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Munich/Pforzheim, December 12, 2018 – Across the world, large energy storage installations are increasingly being coupled with systems for using renewable energies – be they virtual power plants, photovoltaic (PV) power plants, or wind farms. The potential offered by these large-scale storage systems is particularly clear when they are used in conjunction with PV, because solar power is becoming ever more affordable thanks to the continuously falling prices of PV systems. And these savings create more scope for investing in supplementary storage solutions. The combination of PV and storage systems provides important services for supply security and grid stability for the energy world of the future. It also creates tangible financial incentives, since large energy storage systems in particular afford operators the opportunity to earn additional income, for instance from arbitrages, frequency services and – in countries like the UK – capacity market earnings. Trailblazing investors, project designers and technology suppliers from all over the world will convene at ees Europe, the continent’s largest and most-visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, in Munich from May 15–17, 2019. Solar and wind energy are becoming increasingly affordable and are already displacing fossil fuels. Many current studies confirm the rapid pace of development, including the levelized cost

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — A world first and a major construction milestone was reached at Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK when Tideway completed the export cable installation. With an offshore export cable totalling 467 km, roughly the same distance as Amsterdam to Hamburg, it is the longest AC offshore wind cable ever to have been installed. Additionally, the cable manufacturing and installation were completed months ahead of schedule. When fully operational in 2020, Hornsea Project One’s 174 turbines will generate enough clean electricity for well over one million homes. The world’s largest offshore wind farm was the first project for Tideway’s new cable installation and multifunctional vessel ‘Living Stone’. With its 10,000-tonne cable capacity and cutting-edge dual-lane cable system, ‘Living Stone’ significantly improves cable installation production rates. The installation scope included laying export cables from three different offshore substations located up to 120 km offshore to the shore via a Reactive Compensation Station, as well as the installation of two interlink cables. Tideway also undertook the boulder removal, pre-sweepingand and cable pull-in to the substations, and are completing crossing installation and cable burial. Modular Offshore Grid After the successful installation campaign at Hornsea Project One, ‘Living Stone’ will be mobilised for

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Cargostore has always focussed on exceeding customer service expectations, which is why a new 24 hour phone answering service and web shop for replenishable container supplies was part of its recent website update. “As a global company, we understand that many of our customers and clients need to get in touch outside of London working hours and we intend to be available at all times.“ says Cargostore Managing Director, Justin Farrington Smith. The 24/7 telephone service provides round-the-clock support for anyone calling in; be it for messages, requesting quotations, or for other general inquiries. The web shop has provided a convenient way for existing customers to easily purchase online and cut ordering time to a minimum. This is particularly useful for clients who need supplies in a limited time frame. Slings, tarpaulins, twistlocks, absorpoles and other container accessories can be purchased with the click of a button.

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Minimizing the water consumption of Solar Thermal Power (CSP) plants is an important issue, as this kind of solar power generation is often found in arid areas where the solar irradiation is high. Since these regions are also dusty, the associated yield reduction due to local dust deposition and the costs of cleaning are relevant factors. Particularly in regions lacking water, innovative water saving solutions for cooling and mirror cleaning are needed to significantly reduce the water consumption of solar thermal power plants. Any conflict of water use should be avoided to allow high acceptance of the technology. In the MinWaterCSP project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE worked together with its partners on several approaches to reduce the water consumption in CSP plants. ColSimCSP, CSP Simulation Software The simulation tool for the dynamic simulation of thermal processes, including CSP, has been employed in many research projects as the main tool for system simulation and optimization. Within the MinWaterCSP project, ColSimCSP has been further developed by Fraunhofer ISE, now allowing water and wastewater flows in CSP plants to be comprehensively modeled. Not only the water demand itself but also the water quality (Total Dissolved Solids – TDS), and the energy

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Watch a "Powered By Ecotricity" video about the i360 here British Airways i360, one of Britain’s most striking tourist attractions, has taken the next step in its sustainable journey and switched to green energy from Ecotricity. The multi-award-winning attraction is a giant glass viewing pod which glides up gently to 450ft above Brighton seafront to offer unrivalled views of the city, the South Downs National Park and the Sussex coastline. BA i360 was constructed with sustainability at its heart, with maximum energy efficiency, limited emissions and around 60 per cent of the power required to run the attraction self-generated as the viewing pod descends. Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, BA i360 can take 175 passengers on each 20-minute ‘flight’, to offer fantastic views of city landmarks, artwork on the rooftops, offshore windmills and the rolling coastline stretching away to the horizon. Julia Barfield, chair and co-creator of British Airways i360, said: “Since the beginning we’ve tried to have all of our buildings as sustainable as they possibly can be and this is no exception, as around sixty percent of the energy used by the pod is generated when it descends. “I’ve personally been a customer of Ecotricity for many

