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Steady share of around 17% of the domestic market secured Tender design resulting in project delays in the absence of any adjustments Hamburg, 27 July 2017. The German wind power market is characterized by light and shadow at the moment. Whereas sales volumes in the industry are heading for a new record, the award of projects resulting in short-term revenues for producers is declining. According to calculations by the industry association, the capacity of new installed onshore turbine rose by eleven percent again in the first half of 2017 to 2,281 megawatts (MW). Nordex expanded by the same rate in this environment, maintaining its market share of around 17 percent. “This is a positive sign that proves that our current range is competitive in the hotly contested market. What is more, we are about to launch a far more efficient wind power system, which we are confident will attract strong demand in the foreseeable future,” says Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer of Nordex SE. Over the first half of the year, the trend towards higher-output turbines with larger rotors continued. Thus, the average nominal capacity per turbine rose to around 2.9 MW. Says Landa: “Technically, a capacity well in

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The successful offshore installation of Floatgen’s innovative mooring system paves the way for the installation of France’s first offshore wind turbine. The mooring system components were assembled and installed on the SEM-REV test site which will host Floatgen, 22 kilometers off the coast of Le Croisic in western France. This highly innovative system was conceived and engineered by Ideol, the internationally recognized leader in floating offshore wind. It is composed of 6 nylon mooring lines, a worldwide premiere for a permanent mooring system of such dimensions. This installation took place as the construction of the concrete floating foundation built by Bouygues Travaux Publics in Saint-Nazaire is coming to an end. Once equipped with the wind turbine, the complete unit is expected to be tugged before the end of the year towards SEM-REV, the world’s 1st multiple MRE technology test site connected to the grid. Destined to equip other MRE systems, the mooring system designed by Ideol must satisfy two sometimes contradictory requirements: -  a cost-competitive manufacturing and installation enabling the production of electricity at the lowest possible cost -  the weathering of extreme environmental conditions such as high swell, biofooling, storms

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DONG Energy has today published a Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) containing new information about its latest offshore wind farm development, Hornsea Project Three. The report is part of a wider formal public consultation that will run from today (27 July) to 20 September 2017. Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm will be located over 120km off the north Norfolk coast and, if fully developed at 2.4 gigawatts (GW), could provide enough power to meet the average daily needs of well over 2 million UK homes. Over the past year, the company has held two rounds of public consultation events at various locations across Norfolk, and will now return in early September to present the latest plans including new 3D visualisations, and once again seek feedback from the local community. The PEIR, which is now available online, contains a refined cable route and proposed locations for both the onshore substation, which will be just south of Norwich near to Dunston and the onshore High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) booster station near Little Barningham, should this be required. Stuart Livesey, Project Development Manager, said: “As we develop the project, it is crucial for us to keep returning to the community at various stages to ensure they

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Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited (“Cubico”), a global leader in renewable energy investment, has announced that it has acquired two operational Concentrated Solar Power plants in Granada, Spain, totalling 99.8MW from two international funds, Antin Infrastructure Partners and Deutsche Asset Management’s infrastructure investment business, and the Spanish construction company Cobra Sistemas y Redes (the “Sellers”). The plants use parabolic trough thermosolar technology with 7.5 hours of thermal salt storage, which, combined with an oversized solar field, allows the plants to generate through the night, contributing to the security of Spain’s electricity system. David Swindin, Head of EMEA at Cubico said: “This is an important acquisition for Cubico and adds to our growing portfolio of renewable energy assets, improving the balance of our portfolio and increasing the proportion of energy we produce from solar sources. We remain keen to invest further in Europe and continue to look for other opportunities.” From the start of operations in 2008 and 2009 respectively, the two plants together have delivered more than two terawatt hours to the grid, which is equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 600,000 Spanish households. This clean energy has avoided the emission of approximately 1,350,000 tonnes of CO2, equal to emissions from 280,000

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•   Global revenues decreased by 7% to €2,693 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 as a result of the temporary downturn of the Indian market. O&M service revenue expanded by 8%, to €300 million. •   The announced synergies of €230 million are now the 'minimum' and the company expects to realize these synergies in year 3, one year earlier than announced. •   Ricardo Chocarro, who has held important positions at former Gamesa for the last 18 years, has been appointed new Onshore CEO. •   Siemens Gamesa expects the renewable energy sector to improve with emerging markets continuing to play a particularly important role and new auctions in mature markets such as the Southern Europe. Global wind installations excluding China are expected to increase by 8% until 2020. Today Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy released its third-quarter of fiscal year 2017 results [1] (from April to June 2017). During this period, the company has accelerated its integration programme. The announced synergies of €230 million are now the 'minimum' and the company expects to realize these synergies in year 3, one year earlier than previously announced. Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa, said: "We are highly satisfied with the progress to date in integrating the two companies. Things are progressing

