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System Is Increasing Productivity by Enabling Unmanned Operations (HOUSTON; January 25, 2021) – DEA Marine Services, a division of David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA), in Vancouver, Wash., is leveraging a Sea Machines Robotics SM300 autonomous-command and remote-helm control system to fulfill a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contract that is now surveying more than 3,500 nautical miles of the Western Galveston Bay, near the Houston Ship Channel. The SM300 has been installed aboard the DEA survey boat Sigsbee, which is serving as an autonomous daughter craft for the project. Sigsbee is effectively doubling coverage by operating without an onboard crew, while collaboratively following another DEA-staffed hydrographic survey vessel, which serves as the mothership. The goal is to cover the Bay’s large and shallow survey areas more efficiently than traditional, crewed survey vessel operations. DEA operators located aboard the mothership are commanding the autonomous Sigsbee as it conducts survey missions seven days per week, effectively doubling the conventional productivity of this type of survey. Sea Machines’ technology and DEA’s technical advancements enhance the value of vessel operations by: Increasing productivity with collaborative autonomy for force-multiplication; Shifting recurring and repetitive operations from manual to autonomous, which enables personnel to focus on higher-level tasks; Interfacing autonomous navigation systems with survey software, including Hypack, enabling direct

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Siemens Gamesa will supply 70 SG 5.8-170 turbines, with one of the largest rotors on the market, for a 434 MW Santo Agostinho wind farm in north-east Rio Grande do Norte state. The order, with Engie, takes Siemens Gamesa to 1.21 GW sold of its new 5.X platform in Brazil, and over 2.2 GW globally. The 2 GW milestone has been hit in record time, following the platform’s launch in April 2019 Siemens Gamesa’s global partnership with leading electricity supplier Engie has grown stronger following the signing of a 434 MW contract to supply the benchmark Siemens Gamesa 5.X onshore platform to the Santo Agostinho wind farm located in the north-east Rio Grande do Norte state. The contract is to supply 70 SG 5.8-170 turbines with OptimaFlex technology, enhanced to operate at 6.2 MW. This turbine boasts one of the highest power ratings in the onshore market, and among the largest rotors, in turn providing an extremely competitive Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE). This deal is the third for the 5.X in Brazil and follows the signing in December 2020 of a 465 MW contract in Bahia. Indeed, both deals will see the energy produced at the wind farms sold through

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No new installations in the second half of 2020. A total of 1,501 turbines with a capacity of 7,770 MW on the grid - offshore wind delivers clean, safe and cost-effective electricity. Tendering of potentially usable areas required as soon as possible to enable earlier construction activities and thus preserve existing innovation potential, employment and the value chain in Germany. Use positive market dynamics through the EU strategy for renewable offshore energy, trigger investment push! Berlin, 22 January 2021 - Today, the German offshore wind industry presented the expansion figures for offshore wind energy in 2020. According to these figures, 32 turbines with a capacity of 219 MW were connected to the grid for the first time last year. In total, 1,501 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 7,770 MW are feeding electricity into the German North Sea and Baltic Sea. Due to incorrect political framework conditions, no new plants could be built in the second half of 2020. "While the long-term framework conditions for the offshore wind industry have improved over the past year with the EU's 'Green Deal' and the German government's new long-term targets until 2040, the short-term situation of the industry remains challenging with the very

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Joint Sumitomo Mitsui Construction/FHECOR/Mammoet innovation solves challenge of increasing hub heights Mammoet has started joint effort with Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd and FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores for the development of an innovative onshore wind turbine generator erection system and tower structure. Its self-climbing installation technology erects each wind turbine tower in sections, allowing them to reach to greater heights and more reliable winds. As nations strive towards 2050 carbon neutrality targets set by the Paris Agreement, onshore wind is seen as a reliable and plentiful source of renewable energy. Installation onshore brings access to stronger and more constant air flows; at higher hub heights this effect is multiplied. However, as towers stretch towards 200m, fewer and fewer cranes have the reach necessary to perform turbine assembly on land. Developers then looked at alternative assembly methodologies such as climbing cranes or huge tower cranes, but these are not available the market. In addition, other massive crawler cranes currently used are not specifically designed for onshore wind farm constructions. Furthermore, when towers approach 200m in height, there is an additional requirement for them to be constructed using a concrete or hybrid steel-concrete structure because steel alone lacks the rigidity required to support the weight of the

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With an independently validated optimization of 1,5%, GE’s Vortex Generators prove an excellent investment for customer Valeco Group. Confident in their technology, GE now has independent validation of their Vortex Generators from iSpin’s precise wind measurements. Furthermore, Valeco Group can confidently invest in further wind farm optimization. Concerned about maximizing the production of its Champs Perdus wind farm (Somme-80, France), the Valeco Group has chosen to deploy the vortex generators offered by turbine manufacturer GE. These are small fins installed on the surface of the blades, which increase their lift and therefore improve the electricity production of the wind turbine. To validate the relevance of its investment, Valeco Group used the iSpin technology of ROMO Wind, in order to verify the impact in terms of production gain of the Vortex Generators on a first wind turbine in the park. The 4-month measurement campaign thus carried out made it possible to demonstrate a 1.54% improvement in production on the GE machine equipped with Vortex Generators. Valentin Odoul, Valeco Group Performance Manager, explains “Constantly seeking to optimize the performance of our wind farms, GE's innovative solutions always arouse our greatest interest. However, before deploying this innovation across the fleet, it was essential for us to

