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Munich, December 14, 2017 – The Munich based chemical company WACKER and Royal Tech CSP Limited, a Chinese specialist for the development and promotion of highly efficient solar thermal systems based on concentrated solar power technologies, have received the Technology Innovation Award from the SolarPACES technology network. The award was presented for a joint development project in the field of solar thermal energy. Since 2016, the two companies have been testing a new heat-transfer medium for parabolic trough collectors in a solar thermal power plant in Inner Mongolia (China). The silicone fluid that WACKER developed for this technology is extremely resistant to high and low temperatures. With the project, the two companies were able to demonstrate that the new heat-transfer medium significantly improves the cost/benefit ratio of such plants. Professor Zhifeng Wang, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and Head of Solar Thermal Energy and Photovoltaics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, presented the technology award at the 23rd SolarPACES Conference in Santiago, Chile. The distinction was awarded for the efficient cost-benefit ratio provided by the silicone fluid thanks to its heat resistance and longer service life, said Wang. Most of the heat-transfer media currently used consist of aromatic hydrocarbon

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• Outwood Solar Park, Essex – 7MWp DC • Trowse-Newton Solar Park, Norfolk – 9MWp DC Wirsol Energy Ltd (WIRSOL), the company responsible for the UK and Australian markets within WIRCON Group today announces that it has acquired the project rights for two new projects that will be constructed and connected to the grid during the first half of 2018.  Construction will begin in January 2018 and WIRSOL is in the final stages of securing a long term PPA and debt such that these projects will be held within the group.  These projects form the beginnings of a portfolio of circa 150MWp that will be built over the next 12-18 months. The portfolio will consist of six projects ranging in size from 7MWp to circa 45MWp. This acquisition follows on from the recent announcement that WIRSOL’s joint venture with HIVE Energy for the development of the Cleve Hill Solar Park. With a proposed DC Capacity exceeding 350MWp the project is designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project; currently in the consultation phase planning submission is scheduled for mid-2018. Mark Hogan, Managing Director of WIRSOL, commented: “Within WIRSOL we pride ourselves on the ability to change and adapt with market conditions and with our competence

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Munich, 14 December 2017: BayWa r.e. has been named "European Distribution Partner of the Year". The award was presented by REC group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of solar modules. BayWa r.e. supplies high-quality solar modules from REC to installers through its international trading business, while also using the modules itself for large scale projects. The award was made because of BayWa r.e.'s strong international growth and the high sales figures for REC modules in the past year. "The award for European Distribution Partner of the year reflects our strong business figures in Europe and shows that our growth strategy for the region is working," said Frank Jessel, Head of the Solar Trade Business Entity at BayWa r.e. "The award encourages us to maintain this course and continue to invest in long-term partnerships. For more than 25 years now, we have been focusing on high quality and being close to the customer. The REC group has been conferring awards on particularly successful partners from the dealer network for the past five years. BayWa r.e. has been part of the global REC Partner Programme since 2006 and has been a Platinum Distribution Partner since 2014. Platinum status is not only measured

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 BELECTRIC is managing a solar portfolio of over 1.3 GW worldwide Kolitzheim, Germany – BELECTRIC has been announced by Aquila Capital as the long-term service provider for the operation and maintenance of two utility scale PV plants in France. The plants which have a combined size of in total 24 MWp, are located in the Region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in Southern France, and will be managed via BELECTRIC’s Control Center in Germany. The maintenance works will be carried out by BELECTRIC France S.a.r.l. The long-term service contracts include remote power plant monitoring, regular inspections and on-site support in the event of a fault. In addition detailed maintenance reports are part of the contracts as an integral part of the continuous monitoring and management of the French PV plants. “Together, with us as customer, BELECTRIC developed a tailor-made service concept including maintenance engineering and preventive check-ups. This comprehensive operation and maintenance plan is a key requirement for ensuring reliable and cost-effective operations of our French solar plants”, said Christian Ahrens, Head Asset Management PV at Aquila Capital. “In BELECTRIC we have found a partner with more than 15 years of practical experience. This makes us confident that we can reach the highest levels

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Emden. Emden-based Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC for short) has secured its first order for service in the Baltic Sea. In 2018, NHC will have a rescue helicopter with pilots and medical crew based in Güttin on the island of Rügen on 24/7 call throughout the year. The client is 50Hertz Transmission (50HzT) from Berlin, who had been looking for an interim solution until completion of its EU tender. 50Hertz is a transmission network operator responsible for the construction and operation of grid connections for offshore installations. Its obligations therefore include ensuring that all personnel working offshore in the Baltic Sea are guaranteed assistance in the event of illness or emergency. NHC will be taking on this assignment at the start of the new year. In order to reach the Baltic Sea's offshore wind farms as quickly as possible in an emergency, one of its own helicopters will be permanently stationed at the new base for rescue missions. Minimum response times are crucial for rescuing people in dangerous situations, so a team comprising two pilots, a winch operator, a specially trained emergency doctor and a paramedic will be permanently stationed at the base. Frank Zabell, Managing Director of Northern HeliCopter: "We are pleased to