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First project in Australia, joint venture with WBHO Notice to proceed scheduled for August 2017 Phoenix Solar's APAC region poised for continued growth in 2017 and beyond Sulzemoos, Germany, July 27th, 2017 / Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, the Singapore based subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the official market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has been awarded an order to design a 39.5 MWp photovoltaic power plant near Perth, West Australia, as partner in a joint venture established for the purpose of this project. Phoenix Solar will also be in charge of the offshore procurement of all vital components. The construction of the three phases of the plant, built on one site, will be managed and carried out by the other joint venture partner WBHO, a AUD 2 billion infrastructure contractor (www.wbho.com.au). The Notice to Proceed (NTP) is expected to be issued in August, 2017. The project will incorporate leading edge solar technology resulting in a high-performance plant including 1,500 Volt-technology, single axis tracking, and mono-crystalline PERC modules. It was developed and will be owned by WestGen, a clean energy development company already operating a significant portfolio of advanced power

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Soon after VOS Start’s arrival in Amsterdam, SMST was on location for installation of their 50t subsea knuckle boom crane with active heave compensation. This crane for VOS Start and the identical crane for sister vessel VOS Stone are the fifth and sixth offshore cranes SMST delivers to Vroon. By installing the SMST knuckle boom crane, Vroon increases the operational flexibility of both VOS Start and VOS Stone. Besides that the full active heave compensated crane can be used for all kind of subsea work, it can also be fitted with a motion compensation knuckle module to perform 3D compensated lifts up to 5t. The module can be exchanged between the cranes of both vessels resulting in maximum flexibility. The motion compensated knuckle provides a large operational window enabling the vessel and its crew to perform in harsher sea conditions, with increased workability. It offers a great solution to handle loads to offshore structures in all kinds of wave conditions. Although it was a tight schedule, the installation of the crane and first load testing were carried out successfully. VOS Start, Vroon’s first DP2 subsea-support walk-to-work vessel, will shortly be delivered to charterer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

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New Pfisterer cable fittings for 420 kV have successfully passed IEC 62067 qualification testing. The type test including water-tightness test for the joint and the pre-qualification test were carried out in partnership with Greek cable manufacturer Hellenic Cables Group. For the enamelled conductor cables that were used in the qualification testing, Pfisterer developed the new efficient Frontcon connector. With the official qualification, in which all tests required under IEC 62067 were successfully passed, Pfisterer has further expanded its high-voltage range. Ixosil outdoor terminations and slip-on joints, Connex separable cable connectors and sockets, and the gas-insulated Connex joint for the voltage level up to 420 kV – like all of the independent accessory manufacturer’s products – are universally deployable and compatible with all XLPE cables by all suppliers. They therefore form the basis for efficient partnerships. Fast installation of enamelled conductor cables with Frontcon The first cable-specific system test for 420 kV was carried out in partnership with Hellenic Cables Group. “In this project, the challenge was not only the voltage level, which was new for us, but also the conductors with enamelled strands. With these cables, which are designed specifically for the transmission of high currents, the so-called skin effect is reduced. However,

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Global blade inspection and maintenance specialist hired to deliver EOW inspections at Amakhala Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape Bhisho, 26 July 2017 – Blade inspection and maintenance specialist, Altitec, has completed end of warranty (EOW) blade inspections at the Amakhala Wind Farm in South African’s Eastern Cape. The inspections were undertaken in partnership with Nordex Energy South Africa (RF) (PTY) Ltd. Under the terms of the contract, Altitec carried out EOW inspections on 54 turbines, each with a height of 91m. Inspection work began on the first turbine blades in December 2016, and was completed this summer. Anne Henschel, Managing Director of Nordex Energy South Africa: at Nordex said: “We know that turbine blades that are regularly inspected and maintained to a high standard remain cost-efficient. By partnering with Altitec to deliver MWS services, our clients can be assured that their turbines will perform at optimal levels for as long as possible, reducing costs and improving overall wind farm performance in the process.” EOW inspections and maintenance are essential to the successful long-term operation and financial returns of wind farms such as that at Amakhala. With the end of the warranty period, responsibility for assessing turbines moves from the original manufacturer to the

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Earlier this year, GeoSea has awarded subsea technology company Seatools the contract for the design and delivery of an anode cage installation tool. The tool will be used for an automated anode cage installation operations, part of the construction of the Hohe See offshore wind farm. The anode cage installation aid, designed in close collaboration with GeoSea, will be deployed to accurately position, direct, and fasten anode cages. Exclusive about the tool and related operational procedures is that they are highly automated and do not require divers or ROVs. High levels of automation and an innovative installation procedure allow GeoSea to achieve high installation accuracy. In addition to system reliability, efficiency is a key performance criterion for GeoSea during the installation of 71 anode cages for Hohe See OWF. The anode cage installation tool is equipped with a survey system that monitors every step of the installation process. To guarantee uninterrupted operations regardless of circumstances, the tool is executed with a high level of redundancy and solid backup strategies. Because Seatools has all required engineering disciplines in house, the company is able to meet GeoSea ‘s stringent requirements and delivers a full-fledged solution.

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