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OGIC has invested £3.8million in innovative technology in the last four years The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has signed its 75th project, taking its total investment into innovative technology over the last four years to £3.8million. The latest project comes as OGIC finalises agreements on five new technologies, all of which have the potential to cut operational costs and improve efficiency in the oil and gas industry. The new projects will see five companies working with Scottish universities to develop innovative technology with direct applications to current industry challenges and represent a £330,000 investment by OGIC. In the first project, Technip FMC Umbilicals is working with the University of Aberdeen to develop a load bearing connector for use with power umbilicals containing high strength aluminium conductors. The design will see the need for ancillary strength members alleviated or eliminated. Phase one of the project has been successfully completed and an initial design for the connector is underway. Phase two will see the University of Aberdeen investigate the design of the connector through analysis and testing, to gain knowledge of both mechanical and electrical performance requirements. Weir Group has joined forces with Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences to develop a barrier

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Only five years after the launch of the X-DF engine, WinGD is pleased to announce they have secured an order for their 100th X-DF engine. The award-winning technology developed by WinGD has demonstrated, on tests and engines currently in operation, that it offers stable combustion, inherently low NOx and greenhouse gas emissions and high overall system efficiencies as well as reliable and safe gas operation. GasLog LTD, one of the early supporters of the X-DF technology, has eight LNG carriers, each with 2x 5X72DF main engines in its fleet with three new builds recently entering commercial operations. For their latest order of additional tonnage at Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea, the same machinery has been selected. “When we select an engine for GasLog, the most important considerations are the engines’ contributions to the safety, competitiveness, sustainability and reliability of the vessel for our customers. When we selected the X-DF it was crucial for us to find a dual fuel engine which could offer all those features for today’s and the future environment.  WinGD’s X-DF engines were the choice for our new vessels and we continue to be confident in their low pressure dual fuel technology.” Said, Richard Sadler, Chief Operations Officer, Gaslog Ltd. “If

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InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, has partnered with five significant Swedish energy companies to launch Power2U, its new venture to design and operate local energy systems. The partners – Öresundskraft, Jämtkraft, Tekniska Verken, Umeå Energi and Jönköping Energi – and InnoEnergy will jointly invest 60 million SEK. Based on an innovation project that InnoEnergy initiated, Power2U is a new energy operator offering building optimisation services that enable all types of buildings to participate in digital energy transformation. Its future-proof energy management platform will enable both end users and energy companies to benefit from the integration of new sustainable energy technologies such as solar cells, EV chargers and batteries. Ultimately, Power2U is facilitating the integration of new sustainable energy technology while contributing to the stability, resilience and robustness of existing energy grids. Kenneth Johansson, CEO of InnoEnergy Scandinavia, says: "We are pleased to welcome our new partners in Power2U, which is now ready for rollout. With the partnership, the solution is fast-tracked to market through each energy company’s strong local presence. And we will ensure continued access to expertise, technology and resources." Together with InnoEnergy, the five energy companies will now collaborate and focus to roll out the solution to the

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With ABB technology Lefdal Mine Datacenter plans to become Europe’s biggest, with the smallest environmental footprint. There was a time when the mineral olivine used to be excavated for industrial purposes, like making steel. Now, that steel is coming back underground to house a data center. Lefdal in Norway plans to become Europe’s largest and greenest data center. The Lefdal Mine data center, operational since May 2017, is built 150 meters into a mountain in what was formerly an underground mine for excavating olivine - also known as the gemstone peridot - a green, high density-mineral used in steel production. Located on Norway’s west coast, between Måløy and Nordfjordeid, the six-storymountain hall facility sets a new standard for the data center industry. The massive data center is powered exclusively by renewable energy produced locally, while being cooled by water from a nearby fjord, which is the second largest in the country and has four glaciers connected to it. ABB has supplied the critical power infrastructure, which provides clean energy generated by four glacial hydropower stations and two windmill farms with a combined capacity in excess of 300 MW. Data centers are among the biggest consumers of energy. Yet Lefdal Mine is remarkably energy efficient,

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NKT has won the turnkey order of two high-voltage cable systems ensuring power availability and transmission security in the regions of Hedmark and Oppland in Norway. NKT has been awarded the turnkey delivery of two 145 kV AC (alternating current) extruded cable system sets for the Mjøsa Project in the regions Hedmark and Oppland located North of Oslo in Norway. Here the power grid operator Eidsiva Nett AS is to upgrade the grid and secure the power availability and transmission security in the region around the lake Mjøsa. For NKT, the Norwegian turnkey order comprises design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of the cable connections in the lake with a total cable length of 35 kilometres. -  We have great experience from several projects in Norway and we are excited to play a part in the continuous development of the Norwegian power grid. The Mjøsa Project is ensuring the transmission security of the region and supporting the integration of renewable energy in Norway, says Michael Hedegaard Lyng, President & CEO of NKT. The cables are scheduled to be manufactured in the NKT facility in Karlskrona, Sweden, during 2018 as the project is planned to be commissioned in 2019. For Eidsiva Nett AS

