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Event marks first ever Onshore Wind Week Scotland’s onshore wind sector generates 8,000 jobs and £1.5 billion in turnover MSPs from across the political spectrum came together today (14 June) with workers from the onshore wind industry outside the Scottish parliament to back Scotland’s sector. Apprentices from throughout the Scottish onshore wind supply chain, as well as technicians, fabricators, managers and solicitors whose jobs rely on new onshore wind developments called for backing from Scotland’s politicians to enable further development of projects. This event is part of the first ever Onshore Wind Week – a week-long celebration of the jobs and economic growth driven by the successful roll-out of onshore wind: Two significant industry reports detailing the social and economic benefits of onshore wind were published on Monday to mark the launch of Onshore Wind Week. Scottish Renewables released its ‘Onshore Wind: Investing in Scotland’s Energy Future’ document and BVG Associates released its ‘The Power of Onshore Wind’ report, supported by ScottishPower. Scottish Renewables also launched a new website, onshorewindscotland.com, to highlight the vast and varied benefits of Scotland’s onshore wind sector. Around 5,000 people attended the Whitelee Windfarm Family Fun Day on Sunday (10 June). On Wednesday (13 June), there was a reception at Westminster attended by

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Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, announced today it is launching its new 1,500 Vdc string solar PV inverter M125HV series alongside a broad portfolio of energy-saving lithium-ion battery energy storage solutions at Intersolar Europe.  The M125HV is designed to optimize the productivity of solar PV power plants as it featuresindustry-leading peak efficiency up to99%, 125kVA of maximum output power, active cooling, and an electromagnetic interference (EMI)-proof design. With extensive expertise in developing high-efficiency power electronics and integrating energy-saving solutions, Delta is uniquely positioned to facilitate solar PV power generation and energy storage projects.  Andreas Hoischen, head solar PV inverter sales for Delta in Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA), said, “High-power utility-scale string inverters are currently transitioning from 1,000 Vdc to 1,500 Vdc. These new systems allow for longer strings, resulting in fewer combiner boxes, less wiring, less trenching, and significant balance of system cost savings. Our new M125HV series inverters for 1,500 Vdc systems, for instance, can reduce  levelised cost of electricity by enabling higher-voltage arrays. That’s a huge advantage for solar developers, EPC contractors, and of course investors.” Storage systems for residential and commercial photovoltaic installations are another trend reflected in Delta’s product portfolio

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Now, the Q CELLS brand energy storage systems can be operated via the Solar-Log™ energy management system from Solare Datensysteme. Solar-Log™ provides energy storage customers with solar monitoring, feed-in management and smart energy solutions. Solar-Log™ compatible storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 is available in Europe in 3 sizes [Geislingen-Binsdorf, 14 June 2018]  – Solare Datensysteme GmbH and Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of the world's largest manufacturer of solar cells, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), collaborate on the Q CELLS brand energy storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1. Now, users can control and monitor their Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 energy storage unit using the energy management system Solar-Log™ from Solare Datensysteme GmbH. PV monitoring, intelligent feed-in management and smart energy solutions allow customers to optimise their power consumption through effective energy management.

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UK subsea services company, Rovco has announced the successful completion of an underwater survey of the Amazon Reef, off the northern coast of Brazil, for leading environmental organisation, Greenpeace. The Bristol-based firm carried out a full 3D seabed survey, deploying its SubAtlantic Mojave and Seaeye Cougar ROVs while using its latest 3D reconstruction technology. The project also required Rovco to mobilise a survey grade, fully redundant Ultra-Short Base Line (USBL) system for accurate subsea positioning. Findings revealed the existence of coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon, which extends further than previously thought. The calcareous ecosystem which supports fish and other reef creatures lies inside a recently licensed exploration block, approximately 28km from an exploration well in the Foz do Amazonas basin. The project was completed within six weeks by Rovco’s survey party chief, ROV supervisor and ROV pilot on-board the Greenpeace Esperanza ship. The mobilisation took place in Bordeaux, France, and work commenced offshore Brazil before concluding in French Guiana. The demobilisation will be conducted in La Rochelle over the coming weeks. Rovco is already in discussions with Greenpeace about using similar 3D survey techniques to protect other sensitive environments around the world. Brian Allen, chief executive and founder of Rovco, said: “We

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GE Successfully Delivered and Commissioned Its Brilliance Inverter Skid Solutions for the Hosoe Mega Solar Project, the Largest in the Kyushu Region in Japan The Contract Includes a 20-Year Long-Term Services Agreement to Guarantee the Availability of the Equipment GE Completed the Commissioning Two Months Ahead of Schedule   MIYAZAKI, JAPAN—13 June—GE (NYSE: GE) has successfully delivered and commissioned its Brilliance inverters for the 96.2-megawatt (MW) DC Hosoe solar plant. The project, developed by Pacifico Energy, is the biggest solar farm in the Kyushu region in Japan. As part of the government’s target to achieve renewable energy power generation at between 22-24 percent of the energy mix by 2030, the Hosoe photovoltaic solar plant is expected to generate clean energy for up to 30,000 households, delivering annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions savings of 68,200 tons. The 50 units of 1.26-MW Brilliance inverters delivered to the project met the customer’s requirements for both reliability and cost competitiveness. Along with the inverters, GE also supplied transformers, ring main units and recombiners, preassembled on skids and optimized for flawless integration. The Hosoe project has also been financially supported by GE Energy Financial Services, the global energy investor of General Electric. As part of the project, GE is also

