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Engineer Award winner saved employer £250,000 17-year-old analyst given Special Commendation for development of bespoke SMART training course Ten up-and-coming green energy stars have been honoured at the 2018 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards. Winners included James Williamson, who won the Engineer Award for saving employer SSE over £250,000 by suggesting refurbishing rather than replacing a damaged valve at Quoich Dam in the Highlands. The talented young engineer used algebraic equations to produce a 3D model of the part – cutting costs and ensuring the 63-year-old scheme continued producing green energy. He joins nine others in receiving honours at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, which were held in Glasgow last night (May 24). Also honoured were John Freeburn, a serviceman turned wind turbine technician who won the Apprentice Award for working with Windhoist’s huge cranes to grow Europe’s wind fleet, and Sarah Cochetel, who won the Project Manager Award for delivering more than 100 solar PV projects during her time with Wood. Hannah Greening of EDF Renewables was handed the coveted Judges Award for her management of the Corriemoillie Wind Farm Blanket Mire Restoration Project. The youngest finalist of the evening was 17-year-old whizzkid Gavin Kitching, who received a Special Commendation from the judges. The ScottishPower Energy

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Scottish Renewables member company Natural Power announced today (24 May) that it has invested £540,000 in a new state-of-the-art Control Centre to manage 5GW of onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro capacity. The facility was opened this morning by Scottish Government Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP. Commenting, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Natural Power’s new state-of-the-art facility has been specially designed with the company’s next decade of growth in mind and this should be commended. “The Dumfries and Galloway hub will handle 5GW of onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro capacity from the UK, Ireland, France and the US, proving that international renewable energy assets can be managed from rural Scotland. “In our ever-changing industry, it’s reassuring to see the creation of a sophisticated and flexible centre with the ability to manage capacity from multiple renewable energy technologies.”

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., May 22, 2018 – Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has named Okada Corp. as a master distributor of Trojan batteries in Japan. “Okada’s team of battery experts can now effectively support the Trojan brand for customers throughout Japan, as well as ensure that they have access to Trojan’s broad portfolio of deep-cycle battery products,” said Takeya Suzuki, deputy general for Okada.  “Okada’s dedicated team of professionals is looking forward to providing the region’s Trojan Battery customers with the highest-level of sales and technical support services.” Based in Tokyo, Okada is a leading battery distributor in the country and will supply Trojan’s comprehensive line of deep-cycle batteries to customers in Trojan’s core market segments including renewable energy, golf, marine, and mobile elevated work platforms and other industrial applications. “By expanding our sales in Japan with the help of Okada, Trojan can now better meet the growing demand for our deep-cycle batteries in the country,” said Mat Segal, senior vice president of international sales at Trojan.  “We are excited by the potential increase of Trojan battery sales and market share in Japan.” About Okada Corp. Okada was founded in 1950 and is a wholesale distributor of aftermarket

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, PetroVietnam and Vietnam Electricity take part in inaugural EIC Connect Energy Vietnam conference and exhibition Ho Chi Minh City, May 21 2018. Over 180 delegates from across the UK energy supply chain attended the first ever EIC Connect event to take place in Vietnam on 17 May in Ho Chi Minh City. The purpose of EIC Connect Energy Vietnam was to bring together UK suppliers with Vietnamese developers to discuss how they can work together on projects across Vietnam’s oil and gas, power and renewables sectors. Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade Vice Minister Mr Hoang Quoc Vuong officially opened the event, providing the conference’s plenary speech. EIC Connect Energy Vietnam was co-hosted by PetroVietnam and Vietnam Electricity. In addition to the two state-owned giants, the UK delegates also heard from over 30 other major energy companies operating in the country including GE Vietnam, Phu Quoc POC and Premier Oil during a day of conference sessions, project briefings and more than 200 private one-to-one meetings. An exhibition also took place which allowed UK companies to display their tools and services to buyers from across South East Asia. Commenting on the first ever EIC Connect event in Vietnam, EIC CEO Stuart

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VARTA Storage and E-One Moli Energy to develop high performance Lithium-Ion battery applications for the European market VARTA Storage and E-One Moli Energy (Moli) have announced a collaborative relationship to develop the European market for high performance Lithium-Ion-Battery (LiB) applications. With the new cooperation the companies will meet the demand for LiB’s in high performance Lithium-Ion cells. The demand arises from major cell vendors and large scale energy storage applications. VARTA Storage, focusing on battery storage and lithium-ion systems and Moli, produces lithium-ion cells expect the production of higher performance batteries for applications and a fast time to market of the cooperation. Gordon Clements, General Manager of Power & Energy at VARTA Storage GmbH based in Nördlingen, Bavaria, commented that “We are a key player in the European battery industry and our company has more than 130 years of experience in battery technology as well as more than 30 years of experience in the field of lithium-ion battery technology. The rechargeable lithium-ion-batteries are powering a wide range of applications worldwide, such as power-tools, wearables, home-and-garden tools, robotics and material handling as well as larger applications like residential or commercial energy storage systems. The opportunity to work with Moli in Europe fits perfectly

