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CL Grupo industrial enlarged its energy portfolio The new investor is a mayor support for GES future. The company has gradually got back to activity during the first semester of this year. GES will count on a 1.000 professional staff all over the world June 2017. The 6th June CL Grupo Industrial completed the acquisition of Global Energy Services (GES), by acquiring the 100% of Global Energy Services Siemsa S.A. shares. The industrial group takes the last step to add the renewable construction and service provider to its energy company portfolio. GES will be the front office for all the services provided regarding the renewable sector, in which CL also had other solar companies. GES will provide services through the whole value chain, including engineering, construction, operation and maintenance for both wind and solar. GES has recently come out of a state of insolvency the company came through during the last months. This was the last obstacle to complete the sales and purchase process from CL side, which has finally become a reality with the deal signage. The renew company will be formed by 1.000 professionals all around the world. GES has delivered more than 14 GW in both solar

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New, two story 27,000 square foot building Service Center of Excellence Further expansion of customer and employee satisfaction and loyalty Asslar, June 13, 2017. Pfeiffer Vacuum, one of the worlds leading providers of high-tech vacuum solutions for the semiconductor, industrial, coating, analytical and R&D markets, is breaking ground in Nashua, NH, USA, on a new, two story 27,000 square foot building. This modern construction will house the North American headquarters for administration, sales, product management, marketing and customer care. In parallel, the existing 24,000 square foot building will be converted to a Service Center of Excellence, bringing together under one roof all service activities of the entire Pfeiffer Vacuum product portfolio. State-of-the-art automated cleaning and test equipment will be utilized to produce the highest quality repairs in a timely manner. These investments are further evidence of our ongoing commitment to support our valued customers throughout North America, while at the same time providing a modern, best in class work environment for our staff for many years to come, said Dr. Matthias Wiemer, Management Board Member at Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG. Pfeiffer Vacuum was founded in 1890 in Asslar, Germany. It has about 2,400 employees worldwide and more than 20 subsidiaries. Its service program

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Allschwil and Brugg, Switzerland - June 1, 2017 - Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), the pioneer and global market leader in electrical connectors for Photovoltaic solutions, and Power-Blox the award-winning Swiss start-up enter into a strategic partnership for innovative energy storage solutions. Stäubli Electrical Connectors, the specialist in advanced contact technology and the rewarded start-up company Power-Blox signed a strategic cooperation and will jointly offer efficient solutions in the field of energy storage and off-the-grid systems. With over 20 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry and more than 1 billion installed PV connector components, Stäubli Electrical Connectors provides more than 150 GW or 50% of the worldwide PV capacity. With the new technology called "Swarm Power", developed by the Swiss start-up company Power-Blox and its intelligent energy cubes, an off-the-grid energy supply can be produced without any technical know-how or configuration. Power-Blox is the first modular solar energy system, which offers alternating current up to the megawatt range based on swarm technology. This revolutionary concept also allows for a completely mobile supply and functions as a portable outlet. "The product and solution portfolio of Power-Blox fits very well into the strategic development of our 'alternative energies' business. Combined with our powerful and durable

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Nine honoured at third Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in Glasgow Turbine tower plant star given Judges Award for globally-acclaimed work A safety manager who became the youngest management team member at a Scottish wind turbine tower plant has been given a top award. CS Wind UK’s Julie Blue started work at the company a decade ago aged 17 and is now the company’s Quality Manager. She joins eight others in receiving honours at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, which were held in Glasgow last night (May 25). Systems put in place by Julie at the plant in Campbeltown, Argyll, have been adopted across the globe by CS Wind, the South Korean company which acquired the factory in 2016. She was handed the Judges Award – for an entry which the judges felt merited special commendation – after impressing a panel of green energy industry leaders. Also honoured were Jason Morin, a wind farm Project Manager whose work with communities was described as “a credit to the renewables industry” and Caitlin Long, whose work with wave and tidal energy developers has helped Orkney lead the world in the development of the novel devices. Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, the industry body which organises the

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A new measuring tool for meteorological services, airports, road maintenance depots, and ski resorts, as well as for the generation of renewable energy, is now available from Lufft: the SHM31 measures snow depths of up to 15 metres in mere seconds. It is the successor to the tried-and-trusted SHM30, which Jenoptik launched on the market in mid-2009. Since 2014, SHM30 has been a fixed part of Lufft's range of optical sensors.  The snow-depth sensor is based on an opto-electronic laser distance-measuring tool, and works with a visible measuring beam that is easy to configure. It recognises layers of snow of up to 15 metres on natural, diffusely reflective surfaces. Measurements are accurate down to a few millimetres. Additionally, the integrated evaluation of signal intensity enables reflectivity to be assessed, and the base surface to be differentiated from the snow. Some new features of the Lufft SHM31 snow depth sensor include, in particular, the different communication interfaces, which make the sensor fully compatible with Lufft's UMB standards. In addition, the sensor has an integrated window heater for the entry and exit points of the laser beam, as well as an in-built protractor for simple assembly.

