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Freiburg/Abu Dhabi (January 16, 2019) Prof. Eicke R. Weber, former director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) has been awarded the SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY Visionary Influencer Award 2019 in the category Yearly Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Prof. Weber during the 3rd Black-Tie Gala Abu Dhabi on the occasion of the 3rd SOLAR FUTURE.TODAY World Annual Forum in Abu Dhabi last night, on January 15, 2019. Eicke R. Weber has been active in solar energy research for many years. Having received his qualification as professor of physics in 1983 from the University of Cologne, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for twenty years. In the field of material science, Weber made a name for himself worldwide with his work on defects in silicon and III-V semiconductors such as gallium arsenide and gallium nitride. He was especially interested in how metallurgical silicon with a certain amount of impurities could be used to produce high efficiency solar cells. In 2006 he returned to Germany to assume the position of Institute Director of Fraunhofer ISE, until his retirement in 2016. During his time as director of Fraunhofer

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The compulsory GADS-W reporting can be a time-consuming and cumbersome task, however, advances in software capability can drastically reduce this to produce a one-click report. VANCOUVER, BC: Clir Renewables software's suite of capabilities includes functions that automate GADS reporting, reducing the time and labor required to prepare Generating Availability Data System, Wind (GADS-W) reports. In 2017, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) introduced GADS-W reporting. It was only in 2018 that the NERC made the GADS reporting mandatory for wind farms with 200 MW or greater total installed capacity. This year there are new requirements. As of January 1, 2019 operators of wind farms with 100 MW or greater total installed capacity are required to compile reports on a monthly basis and submit those reports to NERC each quarter. And sites of greater than 75 MW will be required to report from January 1, 2020. With less than a month to submit the Q4 2018 GADS report, analysts across North America are scrambling to find time to prepare reports to meet the February 15 deadline. Operators are required to submit two reports. First, the Performance Data Report, which summarizes overall wind turbine operation in a particular month. Second, the Component Outage Report which identifies the

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The E-world energy & water trade fair will take place from February 5-7, 2019 in the exhibition halls of Essen. BKW AG from Switzerland and its subsidiary Solare Datensysteme GmbH (Solar-Log™) will also be present. Together they will show the visitors a couple of interesting energy solutions. Geislingen-Binsdorf, January 16, 2019: With 25,000 visitors, the E-world trade fair brings together the key players in the European energy industry. This makes it the perfect place to discuss the latest topics and trends. As an international trader, distribution specialist and producer, BKW develops solutions for yield maximization in the electricity market, power plant portfolio optimization and innovative maintenance concepts. Solar-Log™, as a leading company in the sectors of solar monitoring, smart energy, feed-in management and services, develops and distributes the Solar-Log™ energy management system. At the E-world in Essen, the two companies will present a full range of solutions for a sustainable and successful energy industry.

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New corporate debt facility will accelerate international growth Mainstream Renewable Power, the leading global developer of wind and solar power plants, has today announced the closure of a new €90 million Trade Finance Facility with DNB and HSBC. The agreement represents one of the largest corporate debt raises in Mainstream’s history and will be used in addition to Mainstream’s significant existing resources to support bid bonds, performance bonds, and equity commitments for Mainstream’s projects globally. The €90m Trade Finance Facility is funded equally by DNB and HSBC. Mainstream has the option to bring new lenders into the Trade Finance Facility to allow an increase in size to €200 million, subject to approval. Mainstream expects the first use under the new facility will be to support the Group’s equity commitments to construct the 569MW Condor Portfolio in Chile, which is the first phase of its wholly-owned 1.3 GW Andes Renewables Platform of fully contracted wind and solar projects. Commenting on the announcement, Andy Kinsella, Mainstream’s Group Chief Executive, said: “We’re very pleased to have secured this significant agreement with DNB and HSBC. This global facility gives us the freedom to pursue large-scale development opportunities around the world. First up, it will help us to

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• SG 10.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine features 10 MW capacity and 193-meter diameter rotor • SG 10.0-193 DD offers up to 30% more annual energy production (AEP) than its predecessor, the SG 8.0-167 DD • Siemens Gamesa’s proven direct drive technology reduces time-to-market; 10 MW machine will be market-ready in 2022 following the expected prototype erection in 2019 • An offshore wind park with 20 of these turbines would cover the annual electricity consumption of a city the size of Liverpool Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the world’s leader in the offshore industry, today launched the SG 10.0-193 DD, the company’s first 10+ MW offshore wind turbine. Based on the experience of its previous generations, the newest wind turbine in the SGRE offshore product portfolio builds on proven technology for maximum energy yield at all wind speeds. It offers the same reliability while improving profitability and reducing risk for customers. “The new SG 10.0-193 DD combines experiences and knowledge from five generations of proven direct drive technology in one 10 MW turbine. A showcase of strong performance, swift time-to-market, and low risk in the offshore wind energy market,” says Markus Tacke, CEO of SGRE.

