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BIPVBOOST is a new Innovation Action at European level, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project has been launched in October 2018, with a kick-off meeting held by TECNALIA in its facilities in Bilbao (Spain), on October 4th-5th. The meeting gathered the 19 partners forming the consortium and served as starting point for the BIPVBOOST project. The overall ambition of the BIPVBOOST project focuses on bringing down costs of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling the compliance with the main market requirements and contributing to a widespread implementation in nZEBs. The premise of the project is that BIPV market uptake has been hindered in the past years by the difficulties of the industry in providing holistic solutions complying with key demands from the market, such as aesthetics, flexibility of design and cost-effectiveness. In this sense, a joint industrial effort is crucial to conceive and develop highly-efficient and multifunctional energy producing construction materials that enable boosting market opportunities at a world-wide level for the European photovoltaic and construction industry value chains. BIPVBOOST will address these challenges by implementing short- and medium-term cost reduction roadmaps along the BIPV value chain: Flexible and automated BIPV manufacturing process Large portfolio of

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Esdec Innovation Center boosts sustainability and innovation On October 10, Esdec, producer of mounting systems for solar panels, opened the Esdec Innovation Center in Deventer. This center houses a new research & development lab and a training center for solar installers. With this center, Esdec contributes to innovation in the solar industry and, on a more general level, to increasing sustainability in the Netherlands. Last year, three million solar panels were installed in the Netherlands; this is sixty percent more than in 2016. This increase is expected to continue this year. Through the Innovation Center, Esdec and the sector facilitate further sustainability increases in the Netherlands. Training programs Correct placement and fastening is crucial for solar panel safety. Esdec considers it important for installers to be aware of the safety requirements and to have mastered the skills they need to correctly mount solar panels. In the Innovation Center, beginning installers can be trained, and experienced installers can gain additional knowledge about matters such as wind load, fire safety, and system grounding. Specially-developed training programs allow installers to practice with various mounting systems on different roof types, which have been set up in the training center.

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• Miguel Ángel López, current CFO, appointed new non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, replacing Rosa García, effective December 1st • David Mesonero will succeed López as CFO • New COO function to be introduced to strengthen focus on cost-out efforts • The CEO of the Onshore Business Unit, Ricardo Chocarro, will leave the company. Mark Albenze, CEO of the Service Business Unit, will take over in the interim in addition to his current responsibilities Entering into the next phase of its strategic plan towards global leadership Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is adjusting its leadership team and organizational structure to better respond to the dynamic market environment. “Eighteen months after the merger we are concluding the first phase of our strategic plan centred around merging and stabilizing the company. We have achieved a great deal in terms of winning new business and integrating our company. In the next phase, our efforts will focus on leveraging economies of scale and creating the foundation for sustainable profitability. The changes we announced today will strengthen the organization for the challenges ahead. I’m convinced that these steps are the right ones to ensure the future success of our company,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa. The Board

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Producers of water quality monitoring products Rivertrace, have signed an agreement as a preferred supplier of Oil Content Monitors (OCM) for Alfa Laval PureBilge Separator. Alfa Laval's PureBilge is the market leading centrifugal type oily water separator which has high reputation from the market. Rivertrace’s Smart Bilge OCM utilises the “Smart Cell” Detector Array Technology, developed by Rivertrace, to analyse all three oil types (HFO, Diesel and Emulsions) simultaneously without the need for re-calibration. To ensure maximum efficiency and accuracy the Smart Bilge includes as standard, a manual cell cleaning device, allowing easy routine maintenance. Optical cell fouling is recognised as a leading cause of monitor malfunction or incorrect reading so by enabling a simple manual cleaning device, the “Smart Cell” can remain in optimum operating condition. Replacement calibrated measuring cells can be purchased for easy change over on board the vessel, as well as calibration check kits which enable the crew to demonstrate the monitor is within factory calibration to PSC Surveyors. Mike Coomber, Managing Director, Rivertrace said: “We are really proud that our Smart Bilge has been selected to ensure compliance by one of the leading separator manufactures in the world. We look forward to a long-term working relationship where we can

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 — GeoSea, DEME’s specialist in complex offshore marine engineering projects, has been awarded a contract for the transportation and installation of 94 foundations at Ørsted’s Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. Additionally, GeoSea secured the contract for the transport and installation of 94 turbines at the wind farm. Borssele 1 & 2 is located 23 km from the Dutch coast and will have a total capacity of 752 MW. GeoSea will be responsible for the full scope of the Borssele 1 & 2 foundation installation and scour supply and installation. In this project, GeoSea will transport and install the 94 wind turbine foundation structures including the supply, transport and installation of scour protection on each location. The foundation type for the 94 wind turbines will be a monopile foundation with pre-installed scour protection, an anode cage and a bolted transition piece. Water depths range from 14 to 36 metres. Under a separate contract, A2SEA The turbine installation experts within GeoSea will also provide installation vessel capacity to transport and install 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines at the Borssele 1 & 2 wind farm. Jan Klaassen, business unit manager offshore renewables for GeoSea: “We are pleased