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System Oil by Blending-on-Board’ a whitepaper which explores the many benefits for system oil that are conferred by the company’s SEA-Mate® Blending-on-Board (BOB) system. The paper details how BOB – developed in-house by the AP Møller subsidiary as a means of producing cylinder lubricant suited to different fuel types and engine operation modes for crosshead two-stroke engines – has even more benefits for the engine’s system oil. BOB significantly improves the system oil making the engine more efficient and reducing fuel consumption. The consequent reduction in exhaust emissions is also beneficial to the environment. System oil cools and lubricates essential engine components. It is as well used as hydraulic oil for operating and controlling engine components and systems, fuel injection equipment, exhaust valves and turbochargers. Under normal circumstances, the system oil degrades in the time between system oil changes; becoming thicker, losing its detergent characteristics and becoming contaminated by wear particles and possibly by leakage from the upper cylinder through the piston stuffing box. When BOB is employed to produce cylinder lubricating oil from the in-use system oil and an appropriate high BN oil product, the engine’s system oil is constantly replenished with fresh clean oil and therefore the protection and efficient operating

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The First Corporate Bond to be Issued by a Non-Financial Institution in Ghana Ghana – May 10, 2018 – PIDG company GuarantCo has signed a deal with Quantum Terminals to support the operations of Quantum’s LPG storage business in Ghana. Quantum Terminals is issuing a GHS 45 million (USD 10 million), 10-year corporate bond on the Ghanaian Stock Exchange. The bond has a 75% partial credit guarantee from GuarantCo, for the benefit of pension fund investors that have subscribed to the issue. This is the first tranche of a GHS 140 million bond programme by the company. Quantum Terminals is the first non-financial institution to issue a corporate bond on the Ghana Fixed Income Market. The long tenor of 10 years is also a first in the Ghanaian corporate bond market. The local currency nature of the bond will allow Quantum Terminals to manage future exchange rate volatility. The bond’s innovative nature and ability to strengthen capital markets in Ghana is inextricably connected to GuarantCo’s mission, which is to support the development of capital markets and infrastructure in emerging and frontier markets, to assist with the alleviation of poverty. This bond issuance is expected to have significant demonstration effect in Ghana. GuarantCo CEO, Lasitha Perera

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VARTA Storage UK Launch event scheduled for 6th June 2018 Ahead of the launch of the VARTA Pulse in the UK, Waxman Energy, specialist distributor in the renewable energies sector, held the very first VARTA Storage approved installer training in the UK on 2nd May at Waxman Energy Ltd, West Yorkshire. The next scheduled date is Thursday 7th June with subsequent dates to follow. As part of an exclusive agreement with VARTA Storage, the one day installer training is part of ongoing training sessions at Waxman Energy and covers the complete installation of the VARTA Pulse - a small, compact wall-mounted AC Coupled storage system for domestic use. Successful completion of the training will allow qualified electricians to competently install the home energy system, whilst gaining access to the VARTA Installer Network. VARTA’s Key Account Manager for the UK, Steve Saunders commented "Thanks to our exclusive partnership with Waxman Energy Ltd., VARTA Storage has taken the next step to launch the Pulse home energy storage system to the UK market. Successful operation of the system requires correct and safe installation of the device. We are preparing the installer network ready for the first installed Pulse energy storage system at the end of

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., May 3, 2018 – Rafiki Power and Trojan Battery have been named as finalists for the Intersolar Europe “The Smarter E Award” for a microgrid project in Tanzania.  The remote microgrid features maintenance-free, non-spillable Trojan deep-cycle Solar AGM batteries as the energy storage solution and provides electricity to homeowners and businesses which previously never had access to power. Rafiki Power means “friendly power” in Swahili and it is the brand name established by E.ON Off Grid Solutions for its projects in Tanzania. Rafiki Power is responsible for supplying electricity to more than 70 residents, businesses and local law enforcement in Ololosokwan, Tanzania. The remote operation of those systems is enabled by the Asset Monitoring and Management Platform (AMMP), Rafiki Power’s unique smart microgrid monitoring and management platform. The winner of “The Smarter E Award” will be announced at Intersolar Europe in Munich at 5 p.m. on June 20, in the Smarter E Forum, Hall B2, Booth B2.570.  Finalists were selected based on exceptional pioneering projects in the areas of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation, through groundbreaking innovative projects. The energy storage provided by the Trojan Solar AGM batteries has increased the standard of living of the residents,

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Virtual Power Plant (VPP) by Ecotricity & Next Kraftwerke British green electricity company Ecotricity is the first client to implement NEMOCS, Next Kraftwerke’s new software-as-a-service solution. The German Virtual Power Plant operator recently introduced NEMOCS to third parties as a way to network and optimize operation of power-producing and consuming units. NEMOCS can connect thousands of assets. Their data is processed live, and NEMOCS can execute operational commands if needed. It provides the user with real-time operational data from the networked units to optimize their power production and consumption. Choosing from the many networked units, NEMOCS can select the ones available to provide frequency response or balancing reserves and dispatch them in case of a call from the TSO. NEMOCS allows third parties, such as electricity suppliers and utility companies, to set up their own Virtual Power Plant without investing in costly infrastructure. However, they can count on the support, service, and experience of Next Kraftwerke, one of Europe’s largest Virtual Power Plants. Ecotricity is the UK’s first green electricity company, providing thousands of clients in the UK with green energy from its own wind turbines and other renewable energy producers. NEMOCS will help Ecotricity to optimize its units’ production and storage

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