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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence to Greencoat Renewables in support of its agreement to acquire two Irish windfarms from Statkraft Ireland under a forward sale model for a combined value of €123 million. The deal comprises Cloghan wind farm (37.8MW) which is located in County Offaly, and Taghart wind farm (25.2MW) in County Cavan. Statkraft Ireland will manage the construction of each site and will continue to provide trading and operational management services once operational. Construction will commence in early 2021 with the acquisition due for completion once both wind farms are fully operational, expected in late 2022. Both wind farms benefit from 15-year fixed-price contracts, secured under the recent RESS 1 auction. This is the first Greencoat Renewables acquisition supported by the Government’s RESS scheme. David Dunne, Operations Manager for Natural Power Ireland, said: “Given the nature of the transaction, the key focus of our review was on identifying any residual operational risks to the wind farms once the projects have been built. This was achieved through our in-house asset management and advisory expertise coupled with an existing knowledge of the projects in question. With the conclusion of this deal, our second for

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Siemens Gamesa to supply 14 SG 5.8-155 turbines optimized for the Alajoki-Peuralinna site in central Finland, with high towers for maximum wind production, with a total height reaching 240 meters. The deal strengthens partnership with wind power company Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, following both onshore and offshore projects between the two companies Deal in Finland adds to fast take up of technology in Sweden, as well as globally. Siemens Gamesa has struck an 81 MW deal with long-term customer Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy to supply its most powerful onshore wind turbine, the SG 5.8-155 model, marking a first take up of this new technology in Finland. In total, 14 turbines with a 155-meter rotor will be supplied to the Alajoki-Peuralinna site in central Finland, two-hours’ drive from the coastal town of Vaasa. The industry leading turbine will be optimized to meet the site requirements, including high towers to capture better wind speeds and increase energy production. The turbines will also be equipped with a low temperature package and Operation with Ice application to allow them to perform in any condition. Commissioning of the wind farm is planned for 2022. Siemens Gamesa has worked with Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy in both onshore and offshore projects in

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Clir will provide Lake Turkana Wind Power with a full assessment of project performance and avenues for optimization Vancouver, 18 January 2021 – Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for renewable energy, has today announced a partnership agreement with Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), leaders in African renewable energy generation. Clir will enhance LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realizing potential opportunities for optimization. Kenya has committed to meeting a growing demand for electricity with 100% renewable generation, in order to bring down both national emissions and electricity costs. LTWP’s flagship 310MW wind farm has been sited in a region with consistently strong, unidirectional winds. With the wind farm now operational, LTWP has turned its focus on ensuring that the wind farm is able to take full advantage of this optimal resource, and, ultimately deliver consistent, high yield returns for its investors. As such, LTWP has entered into a partnership with Clir, who will analyze data from each of Lake Turkana’s 365 turbines in the context of available resource, geospatial features, and nearby turbines.  Through its machine learning-driven analysis, Clir will be able to see through the ‘noise’ of resource fluctuation and identify any instances

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Alfa Laval, DTU Energy, Haldor Topsoe, Svitzer and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping are entering into a joint project to accelerate the development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Funded by a grant from Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program), the partners will pursue a high-efficiency solution with the scalability to support marine industry decarbonization.  The project, SOFC4Maritime, will target optimal utilization of future green fuels via application of SOFCs for power production on marine vessels. When based on fuels such as ammonia, hydrogen or bio-methane, SOFCs hold great promise as a replacement for today’s fossil fuels. Such alternatives are needed in the maritime industry, which must transition to greener power over just a few decades. By electrochemically converting fuel into electricity, SOFCs can potentially produce power with higher efficiency than internal combustion engines running on the same fuel – without creating polluting emissions or particulates. Ammonia-based SOFCs are especially attractive, since ammonia can be produced in large scale using renewable electricity and no biomass resource. The research will therefore have ammonia-based SOFCs as its starting point. Alfa Laval, a marine supplier with more than a century of expertise, will head the development initiative. Haldor Topsoe

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2020 was a challenging year, but the urgency of hitting net zero carbon emissions has remained. ENA’s Open Networks Project has built momentum throughout the past year, and in 2021 will continue to drive the key changes and innovation needed to transition to a net zero emissions smart grid. Today ENA’s Open Networks Project launches two key publications: the 2021 Work Plan and consultation and the 2020 End of Year Review. The annual 2020 End of Year Review reflects on the progress made over the past 12 months and the 2021 Work Plan sets out a comprehensive view of the ambitious direction the project will take throughout the year and the outcomes it will achieve. The workplan sets out priorities and timetables for key deliverables, and the consultation gives stakeholders from industry and beyond an opportunity to shape the direction and priorities of the project in 2021. The 6-week public consultation on the scope of work closes on 1 March 2021. Now beginning its fifth year, the Open Networks Project has helped Britain to become a superpower of renewable energy. By implementing and standardising processes and practices where possible, the UKs energy networks are powering the ultimate goal of net zero carbon emissions.

