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The Light and elevated Temperature Induced Degradation (LeTID) of PERC solar cells results in considerable power losses. A new process, developed by the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, enables a prediction of possible yield losses, even under different climatic conditions. The method is presented by the Fraunhofer CSP at the Intersolar trade fair from 15-17 May 2019 in Munich. As of now, the Light and elevated Temperature Induced Degradation (LeTID) of PERC solar cells is an unpredictable risk in the solar industry. This effect occurs relatively slowly under influence of light at temperatures above 50 ° C. It results in significant power loss of up to 6 percent. At the Fraunhofer CSP, a model for degradation trajectories has been developed that calculates associated yield losses and also takes into account various climatic influences. "We use the possibilities of big data and digitization to provide our customers with tools required for risk control. By analyzing performance data, we can quantify the yield losses to be expected and differentiate between different products," says Prof. Ralph Gottschalg, Head of Fraunhofer CSP. This technique allows mitigation of a major risk and supports techno-economic assessment of PV plants. The work will be presented at booth C1.371. In

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• From the latest iteration of the company’s award-winning Q.PEAK DUO solar modules – including Q CELLS’ first-ever bifacial module – to the recently launched Q.ENERGY clean electricity tariff, Q CELLS will showcase its evolving capacity to be a provider of total energy solutions at Intersolar Europe [Berlin, Germany, May 9, 2019] Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH ("Q CELLS" or “The Company”), the German subsidiary of one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., is once again preparing to wow visitors at the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich. This year, Q CELLS is offering a comprehensive package of energy solutions, from solar modules and storage solutions to the direct supply of 100% guaranteed renewable energy. While last year Q CELLS’ stage and screen hosted a series of informative presentations, this year’s booth (A1.180 and A1.270) will target a broader variety of premium market segments – which is quite fitting given the Company’s focus on showcasing a range of new energy solutions designed for both the residential sector and the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. Introducing Q.ENERGY As the market-leading solar module supplier in Germany in 2018*, Q CELLS has stepped into 2019 eager to not only

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Enel X secured 218 MW of demand response capacity for October 2022 – September 2023, the largest portfolio ever awarded to the company in Ireland Dublin, May 9th, 2019 – Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy services business line, was awarded 218 MW of demand response capacity in the latest auction held by EirGrid Group, Ireland’s Transmission System Operator (TSO), to be delivered between October 1st, 2022 and September 30th, 2023. As a result of the award, the company will maintain its market leadership in Ireland during 2022-2023 by managing 52% of the island’s demand response capacity in the period, which is the largest portfolio the company has ever been awarded in Ireland. “With this major award, we will contribute to even greater system sustainability in Ireland through the flexibility ensured by our portfolio of commercial and industrial customers, while providing those customers with opportunities to create more business value from their flexibility, making it a win-win for Ireland’s entire energy ecosystem,” said Tony Whittle, Head of Enel X Ireland. The demand response capacity was awarded to Enel X during Ireland’s first-ever forward base auction for the island’s capacity market. Forward base auctions are planned once a year in Ireland to

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This year’s Intersolar Europe in Munich will see Fraunhofer ISE exhibit shingle solar cells and modules designed to integrate photovoltaics into buildings and vehicles, as well as sensors optimized to enable more accurate solar radiation forecasting. The latest developments in power electronics and battery technology, in addition to solar cell manufacturing technology and defect measurement for solar modules, will augment the range of exhibits presented by Fraunhofer ISE at its booth in hall A1.540. Completing the institute’s range of services at the leading exhibition for solar technology will be numerous presentations and workshops as part of the accompanying program and the conferences hosted by Intersolar Europe and EES. Solar Cell Development and Production Technology Fraunhofer ISE, based in Freiburg, Germany, is set to present monocrystalline solar cells with an edge length of 22 mm x 148 mm, partially overlapping each other in the module like shingles — a space-saving solution that leads to greater levels of efficiency. This type of cell is particularly suitable for integration into vehicles, for example, where every bit of available space counts. Fraunhofer ISE will be using their booth to showcase both monofacial and — brand new and for the first time — bifacial shingle solar cells. PERC

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Houston, TX, US - 8 May 2019: DNV GL is urging offshore oil and gas operators to implement a new solution using floating wind turbines to power water injection for oil recovery. ‘WIN WIN’ (WINd powered Water INjection) was conceived in 2013 by DNV GL and is now ready for prototype development after two joint industry projects have shown the concept to be both cost efficient and technically feasible. Water injection is an effective tool in exploiting oil reserves, but the process is often inhibited by the high costs associated with large gas or diesel generators and complicated subsea infrastructure.  By using a floating wind turbine, the WIN WIN concept allows the injection system to operate independently, eliminating the need of long flowlines from the platform. DNV GL has worked extensively with oil and gas companies since 2015 to bring the ‘WIN WIN’ concept to prototype readiness. The first phase of research explored the techno-economic feasibility of the wind powered water injection, while, the recently-completed second stage involved advanced proof-of-concept lab tests. President & CEO of DNV GL, Remi Eriksen says, “It is always inspiring to see a great idea whose time has come edge towards reality. Wind power working for oil and gas,

