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Energy Minister to attend opening day of Europe’s largest annual subsea conference and exhibition  Scottish energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse will attend Subsea UK’s annual flagship event in Aberdeen this week, where industry experts will gather to explore why disruptive and enabling technologies hold the key to greater levels of transparency, efficiency, and performance. More than 5,000 people are set to descend on the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre from 5-7 February when Subsea Expo 2019, Europe’s largest, annual subsea conference and exhibition returns. Pre-registrations are currently up by 19% on last year and more than 170 organisations from across Europe, the US, and Japan are expected to showcase their products and services. With this year’s theme - ‘Innovating the Future’ – the event aims to stimulate high-level discussions on subsea technology and the rise of digitalisation, looking at how they are accelerating the ability to deliver sustainable energy and achieve operational efficiency. The 2019 programme is packed with high profile industry speakers from a number of leading companies including One Subsea, Haliburton, SubC Imaging, STATS Group, and Tracerco. Presentations will cover a range of topics including digital transformation, ROVs and AUVs, life extension, decommissioning, global opportunities, construction and intervention, marginal fields and IRM. The event’s plenary

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NEMOCS, Next Kraftwerke’s VPP-as-a-service solution, is making its debut in South Korea: As part of a project contract, solar energy company Haezoom will use NEMOCS to monitor and control their assets. Haezoom specializes in maximizing solar energy efficiency through data and IT-related technologies. Using Next Kraftwerke’s VPP-as-a-service solution, Haezoom will obtain live data from their assets and, thus, will be enabled to operate them according to grid situations and fluctuating decentral power supply, also encompassing a curtailment option through the central control system of NEMOCS. NEMOCS networks and optimizes operation of power-producing and consuming units. It can connect thousands of assets, process their data in real time, and execute operational commands if needed. This allows NEMOCS clients to set up their own Virtual Power Plant without costly infrastructure investments. Jochen Schwill, founder and CEO of Next Kraftwerke: “NEMOCS incorporates ideas and features from our own IT experts and power traders. We are happy to share our experience and expertise with international partners, especially with a company as progressive as Haezoom.” The South Korean power market will soon shift to a more liberal market setting, creating space on the market for new roles. These include power aggregators and renewable energy traders responsible for

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Kazakhstan. 100 MWp were installed in the latest project built by the company Goldbeck Solar, which was connected to the network on December 20, 2018. The largest photovoltaic plant in Central Asia was built in 160 hectares in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, right on the Silk Road. The solar energy expert Company established a new speed record with the construction of this project. It took just under 12 months for the complete planning and permission process and only 6 months for the finalization of the construction, including the electrical substation. "This result is a team effort " said Joachim Goldbeck president of the company. The support provided by the authorities, the ministries and the German embassy was particularly active and exemplary. The collaboration between the team members and all participating companies worked brilliantly. "The performance of more than 140,000 MWh a year represents a major step for the region towards clean energy generation and independence," says the solar entrepreneur. For this project the company selected carefully high quality components to ensure a stable energy performance for more than 30 years. Improving the infrastructure in the ex Soviet Union State USSR is the basis for economic recovery and social prosperity.  Approximately $105

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Americas Region Will Look to New Leadership for Continued Success ROCKLIN, Calif., January 31, 2019—SMA America has promoted Charles Ellis to the role of Vice President of Sales for the Americas, overseeing operations in North, Central and South America. In this role, Ellis will be responsible for sales, marketing, application engineering and operations. “Charles Ellis has the experience, dedication and vision to lead the Americas as the company enters its next chapter,” said John Susa, Executive Vice President for Global Sales and Service at SMA. “I have complete confidence in his abilities to help the subsidiaries grow stronger and operate more effectively, and to guide teams in adapting and excelling as the solar energy markets continue to evolve in the Americas region.” Ellis has held numerous sales roles throughout his more than 20-year career. He joined SMA America in 2016 as Director of Distribution and was promoted in 2017 to Vice President of Distributed Sales, leading both channel sales and regional teams. SMA America has also announced the hiring of Arturo Blake as Regional Sales Manager for Mexico, where he will oversee product and service sales for the entire country. This move reiterates SMA America’s commitment to investing in Latin America’s burgeoning solar market,

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (January 31, 2018)  – Manufacturing the world’s gold standard in reliable solar tracking, Array Technologies has stood the test of time. Array’s 30th anniversary in 2019 marks three decades of industry leadership. “When I started in the solar industry over 30 years ago, I dreamed about the growth and development that this industry would go through,” said founder and chief innovation officer Ron Corio. “More than anything, I’m proud that Array has been able to help foster that growth, and continues to move the world in a more sustainable direction through continued technology-based innovation.” Over its 30 years, Array has established itself as a pioneer not only in the solar tracker industry but in the solar industry as a whole. Array has been a critical partner in the marked growth of single axis tracking applications which are now utilized in upwards of 80% of all utility-scale installations. Early installations from Array helped the PV industry achieve significant cost efficiencies and increased energy output. Array’s pioneering nature continues with the expansion of its presence in emerging solar regions such as Australia and Latin America. “Solar power is inherently international,” said CEO Jim Fusaro, “besides expanding our business we aim to provide reliable solar

