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UniSea, a leading provider of software tools for operational support and HSEQ to the offshore industry, has agreed to take part ownership of Yxney, an energy efficiency specialist with an impressive record of wins in its two-year history. “Yxney is experiencing rapid growth meeting the increasing demand for data-driven energy efficiency solutions in the offshore sector,” said Yxney CEO Gjord Simen Sanna. “UniSea is a highly respected player in the industry with a large client base and Yxney already uses UniSea data as the source for our calculations on many vessels. Closer collaboration between the two companies will allow us to provide even more efficient data flows, ensuring added value of the data for our customers.” UniSea CEO Kurt Roar Vilhelmsen said in his statement: “UniSea focuses on helping shipping companies simplify their work processes through digitalization. Yxney has in only a short time succeeded in reaching the market with a solution using data available through UniSea software to reduce fuel consumption, costs, and environmental impact. We see exciting opportunities and added benefits for our customers through closer cooperation and integration of our solutions.” The focus on fuel efficiency and related emissions is steadily growing in the maritime sector. A climate robust business

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Rotterdam, Netherlands – December 19, 2018 - London Offshore Consultants (LOC) has provided Barge Master and GustoMSC with an approval in principle for the work method of their Steady Top Feeder solution. This independent and impartial acceptance is an important next step in implementing this solution in US offshore wind projects. Barge Master and GustoMSC asked LOC to act as if they were appointed as the marine warranty surveyor of an offshore wind project and on that basis to assess whether the solution of the Steady Top Feeder is in principle acceptable to them. This week LOC gave their formal approval of this work method. ‘The reviewed procedure is found to be acceptable at this stage of project development as a principle. LOC believes that with detailed HAZID and other normal project review processes for a live project this approach could be approved’, says Peter Croll, Renewables London Offshore Consultants. Barge Master and GustoMSC will continue their constructive discussions with the relevant parties involved in the earliest US offshore wind farm developments, bringing the Steady Top Feeder solution a step closer to realization. The Steady Top Feeder solution Earlier this year Barge Master and GustoMSC engaged in a partnership to jointly develop and

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Specialist drilling waste management company, TWMA, has secured a seven-figure contract with leading independent exploration and production company, Neptune Energy. The three-year contract, which comes with the option of a two-year extension, will include skip and ship and solids control to manage and process drill cuttings. The scope of work will also include the provision of cuttings containment, pit and tank cleaning and offshore processing using TWMA’s innovative TCC RotoMill® technology. The TCC RotoMill® unit will allow drilling waste to be processed safely and effectively on site offshore, significantly reducing the logistics costs associated with skip and ship. The technology enables high ROP drilling rates in even the harshest offshore environments and reduces lifting operations by up to 95%. TWMA will also use transfer and containment solutions to transport drilling waste generated at source to its specialist onshore thermal processing facility in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Gareth Innes, chief commercial officer of TWMA, commented: “We are extremely pleased to partner with Neptune Energy and further expand our presence in the North Sea. This contract underpins our strong capabilities and strengthens the foundations for our continued growth both in the UK and overseas.

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− Data from leading PV consulting organization Globenergia reveals Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK-G4.1 monocrystalline module is Poland’s best-seller − Ranking follows 12 months of outstanding market growth for Hanwha Q CELLS, with more than 55 MW of modules sold − Szymon Kurjanski, Area Sales Manager of Poland at Hanwha Q CELLS, said: “The Polish solar market has scaled rapidly in 2018, and we are proud to have risen to a position as market leader in what promises to be an even more dynamic market in 2019.” [Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH ("Hanwha 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. (NASDAQ: HQCL), can today confirm that its Q.PEAK-G4.1 monocrystalline solar modules are the best-selling solar panels in Poland, according to leading Polish PV consulting organization, Globenergia. his data reflects what has been a strong 12 months for Hanwha Q CELLS in the dynamic Polish solar market. Having sold only 7 MW of solar modules in 2017, Hanwha Q CELLS is on course to surpass 55 MW of module sales in 2018 – a figure that represents almost 50% of the

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Smart Inverter Capabilities and Leading Safety Features Offer Ideal Solution ROCKLIN, Calif. — December 18, 2018 — SMA is pleased to announce that its Sunny Tripower CORE1 commercial solution will now be offered with SMA Smart Connected, a proactive O&M solution powered by ennexOS that cuts truck rolls in half and saves service costs throughout the lifetime of a commercial system. SMA has also begun shipping new models of the CORE1 with expanded power classes and enhanced safety features. “With its smart inverter capabilities, industry-leading safety features and newly available 33.3kW, 50kW and 62.5kW power ratings, the Sunny Tripower CORE1 is a versatile, comprehensive solution for commercial solar installers,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential and Commercial Business Unit. “This solution is fully equipped for safe, reliable, cost-effective power production.” SMA Smart Connected provides continuous inverter monitoring, system notifications and automatic shipping of replacement parts or inverters when needed — even before a system owner notices an interruption or drop in energy production. This ultimately increases productivity time for installers to generate more business and work on new installations. When installers choose SMA’s CORE1, they can do so knowing that SMA leads the industry in providing solutions that meet the latest

