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Leading companies differentiated themselves through exceptional remote microgrid project development, value chain revenue capture, and a sustainable business model March 11, 2019 – Boulder, CO – A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Researchexamines the strategy and execution of 12 remote microgrid companies, with ENGIE, ABB, and Optimal Power Solutions ranked as the leading market players. In 2018, the global market for remote microgrids represented about $3 billion in implementation spending, and it is expected to jump to more than $10.2 billion by 2027. The market’s focus on innovation continues to shift toward business models that reduce capital cost constraints, produce greater standardization, and capture as much of the total available revenue from deployments as possible. Click to tweet: According to a new Leaderboard report from @NavigantRSRCH, ENGIE, ABB, and Optimal Power Solutions ranked are the leading remote microgrid companies. “The market for remote microgrids is evolving, giving way to new business models and technologies that are designed to reduce diesel fuel consumption through renewable energy sources,” says Peter Asmus, research director with Navigant Research. “The leading companies in this space have clearly differentiated themselves through exceptional remote microgrid project development, value chain revenue capture, and a sustainable business model.” Unlike past microgrid-focused Leaderboard reports,

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Fast-evolving global provider of disruptive wireless subsea technology, WFS Technologies, has underlined its ambitious growth plans with the appointment of a highly-regarded subsea industry player. Moray Melhuish takes up the specially-created post of commercial director and will be responsible for building on the success of its industry-advanced innovations as well as increase its portfolio of national and international projects. Moray brings an impressive track record of subsea expertise and industry know-how to WFS Technologies, a market-leading specialist in subsea wireless automation, the Subsea Internet of Things® (SloT) and subsea cloud computing networks (SCCNs) which can be applied across oil & gas, offshore wind to aquaculture and smart cities. He was previously business development director at independent ROV specialist, ROVOP, where he played a pivotal role in helping the new start business grow from one to more than 50 ROV systems and from six to over 200 staff within six years. Prior to this, Moray was responsible for the sales and marketing of a 125-strong fleet of work-class ROV systems at i-Tech, a division of Subsea 7, which he joined after spending three years at Triton Group - now Forum Energy Technologies - identifying companies for acquisition as well as co-ordinating business development activities across

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Natural Power is hailing the Offshore Wind Sector Deal agreed by the industry and the government as a major step forward which will generate significant economic benefits for the UK. Jeremy Sainsbury OBE, Director at Natural Power, said: “The Offshore Wind Sector Deal is great news for the Natural Power team that offers a whole range of services that includes permitting and EIA coordination, ecological survey and assessment, site finding and feasibility, pre-construction and construction phase compliance, marine mammal mitigation, fisheries liaison officer, inspection services, due diligence, O&M and OFTO management. We are creating highly-skilled jobs and bringing investment into our offices and hubs across the UK and are actively recruiting to bolster our team of experts. The offshore wind industry is set to grow massively in the years ahead and we believe that Natural Power is well positioned to help developers secure the benefits this deal will provide to the sector.” This is the first Sector Deal for a renewable energy technology. It puts offshore wind at the centre of the nation’s clean energy system, generating one-third of our electricity by 2030. By this time, 27,000 people will work in highly-skilled jobs in the offshore wind industry and the UK will

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While for large solar projects usually an intense, upfront due diligence process is state of the art, smaller commercial solar systems show often a lack of risk prevention measures. Reasons are typical prices on the higher end for trustworthy sophisticated independent services, which are in most cases not viable for mid-size projects. Also, most independent engineering providers are more concentrating on the utility market, which makes it harder to find a qualified partner for commercial projects. Therefore, helioconsult established a highly standardized process, covering the exact needs of commercial systems, with the same high standards used for utility scale projects, but for affordable prices. Nevertheless, it uncovers all relevant potential technical and financial risks and provides measures to overcome them to secure the investment. This independent due diligence already includes a simulation of the specific project yield and comparison with existing predictions to proof technical parameters for financial models. Also, it comes with a risk assessment of components and stakeholders, together with analyses of permits and regulations. Reviews of main contracts and on-site inspections are optional, as well as project performance analyses. Customers can pick what is relevant for them. This guarantees, that they are not paying for services they don’t

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Energi Coast, North East England’s offshore wind cluster, has declared the region’s supply chain ‘fit and ready’ to support the growth of the industry following the announcement of the Sector Deal for the offshore wind industry. The North East has been instrumental in the development of the offshore wind industry since its inception and developed a diverse cluster of innovative, technology-led suppliers. Since creating the first offshore wind farm off the coast of Blyth in 2000, the North East supply chain has evolved through the development of innovative and efficient products and services, which have been applied to multiple UK and international wind farms. As a result, the cluster has matured to be able to deliver every element for building an offshore wind farm, ranging from foundations, design, cables and cable laying. It also has extensive port facilities and is home to a number of companies providing Operation & Maintenance support offshore wind farms. Founded in 2011 by energy sector business development experts NOF, Energi Coast champions the North East’s innovative and collaborative offshore renewables supply chain companies. James Ritchie, Chairman of Energi Coast and CEO of Tekmar Group plc, said: “The Sector Deal for the offshore wind industry is a significant step forward in

