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Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, has won five new offshore wind contracts over the course of September. These projects will see two A-type and three E-type systems installed on vessels operating in the North Sea. Four of the five contracts have been secured by Ampelmann’s recently opened office in Hamburg, Germany. This is an important achievement for the company as the offshore wind market continues to strengthen and Walk to Work (W2W) operations become increasingly important. To date, Ampelmann has enabled the safe transfer of 400,000 people and seven million kilograms of cargo in the offshore wind sector worldwide.  Among the new contracts is a five-month commissioning campaign with vessel owner Eidesvik. “After a successful collaboration last year, we are excited to work with Eidesvik again in the coming winter season,” said Tim Börner, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind at Ampelmann.  An Ampelmann E-type system has been installed on the Viking Neptun vessel to enable supporting works at the Merkur wind farm in the German North Sea. The E-type provides safe offshore access in rough sea waters and can compensate wave motions up to 4.5m Hs. In response to increasing demand in the region, Ampelmann has also expanded its team in

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., September 24, 2018 – Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle energy storage solutions for Motive and  Stationary applications, is proud to introduce a fresh, new brand.  The new look includes a modern logo, vibrant colors, revised product branding and a new tagline: Charging Forward.   The refreshed brand will be apparent in Trojan’s marketing campaigns, collateral, and a new website, which is slated for later this year.  The classic maroon color of Trojan batteries will remain the same. The new logo replaces the previous logo, which had been in place for over 13 years.  Prior to that, the Trojan Battery logo had undergone 4 rebrands in its nearly 100-year-old history.  The new logo depicts a revamped version of the iconic Pegasus which is now facing forward.  This change in direction signifies the positive momentum that Trojan Battery is experiencing as a company. “This is an exciting time in our industry and at Trojan.  This bold rebranding is a platform for the launch of new technologies, while energizing our company and all Trojan stakeholders around the world as we go confidently into the future together,” said Neil Thomas, president and chief executive officer for Trojan Battery. 

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New 83 Tonnes crane installed on offshore Wikinger substation in Germany Jan De Nul Group has successfully completed the installation of a new 83 Tonnes crane on top of the offshore substation of the 350MW Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in Germany, 75 kilometres off the coast. This OWF, operated by Iberdrola, is connected to the German power grid and supplies green energy to approximately 350,000 homes on the island of Rügen. Offshore renewables is a business in which Jan De Nul Group is investing heavily to further strengthen its position in this industry. “In the past decade, we invested a lot in staff and equipment for our offshore activities. More specifically for the installation of offshore wind farms, we acquired two specialized offshore installation vessels: the Vole au vent in 2015 and the Taillevent this summer,” says Peter De Pooter, Offshore Renewables Manager at Jan De Nul Group. “Meanwhile more expansion plans are being developed within our new-building department. These investments are key for Jan De Nul Group’s growth.” About Jan De Nul Group Innovation, expertise and sustainability. This is the strength of Jan De Nul Group. Thanks to the passion and commitment of its employees and the hypermodern fleet, the Group is market

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ZITON A/S (“ZITON”) successfully placed a three-year EUR 100 million senior secured bond loan and a three and a half year EUR 25 million second secured bond. The proceeds will be used to refinance the outstanding bond and subordinated debt and buying back a minority stake in the subsidiary Jack-up InvestCo 3 Plc. The senior secured bonds, maturing in October 2021, will bear a floating coupon of 3 months EURIBOR + 6.90% (paid quarterly) and the second secured bonds, maturing in April 2022 will bear a floating coupon of 3 months EURIBOR + 11.85% PIK interest. Listing of the bonds on Oslo Stock Exchange will take place within 60 days of settlement. This was the third time ZITON raised capital in the Nordic bond market and the transactions were well received by the market, as evidenced by the strong Nordic and international demand resulting in both bond issues being heavily oversubscribed. “The new capital structure is a reflection of the Company’s strong market position and development to a full-service provider over the past three years and the new financing provides the necessary flexibility for continued investments and growth while significantly reducing the total cost of funding” says Thorsten Jalk, CEO of

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Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "It’s great to hear that Scotland continues to lead the rest of the UK in cutting harmful carbon emissions, thanks in large part to our renewable electricity sector. "However, we agree with the Committee’s view that more clarity is needed from the Scottish Government on how it will accelerate the integration of both cleaner heating in rural areas and large-scale heat networks in cities. "Scotland’s low-carbon heating sector faces an uncertain future and we urge the Scottish and UK Governments to work together to find a solution. "Similarly, to ensure that the great strides made in decarbonising electricity generation to date are maintained and continue into the future, government policies must be joined up across departments and aligned with carbon targets."

