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Augsburg/San Salvador, December 07, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH has just laid the groundwork for further growth. The world's leading provider of independent PV monitoring systems has signed an agreement to set up a joint venture in El Salvador. Together with the partner company ECOBLITZ S.A. de C.V., meteocontrol plans to expand its presence in Central America and Mexico and to intensify the customer support it provides there. The new company will operate under the name of meteocontrol Central America S.A. de C.V. and be based in San Salvador. “By establishing another joint venture, we are systematically continuing to apply our expansion strategy in Latin America,” said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. “The partnership with ECOBLITZ will give us a local presence in Mexico and Central America. We will be able to increase our market position and accelerate our growth as a result.” The photovoltaic market has great potential that will fuel this growth. In the wake of rising demand for electricity and widely fluctuating power rates, governments in these countries have begun to support the controlled expansion of renewable energies. Projections show that PV growth in Mexico alone will reach about 17 gigawatts within the next five years. meteocontrol

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Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, has created, in cooperation with Seaway Heavy Lifting, an industry first innovation allowing workers safe and efficient access to install the jackets for 84 wind turbines on the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited project in the Outer Moray Firth. Global offshore contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting awarded the EPCI contract to Ampelmann to design and create an Angular Boom Tip. This will allow secure connection at difficult angles for safe gangway transfer between the 5,000 tonne heavy lift vessel (HLV) Oleg Strashnov and the 2,500 tonne HLV Stanislav Yudin to install 84 individual wind turbines. Conventional gangway tips are rounded which can fit on the majority of offshore wind turbines or offshore assets. However, due to the size of the HLV, its close proximity to the jackets and the location of its access gates, Ampelmann custom-made the V-shaped tip at the end of the 25-metre gangway to give workers easy access to build and manage each new wind structure. Friso Talsma, Ampelmann’s Manager Sales and Business Development for Offshore Wind said: “Though the tip is a quite a straightforward piece of steel, the rubber covered angular shape now allows us to land at difficult angles as small

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Leading renewable energy underwriter develops $95 million of insurance capacity to meet market demands in the Middle East.    London, December 7th 2017 — Leading renewable energy insurer, GCube Underwriting Ltd, has announced that it has secured a new underwriting facility, led by reinsurer Trust Re, for the Middle Eastern clean energy markets. GCube, supported by Trust Re and in partnership with two other influential regional backers, has developed an additional $95 million of underwriting capacity for new wind and solar projects in the region. The first development to be completed under the new facility is a project forming part of the 1.8GW Ben Ban scheme, the largest PV development area in the world at 37km squared. The site, situated in the governorate of Aswan, comprises 41 plots, each with a power generation capacity of between 20 and 50MW. The development of the facility has been significantly driven by domestic policy in the Middle East; Egypt is seeking to source 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2022, while Saudi Arabia has a target of 9GW of installed capacity by 2023. These targets owe their existence to the international movement to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, as well as the recognition of the need to diversify away from

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Seacat Services scoops up Safety Champion award from project developer for exemplary approach to safe operations, following more than 27,000 successful crew transfers  Grimsby, 7th December 2017 – Seacat Services, the class-leading offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator, has been recognised as a ‘Safety Champion’ by offshore wind project developer, Ørsted. The company has received an award in reflection of the high safety standards set by its crews at the 573MW Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm. Incentivising and maintaining offshore wind safety performance remains a core focus for the industry as projects increase in scale. Establishing robust lines of communication between all parties working on site – from the project developer, to contractors and vessel operators – plays a vital role in minimising the risks inherent in marine construction. Seacat Services has been working to support construction and commissioning at Ørsted’s Race Bank project for a period of 18 months, under the terms of a two-year, four-vessel charter signed in April 2016. During this time, catamarans Seacat Courageous, Seacat Magic, Seacat Mischief and Seacat Volunteer have safely completed more than 27,000 crew and equipment transfers, covering a total distance exceeding two trips around the globe. Underpinning this period of successful operations has been the

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U.S.-based NRG Systems announced today that Lasser Eólica has joined its global network of service partners and dealers. Based in Spain, Lasser Eólica engineers, installs, and maintains met tower systems across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. NRG Systems, which has been a major force in the wind resource assessment industry for over 35 years, is best known for its turnkey tubular tilt-up towers. However, as wind turbines continue to grow in scale, so does the demand for lattice tower systems, which excel at capturing hub height measurements greater than 80 meters, when tubular towers are not an option. Thanks to NRG’s partnership with Lasser Eólica, the company is now able to offer complete lattice tower solutions to customers in regions where this method of wind resource assessment is preferred. These systems include a Lasser Eólica-manufactured lattice tower as well as NRG sensors and data logger. Lasser will provide project support from development through operation for lattice tower systems, as well as installation support for NRG tubular tower systems in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Gregory Erdmann, NRG System’s VP of Global Sales, said, “This partnership brings together two of the most successful and experienced teams in the industry.