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New scientific study models full energy transition across power, heat, and transport sectors KATOWICE, Poland (December 12, 2018) – As climate discussions are underway among global leaders at COP24, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, a new report released Tuesday showcases the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The new scientific study shows that the transition to 100% renewable energy will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuel and nuclear energy system, and lead greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2050. The study’s financial case for an energy transition becomes even stronger when taking into account significant projected job growth and the indirect economic benefits for health, security, and the environment, that were not factored into the study. Undertaken by LUT University and Energy Watch Group, the first-of-its-kind scientific modeling study has simulated a full energy transition in Europe across the power, heat, transport, and desalination sectors by 2050. The study’s publication came after approximately four and a half years of data collection, and technical and financial modeling under the research and analysis of 14 scientists. “This report confirms that a transition to 100% renewable energy across all sectors is possible and

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Hansa Heavy Lift GmbH has filed an application with the Hamburg District Court for the opening of insolvency proceedings. The court has appointed the experienced Hamburg restructuring expert, lawyer and tax consultant Dr. Christoph Morgen as preliminary insolvency administrator. He is a specialist insolvency solicitor and partner in the national law firm Brinkmann & Partner. Dr. Christoph Morgen will now get an overview of the current business situation and examine what the company’s first steps within the proceedings could be. Hansa Heavy Lift operates eleven heavy-cargo vessels. The company was founded in 2011. Hamburg, 12 December 2018

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GE Power Conversion partners with Sulzer for parts, services, and equipment In a move to increase services, parts and new equipment availability, minimize repair times, and reduce downtime, GE Power Conversion has signed an agreement with Sulzer, making it an authorized parts, new equipment, and service provider. GE electrical equipment, such as motors and generators, can now be maintained and repaired through Sulzer’s extensive service center network. As one of the world’s largest independent maintenance specialists, Sulzer offers considerable expertise and experience in the repair of large rotating equipment. GE Power Conversion is taking advantage of the Sulzer repair facilities and extensive repair expertise, backed by the technical expertise and know-how from GE PC, to ensure that customers with GE equipment receive an unparalleled service. The agreement between the two companies enables Sulzer to offer a wide range of services, including warranty work, that will ensure customers receive high quality repairs using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Sulzer will offer service center repairs as well as a range of field services, including installation, start-up assistance, troubleshooting, routine maintenance, testing and monitoring. Jim Mugford, President and Global Head of Sulzer’s Electro Mechanical Services, explains: “We are dedicated to providing a superior service to a range

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Leer – 11th December 2018 – Seaway Offshore Cables (SOC), in combination with Subsea 7, has been awarded its first US offshore wind project by Ørsted Wind Power North America LLC who are constructing the project for Dominion Energy. This turnkey cable supply and cable installation contract for Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Project marks the continued success of a global renewables strategy for Subsea 7 in the US. The multi-million-dollar contract will see SOC, and Subsea 7 operating out of the Gulf of Mexico, perform the turnkey supply and installation of inner array grid cables for the CVOW Project located approx. 43km off the east coast of the US. The CVOW Project includes the development of two, 6-megawatt wind turbines on monopile foundations, which will be connected to the existing onshore grid by submarine cables. In addition to the submarine cable installation works, SOC will also provide associated materials and services including the supply of the submarine composite cables, cable protection systems and related accessories as well as post-installation termination, trenching and testing services. The project engineering works will commence immediately. The marine installation works are scheduled for execution in 2020. Welcoming the start of a new era for the business unit in

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•   The company will supply 57 of its Siemens Gamesa 3.X platform turbines to the Kola wind farm •   Second contract for Siemens Gamesa in growing Russian market Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured a second order in Russia from Enel Russia, one of the country's independent power producers (IPP), for the supply of 201 MW of wind turbines. The scope of the agreement includes supply, installation and commissioning of 57 Siemens Gamesa 3.X platform turbines at the Kola wind farm, located in Murmansk region, Russia. The Kola wind farm is due to be commissioned in 2021. The contract includes full scope O&M (operation & maintenance) services during the first two years with an option to extend. This order is part of the preliminary agreement signed with Enel in 2017 for the supply of 291 MW to two wind farms in Russia. The first order, the Azovskaya project with 90 MW capacity, was announced by Siemens Gamesa in early October 2018. With the delivery of its proven wind turbines, Siemens Gamesa will contribute to Russia’s targets to develop local renewable energy resources reaching 3.3 GW of wind installed capacity by 2024 and to ramp up a local wind energy industry.

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