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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has recruited Tim Hipkiss as Principal Environmental Consultant based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chris Robinson, Technical Director of Environment at Natural Power, said: “We have known Tim for several years having worked together on numerous projects. He brings an extensive and successful track record in environmental consultancy in the Nordics, and has extremely solid technical credentials. He shares our passion and commitment to renewable energy, and operates with the same philosophy of identifying solutions and being problem-solvers for our clients.” Tim has extensive experience consulting on renewable energy and infrastructure projects, such as providing expert testimony, project advisory and due diligence, leading and carrying out ecological surveys and long-term monitoring of threatened species. He achieved his PhD in Animal Ecology from Umeå University, Sweden in 2002, and specialises in avian ecology. Prior to beginning his consultancy career in 2013, Tim worked as a research scientist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He has been actively involved in a number of research projects, including using GPS transmitters to investigate the ecology and behaviour of golden eagles in relation to onshore wind development. On joining Natural Power, Tim Hipkiss, said: “My long-term goal is

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Project will reduce fuel consumption by 10-13% and cut carbon emissions   20,000 solar panels combined with 2MW battery system London, 7th October – Aggreko, a world-leading provider of energy services, has partnered with global gold miner Gold Fields to complete the installation of one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgrids for the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia.   The new hybrid power system, which has been integrated with Aggreko’s existing gas fired power station, is powered by more than 20,000 solar panels and supported by a 2 MW/1 MWh battery system. Once fully operational, it will reduce the mine’s fuel consumption by 10-13% - the equivalent of removing 2,000 cars from the road. In total, the solar, thermal and battery storage assets will produce around 18 GWh of energy every year, with carbon emissions at the mine expected to be reduced by approximately 9,500 tCO2e.    Gold Fields Executive Vice President Australasia, Stuart Mathews, said: “Here in Australia and globally our company is committed to addressing climate change impacts by transitioning towards an energy mix that increasingly embraces renewables and lower carbon fuel sources.”  “The Granny Smith microgrid and the renewable energy solution at our Agnew mine are a clear demonstration of the innovative steps we are taking to ensure the ongoing sustainability of our operations,” Mr Matthews said. Aggreko’s AusPac Managing Director, George Whyte, said: “Demand for

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Virtual Fronius trade fair is a complete success and draws visitors from all over the world (Wels, 08/10/20) To coincide with the delivery of the new GEN24 Plus hybrid inverter, Fronius opened the virtual doors to its online trade fair. Over 7,000 visitors from all over the world streamed through the stand in the first few days of it going live on 16 September 2020, where they were met with numerous innovative products, digital innovations and examples of energy sector integration for maximum solar self-sufficiency. Whether for private homes or businesses, MicroGrid and PV-Genset solutions - Fronius has prepared suitable solutions for every requirement, which can be explored until the end of 2020. On its virtual trade fair stand, Fronius places particular value on ensuring that information and detailed insights go hand in hand with tailored advice. “Visitors should feel comfortable and know that we are there for them. Our product and sales experts have already led over 80 tours in 19 languages and the various technical presentations and live events in the keynote area have been very well received. We create an experience that goes beyond a visit to a real trade fair, because we complement personal contact with the advantages

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Good mean wind speeds at site and technology enable subsidy-free wind farm operation Hamburg, 9 October 2020. At the end of the 3rd Quarter, the Nordex Group received an order for the delivery of thirteen N133/4.8 turbines in the UK. The order also includes a 15 year Premium service contract for the turbines linked to production-based availability. The 62 MW wind farm will be built in a former coal mining region in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The site is characterized by good mean wind speeds of 8.6 meters per second, perfect for the turbine variant for strong wind locations of the Delta4000 generation turbines. Installation of the turbines will start in autumn 2021. The project and customer are undisclosed. "We are pleased to equip another subsidy-free wind farm in the UK with our strong-wind turbine technology," says Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group. “Thanks to the high installed capacity of the 4.8 MW turbine, hub heights of 110 metres, and with the consistent high annual mean wind speed at the site, the customer will be able to operate the wind farm without the need for government funding. Thanks to the wind farm, the local economy in the former coal mining community will

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Naval Energies’ floater Design Basis applicable for the Groix & Belle-Ile wind farm and calculation and design methods applicable for Naval Energies’ floaters in general is now certified by DNV GL, a world-class certification body particularly involved in renewable energies and offshore wind energy in particular. Obtaining this demanding certification demonstrates that Naval Energies’ calculation and design methods are applicable for the company’s semi-submersible floater technology and are aligned with DNV GL’s floating wind standard and recommended practice. The detailed assessment carried out by DNV GL's experts focused on the overall calculation methods related to hydrodynamics, structure, anchoring and tank test campaigns. It resulted in an approval, documented in a certification report, of the calculation and design methods applicable for Naval Energies’ semi-submersible floater. This certification shows that Naval Energies' calculation and design methods are applicable for the company's current and future floating wind projects. Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, President of Naval Energies, said: "Our objective is to produce, for the pilot farm of Groix & Belle-Île, of which we are partners, but also for future commercial farms in France and worldwide, a floater with the highest standards combining quality, durability and of course technical and economic performance. This certification, issued by an independent

