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PolyTech has initiated the establishment of a test center in China, which will be the company’s first testing facility outside of Denmark. The center will specialize in performing lightning tests and is expected to open in Q2 2022. PolyTech is a full-service provider of solutions to the wind industry with leading expertise in lightning protection solutions (LPS). Such solutions require vigorous R&D, testing and validation, in addition to continuous adjustments according to market development and demands. As the wind industry is transitioning to use carbon fibers in wind turbine blades, more complexity arises when it comes to LPS, which in turn requires extensive testing and validation. To maintain PolyTech’s leading expertise in LPS, the company continues to grow its business through creating value to its customers in a sustainable way. The establishment of a test center in China comes as PolyTech aims to expand its services close to its customer base. With the continuous growth of the global wind energy market, there is also a rapidly growing demand for large-scale equipment testing.  Transporting the equipment, such as wind turbine blades and nacelles, are becoming more and more challenging as they are growing significantly in size. To eliminate the long-distance transport of

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Supporting Renewables in Pembroke Leading marine and logistics company Williams Shipping provides key services to the marine energy sector and is a recognised supplier to the Port of Milford Haven at the heart of the UK’s energy supply and development industry. “We have unparalleled experience in supporting and servicing renewable off-shore industry innovations, including wave, tide and wind energy projects,” says Philip Williams, Managing Director. “Our [Renewables] site gives us the chance to explain to the industry what we can do and how we can help the development of the port as a world class leader in this sector.” Supporting the local economy Williams Shipping is committed to continued investment in the Pembroke area to support local industries and contribute to drive the marine economy as the country moves out of recession. The company has been a major presence in Pembroke Port since 2004, providing vessel charter and marine and port services through a modern and versatile fleet of vessels, barges, marine equipment and crawler cranes based at the port, together with onward transportation and logistics services across Wales and around the UK and Irish coast.

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Leading strategic infrastructure projects and physical asset lifecycle management company and owner of the Harland & Wolff shipyards, InfraStrata plc, is delighted to announce it has acquired the assets of the Scottish-based offshore energy fabrication company, Burntisland Fabrication Limited. This highly strategic acquisition of assets and leases spans across two sites in prime Scottish locations with particular regard to renewable, oil & gas and defence projects: Methil on the east coast of Scotland and Arnish on the west coast of Scotland. The Burntisland site will not form part of the transaction. Both sites will trade under the Harland & Wolff brand and will represent the final fabrication piece of its UK footprint. The two Scottish sites will work symbiotically alongside Harland & Wolff (Belfast) and Harland & Wolff (Appledore). Now through the acquisition, Harland & Wolff has multiple fabrication sites ultimately resulting in reduced fabrication timelines by as much as 30% - offering project developers a faster route to project monetisation and de-risking fabrication projects by spreading work across three distinct but close-proximity geographies. With over 25,000m² of undercover fabrication capacity; 580,000m²  of total site area and 24,000 tonnes of quayside load-out capabilities; the two sites boast an annual throughput tonnage estimated at over

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Responding, Helen Melone, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said:  "We welcome The Scottish Government's ministerial statement on how the hydrogen economy is progressing in Scotland. "Green hydrogen will play a critical part of the just energy transition we must make to tackle climate change. With 25% of Europe’s wind resource, Scotland's renewable energy industry has the potential become a global leader in green hydrogen and maximise the economic and environmental benefits it can deliver, including a projection of 310,000 jobs and £25 billion of GVA by 2045. "However we remain concerned at the level of commitment being given by The Scottish Government to the production of blue hydrogen, which is made from natural gas and most carbon emissions captured. Producing green hydrogen using renewable electricity will help alleviate grid constraints by creating a more flexible, resilient, and integrated system. It can provide a way to both store power when energy demand is low, and can be used as a decarbonised form of dispatchable generation when demand is high to power our heat and transport sector. We urge the Government to prioritise the production of this zero-carbon fuel as we work towards achieving net-zero."

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Responding, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: "Developing an offshore wind farm does not begin and end with deploying turbines in the sea and our members have already invested many thousands of hours, and many millions of pounds, preparing to bid into the ScotWind Leasing process. That process, which industry was first told would conclude in January 2020, is already 14 months overdue. Those companies will therefore be disappointed and intensely frustrated at this further delay, as well as at the possibility that the goalposts will be moved at such a late stage. "It is vital now that the scope of this review is as focussed as possible, and that any delay to the overall process is minimised in order to reduce uncertainty for industry. "We have the potential to build a globally-competitive offshore wind industry in Scotland, including a real chance to take the lead on the development of floating offshore wind. Scottish Renewables has previously warned that any legislative or regulatory changes which damage that goal – which is intrinsically linked to the achievement of our net-zero target – should be made with the utmost caution. "Scotland is already disadvantaged by its tougher seabed conditions and the higher electricity transmission charges projects

