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Constructing offshore wind farms can be a tricky business. In particular, the current generation of offshore wind projects because they are moving further from shore into deeper, less sheltered water. This makes absolute sense when you consider it from the perspective of the soon-to-be proud owners. After all, you want to put your wind farm where the wind blows strongest, on the most continuous basis, to generate the electricity and the revenue. However, from the perspective of the construction side of things, putting the turbines in the water and connecting them up is getting trickier and demands a new type of approach. Siem Offshore Contractors have revolutionised the installation of inter array cables for offshore wind farms, in bad weather and harsh conditions through their innovative, next generation, Siem Duo. This consists of the cable lay vessel Siem Aimery along with the installation support vessel Siem Moxie. However, to understand just how revolutionary this solution is, you need to understand a few things….

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This summer, the largest and most spectacular global gathering of the offshore wind industry takes place in London. PES brings you an appetiser and we hope to see you there. On June 6-8, WindEurope and RenewableUK are joining forces to host Offshore Wind Energy 2017, the world’s largest offshore wind conference and exhibition. Taking place in London’s magnificent ExCeL Exhibition Centre, this event will attract more than 10,000 visitors and play host to over 400 exhibitors, representing over 20 countries. As offshore wind begins to stake a claim to ever more of the globe’s energy mix, the decision to host this event in London was easy: the UK is the world’s leading offshore nation and is setting a national example that industry leaders will seek to emulate around the world in the busy years to come. Offshore Wind Energy 2017 will seek to build on the tremendous momentum achieved in recent years by offshore wind power: wind is now the fastest growing energy source in the world, and offshore wind has recently been a hotbed of innovation and ambition. Now is the time for industry insiders to solidify the goals and vision of this expanding sector. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson says

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The past decade has been a period of large evolutionary steps for offshore wind and the upcoming years are set to continue this trend, further establishing wind power as a maturing player in the global energy mix. As economy of scale is driving up the size of turbines and wind farms, the offshore units used to install and maintain these offshore farms are evolving as well. The step-up in capacity of these units opens up possibilities to incorporate another dynamic, cleaner and evolving player in the energy mix; LNG or Liquefied Natural Gas, which is gaining traction as a fuel for various sectors of the offshore and maritime industry. These industries are experiencing increasingly stricter global and local emission limits, mainly due to a continuing rise in environmental awareness and subsequent political initiatives. The most recent and perhaps far-reaching example of this is the global Sulphur cap of 0.5% on marine fuels, set to come into effect in 2020. Hence, lowering emissions, fuel consumption and the overall growth of alternative power generation is a prominent maritime development. Offshore wind farm installation and maintenance operations offer favourable conditions for the use of LNG. This is due to the relatively high predictability of the

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Words: Dr Ralf Köpke The reactions in the German, specialist media have been consistently positive. Last September, Deutsche Windtechnik which is based in Bremen announced that it had acquired a 70 percent stake in the Dutch company OutSmart B.V. One of the comments was, "Germany's largest independent service provider in the wind energy sector is strategically positioning itself to win additional contracts for work at sea." OutSmart is not the first company in Germany or abroad that Deutsche Windtechnik has acquired a stake in but it is one that opens up many new opportunities. "Our own range of services had hardly any overlap with Deutsche Windtechnik's, so we complement each other perfectly," said Erwin Coolen, one of the three managing directors and founders of the Dutch service provider. He sees the merger as a 'classic win-win situation'. Even stronger together A look at the areas in which both companies have been active until now shows that this is true. In 2013, the German company established a subsidiary called Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore und Consulting GmbH which focused mainly on service and maintenance tasks. Consulting and project support were seen as additional businesses. The offshore wind farm management activities of the Dutch company, on the other hand,

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Words: Linda Blunk in cooperation with Blanke Meier Evers Project developers of offshore wind power have growing concerns, even anxieties, which mirror their apprehension about a basic injustice inherent in the future tendering process stipulated by the new German Offshore Wind Energy Act (WindSeeG). This apprehension has already led to numerous legal inquiries which focus on the following question: Is the tendering procedure pursuant to the WindSeeG unconstitutional, more specifically, can a project developer, who has lost a bid, correct the tender procedure or can he even enforce the award? I. Tendering Process during the Transition Period There are numerous examples in German jurisdiction, where tender results have been set aside by a court. For example, Landgericht Köln (Regional Court, Cologne) recently ruled in favour of a utility company, providing energy, water and waste disposal, that had alleged that the tender process had been ‘opaque and discriminatory’ because at an early stage a certain bidder (“ENWOR”) had been favoured, thus robbing other bidders of their chance of success and stage managing the process. In the realm of offshore wind energy there are also numerous bidders with scant chance of success who are in competition with handful of bidders with good prospects. This is the