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Reduced manufacturing costs Improved efficiency New process for diamond wire sawn wafers integrated into LINEX inline system Market potential for 2018 in excess of 70 GW Kahl am Main, 6 December 2017 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES) has brought a new texturing process for the machining of multicrystalline solar wafers to production readiness. Multicrystalline solar wafers are increasingly cut with diamond wire, which permits a markedly higher yield of wafers per block. The market for multicrystalline solar wafers is expected to continue to rise next year, with a growing proportion of wafers processed using diamond wire saws. This technology means the cost per wafer can be significantly reduced. Using this sawing technique is more environmentally friendly than the conventional slurry process, which involves a mixture of oil and silicon carbide. The sawing process damages the surface of the solar wafers; this is then processed by wet-chemical texturing. Texturing removes saw marks and produces a uniform, homogeneous structure. The new innovative manufacturing process from SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES incorporates two distinct steps developed in-house: the use of new additives and the use of ozone for post-cleaning. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, Chief Executive Officer, explained: “The texturing of solar wafers is a manufacturing step that has

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Ofgem approves SP Energy Networks and DNV GL collaboration to implement local flexibility market, entitled Project FUSION DNV GL to advise on implementation of the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) DNV GL is a founding member of the USEF foundation and a principal designer of the framework Project FUSION set to deliver customer benefits in excess of £200m by 2050, and reduce carbon emissions in Great Britain by more than 3m tonnes London, United Kingdom – 6 December 2017: DNV GL, the world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body, secured a leading role in advising the British utility company SP Energy Networks on the adoption and implementation of a local flexibility market in East Fife, Scotland. The UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets and National Regulatory body Ofgem has approved funding for SP Energy Networks five-year innovation project, called FUSION, a submission under the 2017 Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC). FUSION plans to implement and trial an innovative smart energy network solution, as an economic alternative to manage DNO network constraints. The project is set to save customers benefits in excess of £200m, as well as reduce carbon emissions in Great Britain by more than 3m tonnes. The flexibility

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Maximizing Productivity and Minimizing Costs Wind turbines can achieve an online availability of about 98%, giving operators approximately one week in the year when planned maintenance can be completed. It is essential to use this time efficiently, concentrating on the most important issues, which can be identified using preventative maintenance techniques. Jason Horton, Regional Operations Director (South) at Sulzer, looks at the benefits of creating a partnership with a specialist maintenance provider in terms of improved lifespan and reliability of wind turbines. Preserving the reliability of a wind turbine is essential for keeping it operational and cost effective. By working to prevent potential failures, condition monitoring and repair work can be planned ahead of time, ensuring that any downtime is minimized. This concept can include predictive maintenance procedures such as vibration analysis as well as onsite repairs or modifications to resolves issues. Since wind turbines were first commissioned on an industrial scale, the technology and design of the components has progressed rapidly, enabling units over 1 MW to be installed with an expected working life of around 20 years. As each new design comes to market, it incorporates the lessons learned from its predecessors but also has the potential to introduce its own issues. Planned

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Project completion in three new countries highlights ongoing success Hamburg: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has announced the completion of installation of several wind farms in three of its newly entered markets within Europe totalling 130 megawatts (MW). The installation of 33 Senvion 3.4M114 turbines was recently completed at the 112 MW Egersund wind farm, in Rogaland, Norway. The project with Norsk Vind Egersund AS will have a total rated output of 112 MW and will produce enough green energy to power approximately 20,000 Norwegian households. In Serbia, the country's Minister of Energy inaugurated the eight MW Malibunar wind farm featuring four Senvion MM100 turbines. Malibunar wind farm is located about 56 kilometers northeast of Belgrade and will supply 7,200 Serbian households with clean electricity.The start of operation marks Senvion's successful market entry in the Balkans. Senvion has also completed installation of its first wind farm in the Republic of Ireland. Teevurcher wind farm, located in County Meath, northwest of Dublin, features five MM82 wind turbines with a total output of 10 MW. The wind farm will supply enough clean energy to power approximately 7,000 Irish homes per year. Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: "The completion of installation and start of

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GmbH (RENA) develops a new inline system for porous silicon etching and starts cooperation with Christian Albrecht University in Kiel (CAU) to develop a simple manufacturing concept for silicon anodes for use in lithium ion batteries. Further potential application for photovoltaics. Today’s lithium ion batteries typically rely on anodes made of graphite. The limited ability of the material to store lithium ions however restricts the energy density of such system s. Silicon can take up much more lithium ions and offers a theoretical specific energy density ten times higher than graphite, thus making it an appealing alternative approach. The problem: Silicon expands strongly when loaded with lithium ions which typic ally leads to cracking and destruction of the anode within a few cycles. Researchers at the Kiel University have overcome this limitation by structuring the silicon in an electrochemical etching step. “The voids within the structure allow for the expansi on of the silicon and avoid mechanical fracture of the material”, explains Sandra Hansen, researcher at the Kiel University who published outstanding results with th is technology. However, the current etching process is not appropriate for mass - production scale - up because it typically requires a sealing on the processed substrate

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