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power has formed a strategic partnership with Uruguay-based Navitas Solutions to deliver wind turbine blade inspection services throughout Latin America. Pieter D’haen, International Director at Natural Power, said: “This partnership provides clients with a unique service in Latin America which combines the extensive local knowledge of Navitas personnel with our state-of-the-art equipment including our large fleet of drones, software automation, and expert analysis. “As we continue to expand globally, seeking out respected partners that can add value through their local presence is pivotal to our strategy, and we are delighted to be working with Navitas Solutions moving forward.” Anthony Prevett, Director Business Development at Navitas Solutions, said: “This partnership recognises the high standards held by both Natural Power and Navitas Solutions. We share the same vision in terms of innovation and quality of service, and look forward to tapping into Natural Power’s capabilities and capacity to provide a step change in our journey to becoming one of the foremost providers of blade inspection and maintenance services in Latin America.” Natural Power takes a proactive approach to wind turbine maintenance in order to reduce downtime and ensure maximum output. Working to support clients globally, the business provides

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Sulzer and Tamturbo join forces in high-speed compression Sulzer and Tamturbo will together bring the benefits of high-speed technology in air compression to customers that need intrinsically safe oil-free air. The target is to replace existing technologies such as oil-free screw compressors in these applications. The global agreement between the companies covers sales to all industries, focusing on Sulzer’s key industries such as pulp and paper, food, metals, mining and chemical processing. Sulzer has used high-speed technology in its products for more than 20 years. The HST™ turbo compressor is the market leader in low-pressure compression e.g. in wastewater treatment applications. With this cooperation, Sulzer is tapping into a similar technological transformation in industrial air compression that happened in the low-pressure blower market from 1996 onwards. Tamturbo as a company focuses on the industrial oil-free compressed air market. The high-efficiency turbo compressors developed and manufactured by Tamturbo produce oil-free air that does not contaminate the product. They typically supply 3-10 bar pressure to industrial compressed air networks ─ at the lowest possible total cost of ownership. The core of the cooperation agreement is the high-speed technology with active magnetic bearings. The application of variable frequency electrical supply and advanced control technologies also plays an

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A team of pupils from All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield have been crowned champions of the Subsea UK 2019 STEM Challenge, which saw five teams from across the UK compete to design an ROV to collect plastic from the sea. The STEM challenge, led and organised by Subsea UK and supported by the Smallpeice trust, saw more than 50 teams of secondary school students compete in regional heats to earn their place in the final. The winners from each regional heat; Cantell School (Southampton), Plymouth High School for Girls, All Saints Catholic High School (Sheffield), Royal Grammar School (Newcastle) and Williamwood High School (Glasgow), travelled to Subsea 7 in Aberdeen this week to take part in the final. The subsea design challenge saw the teams design and programme ROVs using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, an integrated platform that enables the development of programmable robots using Lego building blocks. In the final, the teams were faced with an environmental incident where plastic barrels had fallen into the sea and they were tasked with designing an ROV and using sensors, grabbers and beacons to gather the barrels as quickly as possible. The teams then had to test their design and present their findings to a

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SCALDIS, the Belgian subsidiary of DEME, Jan De Nul Group and Herbosch-Kiere, in cooperation with BOA Offshore, successfully completed the salvage of the Norwegian frigate 'KNM Helge Ingstad' last Sunday. SCALDIS developed a revolutionary lift method especially for this project, by combining its two heavy lift vessels 'Rambiz' and 'Gulliver'. On 8 November of last year, the Norwegian frigate collided with the tanker 'Sola TS' in the vicinity of Bergen and sank on the inclined slope of a fjord. The Norwegian marine called on the expertise of Scaldis and BOA Offshore to salvage the shipwreck. Revolutionary lift method Especially for this project, SCALDIS developed a revolutionary lift method by combining its two heavy lift vessels: 'Rambiz', equipped with two cranes and a total lifting capacity of 3,300 tonnes, and the new heavy lift vessel 'Gulliver', also with two cranes and a total lifting capacity of 4,000 tonnes. With this unique “Double Duo Lift” method, SCALDIS has a combined total lifting capacity of 7,300 tonnes at its disposal. This made it possible to lift the 133-metre long and 5,500-tonne heavy frigate in one piece. In fact, the synchronous functioning of the four cranes allows to lift the wreck in one continuous operation and to

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·         Located in Almásfüzitő, the eight power plants with a total capacity of 5.5 MWp were connected to the grid of E.ON Észak-dunántúli Áramhálózati Zrt ·         The projects expand Photon Energy’s proprietary portfolio to 37.1 MWp ·         Total annual revenues of all eight power plants are expected to amount to EUR 680,000 Amsterdam – 6 March 2019 – Photon Energy (WSE: PEN, the 'Group') announces that its subsidiary Photon Energy Solutions HU Kft has built and grid-connected eight PV power plants with a combined capacity of 5.5 MWp located in Almásfüzitő, Hungary, expanding the Group’s proprietary portfolio of PV power plants to 37.1 MWp. Covering an area of 6.96 hectares, the plants are connected to the grid of E.ON Észak-dunántúli Áramhálózati Zrt and are expected to generate around 6.8 GWh of electricity per year. “Having now connected 11.5 MWp in total to the grid in Hungary is a major achievement for Photon Energy as a developer, an EPC contractor, and an investor. We’re thrilled to see our business model bear fruit and we look forward to getting another step closer to the Group’s goal to build 50 MWp of PV power plants for long-term ownership in Hungary until 2020,” said Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy. Photon Energy

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