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66 KV INTER-ARRAY CABLE SYSTEMS FOR THE HOLLANDSE KUST ZUID 3 & 4 WIND FARM Milan, 20 May 2020 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has finalised a contract for a project awarded by Vattenfall, a leading European energy company, to provide the submarine inter array cable systems for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III and IV offshore wind farm in The Netherlands, following Vattenfall’s successful bid for the permit to develop these non- subsidised wind farms. The award was already announced on 29 July 2019 and the notice to proceed is expected later this year. This project is an important addition to Prysmian’s growing portfolio of 66 kV inter-array cable systems, alongside projects such as Borssele III & IV, Hornsea 2 and Provence Grand Large. Prysmian shall design, test and supply about 170 km of 66 kV XLPE-insulated inter-array cables, as well as the related accessories. The cables will be produced in Nordenham, a Prysmian centre of excellence located in Germany. Delivery is due by 2022. “We are proud to support Vattenfall in this important project, providing The Netherlands with CO2-free electricity. Our 66 kV inter-array cables system, compared to 33 kV, can save up to 15%

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New packaging and control options from Alencon via the BOX platform allow for more cost-effective and flexible deployments for large scale power projects requiring DC:DC conversion including solar plus storage, PV repowering, battery augmentation and EV charging Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC is pleased to announce its latest innovations in DC:DC power conversion – the BOSS BOX and the SPOT BOX. These products are scalable, centralized units of DC:DC power conversion built on Alencon’s unique, galvanically isolated, bi-directional and uni-directional platforms. The BOSS BOX and SPOT BOX blend Alencon’s unique controls and hardware technology to offer project owners and developers the best of both worlds – the simplicity of a central location with the flexibility, granularity, resiliency and serviceability of modular components. The BOX platform targets projects requiring large amounts of DC:DC power conversion including large scale DC-coupled Solar + Storage, PV Repowering, EV charging, Battery Balancing and Energy Storage Augmentation among others.

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The campaign to clean up East Asia’s Mekong River – one of the world’s ten-most polluted tributaries – with zero emission, solar-powered boats wins gold in the Environment Effort category. The Q CELLS-supported campaign secures six awards in total. [Seoul, South Korea, May 19, 2020] The positive environmental impact of an innovative campaign to use solar-powered boats to sweep the debris and waste from one of the world’s most polluted rivers has been recognized at the New York Festivals Advertising Awards. The Clean Up Mekong campaign, which uses a fleet of specially designed boats, powered and propelled by Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK DUO-G5 solar panels, won six awards – one in gold in the category of Environmental Effort, and five in bronze - at the prestigious awards in New York. The Clean Up Mekong campaign is conducted by Hanwha in collaboration with Q CELLS, the Vietnam Environment Administration and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). It is one of Hanwha’s ongoing efforts to combat the effects of climate change and tackle energy poverty, while also encouraging responsible consumption in accordance with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The campaign was born to solve a pressing ecological problem using the core tenet

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Virtual Steering Committee Meeting on 5 May 2020 ETIP PV asks for linking the EU Recovery Plan with the "EU Green Deal". Eight new Steering Committee Members welcomed  The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) Steering Committee met for the time in a virtual Steering Committee Meeting on 5 May 2020. One focus of the meeting was the discussion on the EU Recovery Plan and the EU Green Deal. ETIP PV discussed the opportunities offered by linking the EU Recovery Plan with the "EU Green Deal". Investments and subsidies should only be done in climate-friendly, sustainable technologies. Marko Topič, ETIP PV Chairman: "Europe has the unique opportunity to take a huge step forward with the EU recovery plan in the area of green climate investments and to create numerous new jobs. Europe could be a front-runner in climate friendly industries and clean technologies.” To make this  happen ETIP PV suggest to set two goals: Create a 40 GW per year PV installation market in the Europe by the end of the European Commission mandate, with 10 GW of PV manufactured in the EU; Commit in the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan due to financing at least one GW-scale

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Research from Cornwall Insight’s Renewables Pipeline Tracker reveals there is ample evidence of developer appetite for future renewables investments in the UK. The research highlights the total capacity of tracked sites in the pipeline stands at 38.7GW across 845 locations. The majority of projects are classed as ‘awaiting construction’, accounting for 22.9GW of the pipeline. Lucy Dolton, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “Unsurprisingly, more established technologies such as battery storage, solar PV, onshore and offshore wind currently dominate those projects progressing to ‘awaiting construction’, but also to ‘under construction’ and ‘operational’ development statuses. “Of the 38.7GW pipeline, the data shows 3.2GW have confirmed Transmission Entry Capacity (TEC) to connect to the system. A further 66% is forecasted to connect at the transmission level, if developed, with the remaining 33% at distribution level. “Standalone battery is a key pipeline technology, accounting for the largest share by technology type in 8 out of 14 DNO regions, followed by solar PV. Offshore wind is expected to dominate transmission connections, but, notably, more large-scale onshore wind and even solar PV assets are likely to seek transmission connections. This is likely due to the economies of scale new sites are looking to achieve, especially those going subsidy-free. “Integral to the development

