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Thursday, May 16, 2019 — DEME Offshore has been awarded a major contract for the transport and installation of 165 foundations at Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK. Additionally, DEME Offshore secured the contract for the transport and installation of the turbines at the wind farm. The 1,4 GW Hornsea Two wind farm is located approximately 89 km off the Yorkshire coast and will meet the electricity needs of over 1.3 million homes per year. The wind farm borders the northern and western edge of the Hornsea One wind farm, where DEME Offshore was already involved in the foundations, turbines and export cable works. DEME Offshore will transport and install the 165 monopile foundations and carry out scour protection. The monopiles and transition pieces will be installed by the company’s new DP3 offshore installation vessel ‘Orion’, entering the fleet by the end of the year. The new flagship features an unrivalled combination of exceptionally high transport and load capacity, as well as a crane with a 5,000 tonnes lifting capacity. DEME Offshore will also provide installation vessel capacity to transport and install 165 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines at the wind farm. Turbine installation will be carried out with offshore installation vessels ‘Sea Challenger’ and

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Replacing components in a wind turbine is a costly procedure, especially if required urgently; however, it can be avoided or planned for by on-going monitoring of temperatures. Canadian optimization software company, Clir Renewables, has released its latest AI feature. The Clir AI platform has evolved to learn how to identify anomalies in component temperatures to detect failure at an earlier stage. Maintenance budgets for wind farms account for the majority of associated OPEX. These planned budgets can be shattered if unexpected repair is required due to a component failure. Increased expenditure is not the only cost involved with unexpected failures. When a failure occurs, the turbine can be out of operation anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, dependent on sourcing replacement parts or required machinery in a quick timeframe. This downtime can result in large quantities of lost energy generation. The question is, can you predict and prevent component failure? The answer is yes. Clir AI can learn temperature behaviour in the context of the real world operational environment anomalies or trends that could be utilized to identify when a component is operating at higher than expected temperatures under certain conditions like increased loads. Once identified this information allows owners and operators to assess components

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15 June marks Global Wind Day 2019, the day when we celebrate the global benefits that wind energy is bringing to communities around the world – both for today and tomorrow. With the world moving from the era of fossil fuel-based energy towards an increasingly decarbonised energy supply, wind energy is growing at an unprecedented rate. Climate strikes, public protests and increased political drive against climate change is pushing wind energy to the forefront of the global conversation, and the wind industry has so much to offer for the future of communities, on local, regional, national and international scales. Since 2014, the global wind market has been installing more than 50 GW of new capacity each year. Total installed wind capacity worldwide reached 591 GW at the end of 2018, an increase of 9.6% compared to the end of 2017. New installations are expected to reach at least 55 GW per year, every year, until 2023. Europe – the historical hub of wind energy – has exported its wind energy know-how and technology, with new markets emerging across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Significant future growth of global wind energy is expected to be driven by developing markets in South East

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Jan De Nul Group launched its fourth Ultra-Low Emission vessel last week in Singapore. It concerns the 6,000 m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Sanderus built at the Keppel Offshore & Marine shipyard. This green vessel is the first of two identical medium-sized hopper dredgers under construction at Keppel O&M’s shipyard in Singapore, fitted with a two-stage filtering technique for exhaust gases. In total, Jan De Nul Group designed six Ultra-Low Emission vessels (ULEvs) for its fleet: five Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers and one Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel, the Voltaire. The two 6,000 m³ hoppers and the Voltaire are still under construction. Three 3,500 m³ ULEvs, of which the first was launched in July 2018, recently left Keppel O&M’s shipyard in China on their maiden voyage to their first assignment. Sanderus’ assets The design of the Sanderus combines a shallow draught with high manoeuvrability, making her very suitable for working in confined areas. The Sanderus is diesel-electric driven: all major drives (thrusters, dredge pump, jet pumps

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New study shows 72 foreign countries benefitting from Scotland’s renewable energy expertise 57% of survey respondents say they’re currently moving into new markets Video content available - see Scottish Renewables' Nick Sharpe discuss the survey on YouTube Scotland’s renewable energy expertise is being put to work in 72 countries, with Scottish businesses employing staff in 22 of those, a new study has revealed. Industry body Scottish Renewables has found that businesses from across Scotland are working in countries as diverse as Burundi, Cabo Verde, Kazakhstan and Mozambique, and employing staff on six of the planet’s seven continents. The new statistics also show Scotland’s renewable energy reach is growing: more than half (57%) of the companies which took part in a survey on Scotland’s green energy export impact say they’re currently moving into new markets, with almost a third (29%) considering doing so. Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Claire Mack – who has addressed the All-Energy Conference in Glasgow on this topic – told how the results show that Scotland's renewable energy industry "is having a positive effect far beyond our borders". She continued: "Scotland’s stretching renewable energy targets and the calibre of our engineering skills, in particular, mean the world is watching, and the results of this latest survey show the impact

