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Auburn Hills, Michigan, January 2021 – FEV, a leading global service provider of vehicle and powertrain development for hardware and software, has upgraded its state-of-the-art Vehicle Development Center (VDC) in Auburn Hills with a solar loading system. This upgrade provides FEV an expanded offering of unique and comprehensive capabilities to support the development and certification of light-duty and medium-duty vehicles for customers worldwide. The new system simulates natural sunlight in a precisely controlled laboratory setting. This capability is critical for evaluating the impact of vehicle air conditioning systems on full-electric range for hybrid and electric vehicles, and also plays an important role in evaluating emissions for vehicles with an internal combustion engine. With the upgraded infrastructure, FEV now has the ability to perform important regulatory tests, including testing under U.S. regulations 40 CFR Part 1066. The added capabilities further entail the regulatory SC03 test cycle, which is part of the full five-cycle chassis dynamometer certification process for all light-duty and medium-duty vehicles, including EPA range certification for electric vehicles. Additionally, this upgrade now allows FEV to cover the full range from frigid arctic testing conditions to the sunny desert – all in a highly controlled setting in southeast Michigan. The VDC, opened in

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With an independently validated optimization of 1,5%, GE’s Vortex Generators prove an excellent investment for customer Valeco Group. Confident in their technology, GE now has independent validation of their Vortex Generators from iSpin’s precise wind measurements. Furthermore, Valeco Group can confidently invest in further wind farm optimization. Concerned about maximizing the production of its Champs Perdus wind farm (Somme-80, France), the Valeco Group has chosen to deploy the vortex generators offered by turbine manufacturer GE. These are small fins installed on the surface of the blades, which increase their lift and therefore improve the electricity production of the wind turbine. To validate the relevance of its investment, Valeco Group used the iSpin technology of ROMO Wind, in order to verify the impact in terms of production gain of the Vortex Generators on a first wind turbine in the park. The 4-month measurement campaign thus carried out made it possible to demonstrate a 1.54% improvement in production on the GE machine equipped with Vortex Generators. Valentin Odoul, Valeco Group Performance Manager, explains “Constantly seeking to optimize the performance of our wind farms, GE's innovative solutions always arouse our greatest interest. However, before deploying this innovation across the fleet, it was essential for us to

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SINN Power‘s Ocean Hybrid Platform (OHP) is now available for project developers around the world. The world’s first modular, multi-functional maritime structure comes with a high degree of customization: size, buoyancy, layout and a variety of renewable energy sources can be adapted with regards to project‘s specific demands. Combining different energy sources and LFP storage solutions is made possible by SINN Power‘s ModTroniX (MTX), the world‘s first product family of electric machines, power electronics and storage solutions with IP68 rating. SINN Power‘s demonstration project of the OHP was deployed in proximity to the port of Heraklion (Greece), where SINN Power operates its R&D facility. The modular platform is currently equipped with 192 PV modules (72 cells) rated at 390Wp each, provided by project partner Schmid Pekintas (Turkey), and will be complemented with 4 Huracan wind turbines (10kWp each) by LuvSide (Germany), followed by 4 SINN Power wave energy converters (WEC). Despite numerous challenges due to the COVID pandemic, the team managed to complete the installations within a time frame of 1 month and is looking to further accelerate the installation process for future deployments. The structural integrity of the platform in the maritime environment has been tested at the breakwater wall

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Arevon, a global renewable energy asset management company affiliated with Capital Dynamics, has appointed UK-based Sennen to deliver a new cloud-based software system to its European platform that will digitise its operations. The new technology enables Arevon to capture, analyse and report on all data relating to its current 16 onshore wind farms and one solar site in the UK and Northern Ireland and its future  pipeline of projects across Europe. Arevon sought a new solution that brought together all financial and performance data, health and safety, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and contract information relating to its assets. Having all the data held in one cloud-based platform enables the whole team to access the data quickly and easily and use it to build a complete picture of asset performance. Paul Hughes, Finance & Operations Director, Europe, at Arevon, said: “As our portfolio grows, we needed sophisticated technology that could keep up with the increasingly complex datasets that are part of managing clean energy infrastructure assets”. “We chose Sennen’s technology because it allows us to analyse what’s happening at both an operational and strategic level, giving us much greater control over our portfolio. It’s also easy to use and intuitive, and Sennen

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-       Fire detection and suppression is currently only mandated at a regional level, but could become a national requirement for all power systems -       Fire risk management allows wind farm owners and operators to protect both finances and reputation Scottsdale, 21 January 2020 – The US wind industry is set for a huge boost in government investment and support with the president-elect promising a $2tn effort to fully decarbonize the US energy grid by 2035 with a focus on installation of new wind and solar projects. However, with increased government investment and support comes increased scrutiny. Therefore, the industry must also be prepared for additional environmental regulations, including those around fire safety, in line with other leading forms of power generation. This is according to Firetrace, a leading supplier of automatic fire suppression systems, highlighting that a proactive approach to managing fire risk is key to maintaining wind’s current positive reputation among the public and the incoming administration. For example, all power plants across the US must comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards in order to ensure their operations are sufficiently safe. Coal, gas, and nuclear are all regulated to ensure that sufficient fire detection and suppression systems are installed in order to