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Unlocking the full potential of the North Sea will be on the top of the agenda at Subsea Expo – the industry’s annual flagship conference and exhibition. The “Revitalising the UKCS” conference session will explore the opportunities and challenges around new and marginal fields so that the estimated 7.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent (bnboe) in discoveries awaiting development plans can be recovered and further activity in the basin stimulated. Sponsored by the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), in collaboration with Subsea UK, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) this session will take place on the final day of Subsea Expo (Thursday, 7th February) at the AECC in Aberdeen. A panel of operators, suppliers, industry experts and government officials will join together to debate the barriers and the potential solutions for recovery of the remaining resources. This will include looking at licensing and infrastructure access, along with enabling technologies. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “Despite being one of the most developed basins in the world, the UKCS still has enormous potential. But we need to have frank conversations about what’s stopping development and what needs to change to bring this forward. Contrary to

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− Award marks sixth year in a row that Q CELLS has been recognized as a top PV brand in Europe, and fourth year in a row in Australia − Seal is awarded based on the recommendations of participating installers, and reasserts the Company’s exceptional product quality, service, and reputation − Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. CEO Mr. Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim said: “It is encouraging to once again receive this distinguished accolade, especially at a time when European and Australian solar installers are demanding even greater quality and service. We are pleased to be able to consistently meet and surpass their expectations.” [Berlin, Germany, January 31, 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. has been awarded the “Top Brand PV” seal by internationally recognized research institute EuPD Research. The award marks the sixth year in a row that Q CELLS has been recognized as one of the leading solar brands in Europe, and the fourth year in a row in Australia. EuPD Research awards the Top Brand PV seals based on its Global PV InstallerMonitor survey, which

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Winterbach, Germany – January 31, 2019 – In cooperation with the cable manufacturer TELE-FONIKA Kable and the international cable and pipeline installation contractor VolkerInfra, PFISTERER has been awarded the contract for the supply of the 220 kV land cable accessories for the grid connection of the new Moray East Offshore Windfarm. Moray East is a large-scale wind farm project which was granted consent in 2014 by the Scottish Government and will deliver green power for up to one million UK households early in the next decade. The wind farm is being constructed 22 km off the coast in Moray Firth, Scotland, covering an area of 295 km2. In 2017 it won a 950 MW contract for difference at competitive auction which set the price of power generated at £57.50 per MWhr. The electricity will be generated by 100 Vestas wind turbines which are connected via several converter stations to a 66 kV array network. The voltage level will be boosted up to 220 kV for transmission back to shore via the export cables. The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited consortium is currently owned by EDPR (43.3%), Diamond Green Limited which is partly owned by DGE (33.4%) and ENGIE (23.3%). Individual elements become

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• Siemens Gamesa will install 270 units of the SG 2.1-122 wind turbines • The order includes two turnkey wind projects which will be developed in the states of Gujarat and Karnataka Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured a new order in India from ReNew Power, India’s largest renewable energy Independent Power Producer (IPP). The scope includes the supply of 270 units of the SG 2.1-122 wind turbines, with a total capacity of 567 MW, to two wind power facilities*. As per the agreement with ReNew, one of the largest announced in India, Siemens Gamesa will provide the infrastructure needed to install and operate both wind power facilities. The company will supply, install and commission 127 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Bhuj, Gujarat and 143 SG 2.1-122 wind turbines for the project in Davanagree, Karnataka, respectively. Both projects are expected to be commissioned by the first quarter of 2020. With over 1 GW of contracted capacity of wind projects for ReNew power, SGRE stands as one of the trusted renewable energy partners for the company in India. “We are happy to announce this deal with ReNew. It marks a major milestone for Siemens Gamesa in India, with both the size of

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Grid charging will be possible from March 2019 with the VARTA pulse energy storage system Not only charging your energy storage system when the sun shines, but also when the electricity from the grid is particularly attractive: This will be possible from March 2019 in the UK and Australia with a new function - grid charging - of VARTA’s energy storage system pulse. Store cheap electricity, for example from an off-peak tariff and then consume it in the house, when mains electricity is particularly expensive – in that way the self-consumption rate can be increased which lowers the electricity bill. Thanks to an automatic software update coming in March 2019, storage owners can set their VARTA pulse to automatically receive and store electricity from the grid at fixed times and up to a certain charge point in certain months. "There are often cheap off-peak electricity rates at night, and it can be very lucrative to fully charge your storage. The grid charging function eliminates the need for a dedicated PV system to operate a storage facility,” says Gordon Clements, General Manager of VARTA Storage GmbH, "But this function is also worthwhile for small PV systems or when there is a high energy demand

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