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Crown Estate Scotland has today (Jan 15) officially opened the application window for ScotWind Leasing, the new offshore wind leasing round for Scottish waters, paving the way for developers to apply for the rights to build Scotland’s next generation of offshore wind farms.  Responding, Brian McFarlane, Co-Chair of the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council and SSE Renewables’ Head of Projects, Offshore Renewables, said: "Offshore wind is already a key part of Scotland’s low-carbon energy mix, and there is huge potential to grow and develop the sector for the benefit both of our environment and our economy. "It is great that following on from the publication of Marine Scotland’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy late last year, developers can now put their preparations to apply for the right to build future projects in Scottish seas into action. “It’s exciting to see the ScotWind process reach this important milestone, which is a vital step along the way to unleashing the huge potential that Scotland’s seas hold for the development of offshore wind. In addition to being a tool to help meet our national net-zero targets, this leasing round also has the potential to develop and establish major economic benefits for many Scottish communities.”

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Order intake for 2020 almost on a par with the previous year despite coronavirus pandemic Delta4000 series share of all orders increases to 81 percent for the full year Fourth quarter orders total 2.3 gigawatts, making it the strongest quarter in the financial year ended Hamburg, 15 January 2021. Driven by strong demand seen towards the end of the year, the Nordex Group secured orders for 491 wind turbine systems with a total output of 2,261 megawatts (MW) in the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2019: 1,477 MW). In 2020, the company received firm orders for a total of 1,331 wind turbines with an output of 6,020 MW, almost matching the high order intake of the previous year despite occasional delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic (2019: 6,207 MW). The share attributable to the efficient and high-margin Delta4000 wind turbines increased to 81 percent for the full year (2019: 44 percent). Launched only in 2019, the N163/5.X turbine alone accounted for 877 MW of new orders. Order intake in the fourth quarter of 2020 In the final quarter of 2020, 49 percent of orders were placed in Europe and 28 percent in the USA (North America region). The Latin America region

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Investment Will Bolster Customer Experience and Fund Market Expansion CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tigo Energy, Inc., the worldwide leader in Flex-MLPE (Module Level Power Electronics) today announced a $20 million round of investment, led by Energy Growth Momentum. “2020 has been a breakout year for Tigo and 2021 has the potential for even greater success,” stated Zvi Alon, Chairman and CEO of Tigo. “We are excited to have the EG Momentum team’s support and their working capital will enable us to better serve our current customer base and invest in the future expansion with new customers, new partners and new projects.” The investment will be used to improve upon existing products and develop next generation solutions that maximize returns for PV customers. A portion of the new funds will be used to efficiently and effectively scale. Tigo’s growth has accelerated significantly recently as the company’s products have reached more customer segments and countries throughout the world. With over 40,000 installations in over 100 countries on all 7 continents, Tigo systems generate more than 1 GWh of daily solar production. Tigo’s solutions are deployed in solar energy generators ranging from single kilowatt residential solar installations to multi-megawatt utility scale sites, roof-top, ground mount and floating systems. Tigo will

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World Market Leader SunBrush® mobil Breaks into the U.S. Market Henderson, Nevada, January 14, 2021. The world market leader for PV cleaning systems from Germany, SunBrush® mobil, is breaking new ground with the opening of its branch office SunBrush USA in the city of Henderson, Nevada. There, the joint venture of SunBrush® mobil and its importer for the UK and Irish market Halse Solar Ltd will sell and maintain the PV cleaning systems of the German company and deliver spare parts to PV power plant operators, O&M companies and site owners across the US. “We will fill a major gap with our products. Up to now, there has been no similar solar panel cleaning device in the US,” says Franz Ehleuter, Managing Director of SunBrush® mobil. The perfect products for various applications The US branch office offers the whole range of SunBrush® mobil´s solar panel cleaners, which can be mounted quickly and easily on carrier vehicles, such as tractors or wheel loaders and guarantee efficient and gentle cleaning either dry or wet. The multi-purpose device SunBrush® mobil Compact removes dust, sand and bird droppings from ground-mounted PV systems. To remove snow, the company offers a Winter Kit upgrade for the Compact with a

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RIMS (Robotics in Maintenance Strategies) BV, an established class approved supplier of UAV inspections in the maritime industry have created Global Drone Inspection (GDI), to focus on the drone and ROV element of the business. GDI will sit alongside RIMS, but with a different service portfolio offering. GDI will provide all the services around inspections of assets by drones and ROVs, including 3D modelling, while RIMS will continue to support clients with the development and integration of new technologies within their maintenance strategies. David Knukkel, CEO, GDI & RIMS said: “With GDI, we aim to provide a centre of expertise in remote inspection technology which can be easily found by clients who need a specialist in this domain. “GDI will build on the experience and success of RIMS which was set up in 2015. In last five years RIMS has brought the drone service to a professional level, and were the first maritime Class Approved service provider, supporting surveyors with the inspection of ship structures, mobile offshore units and confined spaces using Remote Inspection Technology, and it is our intention to replicate this level of success for GDI.” GDI will be looking to strengthen its portfolio in line with future trends through partnership creation

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