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Cornwall Insight examines the Energy Network Association’s (ENA) forecast for Distribution Network Opeators (DNO) flexibility service procurement over the next 10 years. These latest forecasts show more than 1.3GW requirement across all services in DNO regions in 2021. The largest share of the requirement (636MW) is attributed to the Dynamic service which supports the network during fault conditions. The figures also show the largest forecast procurement to be throughout the WPD region, with nearly 800MW of serviced need out to 2023. It should be noted that these latest figures have not published requirements for both NPG and SSEN regions. This suggests that these regions are yet to disclose their future needs, or that they have no requirement for these services in the coming years. Joe Camish, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “Since 2018, DNOs have been tendering and procuring for various flexibility services to help solve congestion (thermal constraints) in local electricity grids. More recently DNOs have started procuring for additional services to meet other network needs such as voltage and reactive power support. “To date, providers of these services have typically been made up of battery storage units, demand-side response (commercial and industrial), gas reciprocating engines and EV fleets. “Procurement of these flexibility services has

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meteocontrol continues its growth trajectory Augsburg, 18. December 2020 – meteocontrol GmbH on course for continued growth. The provider of independent PV monitoring systems heads into the new year with a new management structure, expertise focussed in four business units, in addition to reinforced and expanded existing products and services. At the same time, the Augsburg-based company with its international subsidiaries continues to rely on high quality. This strategy has proven effective: the number of photovoltaic systems monitored by the VCOM Cloud, meteocontrol’s monitoring and portfolio management platform, now numbers 50,000. meteocontrol is starting to play an increasingly important role in the global photovoltaic market, thanks to increasing international project success with well-known customers and key photovoltaic stakeholders. The company has now reached a further milestone with 50,000 PV systems being monitored by its VCOM Cloud monitoring and portfolio management platform. "We are thrilled about the trust and confidence our customers have placed in us. We have set up the VCOM Cloud to respond to the needs of our customers and are constantly enhancing it. The success of our monitoring platform confirms that our approach using high-quality products and services is the right one, even if the competition and price pressure in

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The Government’s latest call for evidence cites ‘community acceptance’ as a key barrier to overcome as it considers how the UK can best deploy 75 – 90 GW of solar power to meet net zero. Sunderland, UK 18 December 2020 – Power Roll, the developer of ultra-low cost and lightweight flexible film for energy generation and storage, has concluded that commercial roof space can easily support the levels of solar PV required to meet the UK’s net-zero targets – without putting further pressure on greenfield sites. The Climate Change Committee in its Sixth Carbon Budget states that 75 GW – 90 GW will be required to achieve net zero under a range of scenarios. Development of solar farms is growing rapidly across the UK. According to research by Solar Media, the cumulative pipeline of UK solar farms has reached 11.6 GW across 469 sites, which includes 4 GW of new sites being scoped or put into full application over the past six months. Typically, developers require about 5 acres (2 hectares) of land per megawatt of solar power, which means an average 50 MW solar farm can occupy up to 250 acres of land. In a recent call for evidence, BEIS is seeking

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Solar farms in Herlheim and Neusitz to go online in 2021 BELECTRIC retains overall responsibility for project development, construction and operation Tuebingen/Kolitzheim (Germany) – Stadtwerke Tübingen (the city’s municipal utility) has already taken on five solar farms from project developer BELECTRIC: Now number six and seven are to be added, including Herlheim – the solar farm with the highest capacity so far in the utility’s portfolio. The two solar farms will significantly increase the green power capacity of Stadtwerke Tübingen by a further 23 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year – which is a big step forward in the utility’s drive to expand its use of renewables. As its long-standing partner, BELECTRIC will develop and then install and operate the two solar farms as a service provider for Stadtwerke Tübingen (swt). Both new solar farms are due to go online in 2021. The green power produced by the two new solar assets will be sufficient to supply the equivalent of around 5,750 four-person households with climate-friendly electricity. “These two solar farms are an important step forward in our expansion drive”, says Ortwin Wiebecke, CEO of swt. “It brings us a big step closer towards our goal of covering 75 percent of Tübingen’s

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FIMER, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar inverter solutions, has provided its technology for a 1.4 MW (megawatt) rooftop solar system on the Ahmed Ben Bella International Airport in Oran, Algeria’s second largest city. The project is the largest rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installation of its kind in Africa and one of only a few global examples where solar has been used as a primary source of power for an airport. The project – part of a major enlargement and modernization initiative at the airport by the country’s transport ministry - will see the PV plant generate approximately 3,038 MWh of electricity per year, resulting in the airport receiving almost 30 percent of its energy from the rooftop installation. Given the critical requirements for an international airport, which needs to be operational 24 hours per day, the project also demonstrates the potential of solar technology in Algeria, which has traditionally relied on additional off grid power sources such as UPS and gas gensets to power major commercial infrastructure. While enabling Ahmed Ben Bella International Airport to reduce carbon emissions and become more self-sufficient, it will also support Algeria’s ambition to have 13.5 GW (gigawatt) generated from solar plants by 2030. As a

