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Hamburg, 11 January 2019. With a major order from the USA, the Nordex Group has successfully completed the 2018 year-end spurt in one of the largest growth markets for wind energy. In December, the company signed a contract with an independent power producer to supply 48 turbines from the AW125/3150 series. Nordex plans to deliver the first turbines for the 150 MW wind farm in the 3rd quarter of 2019 to the site situated in Texas. In 2017, the Nordex Group had a market share of 11 percent in the United States. The Nordex Group - a profile The Group has installed more than 23 GW of wind energy capacity in over 25 markets and in 2017 generated revenues of EUR 3.1 billion. The company currently has more than 5,000 employees. The joint manufacturing capacity includes factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 1.5 to 4.8 MW class, which are tailor-made for the market requirements in countries with limited space and regions with limited grid capacity.

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Subsea UK has today (Thursday 10 January) urged industry to embrace disruptive and enabling technologies to generate greater levels of transparency, efficiency, and performance. The call was issued as Subsea UK announced the final speaker line-up and programme for its 14th annual conference and exhibition, Subsea Expo. Europe’s largest annual subsea event will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 5-7 February 2019. With the theme ‘Innovating the Future’, the event aims to stimulate high-level discussions on subsea technology and the rise of digitalisation. Looking at how the latest advancements in technology are accelerating the ability to deliver sustainable energy and achieve operational efficiency. More than 5,000 people from the subsea supply chain are expected to attend the event, including dignitaries and senior industry figures from across Europe, Africa, Brazil, India, Mexico, and the US. With over 150 exhibitors, Subsea Expo is an opportunity for those in the industry to showcase their new products and services to a global audience. The 2019 programme is packed with high profile industry speakers from a number of leading companies including One Subsea, Haliburton, SubC Imaging, STATS Group, and Tracerco. Presentations will cover a range of topics including digital transformation, ROVs and AUVs, life extension,

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This morning the Government released their Future for small-scale low-carbon generation: A consultation on a Smart Export Guarantee. Proposals in the consultation include compensation for small-scale generators for the value of their exported electricity, a new framework which allows the market to develop and increasing the role of small-scale generators in a smarter energy system through the use of smart meters and time of use tariffs. The REA campaigned for the introduction of a market based solution such as this in their response to the Call for Evidence on Support for Small Scale Power last year. The consultation is set to close on the 5th March 2019. James Court, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association said: ““These proposals could usher in a new era for small-scale renewables and offer a subsidy free means for homeowners and businesses to generate their own low-cost, low-carbon electricity. “It was clear that no-one should be asked to give away electricity for free, and we strongly advocated for a market based solution and are pleased this approach has been adopted. Whilst the details around the transition from the former subsidy scheme will be important, this signal of support for the

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Silicon solar cells dominate the photovoltaic market today but the technology approaches the theoretical maximum efficiency that can be achieved with silicon as the only absorber material. Tandem solar cells, on the other hand, combine several absorber materials, enabling a better energetic use of the solar irradiance spectrum. Due to their higher efficiency potential, tandem solar cells have a promising future. After intensive research, scientists at Fraunhofer ISE in cooperation with partners have achieved a new efficiency record of 22.3 percent for a multi-junction solar cell made of silicon and III-V semiconductor materials. The outstanding achievement is that the III-V layers were directly grown on the silicon. Combining the Best Materials By combining different semiconductor materials, solar cell researchers are attempting to surpass the theoretical efficiency limit of 29.4 percent for a single-junction silicon solar cell, and convert sunlight into electricity even more efficiently. Promising is the combination of silicon material with III-V semiconductor compounds like gallium arsenide. To realize this, one approach is to first deposit the III-V solar cell structures on gallium arsenide substrates, then transfer to a silicon solar cell using semiconductor bonding technology and lastly etch away the gallium-arsenide substrate.  Another less costly approach, however, is to directly grow the

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Luxcara, one of the leading asset managers for renewable energy investments, has acquired the solar project Guillena-Salteras located in southern Spain. The plant will have a projected capacity of approximately 121 MWp. Construction works will begin shortly. The facility is expected to be connected to the grid in Q2/2020. Like project El Salobral, which Luxcara acquired in December 2017, Guillena-Salteras will sell the produced electricity directly to an off-taker on the basis of a power purchase agreement (PPA). The solar park is situated north of Sevilla in the intensely sunny region of Andalusia and will be connected to the Salteras transformer substation, owned by Red Eléctrica de España S.A. The project, acquired for a portfolio for institutional investors, was developed by Solarig Global Services S.A., who will also build the plant as an EPC contractor. "This is our second investment in southern Spain within a year. Andalusia continues to convince us with its high specific yield and very low LCOE," says Dr. Philip Sander, managing partner of Luxcara. About Luxcara Luxcara is an independent asset manager offering institutional investors equity and debt investment opportunities in renewable energy and infrastructure. The owner-managed company was founded in 2009 by Dr. Alexandra von Bernstorff and Kathrin Oechtering.

