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3M, the science-based technology company, has received GWO (Global Wind Organisation) approval for two new, advanced rescue courses at its training facility in Oldham. The highly practical courses are limited to four students per instructor for maximum delegate-to-trainer interaction involving practical demonstrations and application-specific teaching. Training areas include three telecommunications towers, a 17m working at height training tower, a confined space training area with a 40m tunnel and a non-operational 30m wind turbine. Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries1. In workplace rescue, practical experience can make the difference between life or death giving rescuers the confidence to deal with a situation quickly and calmly because they have encountered it before in a realistic training scenario. The new courses comprise: GWO9 – Advanced Rescue Training (ART): This course deals with the specific issues surrounding advanced rescues in all areas of a wind turbines, giving delegates the knowledge and practical skill required to safely package and extract an injured person using industry standard lowering and raising equipment applicable to that issued by the employer. GWO10 – Advanced Rescue Training (ART) Nacelle, Tower and Basement Rescue Refresher (NTBRR): This refresher course reviews and builds upon previously gained knowledge and skills

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High voltage equipment containers for the offshore substation platforms to be sailed out from Thurso fabrication yard Each container is specifically designed and fabricated to house high voltage transmission equipment, control protection equipment and provide emergency refuge Celebration event held at JGC yard, where they were fabricated, with representatives from Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Highlands and Islands Enterprise The Moray East offshore windfarm project completed its first fabrication milestone as Thurso SME engineering firm, JGC Engineering and Technical Services, finalised work on the containers which will be fitted with either high voltage transmission equipment or electrical monitoring and control equipment for the three offshore substation platforms. The milestone was celebrated by the project teams from Moray East, the project developer, Siemens, the lead contractor and JGC, the supply chain partner with representations from local business and enterprise groups, the Caithness Chamber of Commerce and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. JGC fabricated eight of 12 containers at its site in Thurso and have also supported Siemens with other offshore projects in the UK. The containers’ total length, height and volume are larger than an Airbus A380 aircraft which highlights the impressive feat Siemens and JGC have completed together. They have been designed to house

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Altitec Academy has received a certification for its Wind Turbine Rotor Blade Technician training courses according to the GWO blade repair standard in London and Cape Town London, 17th July 2019 – Altitec Academy, the rotor blade technician training programme from Altitec, a leading wind turbine blade repair and inspection specialist, has secured the blade repair certification from the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) for its training centres in London and Cape Town. The certification also allows Altitec to conduct GWO training in Australia. Altitec Academy trains upwards of 150 new rotor blade technicians a year in their training centres around the world. The new certification builds on the successful assessment of the training programme by DNV GL in 2018, and long-standing industry endorsement for the Altitec Academy. Industry-wide accreditation for blade repair training is needed to reassure job-seekers of a future in wind energy and encourage more people to consider blade repair roles. As a provider of training and blade repair services, Altitec has been a strong advocate of certification for a number of years. This independent and widely recognised qualification for blade repair from the GWO, together with high-quality training and a commitment to excellence by blade servicing teams, will help

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New finance offer means offshore and marine industry assets can switch to hybrid power systems without upfront capital expenditure Up to fifty million euro available globally for financing Blueday Technology customers report up to 27 percent fuel use reduction and 95 percent reduction in emissions Interviews and case studies available, call Sarah on 00447866789688 An innovative finance deal that will allow offshore and marine asset owners to reduce their fuel consumption, costs and emissions has been launched. Blueday Technology, which designs and installs integrated energy systems for energy, marine and maritime customers, has teamed up with sustainable energy infrastructure fund manager SUSI Partners to offer a new financing structure for asset owners. Fifty million euro is now available for Blueday Technology clients to install integrated energy systems. The scheme removes the biggest obstacle standing in the way of asset owners installing hybrid energy systems: the need for a significant, upfront capital investment. Asset owners and operators in the oil and gas, drilling rig, maritime, aquaculture and shore power sectors could all benefit from the new deal. Hans-Petter Heggebø, CEO of Blueday Technology, said: “The offshore and marine industries are facing financial pressures at a time when their emissions and carbon footprints are coming under

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Acta Marine’s new walk-to-work vessel Acta Centaurus has now been working for 1.5 months in the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm. During this first charter with MHI Vestas, the new built DP2 Service Operation Vessel (SOV) supports installation and commissioning of 31 turbines. The operations with the SMST provided Access & Cargo Tower with motion compensated gangway and 3D Motion Compensated Crane, on board the Acta Centaurus, are successful. Acta Marine has chosen SMST’s Access & Cargo Tower to increase the logistic performance and operational workability of the Acta Centaurus, built to Ulstein’s SX195 design. The integrated tower with elevator and telescopic motion compensated gangway, enables stepless transfer of technicians and cargo from vessel to offshore structure, in a safe and efficient way in significant wave heights up to 3 meters. The landing height adjustment system of the Access & Cargo Tower travels to platform heights up to 24.9 meters. The Motion Compensated Crane is designed to transfer cargo safely to the offshore structure. The crane performs 3D compensated lifts up to 6 ton and provides a large operational window enabling the vessel and its crew to operate in sea conditions up to Hs 2.5 meters.