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High performance combined with low weight and small footprint Robust bearing design guarantees reliability High pumping speed for light gases Asslar, Germany, December 9, 2020. With the HiPace 350 and 450, Pfeiffer Vacuum presents a turbopump especially dedicated for applications like mass spectrometry, electron-microscopy, metrology tools, particle accelerators and plasma physics. In addition to analytical, vacuum-process and semiconductor technology, their broad range of applications also includes coating, research & development and industrial applications. HiPace 350 and 450 provide high performance combined with low weight and a small footprint. Based on a hybrid bearing, a combination of ceramic ball bearings on the fore-vacuum side and permanently magnetic radial bearings on the high vacuum side, these HiPace turbopumps have a particularly robust bearing design and guarantee reliability. The sophisticated rotor design of the turbopumps results in a high pumping speed for light gases. High backing pump compatibility and high gas throughput as well as excellent compression for light gases are made possible by the innovative rotor design. The rotor design provides high cost-efficiency and flexibility, which allows the pumps to be installed in any orientation. “These turbopumps are the best combination of size and performance. HiPace 350 and 450 stands for compact and powerful turbopumps

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Two new panels with 120 half-cells for highest yields and elegant roof design Hamburg, 8th December 2020 – Sharp today announces the addition of new 360W and 370W monocrystalline PERC silicon photovoltaic panels to its half-cut cell portfolio – the NU-JC360Band NU-JC370. The new half-cut cell PERC modules use a combination of features to provide residential and commercial customers with the lowest possible levelized costs of electricity (LCOE), enabling high power output, high reliability and low BOS & CapEx costs. High Power Output The NU-JC370 panel comes with an anodized silver frame and white backsheet, delivering anefficiency of 20%. The all-black NU-JC360B is built with a black frame and black backsheet giving the panel an efficiency of 19.46%. The dimensions of both panels are 1,765 x 1,048mm with a weight of 21kg, meeting the requirements for residential and C&I rooftop systems. A low temperature coefficient of -0.347%/°C ensures higher performance at high ambient temperatures, which becomes increasingly important due to climate change and the resulting rise in temperatures. All Sharp half-cell panels have three small junction boxes instead of just one, each fitted with one bypass diode. These decentralised junction boxes transfer less heat to the cells and in turn boost the longevity of the panels

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Two ABB synchronous condensers have been installed as an integral part of the Darlington Point Solar Farm. The technology will enhance the stability of the local power grid as the penetration of renewable energy increases in a critical area of New South Wales. ABB synchronous condensers are enabling the new Darlington Point Solar Farm in New South Wales to feed a large amount of clean electricity into the local power network while maintaining grid stability and reliability. The 275 MW (AC), 333 MW (DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) farm commenced operation in August 2020. With a projected annual output of 685,000 MWh it is currently the largest solar farm connected to Australia’s grid. Octopus Investments partnered with solar developer, Edify Energy to build the solar farm and see it as an important step in transitioning the country’s electricity sector from coal and gas fired power stations to renewable energy. The solar farm features nearly one million solar panels spread over 1,000 hectares. It will provide clean electricity for around 115,000 homes, saving up to 583,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. “Solar farms of this scale will become increasingly essential for the expansion of renewable energy in Australia,” said Sam Reynolds, Octopus Investments

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) and Ecosolifer Ltd have agreed to draw a line under a project from 2015. The 2015 contract included the delivery of an earlier generation heterojunction cell line for the manufacturing plant in Csorna, Hungary. Ecosolifer, on its own initiative, had temporarily suspended the project and therefore the planned acceptance could not be completed in 2016. Meyer Burger had to store the equipment for a longer period of time. After the resumption of the project, the plant could be put into operation despite difficult conditions and has now been finally accepted by Ecosolifer under a settlement agreement. Meyer Burger will continue to provide services for Ecosolifer. In accordance with the agreement, Ecosolifer will make an advance payment of CHF 0.89 million. In return, Meyer Burger will make an impairment charge of CHF 2.86 million for 2020 on the installations from 2015. As a result, this transaction will result in a net loss of CHF 1.97 million and a net cash inflow of CHF 0.89 million. For Meyer Burger, the closing of this chapter is a further step to free itself from its past and to concentrate on the new captive business model and to enter

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Laser spectroscopic measurement of atomic radii Dresden subsidiary DREEBIT GmbH to deliver required ion beam system Innovative vacuum apparatus Asslar, Germany, December 10, 2020. Pfeiffer Vacuum has been awarded a major contract from the Technical University of Darmstadt for the delivery of a DREEBIT ion beam system for use at the Technical University of Darmstadt’s Institute of Nuclear Physics. The Darmstadt researchers in the LaserSpHERe working group conduct precision experiments involving the interface of atomic, nuclear and particle physics. The research focuses on the laser spectroscopy of highly charged ions and exotic short-lived isotopes. Construction of the “Collinear Apparatus for Laser Spectroscopy and Applied Physics” (COALA) large-scale research facility began at the end of 2014 at the TU Darmstadt’s Institute for Nuclear Physics, where the commissioned ion beam facility will be used. For the experiment, the EBIS-A type ion source used will generate electrically charged ions of light chemical elements which will be coupled into the beamline of the COALA apparatus. A clean ultra-high vacuum is essential to ensure the particles can move as freely as possible in the beamlines. An extremely powerful and reliable vacuum generator is necessary to maintain such a low pressure. This is even more so in

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