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Since its founding in 2009, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES has grown to almost 600 employees. As part of their strategic development and alignment, both divisions of the institute have developed largely independent profiles. The Executive Board and Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have therefore decided to continue the branches of the institute as independent institutes as of January 2018: as IEE and IWES. For customers and industry partners, the sharpening of the profile will facilitate a clear allocation of activities. “With their in-depth knowledge in the fields of energy system technology and wind energy systems, our researchers at the Fraunhofer IWES are a compass, a barometer, and a sought-after adviser for the dynamically changing energy industry as well as for German politics,“ said Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. “The aim of having two independent institutes is to sharpen the orientation of the two divisions of the institute in terms of content and to communicate this more clearly in the interests of our partners.“ The Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel is becoming the new “Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE“. The Fraunhofer IWES Northwest, headquartered in Bremerhaven, will continue to operate under

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Transport Company Ville Silvasti Ltd has undergone the largest growth investment in its history by acquiring the Danish Frank Nørager & Co. A/S, a family-owned business specialising in wind power logistics. The corporate acquisition makes Silvasti the largest special transport company in northern Europe, with a turnover of nearly EUR 50 million and a staff of nearly 200. The acquisition strengthens Silvasti’s expertise in wind power logistics in particular, which the company has chosen as one its key focus areas. Silvasti and Nørager are amongst the leading special transport companies in northern Europe, specialising particularly in special transports related to wind power plants. The acquisition significantly increases the companies’ capacity to concurrently carry out demanding special transport projects for the industrial sector across Europe. For Silvasti, the acquisition is a natural continuation of years of responsible commitment to family entrepreneurship. “In order to grow in Europe, we must expand both geographically and in terms of our equipment. This acquisition combines Silvasti’s strong planning know-how and comprehensive project management with Frank Nørager & Co. A/S’s operative expertise and extensive fleet resources. We consider the acquisition to be a real ‘perfect match’, bringing together competences that complement each other perfectly,” says Transport Company Ville Silvasti’s

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Extensive study supports use of Triton SoDAR data in challenging topography, paving way for more efficient wind measurement in remote regions Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has collaborated with WindSim, a pioneer in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling, on a study that demonstrates how the effects of complex terrain on wind measurements collected by remote sensing units can be mitigated. The collaboration has included the most extensive complex terrain validation of remote sensing data undertaken in the wind energy sector to date. The results establish a methodology for considerably reducing the uncertainty of data collected by the Triton Wind Profiler in complex terrain, opening the door to more effective measurement campaigns in areas of untapped resource. For wind energy developers prospecting at more challenging, off-grid sites - such as on ridge lines, hillsides and in heavily forested areas - the versatility, maneuverability and size of remote sensing devices means that they offer numerous potential advantages over met towers. Validating the accuracy of a remote sensing system in complex terrain removes one of the few remaining barriers to the widespread adoption of the technology across the industry. "While remote sensing devices are increasingly supplanting met towers as the preferred technology for

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Ecoppia, the pioneer of robotic technology for the solar industry, will leverage the round to meet sharp product demand in large scale projects, push geographical expansion, and introduce new products. HERZELIYA, ISRAEL – December 12, 2017 – Ecoppia, the world-leading developer of automatic, water-free, cloud-based photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced today the completion of a $13 million round of funding, led by both existing investors – Swarth Group, GlenRock and Gandyr, and Israel's largest insurance group, Harel Group Insurance and Finance. Ecoppia’s solutions gained unparalleled experience cleaning over 200 million solar panels worldwide working with some of the largest energy players in the world including Engie Group, EDF, NTPC, Actis Group, Adani Power, SunEdison/Terraform and more. The Company's pipeline is expected to top 2GW in 2018. Ecoppia solves the challenge of solar panel soiling - one of the greatest impediments to solar energy production that can dramatically reduce energy output.

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Queanbeyan, 12 December 2017 – Greatcell Solar Limited (ASX: GSL) is very pleased to announce that it has now finalised and signed a Funding Agreement with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for a $6 million grant under the Advancing Renewables Program (ARP). The grant supports a Perovskite Solar Cell Technology - Large Area Module Development Project enabling Greatcell Solar to remain at the forefront of commercialising the exciting, 3rd generation photovoltaic (PV) technology. The grant strongly assists Greatcell to accelerate its scale-up and prototyping activities that are absolutely critical to its commercialisation path objectives, and clearly demonstrates the importance of ARENA in supporting the development of renewable energy technology in Australia. The grant will assist in developing a world-class prototype facility in Australia for the fabrication of high quality, large area, current generation and next generation perovskite devices, an essential prerequisite to large scale manufacture. Greatcell Solar Managing Director, Richard Caldwell remarked: “Securing the ARENA grant is a vital step in the relentless drive to establish Perovskite Solar Cell PV as a key technology in the renewable energy mix. Above all, the technology is cost competitive with both fossil fuels and alternative renewable energy sources. Greatcell is leading the world in the commercialisation

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