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We Scots are often guilty of failing to enunciate our Ts. If you ever hear us referring to a “bah-ery”, we’re talking about energy storage systems. So we may drop our Ts when pronouncing the word, but there’s one “T” that Scottish batteries have a prime opportunity to support: the transmission network of Great Britain. National Grid ESO’s Control Room is responsible for balancing the electricity transmission system every half-hour settlement period of every day. That’s 17,520 settlement periods being actively managed every year (17,568 in 2020, a leap year). One of the most important tools they have at their disposal to manage this is the Balancing Mechanism (BM), a 60-90-minute window from closure of the wholesale electricity market to the end of the settlement period one hour ahead, in which they try to match generation with demand. Market participants in the BM can post Offers (to generate more or consume less) or Bids (to generate less or consume more), with National Grid issuing BOAs (Bid/Offer Acceptance) to individual assets to balance the system. There are fundamental changes underway in Grid’s Control Room as they react to an ever-evolving system. Previously, large fossil plant remained on hot standby ready to turn capacity up or

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Chile’s Energy Route 2018–2022 is an initiative that hopes to bring together stakeholders in the renewable industry. Following its announcement, Spain’s Acciona was contracted to build four new renewable energy projects in Chile, adding 400 megawatts (MW) across two solar farms and two wind farms. One of these is the San Gabriel wind farm, located in the municipality of Renaico in the region of La Araucanía. Once completed, San Gabriel will be home to 61 wind turbines, adding 183MW of renewable energy to the grid, with an investment of $300m. To transport the components, the contractor turned to ALE. Each wind turbine was made of concrete segments, as well as a nacelle, which houses the generator; a hub, to which the blades are attached; and the blades themselves. In total, there were 976 components. ALE was tasked with unloading the components from ships arriving into Lirquén Port near the city of Concepcion. After receiving the components, they had to be transported some 230km near to the town of Renaico. The challenge ALE faced was navigating the route from the port to the windfarm site. The sheer size, weight and volume of components meant that the route had to be carefully surveyed and planned. Each

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The smart home has the potential to revolutionize the way consumers interact with technology July 10, 2019 – Boulder, CO – A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for smart home platforms, providing market forecasts, segmented by device type and region, through 2028. Smart homes allow stakeholders to better engage and retain customers, increase satisfaction, and generate new revenue streams. Platforms such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit are spurring excitement and demonstrating the benefits of controlling connected devices with voice. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, global annual revenue from smart home platforms is expected to grow from $3.2 billion in 2019 to $14.3 billion in 2028 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.1%. “The smart home has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology,” says Paige Leuschner, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Stakeholders are driving the adoption of connected devices and growing the number of touch points in the home to generate user data, which leads to more opportunity to drive additional value and generate new revenue streams.” While Navigant Research expects to see significant market growth in the future, there are barriers to adoption. As

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10th July 2019, Taiwan: Today JDR Cables, part of the TFKable Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taya Group, a leading electric wire and land cable manufacturer in Taiwan. Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on localisation opportunities on future renewable energy projects in the area, with a specific focus on building a stronger Taiwanese offshore wind supply chain. In partnership with Taya Group, JDR aims to transfer key technical expertise and utilise Taya Group’s products and services in future project work. As a result of the signing, both companies will discuss areas where localisation can take place and where they can best support each other. Gary Howland, Sales Manager at JDR, commented, “We are thrilled to sign the MOU with Taya Group today, and to be involved in one of the most exciting and ambitious emerging markets for renewable energy. Taiwan’s offshore wind industry has a bright future and we are extremely proud to be a part of it. Currently we are the leading subsea cable supplier in Taiwan, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Taya Group.” The ceremony was held today at Taya Group’s headquarters in Tainan and the MOU will serve to establish and implement

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In what is believed to be a first for Australia, the unique Safeway motion compensated offshore access system of the Dutch Van Aalst Group recently completed more than 1200 safe personnel transfers and 40 gangway operations in only 24 days. For client Woodside Energy the campaign experienced no downtime whatsoever and created significant risk elimination and cost savings, resulting in maximum efficiency of operations. This remarkable achievement created hundreds of extra working hours for the Pluto Alpha (PLA) offshore turnaround in Q2, 2019, resulting in more than 40 days of work scopes being completed in 27 days. The PLA gas production platform is operated by Woodside Energy and is located 190 km north-west of Karratha, Western Australia, in 85 metres of water. Gas from the Pluto field is piped through a trunk line to an onshore facility. For this particular project operator Woodside Energy, Singapore-based vessel owner MMA Offshore and the Dutch Safeway collaborated intensively to install the unique 28 metre long walk-to-work Seagull-type on the 87,8 m long multi-purpose support vessel MMA Pinnacle.

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