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Newly developed ground-based winch system shortens the amount of time needed to replace large components When a large component of a wind turbine fails, the operator often has no other choice but to have the damaged component replaced. This often involves a considerable amount of organisational work and financial expense – not just for the spare part itself but also for the logistics and infrastructure required to carry out the replacement. The loss of income due to system downtime also has a significant impact. The service provider GFW, a subsidiary of Deutsche Windtechnik, has developed a new ground-based winch system (GBWS for short) for replacing large components that can save tens or even hundreds of thousands of euros. Using the laws of nature for specific purposes The GBWS’s intelligent system of pulling and weight mechanisms makes the use of large cranes and the modification of local infrastructure that goes along with it unnecessary. The heart of the GBWS consists of load winches, support winches, support frames, counterweights and a control system. After the support frame has been securely set up on a suitable surface, the load ropes are pulled to the hub of the wind turbine. Depending on the type of large component

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PES brings you a show preview not to be missed. Now more than ever it’s important to keep up to date with what’s going on in our industry. Physical meetings are not currently possible, but there’s no reason not to keep up with the latest virtual offerings. Don’t miss out! RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind 2020 virtual conference and exhibition takes place from 28th to 30th October. It presents an ideal opportunity to immerse yourself within the captivating world of offshore wind, to engage with key players throughout the offshore wind supply chain and get up-to-date with the very latest ideas and innovations in the field. Key themes this year will focus on how the industry continues to move forward following COVID-19, the race to net zero and upcoming infrastructure investment programmes. Given the challenges we have seen this year, it has never been so important to re-connect with the industry. Plus, you can do it all from the comfort and convenience of your own home! A first for RUKGOW20 For the first time, the Global Offshore Wind conference and exhibition is going online. While we appreciate this will not offer the same experience as visiting in person, RenewableUK have done everything we can

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As the world begins to open up again after the devastation of COVID-19, Cargostore Worldwide talks to PES Wind about how they have managed to stay profitable during the pandemic. We explore the company’s timeline of growth over the last three years which has led to their current position in the offshore container industry. 2017 - Cargostore Containers LLC established in U.A.E In late 2017, Cargostore Worldwide formalized their expansion into the U.A.E by opening Cargostore Containers LLC, based in Abu Dhabi, appointing Sohail Ashraf as General Manager. The move cemented their position in the market as a leading supplier of DNV 2.7-1 certified containers to offshore oil and gas projects in the region. With oil and gas production on the rise, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Corporation (ADNOC) had made known their intention to enforce the DNV 2.7-1 standard for offshore cargo carrying units, and to phase out the less safe ‘hybrid units’ which were common in the region. As Cargostore’s entire offshore fleet were already DNV 2.7-1 certified, they were ahead of the curve, which led to them supporting large projects in the region. ‘I was thrilled to join the Cargostore team in 2017 at the forefront of Cargostore Containers

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The global energy transition is underway. The uptake of renewables is accelerating, as the technology undercuts fossil fuel based energy generation and governments seek to achieve international climate targets. Renewable energy is now also accepted as an opportunity to drive green economic growth and job creation to help support the recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. Offshore wind has a key role to play in this energy transition, having grown nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018. The IEA predicts global offshore wind capacity to increase fifteen-fold by 2040, becoming a US$1 trillion industry. After successfully lowering the price of bottom-fixed projects, the next frontier for industry is floating offshore wind. Floating wind unlocks new markets A key factor driving the development and scaling of floating wind is the technology’s ability to unlock new markets for offshore wind development. An estimated 80% of global offshore wind resource is located in deep water areas (depths of more than 60m), where winds are typically stronger and more consistent, with the potential to yield superior capacity factors. The first larger capacity floating wind turbine (2.3MW) was installed and tested over a decade ago in Norway. Since then interest has increased as the viability

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PES had a great interview with Oliver Strecke, CEO and Marco Thesing, CSO and business development manager at viamon. They have amazing security solutions, where trace and catch are strong deterrents. TRAPS came on to the market last year and is proving very successful. They have a bright outlook on the future, with many orders on their books. Are your solar installations secure? Read on to find out what‘s on offer. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. We have been following viamon for quite a few years now, so it’s good to have the opportunity to talk with you. Would you like to begin with a company overview? Oliver Strecke: viamon has been working on the question of how to develop intelligent systems to secure PV systems since 2009. The basis is a vibration sensor that we developed especially for the needs of the PV industry. It can be used to secure solar modules and additionally, determine their position worldwide via GPS if they are stolen. That was the beginning. On this we systematically expanded our portfolio of sensors, e.g. with PIR sensors (passive infrared). On the one hand, we have always analysed the experience we have gained in the course of

