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Investment decision for three onshore wind projects in France and one in Poland RWE enters French market after acquisition of Nordex pipeline and expands European portfolio in onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of 76 megawatts Total investment about €95 million RWE’s European renewables business has gained further impetus with decisions taken to invest in four new onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of 76 megawatts (MW). Three of the projects are located in France, and one in Poland. The first French project is already under construction, and work will begin on the three other projects in the first quarter of 2021. The overall investment for the four projects amounts to approximately €95 million. The 26 MW onshore wind farm “Les Pierrots” is RWE’s premiere in France. It is located in the Centre-Val de Loire region, 250 km south of Paris. The three remaining projects are the 18 MW “Les Hauts Bouleaux”, the 15 MW “Martinpuich” wind farm in the north of France and the 17 MW onshore wind farm “Rozdrazew”, located in Poland, 80 km south-east of Poznan. All these projects arose from the purchase of the European onshore wind and solar development business of Nordex SE,

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Deutsche Windtechnik's Polish unit has added 21 Enercon E82 turbines to its full-service portfolio. The wind farm Kiesilice, located in the northern area of Warmian-Masurian, receives maintenance for a period of 20 years starting in January 2021 as part of a full-maintenance contract with Equitix, a UK-based asset owner. This new contract will strengthen the company's position in the market and increase its level of experience with Enercon systems. The addition of these wind turbines to the portfolio represents a growth of 42 MW for Deutsche Windtechnik Sp. z o. o., and it will help to strengthen the company's position in the Polish market, which now exceeds 200 MW of rated capacity under service contracts. Following the agreement with Equitix, the independent service provider is planning to open a new service centre near the wind farm to ensure rapid response times and state-of-the-art service, with personnel that have been hired specifically for this purpose.  Substantial growth for the company in Poland Wojciech Luzniak, Country Manager for Deutsche Windtechnik in Poland, said: "We are very pleased to have signed this agreement. We are proud that our hard work is paying off and we are thankful for our team's dedication and the trust shown by

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UNITED KINGDOM, London, January 14th; Today AFC Energy (AIM: AFC), a leading provider of hydrogen power generation technologies, announces the signing of the Company’s first strategic engineering collaboration agreement with Ricardo, a global leader in the creation of innovative engineering and design solutions with strong credentials across the transportation and energy sectors. The agreement will focus on the joint creation of hydrogen fuel cell products and service offerings, with an initial focus on three key areas: marine, rail and stationary power generation.  The collaboration will develop products and services that will directly support global efforts to decarbonise transport, energy and critical national infrastructure. The collaboration will create opportunities for AFC Energy to grow the number of products that utilise the company’s fuel cell and validate its technical and commercial viability in the growing global market for hydrogen fuelled power and propulsion systems. Both parties will consider the benefits achieved through the use of low cost, readily available, and high energy dense green ammonia fuel (rather than hydrogen gas) as a fuel of choice in off-grid or remote power needs, including international shipping and distributed power generation. Adam Bond, Chief Executive of AFC Energy plc, said: "The role for AFC Energy’s alkaline fuel cell in supporting

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Kyiv, Ukraine, 14 January 2021 – The court case of TIU Canada against the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant (NFZ) for illegal disconnection goes to trial today in the Kyiv Commercial Court (at 44B Bohdan Khmelnytskoho street).  The 10.5 MW solar station was disconnected from the electricity grid by NFZ on March 2, 2020, despite the fact that under Ukrainian law, only electricity producers may authorize a disconnection from the electricity grid.  TIU Canada is seeking an immediate reconnection to the electricity grid and plans to hold the NFZ and its shareholders fully accountable under the law. The main shareholders of the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant are Igor Kolomoyskyi, Gennadiy Bogolyubov, and Viktor Pinchuk.  Today’s hearing is the first trial date in the case (910/3844/20 ) from the conclusion of preliminary hearings last month. The Nikopol solar station owned by TIU Canada is on land leased long term from the city of Nikopol. The solar plant connects to a substation on the grounds of the NFZ. On December 23, 2019, TIU Canada received a letter from the General Director of the NFZ, that they would be disconnecting the TIU Canada connection to grids via the substation on the grounds of the NFZ in order

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The WINAICO WST-MG GEMINI series reaches 375 watts Creglingen, 13.01.2021 – WINAICO Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Taiwan's largest solar module manufacturer Win Win Precision Technology Co, Ltd, will introduce the new WINAICO WST-MG GEMINI module series to the European market from March 2021. The WST-MG GEMINI consists of 120 monocrystalline half cells and achieves a module efficiency of 20.6 % with dimensions of only 1,759 cm in height and 1,034 cm in width. The half-cell technology achieves better temperature behaviour. In addition, reflective wires increase the luminous efficacy and boost the yield. The GEMINI photovoltaic modules are equipped with 9 busbars, which enables lower resistances and power ratings above 370 watts. They are the ideal solution for private and commercial rooftop installations. All solar modules from WINAICO are tested beyond international standards. For example, WINAICO's modules are hailstorm, salt mist, ammonia, PID and LeTID certified. "In view of the enormous growth potential for private and commercial rooftop systems, we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a compact module with strong wattage in the future as well. Of course, we also provide a 25-year product guarantee for the new WST GEMINI series," says Marc Ortmanns, Head of Sales & Marketing at

