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The strategic collaboration provides highly efficient energy storage solutions for residential and commercial applications – simply smart connected September 6th, 2018, Germany – BYD Co. Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, announces the extension of the collaboration with German inverter specialist KOSTAL as the companies form a strategic partnership. Both companies share the goal of providing high quality and highly effective storage solutions to the European and global market to support the adoption of renewable energy utilization for residential and commercial applications. The new strategic partnership was sealed today at BYD’s company headquarters in Pingshan, Shenzhen,China on September 6th. Since the start of the partnership in 2017, KOSTAL has lined-up BYD’s Battery-Box lithium storage solution, for the use with the PIKO inverter line and have later expanded the offering with their latest product lines such as the PLENTICORE plus. The combined system of the highly flexible modular battery solutions and battery inverters can be used for both commercial and residential applications. Both companies have worked closely together in assuring the compatibility of their solutions as well as on joint channel and marketing initiatives. With the new strategic partnership the companies are now planning to expand their successful cooperation to partner in

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London, UK, 06/09/2018 Nylacast, an award winning manufacturer of engineered products will be showcasing a range of efficiency boosting polymeric technologies at Wind Energy Hamburg this September. Recent years have seen rapid evolution in the renewable energy sector, including wind, wave and tidal.  Applying over five decades of engineering know-how, industry knowledge and the custom formulation of engineering polymers, Nylacast are able to deliver increased product efficiency to client projects with zero compromise on performance. Having serviced the energy industries for five decades, the engineering company understands the many challenges presented by the arduous offshore and subsea environment conditions, with materials and solutions custom developed to combat them. Working closely with customers to deliver the highest advantages through materials technology, Nylacast offer a full engineering service from initial concept, design and chemistry through to end products.  This includes solutions which are low weight, low friction, corrosion resistant, dimensionally stable and with a high resistance to wear and abrasion.  The use of Nylacast polymers presents benefits unachievable by traditional materials such as steel, iron or bronze. The efficiency of renewable energy technology can be easily boosted through Nylacast polymers offering cost savings.  Lower whole life costs are achieved in addition to increased efficiency through reduced frictional

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The project is located in Tamaulipas The wind farm consist of 24 wind turbines 6 September 2018. GES is constructing a 96MW wind farm in Tamaulipas state (Mexico). The project includes civil works and high and medium voltage grid. The 24 wind turbines of the project are the fourth phase of Tres Mesas Wind Farm that was awarded to ENGIE in the third energy auction that took part in Mexico last year. GES was also in charge of the construction of the third phase, a 52 MW project. The good performance of the company was key for the awarding of this fourth phase. This time, GES will be responsible for the foundations and platforms of the wind turbines, the roads and space conditioning for the ancillary buildings and medium and high voltage electric infrastructures. 2018 is being a great year for GES Mexico. The company has already contracted a total of 442 MW in construction, 400 MW turbine installation and is maintaining 727 MW in the country. For more information: www.services-ges.com

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A new Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 Ex deckhouse solution has been validated for product tankers with Framo ballast pumps. The solution allows Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 Ex to be installed on deck – without any changes to the ballast pumping system on board. Modern product tankers use submersible ballast pumps to eliminate the ballast pump room and create more space for cargo. This means their ballast water treatment systems must often be installed in a deckhouse. However, the filter backflushing sequence may require water pressure in excess of available pressures from today’s market-standard ballast pump design. “The situation is a Catch-22 for owners of product tankers, who may have to alter a functioning pumping system to support ballast water treatment,” says Anders Lindmark, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “Working together, the technical teams for Framo pumping systems and Alfa Laval ballast water treatment systems have developed a deckhouse solution that removes this headache.” Type approved and validated with Framo ballast pumps The new deckhouse solution incorporates a booster pump unit into the PureBallast 3 Ex system, as well as other modifications to increase backflushing pressure. The modifications ensure that sufficient backflushing pressure will be generated by the ballast water treatment system itself. Reviewed by

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The world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension, will be officially opened at a ceremony in Cumbria today (Thursday 6th September). The 659-megawatt (MW) project, owned by Ørsted (50%) and partners PKA (25%) and PFA (25%), leapfrogs London Array to become the world’s largest operational wind farm. Walney Extension’s 87 turbines are capable of generating enough green energy to power almost 600,000 UK homes. Covering an area of 145km2 in the Irish Sea, the project becomes Ørsted’s 11th operational offshore wind farm in the UK. Utilising the latest technology from two of the world’s leading turbine manufacturers, Walney Extension features 40 MHI Vestas 8MW turbines and a further 47 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines – with blades manufactured in the UK (Hull and the Isle of Wight). The project has worked with key suppliers from across the UK, supporting the growth of offshore wind “clusters” around the country. More than 50 local suppliers, from Carlisle to Lancaster, were involved throughout construction. The completion of Walney Extension brings Ørsted’s total capacity operating out of Barrow up to 1.5 gigawatts (GW), which is enough to power more than 1.2 million UK homes. Ørsted’s ongoing operations and maintenance activities will support more than 250 direct jobs in the