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Alpha Offshore Service has announced a company record after successfully completing over 4,000 offshore wind turbine blade inspections to date in 2018. This is an increase of 56% compared to 2017, which was previously its most productive period. The Denmark-based business which was acquired by Sparrows Group in 2017, specialises in the delivery of technical personnel, integrated engineering, maintenance, repair and inspection services to onshore and offshore wind developments. They currently employ more than 250 highly trained technicians, over 80 of which are blade specialists. The company has seen a steady increase in requests for support as the global renewables market goes from strength to strength and the demand for wind turbine maintenance gains traction. Next year is set to further surpass this record as Alpha already has 5,400 blades scheduled for inspection for customers in Northern Europe alone. The firm has worked on more than 500 windfarms in the USA, Europe and across Asia Pacific since the business was formed in 2007. Mikkel Lund, chief executive officer at Alpha said: “We have been successfully conducting wind turbine blade inspection and repairs for more than 10 years and our continued growth and strong reputation for delivering quality is a testament to our highly experienced

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Buss Group's terminal in Eemshaven signs agreement with wind turbine manufacturer Senvion / Order includes handling of components for 32 wind turbines for the Trianel Windpark Borkum II Hamburg, 21th September 2018. The Orange Blue Terminal and the international wind turbine manufacturer Senvion have signed an agreement for services for the Trianel Windpark Borkum II. As part of this major project, Buss will take care of all services upstream of and at the Dutch terminal: from planning, transport and interim storage on the terminal premises to pre-assembly and subsequent just-in-time delivery of the components to the quayside, ready for load-out. The planning phase should be completed before the end of the year. From spring 2019, a total of 32 wind turbines - consisting of approximately 75-meter-long type RE74.4 rotor blades, 64 tower segments and 32 nacelles - are to be transported successively to the Orange Blue Terminal. Around 80,000 square meters of the 250,000 square meter state-of-the-art heavy-duty terminal are used for storage, handling and pre-assembly of the components. "We have just completed the wind farm project Merkur. Now we look forward to our next project Trianel Windpark Borkum II, which, like every one of these major projects, will pose new challenges

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San Mateo, California, U.S., September 19, 2018 – REC Group, the world leader in efficiency for multi-crystalline solar panels, has announced that it will be presenting two new products at Solar Power International (SPI) September 24-27 in Anaheim, California this year. REC Group is a leading European solar panel brand with vertically integrated production sites in Norway and Singapore, and the company says that they expect their new products to further expand upon growing business efforts in the U.S. market, where the company has been active for more than ten years. “We have seen impressive growth in the American market, with our customer base increasing fivefold since 2015,” said Cary Hayes, President of REC Americas LLC, “We are excited to not only be introducing new, innovative products to the market, but also to be rolling out new strategic partnerships and initiatives to support our ever-growing installer network.” With production that kicked off last month, REC Group will be showcasing its new N-Peak series module, the world’s first n-type mono solar panel with twin design. The N-Peak half-cut cell module provides the brand’s highest efficiency yet with product power output of up to 330 watt peak performance. In addition to its new N-Peak panel,

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Hamburg, 20 September 2018 – On Tuesday 25 September the world’s leading expo for wind energy opens its doors. More than 1,400 exhibitors from 40 countries will present their innovations and services for the onshore and offshore wind industry at the Hamburg Messe fair site until 28 September. In nine exhibition halls, all international industry leaders and specialised suppliers to the entire value chain will be present. Taking place in parallel at the fair site, the global WindEurope conference will offer a highly qualified programme featuring more than 250 expert speakers who will cover current and future topics related to wind energy. Both of these top-ranking events jointly form the Global Wind Summit, the biggest and most important gathering of the wind industry worldwide. Numerous high-profile guests are expected to attend the Global Wind Summit, including energy ministers from various countries as well as the EU Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete. For four days, the Hamburg trade fair complex will be the meeting place of energy experts from around the world. The event organisers are expecting about 35,000 visitors from 100 countries. WindEnergy Hamburg is the only global industry expo for both, the onshore and the offshore

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Film increases module power by 1.5-2.0 percent PAUL, Minn. – September 19, 2018 – As the solar energy industry continues to grow at an exponential pace, increased focus has been given to maximizing the performance of all solar module components. Specifically, efficiency improvement has become a critical driver to reduce cost per watt and increase annual energy production (AEP). Although advancements in solar cell technologies have been rapidly adopted by the industry, better managing incoming sunlight provides another supplemental avenue to improve module efficiency. Following a successful launch in late 2016, 3M is releasing a technical paper highlighting the science behind 3M™ Light Redirecting Film (LRF) and why the 20 GW of solar modules already deployed are expected to show performance gain from 3M LRF over the long-term. In a typical solar module, up to 15 percent of the area is non-active, meaning incident light falling on those parts of the module is not being converted to electricity. 3M Light Redirecting Film is applied over the tabbing ribbon during the cell stringing process. The film’s sophisticated optical structure design helps improve the module’s maximum power and annualized energy gain, regardless of the orientation of the module once it’s installed. By utilizing

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