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• Projects target a total investment of approximately EUR 120 million over five years in developments leading to a fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution • Projects are first major step to develop an industrial-scale system capable of harvesting green hydrogen from offshore wind • Developments will enable decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors such as transport and heavy industry • Implementation within the framework of the ideas competition "Hydrogen Republic of Germany" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research To reach the Paris Agreement goals, the world will need vast amounts of green hydrogen and wind will provide a large portion of the power needed for its production. Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy announced today that they are joining forces combining their ongoing wind to hydrogen developments to address one of the major challenges of our decade — decarbonizing the economy to solve the climate crisis. The companies are contributing with their developments to an innovative solution that fully integrates an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine as a single synchronized system to directly produce green hydrogen. The companies intend to provide a full-scale offshore demonstration of the solution by 2025/2026. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced today that the developments can

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Hamburg, 14 January 2021. At the end of last year, the Nordex Group received an order for its N163/5.X turbines of the Delta4000 series about 131 MW in Sweden. The utility Jämtkraft and its partner Persson Invest ordered 23 turbines from the Nordex Group for the "Hocksjön" wind farm. The order also includes a Premium Service of the turbines covering the period of 25 years. The installation and completion of "Hocksjön" will take place in 2022. The wind farm will be built about 20 kilometres southwest of Ramsele in the province of Västernorrlands län. The turbines will be delivered in the operating mode of 5.7 MW and with a hub height of 148 metres. Due to the harsh winters with temperatures down to minus 33°C on site, the turbines are designed as a cold climate variant. Because of the large rotor diameter and the high installed rated power, the N163/5.X turbines are ideally suited for the site with medium wind speeds. “We are delighted that Jämtkraft and Persson Invest have opted for the N163/5.X turbine for their Hocksjön project. The efficient technology backed up by a full scope Premium Maintenance and Service contract for a period of 25 years will meet

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On 11 December the EMR Delivery Body (National Grid ESO) published the prequalification registers for the T-1 (2021-22) and T-4 (2024-25) Capacity Market (CM) auctions. The headline figure from the prequalification register is 54.0GW of de-rated capacity has prequalified for the T-4 auction against a target of 41.2GW. However, this figure – and the 12.8GW surplus between prequalified and target capacity – does not tell the whole story. Lee Drummee Analyst at Cornwall Insight explores the prequalification picture for the T-4 auction and what this could mean in pricing outcomes ahead of the auctions in March. “This is the first-ever CM auction in which existing generation capacity does not exceed the procurement capacity, with several large plant opting out of the auction. 3.8GW of nuclear capacity has opted out with Hinkley Point B, Hartlepool, Hunterston B and Heysham 1 all expected to be decommissioned by the start of the Delivery Year. A further 2.0GW of CCGT capacity from Sutton Bridge, Baglan Bay and Severn Power has opted out after the owners Calon Energy entered administration in 2020. “Coal-fired units are also totally out of contention, following the government bringing forward the proposal to enforce coal closure to October 2024 under new plans detailed

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Portugal, as part of the EU, is a signatory to the Paris Agreement and is required to contribute to the bloc-wide overall targets of reducing GHG emissions by 40% below 2005 levels and increasing the share of renewable energy to 32% of gross final consumption. In line with these targets, the country is estimated to add 9.2GW of new power capacity between 2021 and 2030. Over 80% of this capacity is set to come from new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations allotted through the auction mechanism, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Portugal’s National Energy and Climate Plan, published in 2018, has set a target of 47% renewable energy in gross final consumption in the country. The plan heavily focuses on solar PV capacity building due to competitive prices and abundance of the resource, and envisages a cumulative solar PV capacity of 8.1GW to 9.9GW by 2030. The government has held two rounds of auctions – the first in June 2019, followed by a second round in September 2020. Both rounds not only were successful, but also witnessed record low bid prices, indicating the high confidence investors have for solar PV in Portugal. Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, Senior Power Analyst at GobalData,

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Oslo, Norway, 13 January 2021 – DNV GL, the assurance and risk management company, will change its name to DNV on 1 March 2021. The move comes after a comprehensive review of the company’s strategy as it positions itself for a world in which many of DNV’s markets are undergoing fundamental change.  The present name has been in place since the 2013 merger between DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and GL (Germanischer Lloyd).  The name simplification is a natural consequence of a successfully completed merger and of having operated as a fully integrated company for several years now. Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, said, “We merged two leading companies with complementary strengths and market positions, and combining the two names was the right solution in 2013. However, it was not a name that rolled off the tongue, and many customers already refer to the company as DNV.   Our brand is used by many of our customers to build trust towards their stakeholders, and a simpler name will be an even stronger trust mark for our customers in the future, but still carries with it all our strengths and proud 157-year-old legacy with a purpose to safeguard life, property and the environment.”   The 2020s has been called

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