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range for global offshore – number of offshore wind farms is growing Hamburg, 14 June 2018 – The offshore sector of the wind industry has made headlines in recent months. It has progressed rapidly, both in technical innovation and in the competitiveness of offshore energy in the electricity market. Many of the companies active in the offshore wind market are presenting their portfolios at WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading expo for onshore and offshore wind energy, from 25 to 28 September. The expo will be held in parallel with the global conference of WindEurope at the Hamburg Messe site – together they comprise the Global Wind Summit, the biggest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. WindEnergy Hamburg is expecting some 1,400 exhibitors from all parts of the world, with about 40% of them showcasing products or services for offshore wind farms. The range covers the whole of the value chain, from turbines, towers and foundations to gearboxes, generators, bearings, shafts and lubes to O&M solutions and installation vessels. Global world market growth Besides main offshore wind market Europe, other geographical regions of the world might start experiencing quick growth too in the next years says GWEC in its 2017 Global Wind Report.

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New inverters and a power optimizer will be added to SolarEdge’s commercial PV suite MUNICH, GERMANY (June 14, 2018) – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, is expanding its commercial solution with the launch of larger-capacity three-phase inverters with synergy technology and a multi-input power optimizer in order to further improve the scalability and performance of its commercial PV systems. SolarEdge is increasing the capacity of its three-phase inverters by 20% to now include 33kW and 40kW, while the range of its three-phase inverters with synergy technology will now reach up to 120kW. The new range of inverters adds a number of innovative features, including the introduction of SolarEdge’s new user interface for simplified installation and commissioning. In addition, its innovative PID Guard mitigates and prevents the build-up of PID and is fully embedded into the inverter. Furthering the scalability of its commercial power optimizers, SolarEdge is launching its M1500 power optimizer that has two inputs and two MPPTs for connection of up to four panels. The new commercial power optimizer allows for up to 35% more power per string, with strings up to 20.5kW. “After introducing our commercial inverters with synergy technology, we are committed to continuing

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Paramedics will be working on two offshore wind projects off the East of England coast in new contract awards for pioneer SSI Energy. The first company to supply highly-trained life-saving dual role technicians has won its first long-term offshore contract as part of the operations and maintenance team on the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm (GGOWF) off the east coast. The company has also landed a contract to supply paramedics during construction of the 714MW £2.5bn East Anglia ONE with renewable energy vessel specialist Turner Iceni after the success of its offshore wind contract on the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm construction. Employing the paramedics, who have undergone technician training, means lives can be saved offshore in the “golden hour” in medical emergencies such as strokes, heart and asthma attacks and anaphylactic shock, as well as the full range of traumatic emergencies including open fracture, and falls from height. Duncan Higham, SSI Energy managing director, said it provided a significantly higher-grade service to that offered currently by technicians with first-aid training. It also allows the incident of false reporting to be cut significantly. “This can make significant cost-saving to operators as paramedics are far more capable of diagnosing correctly and have a significant protocol of drugs

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Riders cycle from Aberdeen to London, via Teesside, in just 6 days London, UK, June 13 2018. A team of seven riders from the Energy Industries Council (EIC) have completed a cycle challenge which took them the length of the UK, raising over £10,000 for Cancer Research UK and The Ocean Cleanup. The 600-mile bike ride, started from the EIC’s Aberdeen office on 7 June, stopped in at its Teesside location, and ended at the trade association’s London HQ on 12 June, with the team travelling over 130 miles on some days. The challenge forms part of the EIC’s 75th anniversary celebrations, with proceeds from all anniversary events being divided equally between the two charities, selected by EIC staff. EIC Head of Oil and Gas and Business Development, and one of the riders, Neil Golding said, ’I’m really proud of the EIC team, covering 600 miles in six days is an amazing achievement, especially considering that none of us are experienced cyclists. It’s been an incredible experience and while we are all very sore and tired, all the aches and pains are worth it to support two great charities: Cancer Research UK and The Ocean Cleanup.’ The EIC Charity Cycle Ride was sponsored by Sterling

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Work recently got under way on the Institute’s latest construction project with digging a whole for the heavy-duty foundations of a 250 m2 hall in the direct vicinity of IWES´s nacelle test bench. If all goes to plan, a new test stand for minimal systems – comprising a high-speed generator and converter system – is set to open there in spring 2019. This test facility is being financed in the scope of the HilGridCop project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The aim of its use is accelerated electrical certification testing of wind energy turbines at considerably lower costs than those associated with the testing of a complete nacelle. The new test stand and the DyNaLab will share a virtual grid, which will be expanded substantially so as to allow additional and more advanced functions. Construction projects so close to the port quay in Bremerhaven bring with them special requirements: in order to be able to lay resilient heavy-duty foundations with a 15 cm-thick steel plate in the sandy ground, there are 30 piles measuring 15 meters in length in place to secure the foundation plate. This results in a load-bearing capacity of 650 tonnes. The costs

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