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ArcVera Renewables, a leading international provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar, and storage projects, is now one of the first companies based in the United States approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission - Renewable Energy (IECRE) to operate as a Renewable Energy Testing Laboratory. IECRE is the IEC system for certification to standards relating to equipment for use in renewable energy applications. IECRE approval validates the quality of ArcVera’s wind turbine PPT processes and the thoroughness of its quality management system. The IECRE process included a thorough audit by a set of industry peers who reviewed ArcVera’s procedures and processes, which were approved as being consistent with industry best practices. “With the achievement of IECRE accreditation, ArcVera can now pursue testing on several types of turbines and perform accredited power curve tests to the IEC 61400-12-1 standard, including all of the subtasks of such tests, such as terrain and obstacle assessments, site calibration, test planning, equipment installation, and test execution”, said Matt Cramer, Business Development Manager. Matt Cramer recently joined ArcVera to lead the business development of power performance testing services. IECRE is the leading internationally accepted conformity assessment system for renewable energy; its harmonized accreditation requirements ensure both quality

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Vössing Engineers have awarded Fugro a geotechnical and water consulting contract to support the route planning, permitting and installation of 106 km of underground power cables on Section 2 of Germany’s new Suedlink powerline. Approximately 700 km long and due to be completed by 2028, the new Suedlink powerline is the country’s largest energy infrastructure project and will effectively transport electricity generated by offshore wind in the north of Germany to meet demand in the south. Fugro‘s multidisciplinary consultancy services on this wind-energy project include site investigation supervision, hydrogeological expertise and environmental support. Vössing Engineers will then use Fugro’s comprehensive Geo-data acquisition, and ground and environmental risk mitigation advice, to optimise the cable route layout to reduce costs, accelerate the schedule and ensure the successful implementation of Section 2. Wido Schmidt-Heck, Vössing Engineers Project Director, said: “Vössing’s challenge on Section 2 of the Suedlink project is to combine approximately 150 staff from different companies into one exploration, design and permitting team. This consultancy contract with Fugro facilitates that strategic cooperation and we look forward to a successful delivery.” Dirk Brinschwitz, Fugro’s Project Manager, said: "I am proud to be managing this important energy transition project. At Fugro, our knowledge and services are the

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The University of Aberdeen has today launched the UK’s first postgraduate degree programme in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies. The new course, which is available to study full-time on campus from September (depending on the Covid-19 situation), or part-time online, reinforces and builds upon the city’s reputation as a major international energy centre. It will educate to MSc level a new generation of systems engineers providing industry-relevant skills and training, with future career possibilities in all areas of the energy sector. Based in the School of Engineering, with expert contributions from the Schools of geosciences, business and law, the new Masters programme will draw on much of the ground-breaking research being conducted within the University’s Centre for Energy Transition (CET). The launch of this programme represents one of several exciting energy developments in the region, including the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) and the OGTC, both national centres of excellence for the oil and gas sector. The North East already boasts many large scale infrastructure projects such as the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm, the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage project and the planned renewable energy superhighway linking Scottish offshore sectors and to the English mainland. Programme director Professor Russell McKenna said the city’s heritage and global

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Bergen, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, January 19, 2021— Corvus Energy is pleased to announce the introduction of the Corvus BOB, a containerized battery room solution for maximum flexibility in Battery-On-Board (BOB) vessel applications. The Corvus BOB is a standardized, class-approved, modular battery room solution available in 10-foot and 20-foot ISO high-cube container sizes. The complete energy storage system (ESS) comes with battery, battery monitoring system (BMS), cooling, TR exhaust, and firefighting and detection system. The “Plug and Play battery room” simplifies integration into any system integrator’s power management system on board a ship. Though Corvus started on a container concept back in 2016, Shell has been the major driving force behind the modular and standardized thinking. The energy major believes that owners and operators of many vessel types will benefit significantly from the flexibility offered by a modular, containerized battery system. “Batteries are going to be on board as the industry decarbonizes, regardless of which fuel are used now or in the future,” says Bo Jardine, Shell’s Global Category Manager – Marine, responsible for chartering offshore support vessels (OSVs). “The benefit of a containerized battery system is that you can add more containers if additional capacity is needed or move containers to another vessel in

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Pforzheim, JANUARY 14, 2021: The energy industry’s most prestigious international innovation prizes shine a spotlight on pioneering solutions and projects for the new energy world. Market leaders, SMEs, start-ups, and plant and system owners are invited to apply for The smarter E AWARD, the Intersolar AWARD and the ees AWARD by March 31, 2021. The industry’s best will take center stage at The smarter E Europe on June 9, 2021 when they will be honored for innovations that are shaping an intelligent and sustainable energy supply. The smarter E Europe, the continent’s largest platform for the energy industry, brings together four exhibitions and conferences where attendees can discover trends surrounding cross sector, intelligently connected concepts and solutions for the efficient generation, storage, distribution and use of renewable energy. Related to these topics, the innovation prizes The smarter E AWARD, the Intersolar AWARD and the ees AWARD are presented. They showcase particularly groundbreaking solutions and projects, giving international visibility to the winners. Trends in the new energy world From photovoltaics (PV) and storage systems to e-mobility and energy management, climate protection targets and the need to decarbonize industry are increasing demand for technologies, products and services that enable renewable power and heat