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Working at the world’s first take-back and WEEE compliance scheme for photovoltaic modules, PV CYCLE staffs are often confronted with the question of why pay for something that has not yet occurred. While about 9 million tonnes of photovoltaic – or PV – modules had been installed in Europe by the end of 2015, only an estimated 0.2% have become waste today. PV CYCLE – as the largest service provider in the market – has collected and treated the vast majority of these waste modules, coming from transport or installation damage as well as from severe weather conditions or warranty cases. More than 99% of today’s sold modules continue perfectly to generate green solar energy as expected. Yet, European authorities require that importers and manufacturers based in their countries foresee financial provisions for waste management based on the entire business volume that they sell into the market. Financing obligations can go from financial guarantees and trusts to clearing houses or waste fees at the time of sales. Some countries go as far as to combine trusts with reductions on feed-in-tariffs to ensure that the financing of collection, transport, treatment, recycling and disposal of end-of-life PV modules is truly guaranteed at

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What happen in 2016 and what can we expect in 2017 2016 was a record breaking year for solar in the Middle East. With record low tariffs on Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) 800 MW Phase III project and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority’s (ADWEA) Sweihan project, we could call it a successful year for large scale solar on the Arabian Peninsula. Record low tariffs below 3 US$ cents per kWh attracted worldwide press attention. These low prices have changed the perception of policymakers and industry leaders. It even led to a downward revision of the Feed-in tariff in Egypt and revives the debate of the usefulness of Feed-in tariffs versus competitive bidding in the MENA region. On an unsubsidized basis, solar PV without storage is now one of the cheapest sources of electricity available – it costs less than unsubsidized nuclear, LNG, and diesel used for off-grid power. Based on IRENA’s projections, solar PV LCOEs are expected to continue to decrease going forward, but whether it will continue to drop as rapidly is subject to debate. Rooftop solar kicked off in the UAE with approximately 6 MW up and running by the end of 2016. It is expected the rooftop

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As photovoltaics emerge as the leading generation source of the future, with installations topping wind for the first time in 2016, the underlying production machine has reached maturity. While relatively recently, in the early 2010’s, uncertainty remained around the prospects of competing photovoltaic technologies. Thin-film companies championed CIGS and CdTe as the materials of choice to sweep in an age of low-cost solar. Hitting the supply chain from two ends A brief stint of hype-driven venture capital poured into start-ups developing a range of organic photovoltaics, which they claimed would lead to multitudes of surfaces covered in photovoltaic material, for pennies. Others still envisioned a proliferation led by the combining optical systems with expensive, high efficiency, multi-junction cells in high concentration photovoltaic concepts. Despite strong commitments to research and development in these areas, the crash in polysilicon prices quashed these prospects and radically shifted the potential for disruption. As a result, only a handful of companies still pursue high concentration photovoltaics, with Canadian-based Morgan Solar only now installing its first large-scale project in Ontario, after 10 years of operation. Meanwhile, the last few organic photovoltaic developers have pivoted away from lofty dreams of omnipresent installations as 3GSolar and G24 Innovations target

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Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Intersolar North America will once again be the first major solar event of the year. It takes place July 11-13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and is co-located with ees North America and SEMICON West. These combined events bring together professionals from the solar, energy storage and semiconductor industries to share knowledge and innovation, network, and accelerate business goals. With its consistent growth to 18,000+ attendees in 2017, Intersolar North America is the most-attended solar event in North America. This year Intersolar will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in conjunction with its long time event partner California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), also celebrating an anniversary – its 40th year of service to the California solar community. Intersolar, CALSEIA and SEMICON will party in grand style at the largest solar networking event ever at AT&T park, home of the San Francisco Giants major league baseball team. With the financial support it receives from Intersolar, this is CALSEIA’s largest fund raising event of the year. Intersolar is the solar event most trusted for its intent to foster innovation and curate high-quality speakers, exhibits and connections. From the biggest names in solar to startups, nonprofits, students and under-represented

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PES brings you previews to the Intersolar shows, kicking off with the Intersolar Europe and followed closely by Intersolar US. These shows reflect the expansion of solar energy across the globe and bring you the latest technology, innovation and a chance to meet the regular players in the market and new ones. Prepare to be wowed. Intersolar Europe 2017: Showcasing the future of the energy industry The international solar market is booming. Market researchers from Mercom Capital have put the global rise in photovoltaics for 2016 at 76 gigawatts. Southern Europe is one of the sunniest regions in the world, making it the perfect location to drive forward the global energy transition and further promote solar energy growth. And as the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, Intersolar Europe will serve as a source of inspiration from May 31–June 2, 2017 in Munich for manufacturers, distributors, service providers and suppliers. This year, Intersolar Europe will once again be accompanied by ees Europe, the continent’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems. At both exhibitions, the industry sheds light on topics such as energy generation, storage, grid integration and energy management, smart renewable energy

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