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No new installations in the second half of 2020. A total of 1,501 turbines with a capacity of  7,770 MW on the grid - offshore wind delivers clean, safe and cost-effective electricity. Tendering of potentially usable areas required as soon as possible to enable earlier construction activities and thus preserve existing innovation potential, employment and the value chain in Germany. Use positive market dynamics through the EU strategy for renewable offshore energy, trigger investment push! Berlin, 21 January 2021 - Today, the German offshore wind industry presented the expansion figures for offshore wind energy in 2020. According to these figures, 32 turbines with a capacity of 219 MW were connected to the grid for the first time last year. In total, 1,501 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 7,770 MW are feeding electricity into the German North Sea and Baltic Sea. Due to incorrect political framework conditions, no new plants could be built in the second half of 2020. "While the long-term framework conditions for the offshore wind industry have improved over the past year with the EU's 'Green Deal' and the German government's new long-term targets until 2040, the short-term situation of the industry remains challenging with the very

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Jan. 21, 2021 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the global market for lighting-based real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare. The report provides global market forecasts, segmented by region, offering type, and construction type, through 2030. Lighting-based RTLS are gaining traction, with the healthcare industry being one sector of focus where the need to improve operational efficiencies has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These systems, which are expected to experience strong growth despite the coronavirus, can assist with facility security, asset tracking and management, and an enhanced occupant and staff experience. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, global revenue for lighting-based RTLS for the healthcare industry is expected grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.6% from $77.8 million in 2020 to $1.0 billion by 2030. “Technologies such as RTLS advance intelligent buildings toward a fully connected system that can change how the built environment is viewed,” says Krystal Maxwell, senior research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “RTLS use in-place lighting infrastructure and provide power to sensors, eliminating the need for batteries that require replacing, and providing granular building data that enables greater insight into healthcare facilities.” According the report, North

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Saarbrücken, 21 January 2021 –Greencells Group (“Greencells”), a global service provider for the development, construction, and maintenance of utility-scale solar power plants, and Blue Elephant Energy AG (“BEE”), a Hamburg-based independent operator of solar and wind power plants, have entered into a joint development agreement for a portfolio of 237 MWp of solar capacity in Italy and the Netherlands. The portfolio includes six solar projects in the region of Puglia in Italy with a total planned capacity of 158 MWp and seven solar projects in the Netherlands with a total planned capacity of 79 MWp. The projects are at an advanced stage of development. The first projects will reach ready-to-built status by 2022. The complete connection of the entire portfolio to the electricity grids is expected by 2025 at the latest. The portfolio will contribute to a reduction of global CO2 emissions by approximately 268,000 tons and will account for the annual electricity consumption of 96,000 households once completed.

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Vicente Boluda Ceballos, BOLUDA TOWAGE SL, and Jim Iskes, owner of ISKES TOWAGE & SALVAGE, today signed in Amsterdam an agreement to acquire the port towage activities of Iskes in Eemshaven (the Netherlands), Lubeck (Germany), and Lisbon (Portugal) as well as its offshore activities, together with the management and office staff in the head office in IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Iskes will remain a separate entity directly under Boluda's headquarters in Valencia, Spain, and as such will continue to manage the aforementioned harbour towage activities. It has also been agreed that Iskes will focus on strengthening and further expanding the offshore activities of Boluda in North West Europe, with a close watch on the Baltic market, Kiel Channel and Poland. After the official closing of the transaction, planned early February, the local management team of Iskes Towage & Salvage will be headed by Ronald Vergouwen as Managing Director. Former owner Jim Iskes will stay on board as strategic advisor. Commenting on the sale, Iskes owner Jim Iskes, stated: “We are very happy to join the Boluda Group because it is also a family-owned company, with short direct lines and a similar spirit. We could not be more pleased with this combined organisation and asset

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-        Pexapark market outlook for 2021 predicts continued investment in energy risk management to prepare for evolving PPA market dynamics -       Mergers and acquisitions in renewable energy predicted to increase as companies seek to vertically integrate energy sales capabilities from across the value chain Zurich, 21 January 2021 – The European renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) market is likely to exceed 10GW in 2021, due to continued momentum in Spain, the emergence of a strong subsidy-free market in Germany and growing offshore wind momentum throughout Europe. This is according to a market outlook released today by Pexapark, a provider of software and advisory services for post-subsidy renewable energy sales and risk management. This predicted boom in PPAs comes off a strong year for the renewable energy markets throughout Europe, with nearly 9GW of deals signed in 2020 despite an increase in price volatility due to Covid-19. According to Pexapark’s data, Spain led the market due to favourable prices, with 3.4GW of renewable energy PPAs signed in the region over the past year. A record volume of corporate PPA deals was also signed in 2020 by a sell-side dominated by 30 companies, including Iberdrola, BP Lightsource, RWE, Orsted and WPD. Based on Pexapark’s price

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