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SIMEC Atlantis Energy (Atlantis) was both delighted and honoured to scoop two awards at the Scottish Green Energy Awards. Atlantis won the Champion of Renewables award, which is presented to companies that are truly unique and have shown how much the industry has to offer and helped tell the story in a new and different way. The award recognised Atlantis’ drive and leadership to create a sustainable tidal industry in Scotland and globally. Core to our award was recognition of the amazing achievements of the past 2 years. Our second award was an individual award for "Outstanding Contribution". This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated truly outstanding achievements and, through their enthusiasm, commitment and actions, has helped to grow and champion Scotland’s renewable energy sector. The winner was our CEO, Timothy Cornelius, with the award recognising the huge contribution Tim has made to Atlantis, the industry, and Scotland. The award was sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Audrey MacIver, Director of energy and low carbon at HIE, presented Tim with his prize and said: “I could not be happier for Tim to have received this award. He really is the epitome of passion and dedication to his sector,

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has appointed Antoine Borraccino (PhD) as Offshore Analytics Lead. Based in Natural Power’s Nantes office in France, Antoine who has a back ground in energy analysis, will support client projects globally as well as providing specialist training and guidance to the internal team of analysts throughout Europe and the US. Keith Burns, Commercial Director at Natural Power, said: “This new role is integral to our business as we continue to develop our offshore capabilities and find new growth opportunities. Offshore wind plays a crucial role in achieving renewable energy targets, and will enable many countries to continue decarbonising their power infrastructure in a cost-effective way. We are supporting clients with wind projects across the globe so must evolve our team to fully grasp this opportunity.” Antoine has a degree in Engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology-Ense3, France, and a PhD in ’Remotely measuring the wind using turbine-mounted lidars: Application to power performance testing’, from DTU Technical University of Denmark. He said: “Natural Power has a strong reputation in the renewable energy industry and the opportunity offshore wind has at a global level is a very exciting prospect. The challenges and diversity of

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European fund manager adopts technology agnostic software to provide essential oversight of portfolio performance for its investors Gothenburg, 11th August - Glennmont Partners (Glennmont), one of Europe’s largest pure renewables fund managers, has adopted Greenbyte’s monitoring platform to oversee the technical performance of its dynamic European wind and solar portfolio. Greenbyte will be fully integrated with Glennmont’s financial and commercial management systems, pulling data from Glennmont’s newest funds with an operational fleet exceeding 1GW to inform decision-making and create transparency with investors. European renewables have been identified as a ‘safe haven’ for investors amid market volatility, offering stable long-term returns, backed by high standards of commercial and technical performance. As capital continues to be channeled into renewables infrastructure and portfolios scale up, it is important that fund and asset managers continue to invest in technologies and systems that deliver maximum value to an increasingly diverse set of investors. Glennmont currently operates a complementary portfolio of onshore and offshore wind and solar assets across France, Italy, Finland, and Germany. With further investment planned, the geographical scale and diversity of this asset base will continue to grow, underlining the requirement for a versatile asset management system encompassing the technical, financial and commercial aspects of project

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Energy Systems Catapult has been appointed to lead a Local Energy Systems Scottish Industry Network (LESSIN) and bring together manufacturers, project developers, technology companies and investors to cultivate the low carbon ecosystem in Scotland. The £334,000 initiative will be led by Energy Systems Catapult in partnership with the Energy Technology Partnership and is supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The holistic local energy systems approach integrates electricity, heat and transport systems, often with a digital solution around the management of elements such as demand, supply, energy storage or conversion. Many world-leading local energy system projects already exist across Scotland including the Levenmouth Community Energy Project in Fife also ACCESS (Assisting Communities to Connect to Electric Sustainable Sources) on Mull and SMILE in Orkney. These projects have shown the concept can decarbonise heat use in rural areas and match local electricity generation and local electricity demand at a distribution network level, including hydrogen technology as part of the solution. LESSIN will develop local energy activity as well as create opportunities for businesses in the supply chain to connect with each other and with stakeholders to build the Scottish low carbon economy. The aim is to provide a platform for a series of

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More than 800 people tuned in to see 13 winners announced Chief Executive of industry body says shortlist highlights the “phenomenal skillset” of Scotland’s renewable energy industry An underwater robot which is changing the game for offshore subsea inspection processes has been handed a top award by Scotland’s renewable energy industry tonight (Nov 26). Rovco was announced as winner of the Best Innovation Award for SubSLAM X2, a data collection system which allows onshore engineers to work under the waves from the comfort of their offices. The Scottish Green Energy Awards, which normally take place in Edinburgh, were held tonight (November 26) as a virtual online event for the first time ever. More than 800 people tuned in to the broadcast-quality live awards show which saw winners in 13 categories receive recognition for their work in the sector, which employs 17,700 people. Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, gave a keynote address highlighting the role renewable energy will play in the country's green recovery and David Duguid MP, UK Government Minister for Scotland, presented the Sustainable Development Award. Among the award winners were: Heat Smart Orkney Ltd was announced as the winner of the Best Community Project Award for the Heat Smart Orkney project, which is helping

