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With energy use contributing to 73% of all emissions globally, energy and utilities companies are the key players in the climate change issue Almost two-thirds (64%) of organizations say also that they have generated a revenue increase from sustainable operations and offers, with more than half of organizations investing in at least six clean sources of revenue. However, 37% have slowed or suspended sustainability investments and initiatives due to COVID-19.  London, October 6, 2020 – Energy and utilities companies with advanced sustainability[1] initiatives earn more revenue, improve brand and company valuations, and are perceived positively by investors, regulators and clients, according to a new report from the Capgemini Research Institute, “Powering Sustainability: Why energy and utility companies need to act now and help save the planet”. The report also found that the sector is diversifying into clean sources of revenue, however energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) is currently contributing 73% of all emissions globally[2], and more needs to be done for companies to become sustainable to also help the whole economy to mitigate the climate risk. With the Green packages (European Green Deal for instance) and other carbon related regulatory deadlines looming, failure to act is becoming expensive. In the face of

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Carruthers Renewables has teamed up with the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), to explore manufacturing methods for a patented water wheel capable of combating electricity scarcity in developing countries. The one-year £250k project, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst, is helping the company to exploit the AFRC’s expertise in advanced manufacturing methods before selecting the most cost effective and sustainable way of making the wheels. Now, the feasibility study has gained letters of support from the likes of the Crown Estate, Scottish Water and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, with a computational model of the wheel set to be unveiled at the Hydro 2020 Conference in France later this year – the first to predict behaviour and aid future design of a waterwheel of such a specific geometry. The Carruthers Wheel has a unique smooth water action within the wheel, which explains its high efficiency at an unprecedented range of flows. The first waterwheel to be patented in 138 years, Carruthers Wheel is truly innovative, producing electricity from waterfalls and rivers with less than five

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Spain, October 5, 2020 -  Ingeteam, a global technology Group specialized in electric power conversion, presented today the rigorous validation process undergone by its new high power DFIG wind converters. Ingeteam’s converters are tested and labelled to comply with and facilitate the full wind turbine certification process, whatever the site. As the amount of installed renewable power steadily increases around the world, the critical issue of grid stability has become increasingly complex. Grid codes are in constant evolution and the validation and certification process is an area of risk on the critical path of every development project. Ingeteam’s new generation of high power DFIG wind converters have been specially developed to minimize this risk, making them the most grid friendly and cost competitive drive train topology for onshore applications. “At Ingeteam, our engineers and researchers work in direct contact with international regulatory bodies – IEC, UL, DNV-GL… – and take part actively in the elaboration process of new standards. Thanks to our experience and in-depth knowledge of the standards, the latest regulatory developments are integrated in our innovative designs. Our manufacturing sites are certified to confirm the high quality of the manufacturing process and all required quality tests are integrated in our

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Hamburg, 6 October 2020. At the end of September, the Nordex Group has received a major order to supply 62 N149/4.0-4.5 turbines for a wind farm in the USA. The machines will be supplied in the 4.8 MW operating mode. The 297 MW wind farm will be built in the Midwestern United States, construction work is due to start in spring 2021 with commissioning scheduled for the end of the same year. The project and customer are undisclosed. The Nordex Group - a profile The Group has installed more than 29 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets and in 2019 generated revenues of EUR 3.3 billion. The company currently employs a workforce of more than 7,900. The joint manufacturing capacity includes factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, India, Argentina and Mexico. The product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 2.4 to 5.X MW class, which are tailor-made for the market requirements of countries with limited space and regions with limited grid capacity.

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(BOSTON; October 5, 2020) – Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for surface vessels, announces that it has been awarded a multi-year Other Transaction (OT) agreement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).The primary purpose of the agreement is to initiate a prototype that will enable commercial ocean-service barges as autonomous Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) units for an Amphibious Maritime Projection Platform (AMPP). Under this OT agreement, Sea Machines will engineer, build and demonstrate ready-to-deploy system kits that enable autonomous, self-propelled operation of opportunistically available barges to land and replenish military aircraft. The kits will include Sea Machines’ SM300 autonomous-command and control systems, barge propulsion, sensing, positioning, communications and refueling equipment, as well as items required for global deployment. Each modular kit will meet U.S. Navy criteria and will be in compliance with classifications and regulations from the DOD’s aviation bodies. The contract includes a concept demonstration phase, with an option for following phases to deploy SM300 Operational Kits. The live concept demonstration is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020, in Washington state, for which Sea Machines has teamed with FOSS Maritime, a leading maritime transportation and logistics provider based in Seattle. FOSS