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In recent years, LONGi’s monocrystalline modules have been recognized by global customers for their excellent performance and reliability, leading to fast-growing shipments, industry-leading brand awareness and product bankability. This article will reveal how the reliable quality of LONGi’s modules is created from the aspects of product design, manufacturing and testing. Module Design 1.1 Design and Simulation LONGi’s module design fully combines theoretical modelling, experimental results and historical experience, comprehensively considering efficiency, power generation capacity and reliability in various scenarios. LONGi’s product research and development center has established optical, electrical and mechanical models related to the design of photovoltaic modules, to carry out corresponding simulation calculation at the initial stage of product design, and choose the solution with the best comprehensive performance according to the results. In the fundamental research into new photovoltaic materials, testing and analysis of photovoltaic devices, product reliability and system integration, LONGi has forged an in-depth research cooperation with scientific research institutions such as the University of New South Wales in Australia to provide guidance for new product development. 1.2 Material Selection and Testing Standards For the selection of module materials, LONGi has always maintained a highly cautious approach, usually preferring materials that have already been fully validated by the

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String inverter leader builds new factory to meet global demand for solar Zhejiang, China – May 13, 2020. Ginlong Technologies (Stock Code: 300763.SZ), a global leader in photovoltaic string inverter manufacturing, announced plans to raise over $100M USD (» 700M Chinese Yuan), through a non-public offering to finance the expansion of its manufacturing capacity. Facing a rise in the global string inverter market, Ginlong will use these funds to double its production capacity of Solis products to 20GW per year. This expansion will enable Solis to boost its supply to grid-connected and solar-plus-storage projects for customers world-wide. “The demand for our ultra-reliable Solis inverters has driven this push to double our capacity,” says Yiming Wang, Ginlong President. “We are seeing a boost in demand for string inverters over other technologies due to its cost-competitiveness and reliability. This doubling of our production represents an exciting milestone for Solis.” The expanded factory will add 1,000,000 square feet to its existing facility in the Binhai Industrial park, bringing the company’s total capacity to 20GW. Construction plans include a new state-of-the-art R&D center, high-volume production lines equipped with advanced automation machinery, increased warehousing capacity and new offices.  A new corporate campus includes state-of-the-art offices, a multi-functional conference

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A research team led by Prof. Yi-Chun LU from the Faculty of Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has taken a critical step forward in improving high-energy batteries by introducing a novel electrolyte to the aqueous lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. This electrolyte is commonly used in skin cream. It is inexpensive, inflammable, less toxic and is eco-friendly, yet can create stable voltage for common usage. The breakthrough was recently published in the world-leading scientific journal, Nature Materials, a sister journal of Nature. The transformation of the Li-ion battery: from flammable organic to aqueous  In electronic devices and gadgets such as cell phones and laptops which have improved our daily lives on many levels, you can always find a Li-ion battery. As a result of the rechargeable characteristics and stable energy output, they have become the heart of these electronics. Despite years of research, Li-ion batteries still heavily rely on toxic and flammable organic electrolytes to produce power, and the serious safety hazards remain unsolved. The Samsung smartphone explosions and batteries on fire in a novel Boeing plane are just a few examples. These incidents have indicated that the safety of Li-ion batteries is not yet assured. In contrast, aqueous Li-ion batteries

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The Danish utility N1 is preparing to connect the Danish solar farm Vandel III to the power grid to support the transition to renewable energy. NKT has won the order of approximately 135 km of high-voltage power cables to reinforce the local power grid to ensure efficient distribution. NKT has been awarded the order for 135 km 72 kV XLPE power cable to connect the Danish solar farm Vandel III to the power grid. When fully operational Vandel III will be one of Europe’s biggest solar farms with a production capacity of 152.000 kWh which is enough to cover the supply for 34.000 households. For NKT, the project win marks one of the biggest orders for solar power and it clearly highlights the importance of reinforcing the power grid to meet the growing amount of renewable energy in the energy mix. -  We are proud to support N1 with an upgraded infrastructure for one of the most ambitious solar power projects in the Nordics. A reinforced power grid is essential if we are to make the global transition to renewable energy a success and huge infrastructure investments are required in all areas of the power grid to ensure sufficient capacity for efficient

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Industry Leaders Unite in Support of Rapid Shutdown Standard SAN JOSE, Calif., May 13, 2020—The SunSpec Alliance is pleased to report that six additional SunSpec members have announced products and services supporting the SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown standard, bringing the size of the SunSpec Rapid Shutdown ecosystem to 12 companies. SunSpec Rapid Shutdown ecosystem participants include balance-of-system suppliers with stand-alone PV module-level initiators and transmitter products (APsystems, JMTHY, Midnite Solar, Stäubli and ZERUN); inverter manufacturers with integrated transmitters (Fronius, Ginlong and SMA); semiconductor companies (Texas Instruments) and SunSpec Authorized Testing Laboratories (CSA, Intertek and UL). “With the addition of these influential companies, the SunSpec Rapid Shutdown ecosystem is stronger than ever and has increased capacity to promote safety and standardization across the distributed energy landscape,” said Tom Tansy, chairman of the SunSpec Alliance. “As more solutions come to market to help integrators comply with rapid shutdown requirements, these leaders are ensuring safe deployment of solar and storage systems in the U.S.” Since it launched the SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown standard, the SunSpec Alliance has continued to hone and simplify the SunSpec Certification process and interoperability program. Important advancements include supporting the test requirements with the UL 1741 standard and mobilizing

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