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Pitching sessions from more than 150 start-ups, leading energy experts, live product demonstrations and much more Eindhoven, The Netherlands – 26 June 2018. InnoEnergy, Europe’s largest sustainable energy innovation engine, will host the sixth edition of “The Business Booster” (TBB), Europe´s catalyst for clean energy innovations. This year´s event, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 17 -18 October will focus on the theme “The Future is Now”. More than 700 attendees from over 30 countries are expected to join the 150 cutting edge sustainable energy innovations, which can be discovered in the accompanying exhibition. “The Business Booster is the only event that brings together the most innovative start-ups from all over Europe with established industry players, investors and public-sector institutions to accelerate Europe´s clean energy transition”, says Elena Bou, Innovation Director, InnoEnergy. “In addition to the start-up´s pitching sessions, visitors can attend round tables, live product demonstrations, and parallel sessions.” Premiere: Experts´ presentations and reverse pitching For the first time, InnoEnergy is organising parallel and reverse pitching sessions. In the first format, leading experts in their fields will present their latest innovations and show how their companies have revolutionised the storage, transport, wind and smart city sectors. While in the reverse pitching sessions, enterprises

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(Wels, 26/06/2018) On a new 512 m² stand, Fronius presented solutions for the intelligent integration of the electricity, mobility and heating energy sectors at Intersolar in Munich (Germany). Numerous guests from around the world visited the Austrian energy solutions specialist to find out more the latest solutions, future topics of interest and research programmes concerning energy sector integration. The Fronius energy storage solutions and the new Fronius System Partner programme also proved to be popular. Fronius also demonstrated their holistic approach to energy supply solutions, not least with the Fronius Lumina, the first flexible green power tariff for Germany. “Our vision of 24 hours of sun relies on the maximum solarisation of our energy supply. For this, the intelligent use of energy sectors and their corresponding energy is equally as important as a holistic energy supply. At Intersolar we displayed a number of concrete solutions, future topics of interest and research areas. All this certainly made a big impression on the visitors,” enthuses Martin Hackl, head of Solar Energy at Fronius International GmbH. Holistic solarisation Be it digitisation, decarbonisation or energy sector integration, the entire energy world is undergoing huge changes. Fronius has set itself the task of thinking of solarisation in a

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The Grimaldi Group, a long-time Alfa Laval PureSOx customer, has signed an agreement for PureSOx connectivity services on five vessels operated by Atlantic Container Line (ACL). The services will provide not only compliance monitoring, but also valuable data for use in optimizing PureSOx operation. The Grimaldi Group has been using PureSOx for exhaust gas cleaning aboard its vessels since 2014. ACL, a Grimaldi Group company specialized in transatlantic cargo shipping, has hybrid PureSOx scrubber systems installed on all five of its Generation 4 (G4) vessels: Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun. The PureSOx systems on these vessels will now be retrofitted with the Alfa Laval Remote Emission Monitor (ALREM), a data reporting and storage device that forms the basis for the growing PureSOx connectivity programme. The Grimaldi Group has signed an agreement for PureSOx connectivity that extends over the next three years, after which the services and their benefits will be evaluated. New benefits with connected technology In fact, connectivity based on the ALREM is just one part of a much larger PureSOx service agreement for the ACL vessels. Training, yearly inspections, spare part supply and a sensor exchange programme are also included in the contract. But the

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New supply vessel, Lizrix, offers 2200cbm of capacity and ability to segregate five grades Falmouth, UK (June 25, 2018) In a bid to meet customer needs beyond 2020 World Fuel Services (WFS) is pleased to announce a recent investment at its current supply location in Falmouth, UK, to upgrade facilities and the introduction of a new supply vessel. WFS currently stores and supplies marine diesel and fuel oil from the Falmouth terminal, which forms the deepest harbour in Western Europe and provides an advantageous position at the start of the European ECA zone, offering ECA-compliant fuel to vessels entering or exiting Europe. The investment includes an upgrade of the terminal facilities and an extension of exiting bunkering options with the introduction of Lizrix, a new 2200cbm capacity cargo vessel, which provides the ability of segregating up to five grades and has a pumping rate of 3-400 cbm/hr. The terminal upgrade enhances on WFS’ portfolio of physical supply locations and their ongoing commitment to customers with regard to the service, integrity and quality.  The investment at Falmouth allows WFS to enhance its customer provision and experience at this key location for Europe, leading up to 2020, and beyond. About World Fuel Services Corporation Headquartered in Miami, Florida, World

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Arnhem/Berlin, 25 June2018. From the 11th to the 14th of June, SCiBreak AB tested a DC circuit breaker module prototype at the KEMA laboratories of DNV GL in Arnhem, as part of the EU project PROMOTioN. A fault current of 10.8 kA was delivered by low-frequency short circuit generators and was interrupted against a transient interruption voltage exceeding 40 kV. SCiBreak is a project partner of the PROMOTioN project. The project seeks to address challenges to the development of meshed HVDC offshore transmission grids on the basis of cost-effective and reliable technological innovation in combination with a sound political, financial and legal regulatory framework. The current tests by SCiBreak verify the functioning of a novel technology concept and constitute a major milestone for the project. Testing in the project has previously been done with equipment from Mitsubishi Electric. Testing breakers from different manufacturers supports the project objectives in several ways. Models of the breakers can be created so that analysis of multivendor operation in HVDC grids becomes possible. Furthermore, standardized test methods and test circuits are being developed. The fault current was interrupted, and the corresponding energy of 0.6 MJ (MegaJoule) was dissipated in surge arresters included in the module. An artificial zero-crossing

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