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Repositioning standard PV business solutions to Asia, mainly China Continued strategic focus on further developing Heterojunction, SWCT™ and next step cell/module technologies Increased robustness against market volatility by substantial reduction of net earnings breakeven point Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today launched a transformation programme and structural changes to further increase customer proximity, optimise its global production footprint and existing fixed cost base and improve the company’s robustness against market volatilities. Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger said: “Meyer Burger successfully returned to profitability in the first half of 2018. However the same period also showed substantial market volatility in terms of customer demand for our photovoltaic products and solutions. We have initiated an ambitious transformation programme that will enable Meyer Burger to become leaner and more focussed. Our strategic priorities remain Heterojunction, SmartWire Connection Technology as well as next generation cell/module technologies.” Repositioning standard PV business solutions to Asia As the manufacturing industry for PV wafers, cells and modules is predominantly located in Asia, Meyer Burger will also move a significant part of its global sales and services functions for the standard PV business solutions from Europe to Asia, largely to China. The company is also evaluating further outsourcing

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Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "The UK Government has confirmed that it will consult soon on the principles for a Contracts for Difference auction in 2021. "This consultation, which is detailed in this response, should be the vehicle with which the Government considers the future for the cheapest forms of new electricity generation - onshore wind and solar - which remain locked out of the energy market. "The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is right to say that early action on clean growth has given the UK huge potential to lead the world and reap the rewards of the global shift to a low-carbon economy. "It is essential that we do not let the opportunities provided by renewable energy - including onshore wind and solar - slip through our fingers, and we look forward to working with Government as its plans for the fourth CfD auction progress."

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Tom Ison lands the 2018 Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) Karsten Moholt award In recognition of his outstanding contribution to a number of projects, Tom Ison, Electrical Engineer at Sulzer, has been awarded the 2018 EASA Karsten Moholt Exceptional Achievement Award. The young engineer’s technical expertise and professionalism has impressed many colleagues and customers alike and their recommendations caught the eye of the judges. The annual award is made in memory of Karsten Moholt and Karsten Aleksander Moholt who are past Presidents and Regional Director of EASA European & World Chapter. It recognizes talented young engineers that have excelled in their role and made considerable contributions to their business. Chris Powles, Head of Electro Mechanical Services - EMEA, commented: “Since joining Sulzer in January 2017, Tom has been successfully involved in many technical projects. His professional attitude and technical expertise have certainly had a very positive impact. Several of our customers who have been supported by Tom, have offered glowing recommendations, which doubtless contributed to the award being made to this talented engineer.” In his short time at Sulzer to date, Tom has taken on several roles: project manager, technical lead and design engineer. Often combining his skills, Tom had a pivotal role in

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The COX ElectraFlow Dual Ultra has been specifically designed for the professional and specialist trade users across all industry sectors who demand a reliable and high-performance 2-component dispensing tool. The fully integrated application system features first-in-class cordless technology powered by the latest 18V lithium-ion batteries and chargers. ElectraFlow Dual Ultra utilizes CoolPack battery technology from Bosch Professional batteries; heat dissipating housings improve product safety by preventing possible overheating, prolonging battery life and extending runtime. A tool for quick and easy configuration and high flexibility With its ergonomic design, the ElectraFlow Dual Ultra provides the user with a perfectly balanced tool, while the interchangeable cartridge-holding straps and plungers allow for quick and easy configuration. The electronics and software technology give users precise control over the output speed of the dispenser. Combined with intelligent force management, it ensures that users have complete control over any dispensing operation. The ElectraFlow Dual Ultra is a significant extension to the COX range of dispensers. It offers compatibility with the MIXPAC™ application system, which includes various 2-component, side-by-side cartridges and mixers for many of these applications. Customers benefit from its systems approach which significantly reduces issues with dispenser-cartridge-mixer compatibility. “The twin rack drive technology is a unique addition to the

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Last week, Huisman, the worldwide provider of step changing technical solutions, was awarded a contract by Jan De Nul Group for the delivery of the most advanced monopile gripper to date. The monopile gripper, which has a modular, tailor made design to allow use on a wide range of projects, will be used by Jan De Nul Group for the installation of monopiles for offshore wind farms, such as Northwester 2. The delivery is planned for Q2 2019 after which installation will take place on wind turbine installation vessel ‘Vole au vent’. The Huisman gripper is unique in its capacity as well as versatility to accommodate usage in existing projects and future projects of which the specifications are yet to be determined. This flexibility makes the gripper a unique piece of mission equipment that allows Jan De Nul Group to efficiently plan the construction of future offshore wind turbine projects. Pim Overes, COO at Huisman says: “We are extremely pleased with this contract award by Jan De Nul Group: building on our successful track record of delivering high quality lifting appliances for the installation of offshore wind turbines, we introduced a range of innovative and versatile installation tools for the offshore wind

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