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New gas-fired power plants will feed top-up energy into the grid during peak demand times, supporting the UK’s low-carbon energy infrastructure Siemens to deliver fuel flexible, low-emission gas engines and design support of the containerised generators London, 18 January 2021 - Conrad Energy, the UK’s biggest independent power producer providing distributed energy generation, has signed another two contracts with Siemens over the supply of containerised gas engines for two new peaking power plants in Wrexham and Bilston. This is in addition to a contract received earlier in 2020 for a plant in Sittingbourne. The new gas-to-electricity plants will feed additional energy into the National Grid at times of peak demand, boosting the UK’s ability to make wide-scale use of renewable and sustainable energy sources. Flexible, fast-start peaking plants play a key role in guaranteeing a stable energy supply during periods when green energy generation capacity isn’t sufficient to meet demand. Under the contracts, Siemens will supply at total of seven SGE-56SL 1MWe containerised gas engines. These highly flexible and reliable engines can be powered by a range of fuels – such as natural gas, landfill and sewage gas, flare and well gas and syngas – and deliver excellent return on investment. Siemens will also

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19 January 2021: International experts surveyed by EconPol Europe expect the election of Joe Biden to boost economic growth in their countries. The survey of 843 experts from 107 countries reveals they expect the Democratic candidate’s win to add 1.16 percentage points on average to growth in 2021. “After the ongoing coronavirus crisis and its drastic effects, respondents say Biden’s presidency could be a ray of hope for global economic development in the coming year,” says EconPol’s Niklas Potrafke (Director of the ifo Center for Public Finance and Political Economy), co-author of the study. However, respondents in the US did not expect any change for their own country, making the overall effect plus 0.98 percentage points. Potrafke points out that in the period from 1949 to 2012, economic growth under Democratic presidents in the US was 1.79 percentage points higher than under Republican presidents. “Assuming this pattern continues, then a look at the past suggests higher growth rates under Democrat Joe Biden than under a second term of Republican Donald Trump,” the study says. The first half of the responses were obtained in the five days leading up to 3 November election date, the other half thereafter in the period 8-13 November. Read the

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Global Drone Inspection (GDI), the new subsidiary company of robotic inspection specialists RIMS BV, have introduced the use of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) for the inspection of in water ship assets.   Building on the experience gained by sister company, RIMS BV, who are now an established, class approved supplier of UAV inspections in the maritime industry, GDI can now offer customers fast, flexible and safe inspections of stern tube seals, bow thrusters, hull land markings, as well as in use tanks, which are often unable to be emptied for inspections.    The condition of the coatings, anti-fouling, deformations, damages, leaking seals, rudders and propellers require regular inspections, so there is a real need for fast, real-time, safe, and cost-effective inspections of floating assets and internals of tanks. GDI can now offer this service, operating the ROVs safely following the same procedures used currently for RIMS UAV inspections.   Using leading technology from Blueye Robotics, their small ROV provides high definition video recordings and images to clients.  This high-tech equipment is also able to stream live video, enabling real time decision making with regards to repairs and future maintenance.   David Knukkel, CEO, Global Drone Inspection: “In water inspections present significant challenges and safety concerns, with incidents and accidents

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Sell down of four RWE onshore wind farms in Texas of a stake equivalent to a total capacity of 207 megawatts Agreed purchase price of around USD 160 million corresponds to an enterprise value for the stake of around USD 300 million RWE will remain operator of all onshore wind farms RWE, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed an agreement with Greencoat to sell a 24% stake in four RWE onshore wind farms in Texas. This accounts for a total pro-rata installed capacity of 207 megawatts (MW). The agreed purchase price of around USD 160 million corresponds to an enterprise value of around USD 300 million (for the 24% stake), which translates to an implied enterprise value multiple of USD 1.4 million/MW. Three projects are in operation and one under construction. Following the closing of the transaction, RWE will continue to operate all four wind farms. The agreement with Greencoat follows the announcement on 14 December 2020 of RWE to reduce its 100% stake in the four onshore wind farms and to sell a 51% stake to a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. The assets will thus be 51% owned by Algonquin, 25% by RWE and

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Energy storage and battery pioneer AceOn has thrown its weight behind a new campaign by Prince Charles to build a sustainable future for the planet. The Prince is urging firms to do more to protect the planet and its natural resources by joining his Terra Carta – or Earth Charter – scheme, which also aims to raise £7.3bn to invest in the natural world. AceOn Energy managing director Richard Partington said the company was delighted to be among the first to officially pledge its support to the campaign. “Prince Charles has been a global leader in environmental matters for the last 50 years, and the Terra Carta brings together many of the issues on which he has campaigned in that time. “AceOn is proud to throw its support behind the Prince’s work and will do everything we can to help meet the sustainable development and environmental goals the Prince sets out in his new charter. “Our work to develop pioneering new systems to harvest and store renewable energy in a way which reduces carbon emissions and fights fuel poverty is very much aligned to the key targets the Prince has set out in the charter. “We are particularly pleased to see his acknowledgement of the need for net zero commitments to be achieved by 2050 and, where possible, much sooner. We are also

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