PES about all the essential issues and offers some indispensable advice for wind executives everywhere.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company, and how you serve the renewables industry?Alastair Turner: Aspectus is renowned as one of the top PR agencies specialising in the energy sector. We understand the issues, we know the media, and we produce results.PES: What kind of coverage are your clients looking for, and what messages are they trying to get across?AT: Many clients have very specific, quite complex and sometimes overly technical messages they wish to convey. Part of our job is to simplify, rationalise and refine these to create compelling stories that engage with the audience. We like to think of it as building a bridge between what the media and their audience wants, and what our clients are trying to communicate.For example, RLtec approached us to help PR its dynamic demand technology, which allows fridges, freezers and other consumer appliances to be switched-off temporarily when demand on the national

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Talk of wind turbines and we tend to think of huge structures out in the country, conjuring up visions of a romantic idyll with a few delicately spinning blades on the horizon. The truth of the matter, however, is that of late these contemporary icons are as likely to be seen on the outskirts of Europe's towns and cities as in a field miles from the nearest McDonald's or Starbucks. It may be unlikely that planning permission will be granted for actual city centre constructions but nevertheless the march towards the rise of the urban wind turbine is well under way

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