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Hamburg, 25 May 2018 – The global wind industry continues to look with optimism towards the future in 2018, with positive signals coming from the Asian markets and some European markets. That compensates for the somewhat cautious mood in established markets such as Germany. The market situation in 2020 is expected to be significantly better at global level than it is today. Those are the key findings of the current WindEnergy trend:index (WETI), conducted in March and April this year and presented today (25 May) at a press conference in Hamburg. WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading expo for onshore and offshore wind energy, has worked in cooperation with wind:research, the leading market research agency in the wind energy sector, to prepare a mood survey for the industry, measuring a WindEnergy Trend Index (WETI). WindEnergy Hamburg will be held at the Hamburg Messe site from 25 to 28 September. It is a part of the Global Wind Summit 2018. More than 700 industry experts worldwide participated in the survey, answering 9 questions. The main focus of more than half the companies responding is in Germany and/or Europe; nearly the same number of companies has their main focus in North America, Asia, and the rest of

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WindEnergy Hamburg To Welcome 1400 Exhibitors From Around 40 Countries WindEurope Conference will host more than 500 expert speakers and presenters Hamburg, 25 May 2018 – From 25 to 28 September the world´s largest wind industry event, the Global Wind Summit, will take place at the Hamburg Messe fair site. Comprising the world’s leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg and the WindEurope global on and offshore conference, the event shows the highlights of one of the most innovation-driven sectors. The great importance of wind energy for the energy needs of the world is an uncontested fact. The industry is making giant strides in overcoming its core challenge: to further reduce the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) while opening up new markets. New technologies, products and applications have enabled wind energy to be competitive with fossil energy sources even today. Now the challenge is to further drive the energy turnaround towards achieving a decarbonised energy supply infrastructure. The new preference for public invitations to tender for onshore and offshore wind projects represents a global paradigm shift that encourages the industry to accelerate the speed of innovation. The Global Wind Summit, which will begin in exactly 4 months, will offer answers to the question

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Engineer Award winner saved employer £250,000 17-year-old analyst given Special Commendation for development of bespoke SMART training course Ten up-and-coming green energy stars have been honoured at the 2018 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards. Winners included James Williamson, who won the Engineer Award for saving employer SSE over £250,000 by suggesting refurbishing rather than replacing a damaged valve at Quoich Dam in the Highlands. The talented young engineer used algebraic equations to produce a 3D model of the part – cutting costs and ensuring the 63-year-old scheme continued producing green energy. He joins nine others in receiving honours at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, which were held in Glasgow last night (May 24). Also honoured were John Freeburn, a serviceman turned wind turbine technician who won the Apprentice Award for working with Windhoist’s huge cranes to grow Europe’s wind fleet, and Sarah Cochetel, who won the Project Manager Award for delivering more than 100 solar PV projects during her time with Wood. Hannah Greening of EDF Renewables was handed the coveted Judges Award for her management of the Corriemoillie Wind Farm Blanket Mire Restoration Project. The youngest finalist of the evening was 17-year-old whizzkid Gavin Kitching, who received a Special Commendation from the judges. The ScottishPower Energy

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Kahl am Main, Germany / Singapore, May 25, 2018 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES) and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are entering a second phase in the joint research collaboration on developing cost-effective manufacturing tools with lower cost of ownership. After an initial phase proving that an inductively coupled PECVD (ICPECVD) plasma source concept works, a new agreement was signed in which both parties continue their joint research and development efforts to industrialize highly efficient solar cell concepts. The aim of the collaboration is to develop innovative, cost-effective processes on SINGULUS’ novel mass production tools for the fabrication of crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells. Dr Thomas MUELLER, SERIS’ Head of Heterojunction Cell Development, said: “SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is a strong industrial partner for SERIS with a proven track record in high-tech tool manufacturing sectors like high-capacity storage, semiconductor and solar, by implementing novel and effective manufacturing concepts in cost-effective packages. SERIS is adding its longstanding expertise in heterojunction device structures to develop the processes on the new platform, so that the PV manufacturing industry has a short learning curve when deploying the new platform”. Dr Marco Huber, Product manager PECVD at SINGULUS

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Scottish Renewables member company Natural Power announced today (24 May) that it has invested £540,000 in a new state-of-the-art Control Centre to manage 5GW of onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro capacity. The facility was opened this morning by Scottish Government Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP. Commenting, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Natural Power’s new state-of-the-art facility has been specially designed with the company’s next decade of growth in mind and this should be commended. “The Dumfries and Galloway hub will handle 5GW of onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro capacity from the UK, Ireland, France and the US, proving that international renewable energy assets can be managed from rural Scotland. “In our ever-changing industry, it’s reassuring to see the creation of a sophisticated and flexible centre with the ability to manage capacity from multiple renewable energy technologies.”