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Kahl am Main, October 05, 2020 - SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES has received an order from one of the largest Japanese photovoltaics manufacturers, for the delivery of a production machine for high-performance heterojunction (HJT) solar cells. The signed contract includes processing equipment of the SILEX II type for the wet-chemical treatment of heterojunction solar cells. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, Chief Executive Officer of the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, remarks: “Our customer already achieved a high conversion efficiency for HJT cells of more than 26 % and intends to transfer this result into mass production choosing the best available production equipment on the market provided by SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES. We are very pleased to have received this order from the leading solar manufacturer for our SILEX II wet processing machine.” The SILEX II with various processing baths uses an optimized zone-based cleaning step, the merits of which are short process times, versatility and ease of handling, along with very attractive low usage of chemicals. This process step plays a vital part in improving solar cell efficiency and cutting production costs. Compared to traditional wet tools with RCA cleaning, the SILEX II including ozone technology enables producers of solar cells to implement a substantially more cost-efficient and environmental-friendly production

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Chief Executive of industry body says shortlist “is always a source of pride for the industry – and never more so than in this extraordinary year” Finalists announced today in 11 categories Underwater robots, wildcats and smart radiators are all key parts of projects which have been shortlisted for the 2020 Scottish Green Energy Awards, announced today (Oct 5). Cameras which can plot underwater obstructions with millimetre accuracy, a Highlands wilderness reserve which is using hydropower to fuel conservation programmes and a heat project which uses excess wind electricity to heat islanders’ homes are all through to the finals of the annual awards. This year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards will see 44 individuals, companies and projects vie to scoop prizes in 12 prestigious categories at a virtual ceremony on November 26. The shortlist includes projects, people and businesses from across Scotland and all major renewable energy technologies, both on and offshore. Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, which runs the awards, told how the shortlist “is always a source of pride for the industry – and never more so than in this extraordinary year”. She continued: “Time and again we’re amazed by the ingenuity and persistence shown by companies in our sector. “This year has thrown up

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The Forests of Siemens Gamesa global initiative will plant 50,000 trees this year close to its operations working alongside several reforestation partners. Together the trees will extract over 1 million kg of CO2 out of the atmosphere Reforestation projects will start this year in Spain, Brazil, France, Morocco and Mexico and, where possible, employees will participate as volunteers. The projects will be extended to other countries in 2021 The initiative forms part of the company’s new Social Commitment strategy aimed at reducing poverty, improving the environment and promoting STEM education Siemens Gamesa is taking a step forward in its mission to provide a cleaner, more sustainable future through the launch of The Forests of Siemens Gamesa, a global reforestation program which will help restore woodland areas across the countries where the company operates. This global initiative forms part of the company’s social commitment efforts to help meet the UN’s Agenda 2030 for a better planet, and will see it plant over 50,000 trees this year working with several reforestation partners. When mature these trees together will extract over 1 million kg of CO2 out of the atmosphere. The initiative forms part of Siemens Gamesa’s Social Commitment area helping to drive the company’s

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Faber Infrastructure launches container-based power supply Saarbrücken, 5 October 2020. In October, the subsidiary of one of Europe's leading cable distributors, Klaus Faber AG, has launched the compact solar battery container Mobile Power System and started series production. This intelligent overall solution combines a 24-kW solar system with 80-kWh lithium-ion battery storage and an emergency power generator. Modular construction system The new power supply of Faber Infrastructure GmbH is characterised in particular by its modular architecture and plug & play design. All components are stowed in a standardised 20-foot container for transport. On site, the solar wings can be quickly and conveniently folded out and put into operation. Individual module units such as the 24/7 backup unit are compactly mounted on slide-in grid-frame modules and easily accessible. The system is operated and monitored via the control panel on the container door. If required, both the generation and storage capacity can be retrofitted at any time. “We wanted to develop an environmentally friendly power supply that saves on fossil fuels, reduces noise and exhaust emissions and can be flexibly expanded. In addition, it should be easy to transport and quickly put into operation. With the Mobile Power System we have achieved our goals”, explains Ulrich

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Aerocompact launches new long rail system for solar power plants Satteins, Austria, 05 October 2020. The Austrian manufacturer Aerocompact has developed a new attachment solution for installations parallel to the roof on sandwich panels and trapezoidal sheet metal roofs. The CompactMETAL TR65 long-rail system requires neither special approval from panel manufacturers nor additional proof it can withstand heavy snow loads or be used with large purlin spacing. This is because the system is self-supporting and fully braced on the roof structure. Thus, it relieves the load on the panels, which cannot support large loads as they are built with steel sheet outer shells and mounting foam. The long rail system is suitable for accessible roofs with inclinations between 0 and 70 degrees. The substructures can be made of wood, steel or aluminium. At the heart of the new fastening solution is the TR65 long rail, which will be available from October as part of the CompactMETAL system kit for metal roofs. Quick and easy installation First, the TR08 trapezoidal short rail is fastened as a base support with thin sheet metal screws to the raised profiles of the sandwich panels (high beading). The screws absorb all shear forces. Then the TR08 is additionally connected

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