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Contract executed for the delivery of the 69 SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbines and 15-year service and maintenance agreement for the 759 MW Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind project First project for Siemens Gamesa with joint venture partner Shell; second offshore project with joint venture partner Eneco Third project of Dutch national offshore wind roadmap based on zero-subsidy tender Project will generate enough renewable energy equal to the energy needs of 1 million Dutch households Final conditions planned to be met in the coming months Driving the global energy revolution, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and CrossWind have executed the contract to deliver the turbines for the 759 MW Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind park. It includes the supply of 69 SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbines and a 15-year service and a maintenance agreement. Final conditions are planned to be met in the coming months, converting the contract into a firm order for Siemens Gamesa. The Notice to Proceed has been signed, following the issuance of the irrevocable permit from the Dutch authorities to CrossWind in December 2020. The Hollandse Kust Noord project is the third project of the Dutch national offshore wind roadmap based on subsidy-free tenders. As the

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Schmidbauer was commissioned a project in France to handle the heavy load logistics of three prototype floating wind turbines for an Offshore Wind Farm that is being built off the Mediterranean coast near Marseille in 2022.  France, January. The view of wind turbines near or on-shore have become a familiar sight. In order to reach the strongest winds out on sea in new locations, companies have been coming up with a new innovative way to produce wind energy. By developing floating turbines that can be installed in deep waters out of view from the coast, companies are opening completely new possibilities. A new technology secures the energy of the future The floating approach allows turbines to be installed in much deeper waters up to 800 m deep to catch the strongest and most consistent wind ­- and makes it almost invisible from the coast. The world’s first floating wind farm emerged with 5 turbines about 15 miles from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire off Scotland and started delivering electricity to the Scottish grid since 2017. As large maritime waters open floating arrays, experts expect floating wind power to be an enormous potential and core technology for reaching climate goals. The new technologies of floating turbines

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WEA 2021 in March will be a physical/live exhibition and forum and also hybrid with a great virtual platform. Register to visit in person in Kaohsiung, or virtually from afar. The platform is unlike any other: the look-and-feel of the real hall, move with the floorplan to talk to exhibitors, chat in the virtual lounge with all visitors and exhibitors, or attend forum, technical seminars or job fair. Come in person to Kaohsiung for free access. Once on-site you gain access to the virtual platform, to use for 30 days! The Forum will consist of more than 25 presentations by industry experts from Taiwan and overseas on a broad range of subjects ranging from Taiwan’s energy policy, localization, market overview, HR, finance, floating wind, wind technology, marine environment, operation & maintenance, survey, foundation, etc. For as little as NTD 750 or USD 25 sign up today for your place at Wind Energy Asia, Taiwan’s most international wind event! Register here Pass the link to a colleague: https://windenergyasia-tw.com/tickets/wind-energy-asia-2021/

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Munich/Pforzheim, February 11, 2021 – Photovoltaics (PV) is booming in Europe, with around 18.7 gigawatts of new capacity installed last year. In addition to rooftop and ground-mounted solar module installations, the development of new areas of production – such as on façades, artificial bodies of water and fields – is key. Agrivoltaics involves the use of agricultural land to produce food and generate solar energy simultaneously. Conventional free-standing installations can also provide a valuable habitat for flora and fauna, which in turn promotes the acceptance of both the installations and the energy transition as a whole. Find out more about new developments and potential applications for PV at Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, and the accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference. Both events will be held as part of The smarter E Europe from July 21 to 23, 2021, at Messe München. The European PV market is experiencing dynamic growth. The industry association SolarPower Europe reports that the European Union (EU) saw an eleven percent increase in PV capacity last year, with 18.7 gigawatts (GW) of newly installed capacity. This made 2020 the industry’s second best year, topped only by 2011. The strong growth of PV is also

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More than 20 case studies of firms working in offshore wind highlighted in new document Scottish Renewables CEO: this is ‘just the tip of the iceberg of what the future holds’ A busy year for offshore wind in Scotland is highlighted in a new edition of Scottish Renewables’ Supply Chain Impact report, launched today (Feb 11). The document spotlights 21 companies, from Dumfriesshire to Orkney, working on offshore renewable energy projects in Scotland, England, the EU and further afield. They include: Leask Marine, an Orkney marine services company which is at the forefront of the offshore wind industry, working on more than 22 offshore wind farms across Europe and, from 2019, North America. Drone services provider Aerial Vision, of Lanark, which had another busy year after being drafted in to inspect Equinor’s turbines off the coast of south east England. Global Energy Group, which has invested £90 million to develop a world-class port facility at Port of Nigg in the Cromarty Firth – with more to come. Glasgow firm Partrac, whose specialist buoys, known as ‘fitbits of the sea’, measure sea conditions at the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) project. The company has grown from a team of just three to 20 after using its foothold on NnG

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