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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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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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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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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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The search for reliability in the renewable energy sector is an ongoing one. Increasing reliability in wind turbine parts reduces downtime and costs while allowing for a constant flow of power to the grid. Also, by finding new ways to improve processes and reduce the time and effort taken to identify and replace faulty parts, companies can drastically improve efficiency. For engineers in the Energy & Motion Technologies division at Galway-based Test Laboratory Anecto, striking a balance between innovation and quality control is essential to increasing reliability. They insist that innovation and research comes in tandem with quality control; citing as examples, their in-house refurbishment processes as well as recent work with the UK’s Durham University that has breathed new light on the stresses that changing wind patterns cause to a power converter’s IGBT and led to their conclusion that a ‘holistic approach to wind turbine power converter reliability’ is more advisable in future. Anecto test laboratory started as an electronics test house in 1994 but developed into a major provider of product and packaging testing for the medical devices and many other sectors. By leveraging the engineering talent they had on site and innovating, the company pushed into the renewable energy

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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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Jose Vega-Lozano, Director at Aerial Vision Ltd, gives PES a thought provoking look in to the world of UAV providers. He suggests caution and questioning before deciding who to use: make sure your chosen company can deliver what you need and what you expect. There are many drone services out there, but which one is for you? Buyer beware One of the main benefits that the internet has brought to procurement, buying services and/or products, is that information is now freely available to the buyer, whereas before it was not. Previously, the vendor and his sales team often held the balance of power; in that the weight of knowledge between the buyer and the vendor was stacked massively in the salesman’s favour. Caveat emptor ‘Buyer Beware!’ was then sage advice. Nowadays buyers are often as knowledgeable as salesmen in a given situation; detailed research and meticulous analysis being usually only a few key strokes away thanks to the internet. But is this rebalancing of knowledge (and therefore buying power) true of the most modern, cutting edge and innovative products/services? Can a layperson really debunk charlatans and cowboys in the developing industry of UAS service provision? Or do you feel that you will

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The future of solar farm security lies in communications technology. And in an optimised cooperation between security service providers and authorities. PES wanted to find out what advancements had been made at viamon since last hearing from them. Worldwide – but especially in sun-drenched regions such as the so-called Sun Belt near the equator – the number of large solar farms is growing continuously. But the environmentally friendly production of electricity and heat with solar collectors is now also booming in regions that are comparatively less sunny. In the UK, for example, more and more agricultural land is being used for the ‘cultivation’ of photovoltaic (PV) modules to harvest solar power. However, the valuable solar modules arouse desires. Protecting installed systems from specialised and often well-organised gangs of thieves is a complex challenge for security service providers. After all, the security-relevant objects are placed – visible to everyone – under the open sky. Solar farms are, of course, not placed on greenfield sites completely unprotected. But many operators of on-grid PV systems have already found out that their technological assets are not sufficiently protected by fences, surveillance cameras and alarm systems alone. A fact that also affects off-grid systems, such as water pumps

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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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The battery market has gained added momentum. There is now a global awareness that renewable energies can only be successfully expanded in combination with efficient energy storage. The greatest efficiency – and profit margin – is currently offered by battery storage systems, as this technology is already extremely advanced. At Tesvolt we specialise in high-performance Lithium-Ion storage systems for use in industry and commerce. Lithium batteries are safe and especially low maintenance, and can store electricity and supply it again extremely quickly. We have a wide range of products with storage systems for every application, offering capacities from 4.8 kWh to several Megawatt-hours. Countless applications The need for battery storage systems is growing worldwide, at the same rate as the expansion of renewable energies, especially photovoltaic energy. While yields from renewable energy sources fluctuate over the course of a day and a year, for example because a PV installation does not absorb solar energy overnight or during winter, a storage system can balance supply and consumption. A battery can keep the energy stored during the day for times when demand is higher, thus helping the user to increase their self-consumption and save costs, or become less dependent on energy companies. But this is

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