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Self-consumption projects can help businesses reduce carbon emissions and manage energy costs in the face of twin trends towards higher energy bills and increasing pressure to decarbonise Amersfoort, 14th May 2019 – EWT Direct Wind, the world’s leading turbine supplier for local energy generation, has highlighted how on-site wind turbines can help businesses in the commercial and industrial sectors reduce costs and carbon emissions. With many such businesses facing pressures to cut their carbon footprint, a new report shows how self-generation projects can reduce carbon emissions and make money. According to EWT, on-site wind energy generation and self-consumption provides a way for companies to stay competitive on both emissions and energy costs. Projects pay for themselves in five to ten years, depending on wind conditions and percent of energy used locally. After this period, projects will continue to generate profits for many years to come. In Onsite Generation: Cutting Costs and Cutting Carbon, EWT highlights how self-consumption projects can suit many types of businesses. Medium scale turbines for on-site use have easier planning procedures in Germany and the UK. In Germany for instance, such turbines can be built outside of designated wind zones if over 51% of energy is consumed on-site. Rob Van de Veerdonk, Chief

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DNV GL’s SolarFarmer software for modelling, design and analysis of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants can accurately and efficiently handle the demands of layouts in increasingly complex terrain.  As the demand for solar energy increases, solar plant design are becoming more challenging as the terrain becomes more complex. This will require PV plant design software that can perform more reliable modelling for accurate energy calculations. DNV GL’s new SolarFarmer software, launched at InterSolar Europe in Munich, provides unique models designed by engineers based on decades of engineering experience in the solar industry. SolarFarmer can be used for conceptual and detailed design and analysis for solar PV plants. It combines thoroughly validated PV simulation algorithms with a user-friendly, modern user interface allowing quick configuration of PV plant designs and simulation of PV layouts. Optimizing PV projects “It’s exciting to be supporting the PV industry with SolarFarmer,” says Tony Mercer, Head of Department for renewables software at DNV GL. “The software is built from the ground up with scale in mind and brings together layout, energy calculation and automation, giving our customers new and efficient ways to explore and optimize their PV project development,” he says. Scalable delivery “SolarFarmer is a great addition to DNV GL’s engineering software portfolio

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Utility orders 74 N149/4.0-4.5 turbines for a wind energy project with a proposed capacity of 350 MW Hamburg, 14 May 2019. The Nordex Group has received an order for 74 turbines from the N149/4.0-4.5 Delta4000 series, which will be the first of its kind installed at a U.S. wind energy project. The wind turbines, which will be installed at an Oklahoma wind farm that has a proposed energy generating capacity of 350 megawatts will be delivered and installed in the spring of 2020. The order includes supply and delivery of the wind turbines with an operation range between 4.0 and 4.8 MW. A Premium Service Agreement with a term of 5 years will also be included. "With the N149/4.0-4.5, our highly efficient turbine is now being deployed for the first time in the United States. It is especially designed for regions with moderate wind, which makes it the ideal choice for many potential project sites in the USA," says Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group. This order means that since its launch in September 2017 the Nordex Group has received orders totalling more than 1,400 MW for the N149/4.0-4.5 of the Delta4000 series.

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A collaborative pilot project undertaken by WinGD and ship management company Enterprises Shipping & Trading to demonstrate the power of WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE) predictive maintenance technology onboard the crude oil tanker Energy Triumph has been recognized for its industry impact. The pilot project which saw WinGD’s WiDE system installed on Energy Triumph, a 157,000 DWT tanker powered by a WinGD 6X72 engine, began at the end of 2018. The demonstration of the technology’s immense potential for advancing condition-based monitoring capabilities and moving shipping towards the goal of predictive maintenance during the pilot project was recognized by WinGD’s receipt of the Intelligent Monitoring & Maintenance Award at the Marine Propulsion Awards 2019. WiDE is a comprehensive, integrated system of digital solutions that enhances the operational efficiency and crew decision-making accuracy related to engine and ship operations. The smart system provides real-time, on-demand monitoring of engine status and condition through the collection and intelligent analysis of engine and machinery data. The advanced analytics applied are based on WinGD’s engine design expertise, specific machinery data, correlated statistical and predictive models, and machine learning algorithms. Collected engine data is analyzed through three different levels of analysis: thermodynamic, know-how-based and machine learning. The combination of such

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Law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised longstanding client RES, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, on the sale of its first UK subsidy-free wind farm project. Based in Northern Ireland, Craiggore Wind Farm was purchased by ERG UK Holding Ltd, a company owned by ERG, a leading European wind energy operator. The total investment by ERG for the 25-megawatt (MW) project is approximately £37 million (€41 million). The wind farm is expected to start operating in early 2021, from which time it would provide enough electricity to sustain an estimated 21,500 households. Craiggore Wind Farm is the first in a consented UK onshore wind portfolio of over 200MW developed by RES that the company plans to bring to financial close on a subsidy-free basis within the next year. A multidisciplinary WBD team advised on the sale, drawing on its substantial experience of advising on transactions in the renewable energy sector. The team was led on the corporate side by partner Sebastian Briggs and associate Luke Andruszewski; and on the tax side by managing associate Ronan Lowney. Sebastian Briggs, partner at WBD, commented: “We're delighted to have advised RES on the sale of its first subsidy-free project, which is a major milestone

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