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Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse officially opens Natural Power’s new ControlCentre and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse  today (Thursday 24th May) visited Natural Power’s global headquarters, ‘The Green House’ in Dumfries and Galloway, to mark the official launch of the new over £540,000 ControlCentre, and to mark the opening of Fred Olsen Renewables’ Brockloch Rig Wind Farm, which is to be operated by Natural Power. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Natural Power’s ControlCentre, a new state-of-the-art facility, has been created. This is the largest, independently operated 24/7 control room in the UK, managing more than 175 renewable energy assets which are located throughout the UK, Ireland, France and the US. The ControlCentre now employs 19 staff and manages 5 GW of capacity (Scotland’s maximum demand is 6 GW) comprising onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro. This new investment also ensures the ControlCentre complies with all the new EU cybersecurity rules to protect clients’ assets and the grid keeping them safe against potential cyber-attacks. Stephen Trotter, Managing Director at Natural Power, said: “In early 2017 we decided to take control centre to the next level. To ensure Natural Power remained at the forefront of asset management, data provision and

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• 25-year turbine lifetime • Full service agreement over entire lifetime with cutting edge remote diagnostics included • Minimized environmental impact during installation and operation Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply three onshore wind farms in Norway including 70 units of its Onshore OptimaFlex wind turbines. The SWT-DD-130 turbines will each feature a rated capacity of 4.2 megawatts (MW) and a 130 meter diameter rotor. All turbines will be installed on steel towers with 125 meter hub heights. The project sites with 15, 18 and 37 units are located in the Bjerkreim and Ha municipalities – approximately 50 kilometers south-east of Stavanger. A 25-year full service agreement with a yield based availability warranty secures the long term performance of the wind farms. Owner and long-term operator of the wind farm trio is Hamburg based Luxcara, a leading asset manager for renewable energy investments for institutional investors. The installation of the 76MW-Skinansfjellet project, the 63MW-Gravdal wind farm and the Eikeland-Steinsland project with over 155 megawatts – a combined rating of 294 MW and collectively known as the Bjerkreim cluster – will start in spring 2019 with completion planned for autumn 2019. “We are very happy to be able to rely on Siemens Gamesa as

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Paul Wheelhouse MSP officially opens Natural Power’s new ControlCentre and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm Paul Wheelhouse MSP and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, today (Thursday 24th May) visited Natural Power’s global headquarters, ‘The Green House’ in Dumfries and Galloway, to mark the official launch of the new over £540,000 ControlCentre, and to mark the opening of Fred Olsen Renewables’ Brockloch Rig Wind Farm, which is to be operated by Natural Power. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Natural Power’s ControlCentre, a new state-of-the-art facility, has been created. This is the largest, independently operated 24/7 control room in the UK, managing more than 175 renewable energy assets which are located throughout the UK, Ireland, France and the US. The ControlCentre now employs 19 staff and manages 5 GW of capacity (Scotland’s maximum demand is 6 GW) comprising onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro. This new investment also ensures the ControlCentre complies with all the new EU cybersecurity rules to protect clients’ assets and the grid keeping them safe against potential cyber-attacks. Stephen Trotter, Managing Director at Natural Power, said: “In early 2017 we decided to take control centre to the next level. To ensure Natural Power remained at the forefront of

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COORDINADORA has been working for over a year on a demanding project that has shown most of our capabilities and our ETM methodology. After managining several airfreight transport operations for this project, at the beginning of May, we began the transport process of the heaviest pieces entrusted to us: 5 slug catchers of 2,008 t. These pieces will be transported from Gijón, Spain to Jubail, KSA. They are expected to be carried in 2 shipments. The first one is already sailing with two slug catchers on board. After travelling approximately one month, the 2 pieces will be unloaded and carried 95 km by SPMT (Self Propelled Modular Transport) up to Fadhili facilities. The challenges faced by COORDINADORA included:  To find a vessel that met the needs of this project suitable for RoRo loading. We had to precisely calculate the mooring arrangement, considering the constraints existing at both ports, origin and destination. The grillage was designed in-house by our specialised engineers, manufactured and installed in a record breaking period.  The design had to effectively distribute the 2,000 t weight of each piece to the strongest points of the vessel deck.  A special and innovative sea-fastening solution had to be developed due to cargo limitations. The solution

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  Strategic sales partnership established with IMC, Mumbai   Strong potential for growth in emerging photovoltaics industry in Asia Wiesbaden, Germany, May 24 2018 – VITRONIC, a global leader in industrial machine vision, will expand its presence in the Indian photovoltaics market. At the start of 2018, the German SME with headquarters in Wiesbaden formed a strategic sales partnership with the Indian company IMC. This new partnership will strengthen VITRONIC's presence in Asia. Together the two companies will focus on marketing fully automatic optical inspection solutions for the entire spectrum of photovoltaics production. India has seen dynamic growth in recent years representing the third largest market for system installations in the world. IMC was founded in 1975 with headquarters in Mumbai, along with other locations in Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune. The company is well established in the market with 25 years of experience in the photovoltaics industry and has a broad customer base that includes all world-leading photovoltaics manufacturers. IMC offers high-tech solutions for the entire photovoltaics value chain and a comprehensive service portfolio that offers consultation, process integration, data management and training.

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