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Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said:  "Scottish Renewables welcomes the publication of The Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 4 Position Statement, and in particular its commitment that ‘the long-term strategy will be driven by the overarching goal of addressing climate change’. "The acknowledgment that ‘supporting renewable energy developments, including the re-powering and extension of existing wind farms’ will be crucial to this goal is a welcome recognition of the importance of an industry which is already delivering economic and environmental benefits across Scotland. "Our submission to the Scottish Government’s Call for Ideas reflected our members’ view that addressing climate change should be central to future planning decisions, so we are pleased to see that position recognised, with the statement saying ‘we expect that NPF4 will confirm our view that the Global Climate Emergency should be a material consideration in considering applications for appropriately-located renewable energy developments’. "Overall it is important to recognise the role planning will play in the deployment of the energy generation technologies which will achieve our net-zero target, and we are pleased that this interim statement does so."

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AceOn Energy has launched the Renewergy Virtual Power Plant (VPP) - a ground-breaking new green energy system which could play a major part in helping the UK meet its climate change targets in the next 20 years. The company says the Renewergy VPP system can cut a home’s carbon footprint by an average of 60 per cent by maximising renewable energy usage. A household’s electricity bill would fall by between 30-40 per cent and the VPP would also generate income through trading surplus power with the National Grid. Richard Partington, managing director of Telford-based AceOn Energy, said the launch was a hugely exciting step for the company and offered a real win-win for homeowners and developers: “We have developed a truly unique, innovative system using the very latest battery storage technology and smart energy management software which allows homes to capture solar energy and then store it in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way for later use. “This system not only drives down electricity costs for the homeowner or tenant, but it makes the most efficient use possible of renewable energy and also provides a revenue stream when the surplus power is sold back to the National Grid.” The Renewergy VPP is particularly attractive for local authorities, social housing providers and developers across the country, looking to meet their own carbon emission targets while generating a return on their capital investment. The compact system, which uses an inverter to convert

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UK biotech company Toraphene is preparing to unveil the world's first truly biodegradable, compostable and commercially viable alternative to plastic packaging. The company has developed a new material, also called Toraphene, that uses biopolymers that compost naturally and biodegrade without human intervention, even in the ocean. The biopolymers are combined with Nobel Prize-winning graphene, which is derived from carbon and is stronger than diamond at an atomic level. While biodegradable plastics currently exist, they rely on commercial composting, which uses energy to heat the compost, as well as presenting other logistical challenges. For example, in 2019, the BBC found that compostable plastics in Wales were going to landfills rather than being composted because almost all local councils were unable to deal with them. In addition, some bioplastics produce methane gas when they decompose, a compound with a global warming potential 25 times that of CO2.  Toraphene can be optimized to mostly produce CO2 along with mulch that can be used to fortify topsoil. “Amidst a climate crisis, plastic waste is known to be a huge, global problem and many plastic alternatives now exist, so why don’t we see them everywhere?”, asks Gaute Juliussen, CEO and Founder of Toraphene. “It’s because they need specific manmade conditions

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Publication ‘shows how developers are caring for peatlands near their projects’ Industry is restoring peatlands damaged over many decades A new document showing the benefits of wind farms to Scotland's peatlands is launched today (Nov 26). The easily-digested publication, titled Wind Power and Peatland: Enhancing Unique Habitats, looks at more than £2.5 million of work carried out by three renewable energy businesses at sites across the country. The document, released as part of UK Wind Week, shows how wind farm developers are restoring peatland which has been damaged by forestry, over-grazing and drainage. Peat plays an important role in the fight against climate change because healthy peatlands remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it. The document sets out the four types of peatland found in Scotland – blanket bogs, raised bogs, fens and bog woodland – as well as the plants and animals which live on them, including the rare Bog Sun Jumper Spider and carnivorous sundew. It also includes 20 photographs, with detailed captions showing the role peat plays in the landscape and the various methods used to protect and restore it. Scottish Renewables’ Director of Communications and Strategy, Nick Sharpe, said: “Both wind power and peatlands play a vital role in tackling the carbon emissions

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The international service provider for wind turbines Deutsche Windtechnik has achieved a new milestone in its 13-year company history. At the end of November 2020, the company is providing maintenance for wind turbines with a rated power of more than 10 GW. Of these, 66 percent receive long-term full service and 34 percent receive basic maintenance. This makes Deutsche Windtechnik the largest independent service provider (ISP) for wind turbines in Europe and possibly worldwide. More than half of the wind turbines serviced by Deutsche Windtechnik are installed in Germany, which is exactly 65 percent of the 10 GW. "This means we provide service for exactly ten percent of the total rated output of wind turbines currently installed in Germany. Ten years ago, it would have been a bold claim to say that an independent provider would one day provide service for systems on this scale. The service market has changed permanently in Germany, and we are also increasingly setting trends at the international level and have become a fixture for operators with a wide variety of requirements," said Director Matthias Brandt. The proportion of international service contracts has increased significantly across Europe and recently also in the US. "We owe this

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