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Deutsche Windtechnik operates a unique Training Center with actual turbines from various manufacturers. In a time in which technology, systems, processes and learning methods are constantly changing, it is important to train your company staff using intelligent, agile methods. The much-discussed shortage of skilled workers also highlights the need for targeted management of competencies within a company. Ensuring the quality of our worldwide service is not the only purpose of the company’s new competence centre, which covers technology from a range of different manufacturers. By opening up its training courses to operators and operations managers, we are promoting technical transparency in the market as a whole, and this will lead to an increase in fair competition. It is no secret: well-trained specialists, unique skills and professional control of the quality of products and services are essential factors for a successful company. Training and further education for employees, special training courses and an overall willingness to encourage and foster personal development are part of any holistic corporate culture. Deutsche Windtechnik, which is Europe’s largest independent provider of maintenance for wind turbines and employs more than 1,000 people, has set new standards for the dissemination of specialist knowledge during recent months by establishing what

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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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Over the years, Jo van Montfort, from Bjond b.v.b.a. has convinced PES that the wind industry needs to look beyond standards and protocols to reduce the maintenance costs of turbines. It seems incredible that companies don’t seem to realise that they are not getting the best out of their coatings, despite what the tests say. Definition The best definition of a protective coating system is: ‘Transparent or coloured product that forms a film and protects the surface on which it is applied against influences from the environment.’ This means a barrier is created between the steel and environment in order to prevent corrosion. This barrier is applied as a liquid material that adheres to the steel substrate and forms an oxygen, chemicals (‘salts’) and water or moisture proof film. In most cases, this film is less than 1mm thick and more than 300μm. In many cases this thin film needs to protect the steel for more than 20 years, preferably maintenance free. Type of failures The main failure of a coating system when properly applied is losing its main barrier function. This means the coating cracks. When the cracks grow through the coating oxygen, water and chemicals (‘salts’) can reach the steel substrate, resulting in

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Mats Blixt, Executive Vice President Logistics Solutions South America, BBC Chartering and Gonzalo López Roldan, Commercial Executive, Montecon / Schandy Group, called in on PES to share their experience in working together in parts of South America. Their integrated solution has proved to be very successful. 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? Mats Blixt: Thank you and likewise. It’s always a pleasure to talk about recent developments at BBC Chartering and the value we can bring to global wind power customers. As you know, BBC Chartering is the market’s largest project carrier and the leading international wind energy cargo transporter. Our fleet of multipurpose and heavy lift vessels is employed for wind power developments worldwide. We currently operate a fleet of more than 140 vessels, and with that offer a total fleet capacity of more than 1.6m tons DWAT. All our vessels are equipped with cranes, some of which can lift up to 800mt. PES: In our last interview you were experiencing a growth in the market, is this

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PES had a very informative interview with Bobbi McConnell, Marketing Communications Manager at AIMCO Global. The effects of the electricity production tax credit on the US wind industry, critical fastening and bolting tools were just a few of the things we talked about. 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 AIMCO and the importance of the wind industry to you? Bobbi McConnell: Our headquarters are in Portland, Oregon and we have over 40 years’ experience in various industries and wind energy one of the most important and have a wide range of product portfolios. Our service, repair and calibration labs provide fast turnaround on repairs and also, all electronic torque equipment meets NIST standards. PES: Currently are you experiencing more growth in the market? BM: Based on industry reports, the forecast in the US marketplace expect growth upwards of 40% throughout the wind industry. Offshore is expected to be a tremendous growth market in the US despite the challenges the US is experiencing in developing offshore wind farms. Among those, the coastal waters of the United States don’t share the same

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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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Using electricity and heat generated by the same installation is an effective way to increase efficiency in buildings — and also cut costs. In co-generation systems, the fuel, in this case gas, is used to generate electricity using a small gas turbine and the waste heat is used to heat the building and provide hot water. Wirral Metropolitan College, near Liverpool, is setting a good example in this field. The college has four campuses located around Birkenhead in the Wirral. By the end of the year, it will be using gas to cover most of its Twelve Quays campuses own day-to-day heat and electricity needs. Reducing dependence on electricity prices The sharp increases in electricity and gas prices, in the UK in recent years, make this transition a worthwhile investment for the college. ‘This is a demonstration project which is receiving funding from the local authorities as part of an extremely low energy agenda,’ says George Norrie, Technical Director at Scotia Energy, the project designers and integrators. Wirral Metropolitan College is the first public institution to benefit from a multi-million regeneration programme for the town of Birkenhead, just across the Mersey from Liverpool. Its new Wirral Waters campus is the first building completed

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Solar Power International, a massive three-day annual event, which is once again being held in Anaheim from September 24th to 27th. PES brings you a full preview. It’s exciting, it’s awesome, it’s the best yet and still not too late to get your ticket if you haven’t already done so. We look forward to meeting up with you. North America Smart Energy Week, powered by the leading solar organizations the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is the largest gathering of solar, smart energy, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel cells professionals in North America looking to grow their renewable portfolio for businesses and communities. Anchored by the flagship event, Solar Power International (SPI), North America Smart Energy Week brings together an extensive alliance of renewable energy leaders for four days of networking, accredited educational events, and innovation that moves the industry forward. The industry’s success can be seen by the numbers - more than 10 GW of solar were installed in 2017, adding to a total of 56 GW across the country and powering 10.7 million homes. In the past five years, prices for installed solar have dropped by over half. Community solar is also booming,

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