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Allschwil and Brugg, Switzerland - June 1, 2017 - Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), the pioneer and global market leader in electrical connectors for Photovoltaic solutions, and Power-Blox the award-winning Swiss start-up enter into a strategic partnership for innovative energy storage solutions. Stäubli Electrical Connectors, the specialist in advanced contact technology and the rewarded start-up company Power-Blox signed a strategic cooperation and will jointly offer efficient solutions in the field of energy storage and off-the-grid systems. With over 20 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry and more than 1 billion installed PV connector components, Stäubli Electrical Connectors provides more than 150 GW or 50% of the worldwide PV capacity. With the new technology called "Swarm Power", developed by the Swiss start-up company Power-Blox and its intelligent energy cubes, an off-the-grid energy supply can be produced without any technical know-how or configuration. Power-Blox is the first modular solar energy system, which offers alternating current up to the megawatt range based on swarm technology. This revolutionary concept also allows for a completely mobile supply and functions as a portable outlet. "The product and solution portfolio of Power-Blox fits very well into the strategic development of our 'alternative energies' business. Combined with our powerful and durable

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LayTec proudly announce that CTF Solar, a wholly owned company of CTIEC (part of the CNBM group), chooses LayTec’s advanced in-line process inspection system for their new 80 MW/a CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell production line in P.R. China. All key layers of the solar cell structure are monitored regarding production quality and yield. LayTec delivers a multi-station in-line inspection system. The system inspects the incoming TCO coated float glass and generates valuable SPC data of the CdS/CdTe solar cell structure by highly precise measurement of relevant film characteristics. The multi station system is fully integrated into the production line and continuesly delivers comprehensive analytical data to the local MES host. Tom Thieme (LayTec - director marketing & sales): ”LayTec is honored that a global leading company as CNBM, with global recognition of manufacturing front glass solar panels, is choosing LayTec’s advanced inspection systems to deliver highest quality Made in China. This decision supports the ongoing transition to move from quantity to manufacture sustainable PV cell quality. Process knowledge is here the key to success.”

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Swiss based Flisom presents new, ultra-light, rollable and customisable solar technology platform. Ultralight panels with 20x power to weight ratio of today’s silicon solar panels unveiled at Intersolar Europe. Flisom unveils customisable solar technology to enable breakthrough applications. Flisom AG, a Swiss solar enterprise, in which Tata Industries of the $103bn Tata group is a strategic investor and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) is a technology partner, will give visitors a glimpse of its new product range at Intersolar 2017. The company, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has spent over a decade developing high-efficiency CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) thin film solar modules using proprietary roll-to-roll manufacturing technologies. Flisom’s products are based on the technology developed by its research partner Empa, which had achieved a world-record conversion efficiency of 20.4% in a flexible CIGS solar cell. This research partnership ensures that Flisom products remain at the cutting edge of solar thin film offerings. Flisom modules are super thin (under 2mm), have a uniform, jet black appearance, are ultra-light (in some versions under 500g/m2) with a power to weight ratio of up to 20 times more than conventional silicon panels, and are strong, safe and rollable.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 — DEME and COSCO Shipping, the largest shipping company in the world, are partnering in a unique joint venture to develop offshore wind energy in China. DEME’s DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Goliath’ will be deployed for the first offshore wind projects to be set up by the joint venture. ‘Goliath’ was loaded aboard COSCO’s semi-submersible heavy lift vessel ‘Kang Sheng Kou’ in the port of Vlissingen. The vessel is setting course to COSCO’s shipyard near Shanghai for some last modifications before embarking on the installation of the first offshore wind projects off the eastern coast of China. The development of offshore wind energy is in line with the Chinese climate vision and strategy for the development of renewable energy, which are incorporated in the 13th five-year plan issued by China’s central government for social and economic development. China targets a significant increase in the installed capacity of offshore wind energy by 2020. Alain Bernard, Director and CEO DEME Group: “With our extensive know-how in developing, building and maintaining offshore wind farms, DEME can support COSCO Shipping’s offshore wind ambitions to become a significant player in this market segment. As a pioneering company in offshore renewable energy, this is an excellent

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Following the company’s recent merger with the marine safety business of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS, Survitec has taken key steps to expand its Global Key Account and Technical Support functions to help ensure the needs of its global customers are not only met but exceeded. This has led to the following new appointments Alasdair Carlaw – Key Account Manager, UK & Scandinavia Reporting to Ross Wilkinson, Alasdair will take on the day-to-day sales management of a number of key Survitec global customer accounts.  Working with these customers will put Alasdair in prime position to better understand their safety needs and help customers access the entire Survitec portfolio including the extended servicing offer. Having worked in the shipping industry with Wilhelmsen since 2010 and prior to that in the oil & gas industry for four years, Alasdair has a unique insight into the safety needs of some of the market’s key players, giving Survitec a better understanding on how we can better support customers globally. Commenting on his appointment Alasdair says: “To be a successful Key Account Manager, you must aim to see the world through the customer’s eyes, truly understand them and gain a perspective on how they present themselves to their market. These