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Schneider Electric’s MPPT 100 is a high power solar charge controller for homeowners who wish to have maximum self-reliance for their energy needs The MPPT 100 optimizes solar PV arrays and battery charging Integrates with Insight, Schneider Electric’s smart digital platform for solar and storage energy management Compatible with Schneider Electric’s storage inverters for a complete solar and storage solution. Burnaby, BC – October 7th, 2020 – Schneider Electric Solar has announced the launch of the MPPT 100 600 Solar Charge Controller, perfect for homeowners who wish to be more self-reliant for the energy needs and for off-grid living. The MPPT 100, combined with Schneider Electric’s storage inverters, creates the ideal solar & storage solution, contributing to the world’s transition to a carbon-neutral energy landscape. The Conext™ MPPT 100 expands Schneider Electric’s solar charge controller product line with a greater range of power ratings for solar and storage systems. Compared to MPPT 80 600 charge controller, the MPPT 100 600 provides 25% more charging power. The MPPT 100 allows homeowners to optimize battery charging from solar and maximize energy resiliency, with the easy, flexible installation of large PV arrays for whole-home backup. It is also more suitable for prolonged blackouts. Even if the battery

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Zhejiang, China – Sep 30, 2020. Ginlong Technologies (Stock Code: 300763.SZ), a global leader in photovoltaic string inverter manufacturing, Solis won the “Best PCS Supplier Award in China's energy storage industry 2020”at the 10th China International Energy Storage Conference in Shenzhen. ''We are honored to have won this award, which is the market's recognition of Solis' products'' says Sandy Woodward, Sales Director - Europe. ''The energy storage segment has grown rapidly and we are expanding our solutions to ensure suitability for home energy storage systems all over the world.'' The Solis hybrid storage inverter is the best choice for integrated storage solutions connected to the grid, with this new technology it can be choose the power consumption mode in real-time according to the market electricity price saving system owners money, it can also be set to run separately from the power grid helping to drive less reliance on weak grids and promote energy independence. Some of the advantages of Solis Hybrid RHI-(3-6)K-48ES-5G inverter series are: • Uninterruptible power supply switching within 20ms • 5kW rated off-grid power supply capacity • No fan design, for longer service life • Intelligent Battery Management System (BMS) to improve battery reliability • 24-hour intelligent energy management, for real-time grasp of PV power status •

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Cornwall Insight, an energy consultancy, research and analytics company, is pleased to announce its role in providing energy market and regulatory due diligence to support Conrad Energy (a portfolio company of I Squared Capital) with its acquisition of Viridis Power. The deal was announced on 1 October 2020 and sees Conrad Energy more than double its share of flexible generation for the UK power market and bringing its operational portfolio to over 440MW at 28 sites across the UK. The transaction combines Conrad’s existing assets with over 320MW from Viridis Power, for an aggregate portfolio of 1.1GW of flexible generation assets in operation or development. Cornwall Insight provided comprehensive buy-side due diligence on behalf of Conrad Energy to support the investment. This included an overview of Viridis Power flexible gas generation portfolio, an assessment of regulatory and policy changes as well as carbon price forecasts to support the due diligence. Established in 2017, Conrad Energy is one of 18 global platforms created by I Squared Capital to meet a pressing demand for infrastructure. Conrad Energy optimizes energy supply within the market by delivering fast and flexible power generation when needed. Its embedded power plants supply power in local networks and range in

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After just one year, FuturaSun’s Taizhou plant has doubled its production capacity of photovoltaic modules. One year ago, FuturaSun announced the opening of a new plant in China, in the Taizhou photovoltaic district, near Shanghai. Initially, the new plant ensured a production capacity of 500 MW per year but, as the company highlighted, the aim was to reach 1 GW. Despite the pandemic, after just one year, the GIGA-project is a successful achievement. FuturaSun opens a new production plant, next to the previous one, with other two production lines, whose annual capacity is 550 MW. The new highly automated production lines will process half-cut cells (166 mm to 210 mm) for 2120 mm x 1050 mm modules. The half-cut configuration and the increase in number of busbars – the distinctive feature of FuturaSun’s latest top-range modules – improve the panel’s efficiency and duration. FuturaSun’s production has always aimed at applying quality technical improvements to achieve high efficiency and performance. The Italian team focuses on research and development, allowing FuturaSun’s production plants to use state-of-the-art technologies, including IBC technology, cylindrical ribbon, glass-glass solutions and modules with independent sections.

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ProGARM, the UK’s leading Arc Flash protection specialist, is celebrating a string of recent appointments within the firm, following its recent business success. Protecting contractors in the Wind Energy industry, the specialist PPE provider has welcomed four new recruits over recent months; Maciej Stachaczynski as an Internal Account Manager, Lynn Palmer in Customer Services, Jemima Pridham as Internal Sales Assistant and finally Celina Suehring as Internal Sales Executive for the company’s German operation. The new recruits joined the company before and during the COVID-19 pandemic – a time of uncertainty for many businesses. However, having enjoyed significant growth, the company is investing in its business to ensure constant innovation, quality development and consistent availability of its products, which are already blazing a trail in the health and safety industry. Tony Arnett, Managing Director at ProGARM, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to welcome new members to our team during the last few months, which have proven challenging for so many of us. “Every one of the new team members has been a huge asset to the business throughout this time, and has helped us to maintain our growth. “Like most businesses, we’ve had to adapt our ways of working and consider our existing supply

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