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Kensa Group CEO, Simon Lomax, has welcomed the Government’s long-awaited response to the recent Part L Future Homes Consultationpublished on January 19, which states that from 2025, no new homes will be built with fossil fuel heating such as a natural gas boiler. Mr Lomax said: “Although we would always ask the Government to be prompter and more ambitious, we generally support the response which makes clear that heat pumps are expected to become the default heating choice at new build dwellings from 2025. “We also welcome the continued opportunity for local authorities to specify planning conditions which mandate energy efficiency upgrades which are more demanding than mere compliance with the emerging regulations.” Based in Cornwall, Kensa has developed some unique solutions for the residential new build sector based upon the ultra-small Shoebox ground source heat pump which can be paired with a traditional cylinder or a heat battery.  In most cases, the Shoebox is served by a shared ground array, thereby mimicking the system architecture in a traditional gas boiler arrangement. According to Mr Lomax: ‘A ground source heat pump provides the lowest carbon solution as the technology is far more efficient than an air source heat pump, particularly on the coldest days. 

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KenzFigee, a well-established lifting, handling and service specialist of tailor-made equipment for the marine, offshore and wind energy industry, has secured a five-year deal to provide TotalCareSM Lifting Services for Dana Petroleum.  This contract will provide for maintenance management and the supply of expert service engineers on Dana’s ‘Triton’ and ‘Western Isles’ FPSOs , both operational in the North Sea, directly from our office in the UK. KenzFigee has been providing equipment and services to Dana in the North Sea for many years. Since the opening of our UK office in early 2020, we have been working very closely with Dana to design the next generation TotalCareSM service contract. The contract will be underpinned utilizing KenzFigee’s technology expertise together with our competent service engineers to ensure efficiency and optimum operational availability, which is in line with Dana Petroleum’s needs. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to further develop this important relationship between our companies by expanding our provision of safe, cost effective and innovative service”, KenzFigee Chief Executive Officer, Jan-Pieter Klaver commented. “It will further strengthen and grow KenzFigee’s presence in the UK market to bring our dedicated services to more UK clients.” Vice President UK Operations Barry Stewart said: “We are delighted

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A change in US monetary policy could impact global exchange rates High stocks of government debt denominated in foreign currency may depreciate domestic currency, according to new research from EconPol Europe. And, say authors of the report, the prospect of a change in monetary policy in the United States could have a significant impact on global exchange rate regimes. In an analysis of the international transmission of interest rates, researchers found significant spillovers from the U.S. interest rates to other countries, mostly for advanced economies. A dampening effect of the share of external liabilities in the domestic currency was also found, which researchers flag as a clear determinant of risk premium. “The prospect of a change in monetary policy in the United States matters for other countries, and this may be true whatever their exchange rate regime,” says co-author António Afonso of REM Lisbon. The findings, he adds, are particularly important for countries with high foreign reserves. “In our paper, we focus on the role of government debt and international reserves,” explains Afonso. “The level of government indebtedness has two opposite effects on domestic long-term interest rates. It has a positive effect since it influences risk premiums and sovereign bond yields typically upwards, and

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New office is in Taichung and will offer engineering plus project management services Due to the rapid expansion of Mammoet’s business in Taiwan with joint venture partner Giant Heavy Machinery Services Corp and its recent cooperation with Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Mammoet has announced that it will open a new office in Taichung, Taiwan. This will allow its team to be located closer to project sites and to offer onshore services for offshore windfarms locally. The cooperation with TIPC will operate under the name TIPH which stands for Taiwan International Ports Heavy-Machinery Co. Currently, the Taiwan government is rolling out its plans to achieve 25% of local electricity generation from renewable sources - in particular wind energy via offshore windfarms. Following the successful Formosa 1 demonstration project, with 22 turbines of 8 MW generating enough energy for 130,000 homes, the Taiwan government is planning future wind projects adding 1GW per year until 2035. Taichung Port has been earmarked to be the offshore hub for years to come. Mammoet’s unparalleled experience and expertise in the wind energy and renewables sector will allow the company to be involved in supporting the construction of these windfarms both safely and efficiently. Mammoet’s level of service will be enhanced

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Auburn Hills, Michigan, January 2021 – FEV, a leading global service provider of vehicle and powertrain development for hardware and software, has upgraded its state-of-the-art Vehicle Development Center (VDC) in Auburn Hills with a solar loading system. This upgrade provides FEV an expanded offering of unique and comprehensive capabilities to support the development and certification of light-duty and medium-duty vehicles for customers worldwide. The new system simulates natural sunlight in a precisely controlled laboratory setting. This capability is critical for evaluating the impact of vehicle air conditioning systems on full-electric range for hybrid and electric vehicles, and also plays an important role in evaluating emissions for vehicles with an internal combustion engine. With the upgraded infrastructure, FEV now has the ability to perform important regulatory tests, including testing under U.S. regulations 40 CFR Part 1066. The added capabilities further entail the regulatory SC03 test cycle, which is part of the full five-cycle chassis dynamometer certification process for all light-duty and medium-duty vehicles, including EPA range certification for electric vehicles. Additionally, this upgrade now allows FEV to cover the full range from frigid arctic testing conditions to the sunny desert – all in a highly controlled setting in southeast Michigan. The VDC, opened in