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-       Fire detection and suppression is currently only mandated at a regional level, but could become a national requirement for all power systems -       Fire risk management allows wind farm owners and operators to protect both finances and reputation Scottsdale, 21 January 2020 – The US wind industry is set for a huge boost in government investment and support with the president-elect promising a $2tn effort to fully decarbonize the US energy grid by 2035 with a focus on installation of new wind and solar projects. However, with increased government investment and support comes increased scrutiny. Therefore, the industry must also be prepared for additional environmental regulations, including those around fire safety, in line with other leading forms of power generation. This is according to Firetrace, a leading supplier of automatic fire suppression systems, highlighting that a proactive approach to managing fire risk is key to maintaining wind’s current positive reputation among the public and the incoming administration. For example, all power plants across the US must comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards in order to ensure their operations are sufficiently safe. Coal, gas, and nuclear are all regulated to ensure that sufficient fire detection and suppression systems are installed in order to

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No new installations in the second half of 2020. A total of 1,501 turbines with a capacity of  7,770 MW on the grid - offshore wind delivers clean, safe and cost-effective electricity. Tendering of potentially usable areas required as soon as possible to enable earlier construction activities and thus preserve existing innovation potential, employment and the value chain in Germany. Use positive market dynamics through the EU strategy for renewable offshore energy, trigger investment push! Berlin, 21 January 2021 - Today, the German offshore wind industry presented the expansion figures for offshore wind energy in 2020. According to these figures, 32 turbines with a capacity of 219 MW were connected to the grid for the first time last year. In total, 1,501 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 7,770 MW are feeding electricity into the German North Sea and Baltic Sea. Due to incorrect political framework conditions, no new plants could be built in the second half of 2020. "While the long-term framework conditions for the offshore wind industry have improved over the past year with the EU's 'Green Deal' and the German government's new long-term targets until 2040, the short-term situation of the industry remains challenging with the very

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Jan. 21, 2021 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the global market for lighting-based real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare. The report provides global market forecasts, segmented by region, offering type, and construction type, through 2030. Lighting-based RTLS are gaining traction, with the healthcare industry being one sector of focus where the need to improve operational efficiencies has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These systems, which are expected to experience strong growth despite the coronavirus, can assist with facility security, asset tracking and management, and an enhanced occupant and staff experience. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, global revenue for lighting-based RTLS for the healthcare industry is expected grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.6% from $77.8 million in 2020 to $1.0 billion by 2030. “Technologies such as RTLS advance intelligent buildings toward a fully connected system that can change how the built environment is viewed,” says Krystal Maxwell, senior research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “RTLS use in-place lighting infrastructure and provide power to sensors, eliminating the need for batteries that require replacing, and providing granular building data that enables greater insight into healthcare facilities.” According the report, North

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Vicente Boluda Ceballos, BOLUDA TOWAGE SL, and Jim Iskes, owner of ISKES TOWAGE & SALVAGE, today signed in Amsterdam an agreement to acquire the port towage activities of Iskes in Eemshaven (the Netherlands), Lubeck (Germany), and Lisbon (Portugal) as well as its offshore activities, together with the management and office staff in the head office in IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Iskes will remain a separate entity directly under Boluda's headquarters in Valencia, Spain, and as such will continue to manage the aforementioned harbour towage activities. It has also been agreed that Iskes will focus on strengthening and further expanding the offshore activities of Boluda in North West Europe, with a close watch on the Baltic market, Kiel Channel and Poland. After the official closing of the transaction, planned early February, the local management team of Iskes Towage & Salvage will be headed by Ronald Vergouwen as Managing Director. Former owner Jim Iskes will stay on board as strategic advisor. Commenting on the sale, Iskes owner Jim Iskes, stated: “We are very happy to join the Boluda Group because it is also a family-owned company, with short direct lines and a similar spirit. We could not be more pleased with this combined organisation and asset

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Completion of Boiling Springs (148 MW) and East Raymond (200 MW) increases RWE’s generation capacity in North America Offtake for both wind farms secured through Power Purchase Agreements with carmaker Honda and Austin Energy RWE continues to expand its renewables portfolio in North America, one of the company’s strategic core markets, by the commissioning of two new onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of 348 megawatts (MW). Both wind farms produce enough electricity to supply the equivalent of altogether more than 104,000 US-households. The Boiling Springs wind farm was constructed with a capacity of 148 MW in Woodward County, Oklahoma, with a total of 60 GE turbines. The East Raymond onshore wind farm has an installed capacity of 200 MW and is located in South Texas. The project is powered by 91 Vestas turbines. Next to the plant, RWE is currently constructing the West Raymond wind farm with an installed capacity of 240 MW. Commissioning of the plant has been scheduled for the first quarter of 2021. RWE will continue to operate and maintain the wind farms on behalf of the project partners while retaining a 25 percent interest in the projects. “We are delighted that with East Raymond our eighth

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