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Greensolver to advise ib vogt on HSE on 9.3 MWp Geldermalsen project Greensolver, the independent technical expert for wind & solar assets, has been selected by German solar EPC and expert, ib vogt to advise their team on Health & Safety topics. First of several projects to be built by ib vogt, the 9.3 MWp solar farm is located on a 10+-hectare landfill near Geldermalsen (Gelderland), alongside A15 motorway in the Netherlands. Commissioned by Avri Solar, who owns the project, ib vogt will deliver its expertise on design, construction management and maintenance. Health & Safety being a growing issue when building renewable assets, it is now mandatory for developers and construction managers to call-in independent experts able to secure those aspects in their projects and provide them with suitable risk management systems. “The Netherlands is a strategic and core market onto which we are looking to extend our presence in the coming years. If we want it to be a success, we need, for each project, to team-up with partners who benefits from a proven experience on the market, and in this particular case, a proven experience on Dutch HSEQ regulation. Greensolver was therefore our first choice. Moreover, we pride ourselves to build renewable assets

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RECASE Regenerative Energien GmbH performed the full-scale test of a two-bladed SCD 3 MW at the Centre for Wind Power Drives (CWD) of the RWTH Aachen on behalf of the company aerodyn engineering GmbH. The tested wind turbine prototype was developed by aerodyn on behalf of the Japanese government and will be tested as a demonstrator on a floating foundation from summer 2018 on at the offshore test field of Kitakyūshū in the south of Japan. RECASE has been commissioned to support the development of the electro-technical design of the wind turbine and to test the constructed prototype before it will be transported to Japan within a 3-week large-scale test in cooperation with the RWTH Aachen. The state-of-the-art test bench of the CWD provides all options to study the mechanical, electrical and thermal behaviour of a newly developed wind turbine at different wind loads. With the help of power units of 4 MW loads, which are similar to those of the real wind field, will be applied to the powertrain of the wind turbine, at which any load cases are simulated and measurement series can undergo. Furthermore, the test bench of the CWD allows to perform market-specific tests for grid requirements (e.g. Fault

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Dutch water treatment specialist Hatenboer-Water has completed delivery of a customised fresh water system for a leading construction company of offshore wind turbine platforms. The project included the design and engineering work, construction and installation of a complete water treatment package. With this commission, Hatenboer-Water installed its first water treatment system in the unmanned platforms market. Efficiency in operation and engineering Hatenboer-Waters’ fresh water system distributes water on site using a highly efficient two-step disinfection process from its tank to end users or industrial application. Sales engineer Bart Friso adds: “It is an interesting project since the platform is unmanned and therefore our clients have specific requirements in terms of fresh water. We managed to complete this project within an impressive time frame. The system was engineered, constructed, supplied and made operational within an eight week period. This was all the more challenging considering its robust yet unusually compact frame.” Turbine platforms & fresh water needs Unmanned offshore turbine platforms operate independently and require water supply for technical applications such as oil and water separation, deck cleaning and sanitary facilities including the required emergency shower. The platform has recently been installed at its location in the wind turbine park on the German side of

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Using our years of expertise working with the offshore market Survitec is excited to launch the Rope Access 3D 275N lifejacket. Specifically designed for the comfort and safety of those operating at height, the Rope Access includes an array of unique key features bespoke for use in an offshore environment. Designed in conjunction with the world’s leading offshore operators, the Rope Access 3D 275N is one of the only lifejackets of its kind available to-date.  As part of the design, the Rope Access 3D 275N encompasses an ergonomic 3D shaping giving the user total freedom of movement and unique weight distribution, providing the ultimate comfort including complete flexibility around the neck which can be crucial for working use. The Rope Access has been manufactured to industry leading SOLAS safety standards, including an approved light, whistle and reflective tape ensuring you are located quickly if you fall into the water, in addition incomparable chin support helping to keep your airways clear when in the water and two accessible lifting points on the front of the jacket to assist recovery. Tried and tested, the lifejacket also has the ability to be worn with any integrated fall arrest harness, providing the user with one complete safety

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Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), the pioneer and global market leader in electrical connectors for Photovoltaic solutions, and Power-Blox the award-winning Swiss start-up enter into a strategic partnership for innovative energy storage solutions. Stäubli Electrical Connectors, the specialist in advanced contact technology and the rewarded start-up company Power-Blox signed a strategic cooperation and will jointly offer efficient solutions in the field of energy storage and off-the-grid systems. With over 20 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry and more than 1 billion installed PV connector components, Stäubli Electrical Connectors provides more than 150 GW or 50% of the worldwide PV capacity. With the new technology called "Swarm Power", developed by the Swiss start-up company Power-Blox and its intelligent energy cubes, an off-the-grid energy supply can be produced without any technical know-how or configuration. Power-Blox is the first modular solar energy system, which offers alternating current up to the megawatt range based on swarm technology. This revolutionary concept also allows for a completely mobile supply and functions as a portable outlet. "The product and solution portfolio of Power-Blox fits very well into the strategic development of our 'alternative energies' business. Combined with our powerful and durable connector solutions for photovoltaic plants, these innovative systems and

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