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Sparrows Group has seen its position in the renewables market strengthened one year on from the acquisition of Alpha Offshore Service. The company confirmed that Danish-based Alpha’s revenue has increased by 46% in the past 12 months. Alpha specialises in the delivery of technical personnel, maintenance, repair and inspection services to offshore and onshore wind energy projects. In September, the company celebrated the successful completion of more than 4,000 wind turbine blade inspections to date, a 56% upsurge compared to 2017. Since Sparrows acquired the firm in December 2017, Alpha has seen its international offering grow to support clients in new geographic areas including Australia and Asia Pacific. The expansion of its global operations has also resulted in a 25% increase in their workforce of highly trained technicians, strengthening its competitiveness and capabilities. Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows Group said: “Alpha has been a valuable addition to the Group and has boosted our footprint in the renewables market. The acquisition has been welcomed by Sparrows employees and provided our people with the opportunity to diversify their skills and knowledge. “The Alpha team has integrated well, primarily because of our shared values and commitment to safety and quality. Joining forces so successfully has

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Scottish projects particularly hard-hit Plans would see power provided 'for free' The UK Government has announced that the Feed-in Tariff scheme, through which renewable energy generation under 5MW is supported, will close in March 2019. Responding, Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “The UK Government’s disappointing decision to close the Feed-in Tariff scheme jeopardises our ambitions for small-scale renewables, community-owned energy and the smarter, cleaner energy system which we need to fight climate change. “Meeting the ambitions set out by Government in the smart systems and flexibility plan requires a robust and varied mix of renewable energy technologies. It is critical that a credible pathway setting out viable market-based solutions is in place before support for this scale of generation is removed. Without that pathway, industry will face significant challenges in the shift to the ‘smarter, cleaner future’ which Ofgem today predicted could cut household bills by £45 a year. “While commitment to a number of grace periods is to be welcomed, it is particularly frustrating that comments made by the Minister in Parliament last month (Nov) regarding the export tariff have not been recognised in this consultation response, and that new small-scale renewable projects which connect from next spring will, under

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18 December 2018 – LUKOIL Marine Lubricants have successfully taken home two awards which recognise their continual development and contributions within the marine industry. LUKOIL Marine Lubricants received two awards in the category of innovation. The first was the Technology/Innovation Award at the Fifth Annual Maritime Standard Awards, for developing and enhancing the iCOlube unit; the second received at Dubai Maritime Summit, where the team took home the Dubai Maritime Innovation Award, for their pioneering efforts to advance creativity and innovation in the local maritime sector. June Manoharan, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants’ Director, who attended both ceremonies, commented on the recent wins: “We are very honoured and grateful to receive this appreciation of our work. We are extremely proud of how far we have come as an organisation; within just ten years of operation we have already positioned ourselves as a technology leader.” For example, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants was the first lubricant supplier in the market to realize and react to a new concern of engine manufacturers that the 40 BN lubricants available in the market did not seem to provide sufficient detergency to handle 0.1 and 0.5% fuels. Offering a solution to this problem for the years leading up to 2020 and beyond,

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Hamburg, 18 December 2018. The Nordex Group is ramping up its presence further in the growth market of Argentina with a follow-up order from its customer AES Generación S.A. The "Vientos Neuquinos" wind farm comprises 24 AW132/3465 turbines and is to be built in the province of Neuquén in the south-west of Argentina. AES Generación S.A. has also ordered service for the turbines covering a period of at least two years. As recently as September 2018 AES Generación S.A. placed an order with Nordex for the supply of 30 turbines AW132/3300 for the “Energética” wind farm. As in this case, the turbines and the 120-metre concrete towers for "Vientos Neuquinos" will be produced locally in Argentina.

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Today, RenewableUK is highlighting the record amount of offshore wind capacity installed this year. https://www.renewableuk.com/news/430793/Record-breaking-amount-of-new-UK-offshore-wind-capacity-installed-in-2018-.htm Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, has its biggest market in the UK and completing construction of two new offshore wind farms here in 2018 meant it was responsible for nearly 60% of the new capacity coming online. Matthew Wright, Managing Director of Ørsted UK, said: "The UK is making great progress in decarbonising its electricity system, smashing records in coal-free generation last year, largely thanks to a growth in renewables, and continuing the transformation this year with record growth in offshore wind. "At Ørsted, we are playing a leading role, and investing billions of pounds to help the UK reach its carbon reduction targets. "This year, we completed construction of two major offshore wind farms, including Walney Extension, the biggest in the world, and we’re now constructing Hornsea 1 off the Yorkshire Coast which, at around double the size, will take the title in 2020. "Rapid growth in this clean-tech industry is set to continue as we work with the Government to finalise an offshore wind sector deal, which could mean that, by 2030, one third of the UK’s electricity could come from offshore wind." ABOUT Ørsted The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and

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