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SINN Power‘s Ocean Hybrid Platform (OHP) is now available for project developers around the world. The world’s first modular, multi-functional maritime structure comes with a high degree of customization: size, buoyancy, layout and a variety of renewable energy sources can be adapted with regards to project‘s specific demands. Combining different energy sources and LFP storage solutions is made possible by SINN Power‘s ModTroniX (MTX), the world‘s first product family of electric machines, power electronics and storage solutions with IP68 rating. SINN Power‘s demonstration project of the OHP was deployed in proximity to the port of Heraklion (Greece), where SINN Power operates its R&D facility. The modular platform is currently equipped with 192 PV modules (72 cells) rated at 390Wp each, provided by project partner Schmid Pekintas (Turkey), and will be complemented with 4 Huracan wind turbines (10kWp each) by LuvSide (Germany), followed by 4 SINN Power wave energy converters (WEC). Despite numerous challenges due to the COVID pandemic, the team managed to complete the installations within a time frame of 1 month and is looking to further accelerate the installation process for future deployments. The structural integrity of the platform in the maritime environment has been tested at the breakwater wall

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Arevon, a global renewable energy asset management company affiliated with Capital Dynamics, has appointed UK-based Sennen to deliver a new cloud-based software system to its European platform that will digitise its operations. The new technology enables Arevon to capture, analyse and report on all data relating to its current 16 onshore wind farms and one solar site in the UK and Northern Ireland and its future  pipeline of projects across Europe. Arevon sought a new solution that brought together all financial and performance data, health and safety, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and contract information relating to its assets. Having all the data held in one cloud-based platform enables the whole team to access the data quickly and easily and use it to build a complete picture of asset performance. Paul Hughes, Finance & Operations Director, Europe, at Arevon, said: “As our portfolio grows, we needed sophisticated technology that could keep up with the increasingly complex datasets that are part of managing clean energy infrastructure assets”. “We chose Sennen’s technology because it allows us to analyse what’s happening at both an operational and strategic level, giving us much greater control over our portfolio. It’s also easy to use and intuitive, and Sennen

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-        Pexapark market outlook for 2021 predicts continued investment in energy risk management to prepare for evolving PPA market dynamics -       Mergers and acquisitions in renewable energy predicted to increase as companies seek to vertically integrate energy sales capabilities from across the value chain Zurich, 21 January 2021 – The European renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) market is likely to exceed 10GW in 2021, due to continued momentum in Spain, the emergence of a strong subsidy-free market in Germany and growing offshore wind momentum throughout Europe. This is according to a market outlook released today by Pexapark, a provider of software and advisory services for post-subsidy renewable energy sales and risk management. This predicted boom in PPAs comes off a strong year for the renewable energy markets throughout Europe, with nearly 9GW of deals signed in 2020 despite an increase in price volatility due to Covid-19. According to Pexapark’s data, Spain led the market due to favourable prices, with 3.4GW of renewable energy PPAs signed in the region over the past year. A record volume of corporate PPA deals was also signed in 2020 by a sell-side dominated by 30 companies, including Iberdrola, BP Lightsource, RWE, Orsted and WPD. Based on Pexapark’s price

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The Can Mata project is the first landfill gas injection project in Europe to be financed by a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) The Ferrovial Servicios group, a leading global service operator, has selected Waga Energy to produce biomethane at the Can Mata landfill, one of Spain’s largest landfill, near Barcelona. The Can Mata site will be the first in Spain to use the WAGABOX® purification technology, developed by Waga Energy to recover landfill gas in the form of biomethane, a renewable substitute for natural gas. The WAGABOX® unit at the Can Mata site will be commissioned in 2022. It will treat up to 2,200 m3/h of landfill gas and inject 70 GWh of biomethane per year into the gas network of the Spanish operator Nedgia, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 14,000 Spanish households or a fleet of 200 lorries. The project will avoid the emission of 17,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by substituting renewable gas for natural gas. One of the first PPAs in Europe for green gas This is the first ever landfill gas injection project to be financed by a long-term power purchase agreement in Europe. This method of financing is common for renewable electricity projects, but

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St. Louis, Missouri - January 19, 2021 - Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a leading global supplier of specialty networking solutions, has released its Hirschmann BOBCAT High-Port Switch, the newest addition to the growing BOBCAT family. This managed switch, with up to 24 ports, offers a compact yet powerful networking solution for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). “With bandwidth needs constantly rising and a growing number of connected devices on the network, our customers need solutions that can maximize performance and security – even while taking up less space and operating reliably under harsh conditions,” said Thomas Rodenbusch-Mohr, product manager at Belden. “We’ve designed a high-port count variant of our BOBCAT switch to give the industry more flexibility and interoperability, with the ultimate goal of simplifying maintenance and future-proofing their network operations.” Key benefits from the compact managed BOBCAT switches include: High-port density for connecting a growing number of network devices Time-sensitive networking (TSN) technology to simultaneously support multiple services on the network while ensuring deterministic communication Future-proofed design to support increased bandwidth and speed capabilities for continued network growth Advanced security features, including wire-speed access control lists and automatic denial-of-service prevention Maximum power output through Power over Ethernet (PoE/PoE+) ports that

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