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Eurus Energy Group (“Eurus”), a leading Japanese renewable energy company, and YARD ENERGY Group (“YARD”), a Dutch-based developer of wind energy projects, jointly announced today that they have achieved financial close for the construction of Windpark Deil, a 21-MW wind farm in the Netherlands. Eurus acquired the project from YARD prior to financial close. YARD will remain as a minority shareholder in the project as from start of operation. Windpark Deil is one of the three wind farms to be built near the interchange between A2 and A15 motorways in the municipality of West Betuwe in Gelderland. It will consist of five Vestas V136-4.2 MW wind turbines, which will have a hub height of 140 meters and a rotor diameter of 136 meters. Rabobank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation will provide the debt financing for this project. Eneco Group will offtake the renewable electricity from the wind farm, which is equivalent to the consumption of approximately 26,000 households. Windpark Deil will be the second wind farm to be built under Eurus-YARD partnership, after Windpark Spui reached financial close in April 2018. Tetsuya Suwabe, Managing Director of Eurus Energy Europe, stated: “We will continue in our effort to realize more projects in the

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Eurus Energy Group (“Eurus”), a leading Japanese renewable energy company, and YARD ENERGY Group (“YARD”), a Dutch-based developer of wind energy projects, jointly announced today that Eurus has acquired 6 operational wind farms in the Netherlands with a combined capacity of 32.18 MW (listed below) from YARD. Wind Farm Municipality Province Capacity (MW) Wind Turbine Type Start of Operation Windpark Coevorden Coevorden Drenthe 5.88 Vestas V90 2.0 MW 2014 Windpark Buren Buren Gelderland 8.0 Vestas V90 2.0 MW 2014 Windpark Duiven Duiven Gelderland 8.0 Vestas V90 2.0 MW 2014 Windpark De Lier Westland Zuid-Holland 2.3 Enercon E70 2.3 MW 2015 Windpark Vlaardingen Vlaardingen Zuid-Holland 6.0 Vestas V90 3.0 MW 2014 Windpark Vlissingen Vlissingen Zeeland 2.0 Enercon E70 2.3 MW 2015 The 6 wind farms, consisting of 15 wind turbines in total, were developed and constructed by YARD in various parts of the Netherlands. Their combined production is sufficient for supplying renewable electricity for more than 24,000 households. The acquisition has brought the total wind capacity of Eurus in the Netherlands to 106.48 MW. Tetsuya Suwabe, Managing Director of Eurus Energy Europe, stated: “We are glad that our Dutch business has been growing steadily, thanks to the successful partnership with YARD ENERGY. We also took over the asset management of the projects from YARD ENERGY and will maintain good operations for all stakeholders.” Kevin Dijkers, CEO of YARD, added: “Eurus Energy proved to be a very good long

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Schiedam, The Netherlands, January 15th 2019: Vryhof, a trusted partner to many of the offshore industry’s leading companies and its three businesses - Deep Sea Mooring, Vryhof Anchors and Moorlink - today announced up to US$75 million in new contracts, starting 2019 on a high. The contracts include landmark deals for Vryhof Anchors for the WindFloat Atlantic wind farm, offshore Portugal, the world’s first commercial floating wind farm, and the Havfarm 1 offshore fish farm project in Norway, one of the world’s largest floating structures. In addition, Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) has secured contracts with Saipem Indonesia, Odfjell Drilling and Noble Drilling for the supply of mooring related services during 2019 in offshore Indonesia, the North Sea, and Myanmar respectively, as well as a large-scale contract offshore Australia. Vryhof Anchors has been awarded an oil & gas contract in Malaysia with SOFEC and connector specialists Moorlink has won several niche contracts in the renewables and oil & gas drilling sectors. Wolfgang Wandl, Group CEO at Vryhof, commented on the deals: “While the past few years have come with significant market challenges to the offshore sector, the relentless hard work, customer-focused approach of all our teams and businesses, and continued diversification into the renewables and

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The simple fact that PV energy generation peaks during the daytime when many homes have low demand has seen the rise of innovative hot water diversion devices and energy storage additions to residential PV arrays. The makers of the Solar iBoost, Marlec and VARTA Storage have been co-operating to ensure that when users of the VARTA energy storage system also want to benefit from free hot water the two systems work in harmony at capturing excess energy. Users of these systems save more on their home energy bills for electricity and water heating simply by self consuming the solar energy generated on site at their convenience rather than solely as it’s generated. With Feed in Tariffs at their lowest and set to end in 2019 homeowners will certainly seek to maximize any investment in rooftop solar and as it is estimated that homes without any form of storage consume less than half of on-site power generation, storage systems are rapidly becoming a critical component of PV systems. Marlec and VARTA Storage have co-operated in trials which have shown that the two technologies operate in harmony where energy storage is prioritized, drawing excess energy to recharge and provide power for electrical appliances when PV

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With an increased number of UK companies sought to do business overseas in 2019, Subsea UK will explore the current and future global opportunities across a number of markets at this year’s Subsea Expo. As the industry experiences record highs in investment and exports, the Department for International Trade (DIT) will be hosting an International Trade Day on Wednesday, 6th February to highlight the opportunities for international expansion across the industry. The trade day will see DIT host essential country briefing sessions on key global markets including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait and Mexico. Delegates will learn about new business opportunities arising from operators’ latest global project developments and their subsea requirements. There will also be the opportunity to hear from UK export finance officials, export licensing officials and global offshore wind specialists. DIT will share the latest advice on market entry strategies, financing for exporters and overseas buyers of UK capital goods and services and compliance with export controls. Throughout Subsea Expo, DIT will also provide an opportunity for delegates to take part in one-to-one meetings with in-country experts in a bid to match UK expertise with demand from key oil and gas provinces, including Azerbaijan, India, Brazil, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, Senegal, Tanzania and the

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