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CGN Europe Energy trusts NEM Solutions and its patented technology A.U.R.A. Diagnostic as its predictive analytics provider for their wind farms. CGN Europe Energy is owner and operator of 850 MW of installed wind power capacity in Europe. The wind farms are located in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK. The company objective’s is to reach 3 GW by 2022. The fast-growing installed capacity leads to several challenges associated with: -  Increasing turbine fleet in different locations -  Numerous turbine manufacturers with different monitoring systems -  Wind farm characteristics: o Turbines from 1 year to 12 years old o From 850 kW to 7.5MW o Different environmental conditions The main motivation of CGNEE is to increase early stage failure detection that could led to reduce the O&M costs by the implementation of a SCADA-based predictive analytics to minimize the effect of:

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The two companies will work in tandem to strengthen the U.S. offshore wind industry supply chain and provide economic benefits and job creation to our local communities Boston, May 8, 2019 — Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, and WindServe Marine, LLC, a premier offshore wind support services provider, have entered into a partnership to construct two purpose-built offshore Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs), which will transport personnel for construction, maintenance, and operation from port to offshore wind farms. The first CTV will be built by U.S. Workboats in Hubert, North Carolina and utilized for Ørsted’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, followed by subsequent service on Northeast projects. The second CTV will be built by WindServe’s affiliate shipyard, Senesco Marine, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, specifically for Ørsted’s and Eversource’s Revolution Wind project located off the southern New England coast. “Choosing WindServe to build our CTVs at Senesco will provide locally built vessels and a local operator for the domestic offshore wind industry,” said Thomas Brostrøm, President and CEO of Ørsted North America. “WindServe Marine’s experience with Jones Act vessel operations and full service shipyard fabrication, coupled with their dedication to the future of green energy, make them a great partner as we expand

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Intersolar Europe 2019: meteocontrol showcases its certified plant controller for the first time Augsburg, May 08, 2019 – At Intersolar Europe 2019, meteocontrol GmbH will use the occasion of the official handover of the component certificate to showcase its trade fair highlight: the Power Plant Controller (PPC). The plant controller, which is based on the new blue’Log XC, guarantees grid code compliant feed-in according to VDE-AR-N 4110 and VDE-AR-N 4120. On top of that, meteocontrol will also present new portal solutions with its VCOM Cloud: future-proof monitoring produced with the help of machine learning, process optimization with integrated CMMS, and data networking via the VCOM Open Interface. Trade fair visitors who stop by booth 231 in hall B2 can learn more about how meteocontrol supports the latest technologies in the PV industry from the very beginning of the process by providing advisory services and product solutions. The Power Plant Controller (PPC) based on the new blue’Log XC is one of the first plant controllers in Germany to have received a component certificate for PV systems. “We have systematically enhanced our blue’Log X-Series to ensure that our customers are equipped in the best-possible way to meet current and future challenges,” says Martin Schneider,

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Higher levels of automation are expected to bring increased safety, fuel efficiency gains, and reduced labor costs May 8, 2019 – Boulder, CO – A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the state of the automated medium and heavy duty commercial vehicle market, providing global market forecasts, segmented by vehicle class and region, through 2030. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS) for commercial vehicles have been gaining market attention for several years. While growth of ADS is expected to be rapid once the technology is fully developed, volumes will remain low over the next decade. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, annual sales of highly automated commercial vehicles are not expected to exceed 1% until 2028. “Automated technologies can provide many benefits for the commercial vehicle sector, but challenges such as advancing technological abilities, overreliance on partially automated systems, regulatory environments, and public perception will all need to be managed moving forward,” says William Drier, research analyst at Navigant Research. According to the report, once challenges are overcome, the most substantial benefit from ADAS is the potential safety increases it can provide through features such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.

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Munich/Germany, 08.05.2019 - The German hybrid specialist DHYBRID will supply seven PV-diesel hybrid systems in remote Senegalese locations with sophisticated hybrid control and energy storage systems. The total output capacity is 2 MW, the storage capacity 2 MWh. The plants will enable Senegal to supply power for very isolated sites and to diversify its energy mix. DHYBRID has been selected by the French EPC company and main contractor Omexom, the energy brand of the VINCI Energies Group, for these prestigious projects because of their scalable technology platform as well as the global track record in hybrid installations. The total project will generate enough power to cover the annual needs of 140,000 people and will avoid atmospheric CO2 emissions amounting up to 19,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to the emissions of a car driven 135 million kilometres.  It will be part of a €26.8 million investment, financed by the German bank KFW and Senelec, the national electricity company of Senegal, consisting of the hybrid sites and an additional 15 MW PV-installation. The project sites will be spread over four large regions: The Saloum Islands and the Thiès region in the western part of the country and the Tambakounda and Kolda regions in the east.

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