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13 large turbines planned for Dutch projects totalling 49 MW Hamburg, 10 January 2019. The Nordex Group has received in the last quarter of 2018 an order from Vattenfall to supply and install 13 turbines for two projects in the Netherlands. The 22 MW "Haringvliet" project includes six N117/3675 machines and the 27 MW "Moerdijk" project comprising seven N131/3900 turbines. The order also includes a two-year Premium Service contract for both wind farms, with the option of a subsequent extension of 23 years. "Vattenfall is a strong and important partner for our activities in Europe and especially in the Netherlands. This order means that in the coming years we will be installing almost 350 MW in Holland for Vattenfall alone," says Patxi Landa, CSO of Nordex Group. The first N117/3675 turbines for "Haringvliet" are to be delivered in December 2019. Grid connection of the wind farm is scheduled for spring 2020. The site is located in the province of Zuid-Holland on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee, near to the town of Middelharnis. Once in operation "Haringvliet" will supply around 22,000 households with clean electricity.

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A pioneering motorsport team, Craft Bearings, has adopted ABB REACT 2 inverter and energy storage solution to help achieve its most ambitious target yet – to become the first team in Dakar Rally history to reduce its use of traditional diesel generators and be 100 percent solar powered for the service and support team. Working in close collaboration with its partner, SoliTek, ABB’s efficient REACT 2 solar storage solution, has been installed as part of an off-grid solar installation on the Craft Bearings multipurpose Service truck. The set-up is being used to harness enough solar energy during the day to support the service and ancillary team as they undertake essential repairs to the race cars at night, as well as supply power to the team’s bivouacs, media and IT center. The Dakar rally, which is currently underway in Peru, 6th to 17th January 2019, is known and respected as one of the most challenging and toughest events in motorsport. Often the routes take in mountainous and rocky terrains combined with extreme heat and dry conditions in very remote locations. As such, all the crews require access to remote power, which has traditionally been supplied by diesel generator sets. For the

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DARMSTADT, Germany – Jan. 9, 2018 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, announces the new SOLARLOK PV Edge decentralized junction box that can be attached to glass-to-glass photovoltaic panels without drilling holes. The new junction box aims to reduce installation costs, raise energy outputs from the panels and improve reliability. Glass-to-glass photovoltaic cells continue to increase in efficiency, fall in price, and grow in popularity. TE’s new PV Edge junction box is aligned to these market and customer needs, providing easy installation, lower pricing and simple design. “This small junction box can be positioned right on the edge of the glass to prevent shade falling on the cells on the rear side of the panel,” says Frank Rosenkranz, product manager at TE’s Industrial business unit. The SOLARLOK PV Edge is the first junction box on the market that can be mounted on the edge of the PV panel without the panel manufacturer having to drill any holes or use a potting resin that can take over six hours to cure. Installation can takes only seconds. “The junction box has a flap design, which protects the foils while facilitating attachment to the PV panel,” adds Rosenkranz. “The flaps

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The four- to five-hour event is aimed at all service companies involved in the maintenance and repair of wind turbines. It consists of a theoretical part and practical exercises. "The aim is for the participants to be able to reliably use the product themselves after the training and pass on the knowledge to their employees," says Stefan Weber of WINDSOURCING.COM. The managing director of the Hamburg-based trading company is enthusiastic about "SikaCor® SW-1000 RepaCor": "Various practical applications in recent months have confirmed this: The product is a revolution in the repair of corrosion damage to onshore and offshore wind turbines". Background: The use of wind power, especially on the open sea, demands the highest standards of corrosion protection - and thus maintenance - due to the mechanical and climatic conditions. "A long and thus profitable service life of the turbines can only be achieved with conscientious maintenance," explains Weber. "The systems cannot simply be transported away, especially on the high seas. All work has to be carried out on site in wind and weather - often by industrial climbers who can only handle heavy tools and material to a limited extent". In addition, protective coatings have to dry and harden quickly

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Christiaan Vermeijden brings a wealth of experience and strong track record in marine surveying Gardline today announces the appointment of Christiaan Vermeijden as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Christiaan Vermeijden will replace Gardline's current interim CEO, Gerben Eggink. Christiaan Vermeijden: "I am honoured to become CEO of Gardline, a company I have long admired for its strong reputation and rich heritage. I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to make Gardline even more successful and realise its mission of empowering an energy industry in transition with marine surveying that is second-to-none.” He continued: "We’re seeing the green shoots of a recovery in offshore exploration and production, and consistent strong growth in offshore renewables. Our partners recognise that Gardline's marine geophysical, geotechnical, and environmental surveys will be vital for them to succeed in a transforming energy sector.” Christiaan joins Gardline after leaving his position as CEO at Norway-based Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS). Prior to his role with EMGS, he was part of the Executive Management Team and Global Offshore Geotechnical Director at Fugro N.V.

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