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New PV technologies make it possible to create more diversity to the utilization of solar energy. High efficiency, low cost and good looks of PV applications make it feasible to integrate solar power to new products and environments. Any self-powering object creates a local energy source. Solar energy can be used in many building integrated PV (BIPV) applications, such as facades, window structures or balconies. All vehicles are potential producers of solar energy. In principle, any energy-requiring object under the sun could produce PV power. Integrating PV can bring new value-adding features to products or even create completely new products. Producing local off-the-grid power will be the future. Now, is the time to redefine solar technology and make it a natural part of the environment. Valoe´s integrated solar technology meets new challenges There are no off-the-shelf products for integrated PV applications. The traditional cell and module designs cannot meet the various demands that the integrated PV will face. If PV is integrated into vehicles (VIPV), they need to survive vibration and to be shock and wear resistant. The weight of the module needs to be as light as possible and the PV element must be flexible and adjust to the surface form. Survivability,

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Well aware that global energy challenges are changing rapidly, at Studer we are focusing on creating simple solutions to complex problems. Access to electricity for all, the energy transition, automation, digitalization and electric mobility are all topics and issues that set the pace and influence the creation of all our products and services. In energy management the needs are increasing, systems are becoming more complex, and technology and innovation must respond to these new imperatives. We develop products that enrich peoples’ lives and are constantly on the lookout for groundbreaking developments and trends. A few years ago, a battery inverter was a single device working alone. Today, it communicates with other devices in a system, there is remote supervision, an interaction with the end user and the rest of the elements in the energy chain. There is real added value in having an eco-system around the inverter. Studer service does not end when a product is placed on the market, on the contrary, it goes one step more, committing itself to constant development, with a team of specialized professionals fully dedicated to this. Innovation is essential and it is not just about creating the next range of new products, but also about improving existing products

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With the steady growth of solar power and the increase of PV plants worldwide, a new series of PV modules, suitable for 1500-Volt systems, is on the rise. The higher demand for the latest, ‘1500 Volt ready’ generation of PV connectors from Stäubli Electrical Connectors, raises the question of the interchangeability of the new MC4-Evo 2 with the Original MC4. Along with the growth of the worldwide demand for energy and the need for replacing fossil fuel energy generation technologies, the renewable energy sector added 176 GW of power generating capacity globally last year, accounting for 72 percent of all power expansion during that period1. Main drivers behind this growth are the trend toward decarbonization and the overall electrification of appliances and industries. Solar energy contributed with more than 60 percent to this rise as it was able to generate a cost-competitive solution in regard to the needs. Important technology innovations and cost reductions accompany and support this market development that experienced a steady but very fast rise during the last 10 years. A 1500-Volt PV system design offers investment cost benefits over traditional system designs in large-scale PV plants. This leads to an increase of 1500-Volt systems being implemented during the

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SolarCleano has been developing and selling robots to clean solar panels for 3 years. Based on the cleaning experience of its founder, Pol Duthoit, it created a robot usable by lone workers. Along the way, SolarCleano made a few discoveries that helped it tackle more issues. Solar panels exist in all shapes and sizes When the main SolarCleano F1 was developed, the objective was simple. A robot that could be used, unmounted and displaced by one person. It was already known that providing a power supply that would work independently on the robot would be a great add-on. Indeed, not every installation provides power sockets, and carrying a generator, or even just electricity cable, can prove to be a huge inconvenience. SolarCleano therefore developed a machine that would be dismountable, remote-controlled and battery-powered. Soon, it also appeared necessary to develop pads that would allow the robot to clean steeper panels, most installations in Europe being tilted for instance. The key to this balance was the pads placed on the Solarcleano robot. With constant innovation, we now offer a robot capable of climbing 25° steep slopes. Also, 4 types of brushes are available, depending on dirt type. They can be combined at will. For steeper

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Kim van der Heide, Product Marketing Specialist at SITEMARK, thought it would be interesting to interview Sophie Sándor, Senior Data Processing and Analytics Engineer, SITEMARK about her job as a thermographer. Sophie’s qualifications are outstanding: a double Masters in Geology and Exploration Geophysics, Certified in Thermal Imaging Category 1 (PCN-1 certification, Infrared Thermography (IRT-ISO 18436-7). One of Sitemark’s behind-the-scenes experts is certified Thermographer, Sophie Sándor. While you might not be familiar with that job title, by the time you finish reading her story you’ll be impressed by this very unique field. Thermographers deliver a wide range of benefits to diverse industries - from detecting water and gas leaks to search and rescue missions, as well as traveler temperature screenings. Sitemark has in-house skill sets that deliver premium analysis; with experts in fields from artificial intelligence to surveyors and drone pilots. PES is excited to bring you Kim van der Heide, Product Marketing Specialist at SITEMARK’S’s interview with Sophie. Read on to get a better understanding of what thermography brings to the table for the solar industry. By the way, Sophie is a Senior Data Processing and Analytics Engineer at SITEMARK and her qualifications are outstanding: a double Masters in Geology and

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