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Ingeteam has secured the supply and installation contract for Europe's largest PV project. The Mula PV plant, located in the south-east of the municipality of Mula in the region of Murcia, will have an installed power capacity of 500 MWp, which will make it the largest PV plant in Spain and in Europe as a whole. Thanks to this new contract, by December Ingeteam will reach the figure of 2,000 MW in PV inverters supplied to the Spanish market. Added to this milestone are the 900 MW of PV power maintained by Ingeteam in Spain. It is estimated that, by the end of 2019, the plant could be fully operational, through the access and connection point at the El Palmar substation, a strategic hub for the power transmission grid in Murcia. Covering a surface area of almost 1,000 hectares, similar to around 2,000 football pitches, the Mula solar plant is calculated to produce more than 750 million kWh per year, providing sufficient energy to supply a city of 450.000 inhabitants. The scale of the project makes this a unique initiative for the region, positioning Murcia as a leading renewables producer at a global level. Delivery has already started on the total of 238 central

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Solar and Storage Leader will Showcase Future-Proof Solutions for all Applications ROCKLIN, Calif., September 5, 2018—With a range of new products and solutions across all market segments including residential, commercial, utility, storage and O&M, SMA America will have plenty to display at Solar Power International in Anaheim, Calif., which will take place September 24-27, 2018. “From new residential, commercial and utility solutions to continued growth in service and O&M offerings, this has been a banner year for SMA America,” said John Susa, executive vice president of sales for SMA America. “We look forward to connecting with partners and customers at SPI and sharing more about some of our cutting-edge, up-and-coming efforts in solar and storage.” SMA will have a large presence at SPI this year. First, the company will participate in the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, with a booth (no. 4038) featuring the Sunny Boy Storage-US solution for residential applications, which is now available for shipping. SMA experts will also be on hand at the Smart Energy booth to discuss AC and DC coupled solutions for utility storage. Additionally, SMA will host an outdoor booth on the Grand Plaza (booth no. 6001) to highlight a number of other solutions for the residential, commercial,

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Berlin, September 5, 2018 – Apricum, a transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm specialized in renewable energy and cleantech, announces the appointment of Prof. Eicke R. Weber to the senior advisor team. Prof. Weber is one of the world’s leading solar experts with an extensive career spanning decades in research, academia and business in Europe, Asia and the USA. “I’ve followed the progress of Apricum since Nikolai founded it in 2008 and have been impressed by the team of experts he has brought together and the impressive track record of projects. Now that I have moved back to Berlin, I am looking forward to contributing to a range of advisory projects around the world,” said Prof. Weber. “I am thrilled that Eicke has agreed to join the Apricum team as senior advisor. Eicke is without doubt, one of the giants of the solar industry. With his depth of technical expertise, outstanding business acumen and unparalleled experience, his contribution to a range of renewable energy projects will be immense and of extreme value to our clients,” said Apricum Managing Partner Nikolai Dobrott. In his new appointment, Prof. Weber will join Apricum’s senior advisor team, who comprise high-caliber industry leaders, investment bankers, engineers, scientists and

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Home batteries and grid-connected electric vehicles will form Virtual Power Plants with peer to peer trading using blockchain technology Solo Energy today announced the appointment of ex-Tesla VP of EMEA, Ben Hill, as its Commercial and Technical Advisor. Ben will assist Solo Energy in achieving its vision of a 100% renewable energy future by making solar and wind power more viable through the creation of Virtual Power Plants. Renewable power generation from solar photo voltaic (PV) and wind energy is highly variable, and coping with this variability traditionally requires using non-renewable power plants as a backup. Solo Energy’s solution is to install small-scale batteries and V2G (electric Vehicle to Grid) technology in homes and offices, and to combine them into Virtual Power Plants which can to be intelligently switched on to supply electricity when demand exceeds generating capacity. Solo’s advanced FlexiGrid cloud platform, which has been in development since 2016, operates these assets in partnership with energy suppliers. As battery storage locations will be distributed across thousands of residential and commercial premises, it has a further benefit of reducing the burden on the national electricity distribution grid because energy is generated, stored and consumed locally. Ben Hill’s appointment brings his significant experience in solar,

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lobal subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology, has underlined its commitment to continued growth with the appointment of Stephen Steele as corporate development director. Mr Steele brings more than 20 years of oil and gas experience to the business and will play a pivotal role in strengthening the company’s market position as it aims to drive further international expansion and widen its service offering. Based at the company’s UK headquarters in Aberdeen, Mr Steele will lead Ashtead’s acquisition activity while developing strategic partnerships to support the company’s robust growth strategy. Prior to joining Ashtead, Mr Steele was vice president of i-Tech Services at Subsea 7 where he defined and implemented the company’s life of field strategy to enhance project delivery and the provision of enabling technologies. He has also held a number of senior leadership roles, both in the UK and Norway, including vice president of sales, marketing and strategy at Subsea 7 and group supply chain director at Cooper Cameron, now OneSubsea. Allan Pirie, CEO of Ashtead Technology, commented: “We are in a great position to achieve our future ambitions as a business and Stephen’s appointment will be pivotal in driving forward the next stage of our development. He has significant experience in delivering business

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