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Scottish Renewables has launched its manifesto ahead of the UK General Election next month. The membership organisation, which represents 270 individuals and businesses working in the renewable energy sector in Scotland, has detailed how it believes the next UK Government can deliver affordable energy and clean growth. Launching the publication today (Thursday 11 May) Chief Executive, Niall Stuart, said: “The growth of renewables has been one of the defining shifts in our energy system over the last decade, with renewables in Scotland now generating a significant share of the UK’s electricity needs. “Advances in technology and rapid cost reductions mean that our industry can generate further economic and environmental benefit to Scotland and the UK - providing affordable energy for households and business, and driving clean growth across the country. “However, we will only realise those benefits with the right policy framework to unlock the investment, research and innovation required to deliver a secure, modern and low-carbon energy system.” Mr Stuart added: “We look forward to working with the next Government to deliver our shared ambitions for Scotland and the UK.” Scottish Renewables 2017 General Election Manifesto: Delivering Affordable Energy and Clean Growth sets out of the following recommendations: Maintain commitment to climate change targets Unlock

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May 4, 2017 - ABB’s Network Manager SCADA and distribution management system at Eskom supports more than 100 control room operators and 6,000 field crews to keep the lights on. Eskom, is the seventh largest utility in the world. It generates around 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and imports and exports power to countries in the SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) region. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. Rising population and an increasing demand-supply gap are ongoing challenges and the utility is constantly looking for ways to address these in multiple ways. This includes long-term initiatives and continuous maintenance and improvement of the power grid, as well as extra capacity, to keep the lights on for millions of households and commercial businesses in South Africa. An increase in the supply of reliable power can significantly support economic growth in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa. Eskom now operates one of the largest installations of ABB Ability-based Network Manager Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Distribution Management Systems (DMS) – a key component of the utility’s efforts to digitalize its grid. This technology supports more than 75 percent of

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Valentin Software – At the leading edge of technology with the latest generation of design software T*SOL 2017 and PV*SOL premium 2017 The Berlin-based software company Valentin Software, known for its global industry solutions, has adapted and updated its market-leading design and simulation programs T*SOL and PV*SOL in line with the current technical developments. With the new versions, system designers and operators can design solar thermal and PV systems according to the latest industry developments, simulate accurate yield calculations under the exact conditions of the location and also carry out precise economic efficiency calculations, taking subsidies into account. The company will present its innovations to the public in June at the leading international trade fair Intersolar Europe in Munich. Design of PV systems with an electric vehicle as a consumer now possible In addition to the possibility of importing floor plans, cadastral maps and screenshots from web-based satellite maps (e.g. Google Earth) directly into the 3D visualization, as introduced last year, PV*SOL premium 2017 now offers the inclusion of electric vehicles as a direct consumer of grid-connected PV systems - an addition eagerly awaited by many customers. In PV*SOL premium, users select their electric cars from the vehicles stored in the database.

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Hamburg, 5 April 2017. Rickmers-Line GmbH & Co. KG, a company of Bremen-based Zeaborn Group, has taken over business operations of Rickmers-Linie and MCC Marine as well as NPC Projects effective 1 April 2017.  The takeover was announced on 9 February and has received clearance from antitrust authorities on 7 March.  The change will have no impact on the former Rickmers-Linie-workforce, -routes and -tonnage under long-term charter. All Rickmers-Linie offices remain in place as do NPC subsidiary offices.  Rickmers-Line GmbH & Co. KG will conduct business on behalf of the carrier company RZ Carrier GmbH & Co. KG. Coinciding with the closing of above takeover, Zeaborn has acquired the Superflex Heavy MPC vessel mv RICKMERS HAMBURG from its previous owners. The vessel will operate for RZ Carrier under the brand of Rickmers-Line and after a docking in Asia will re-join the Round-The-World Pearl String Service of Rickmers-Line at the end of May 2017. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The 30,000dwt mv RICKMERS HAMBURG was built in 2002 and has since operated in the renowned Pearl String Liner Service. The vessel is equipped with four cranes, the two most powerful of which come with a lifting capacity of 320

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A purpose-built Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with Walk-to-Work capability The pioneering Bibby WaveMaster 1, the first of Damen’s purpose-built Service Operations Vessels (SOV) with Walk-to-Work (W2W) capability, was officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania on March 24th. When completed, Bibby Marine Services Limited, part of Bibby Line Group, will deploy the vessel to support forthcoming offshore wind construction and O&M projects in the North Sea. Stephen Blaikie, Chief Executive Officer, Bibby Marine Services Ltd, said, “This is an important key milestone in the delivery of the vessel. Sea trials will start soon and we will take delivery in August. We are very impressed with the quality of the build and the whole process has gone smoothly.” Peter Robert, Director Business Development & Market Intelligence at Damen says, “I am honestly convinced that Damen has designed and built the best vessel for the tasks envisaged and which is going to be available on the market as of end of August this year. The combination of Damen and Bibby brings together a significant amount of knowledge, which has resulted in some impressive innovation. Carrying out the integrated HIL simulator analyses of the vessel +DP system + gangway system, in a time domain simulation

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