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Dropped object incidents continue to threaten technician safety, financial performance and stakeholder reputation – but the sector lags behind on reporting and mitigation Amsterdam, 23rd October 2018 – Dropsafe, a global provider of dropped objects prevention technology for the energy and resources markets, has reported on the risk posed by Dropped Objects to the health and safety track record of the renewable energy industry. Collating the latest data on Dropped Object incidents, Dropsafe’s white paper, The Neglected Hazard: A guide to Dropped Object risks in offshore windshows that Dropped Objects are an ever-present, increasing threat to safe and cost-effective project development and operations in offshore wind. Furthermore, despite recent efforts to improve reporting procedures and best practice approaches, the industry needs to take further steps to proactively mitigate this risk before a significant Dropped Object incident dents the reputation of a major player – or the incident rate increases to the point that costly regulatory action must be taken. Dropped Objects in offshore wind include materials carried by personnel, lifted or carried from support vessels, or smaller items fitted to the wind turbine, like nuts and bolts, lights, ventilation louvres or hatches, falling from height. Incidents can occur either on the wind turbines

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A new sales engineer has joined the growing team at bolting specialists Gee-Force Hydraulics as its business swells in the east of England, London and the south east. Matt Brooks brings 13 years’ expertise in the oil & gas industry to the Great Yarmouth-based company, with vast experience of using the equipment Gee-Force Hydraulics hires and sells on-site on projects worldwide. Born and bred in Gorleston, the former Cliff Park student has worked as a project coordinator for Halliburton, Enermech, Baker Hughes and other big names in Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Australia, Iraq and Holland. His new role will focus on building the Gee-Force Hydraulics client network across the oil & gas and offshore wind sectors, the crane and construction industry, manufacturing and food production industries. Graeme Cook, Gee-Force Hydraulics managing director, said Matt’s background using the product range as part of his day-to-day work gave him “huge credibility” among clients. “Matt’s job is to build the business in London, Kent and the south east building new relationships and new hire and sales business in previously untapped areas and sectors for us. There is plenty of potential industries for business in the south east.” Gee-Force Hydraulics consolidated its business in Great Yarmouth last year preparing for future growth. It

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UK subsea services company, Rovco, has expanded its ROV and hydrographic survey capabilities with the addition of a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV to its fleet. The 1000m depth rated, long range Falcon DR is the most advanced electric underwater robotic system of its class. It will enhance Rovco’s ability to deliver intricate and demanding missions that require a variety of high bandwidth sensors, either at depth or over long distances. The Falcon DR marks a £200,000 investment for the firm and is part of its ambitious expansion programme. As well as its commercial use, it will support Rovco’s R&D projects by carrying out research into autonomous path planning using the company’s SubSLAM, live 3D vision system. The addition of the Falcon brings Rovco’s range of survey class ROVs up to five. Its fleet can be mobilised to support a wide variety of projects and are equipped with the latest technologies used for a broad range of survey and mechanical activities. Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said: “The addition of the Falcon ROV is the latest in a series of developments within the business and reflects our continued expansion. “The Falcon is part of a planned £2-3m investment into our latest technology and will allow

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SCHMID Group, SABIC and RIWAQ announced their collaboration at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum to set up joint ventures in the fields of Energy Storage and Advanced Silicon Material. At the Future Investment Initiative (FII) forum in Riyadh, SCHMID Group, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and RIWAQ announced their collaboration for establishing a KSA based joint venture with the support of SABIC NATIONAL initiative “Nusaned” focusing on manufacturing and technology development in the fields of advanced silicon material and large scale energy storage solutions utilizing SCHMID’s redox flow technology, for which today the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). With an estimated total investment of more than 430 million USD, the joint venture mission is fully aligned with KSA’s Vision “2030” and National Industrial Strategy to develop value chain silicon and high-tech industries in the Kingdom. Christian Schmid, President and CEO of the SCHMID Group, said: “Saudi Arabia’s strategic vision to enable establishment of a globally leading local industry focusing on future oriented segments provides an excellent growth platform for technology oriented companies. SCHMID is proud to have the opportunity of partnering with a KSA based global leader like SABIC. We are confident that the possibilities enabled with this partnership

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Heraeus are researching and optimizing novel, selectively coated cell connectors in a joint research project. The Selectively Coated Ribbon (SCRTM) cell connector achieves an average gain of 1.9 W in conventional 60-cell solar modules. The connector can be used in industrial PV module manufacturing without system modification and at no extra cost. Fraunhofer ISE has successfully tested modules with the SCR connector in its accredited TestLab PV Modules. Heraeus and Ulbrich developed a process for the production of the efficient cell connector and presented the new product to the professional audience in September 2018 at the EU PVSEC in Brussels. Crystalline silicon solar cells are usually interconnected by solder-coated copper connectors. These connectors are soldered to the front and backside metallization and conduct the electric current. While conventional cell connectors cannot harness incident light, the coated edges of the SCRTM connector reflect the light indirectly onto the cell surface, thereby providing increased performance. The effect works independently of the angle of incidence. Dr. Markus König, project manager of the publicly funded project for the development of SCRTM cell connector at Heraeus confirms: "Our project partner Fraunhofer ISE successfully supported the most important

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The innovations required to support the British subsea industry in the lower oil price environment will be explored at Subsea UK’s Life of Field conference in Bristol next month. Sponsored by Baker Hughes, Frazer Nash Consultancy and Viper Innovations the conference will take place on Tuesday, 6 November, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol.  The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), has been confirmed as the technical partner for the conference. With a focus on the equipment supply, technologies and service models required to support the subsea sector in the current market, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a range of industry experts from across the country. A variety of topics will be discussed including control system sustainability, innovative technology and lowering life of field OPEX. Speakers include Joel Ferreira of BHGE, Brian Allen of Rovco, Neil Douglas of Viper Innovations Ltd and Matt Readman of Secc Oil and Gas Limited. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “Despite signs of oil price recovery, the industry today looks vastly different than it did five years ago and companies are still working to adapt to the changes. The focus is now shifting to full life of field support and innovation, in

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Spain, October 23, 2018. Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced today that it received DNV GL’s “Shop Approval in Renewable Energy” certification for the wind converter manufacturing facility recently established by the company in the Tamil Nadu region. Ingeteam’s new facility is the first-ever wind converter factory to receive such a certificate in India. DNV GL’s Shop Approval is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive audit, and will enable Ingeteam to simplify the scope of subsequent quality inspections, or even, in some cases, exempt the company and its clients from audits for a period of three years. DNV GL’s Shop Approval certification guarantees that a workshop operates within a high-standard manufacturing environment, and that adequate working procedures and methods are consistently deployed by qualified staff. It is independent from component, type or project certification and is always workshop specific. With this scheme, DNV GL offers next level certification and standardization, going beyond modules and elements to include all technical aspects laid down in standards and recommended practices. “We are proud to be the very first manufacturer to receive this important certification for a wind converter manufacturing facility in India. It is a rigorous and wide-ranging audit that

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DNV GL’s storage expert provided guidance to world’s first publicly listed battery storage fund for Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Plc Project included technical due diligence and risk assessement to ensure future revenue streams can be met London, UK – 23rd October 2018 – DNV GL today announced that it acted as technical advisor to Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Plc (“GSF”) ahead of the company’s 19MW battery storage acquisition from Origami Energy. Private equity investor, Gore Street Capital is the investment adviser to Gore Street Energy Storage Fund, the world’s first publicly listed battery storage fund. GSF’s latest acquisition of the 10MW Lower Road U.K. project in Essex and the 9MW Port of Tilbury brings its total portfolio to 27MW across four projects. DNV GL’s team of energy storage experts provided technical advice and due diligence during negotiations with Origami Energy and the battery supplier, which featured an independent engineering review of the technical details of the project and associated companies. The project focussed on the technical risks to ensure that future revenue streams can be met. DNV GL’s annual report, the Energy Transition Outlook, forecasts a very significant growth in battery capacity installed specifically to cope with variable renewables: around 50

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The French leader in floating offshore wind energy Ideol has just received a €2.5 million grant from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 - SME Instrument programme. This funding is outstanding since this very selective programme only rewards 5% of the candidate projects. Last 20 September, the SME Instrument programme awarded Ideol a €2.5 million grant for the Leadfloat project. This project has three main objectives: the mass production of Ideol’s floating foundation with a view to prepare commercial-scale wind farms of 500+ MW; the valorization of the results obtained by operating the Floatgen wind turbine installed off the French coast (studies, equipment) to optimize operation and maintenance costs ; finally, the strengthening of commercial development in the most strategic markets, including the opening of a subsidiary in Japan. This project follows the very recent commissioning of the Floatgen wind turbine, the first operational unit of the technology patented by Ideol and France’s first offshore wind turbine and allows the 50 employees’ company to further accelerate its development at a time when the various global tenders for large-scale floating commercial farms are under preparation.

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Recently, Huisman, the worldwide provider of stepchanging technical solutions, signed a contract with Japan Marine United Shipyard (JMU) for the delivery of a 1,000mt SWL Pedestal Mounted Crane for offshore wind turbine installation in Japan. The 1,000mt PMC will be built and delivered at Huisman China, installation will take place at JMU’s shipyard in Japan. Japan is steadily increasing its number of wind turbine installation vessels: in 2016, Japanese Penta-Ocean Construction company awarded JMU a contract for the delivery of a Self Elevating Platform (SEP) including Huisman’s 800mt Pedestal Mounted Crane for offshore wind turbine installation. Now, the cooperation in Japan is bound to continue with a new contract for the delivery of a 1,000mt PMC, awarded by JMU. The end clients are Japanese construction companies Obayashi Corporation and TOA Corporation. The swift and cooperative finalisation of the commercial discussions reflect the mutual trust between Huisman and its Japanese partners. This has also been the first project that resulted in a firm order since Huisman’s cooperation with its Japanese agent Exeno Yamamizu Corporation. The continuing support of Exeno Yamamizu Corporation in catering the needs of Huisman’s clients in Japan has been key to its success in this market.

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