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Subsea engineering analysis consultancy, AgileTek, has completed the first use of its revolutionary AELCloud system on a project for geo-intelligence and asset integrity provider, Fugro. The work required a substantial number of simulations of subsea power cable installation operations to be performed to verify procedures, component sizes and weather windows. Some of the results were required at critical milestones within the larger project, and AELCloud allowed AgileTek to scale server capacity on demand to meet these deadlines. AELCloud is an online platform developed by AgileTek which runs analysis and simulations on both cloud and the client’s own local servers. It drastically reduces the time traditionally needed to run simulations, and ensures information amassed is high-quality and traceable. On this subsea installation project alone, AgileTek ran approximately 27,000 OrcaFlex simulations which equated to around 57,000 hours, or just over six years of simulation time. Eight terabytes of simulation file binary data were saved, and AELCloud processed a total of 1.5 billion data points for critical metrics in the system. Data at this scale cannot be stored on a laptop or processed with Microsoft Excel, which is why AgileTek has invested in a distributed digital data store with built in redundancy and a highly efficient query

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Zurich, Switzerland, July 19, 2017 – ABB’s Static Compensation SVC Light® technology to enable voltage stabilization and enhanced power quality for East Anglia ONE windfarm ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light® Static Compensators (STATCOMs) that will smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy. They will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies for millions of consumers. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. The UK government has set a target to meet 15 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. Contributing to this goal, the East Anglia ONE project is expected to provide in total, 714 megawatts (MW) of renewable wind energy from 102 wind turbines to meet the needs of over 500,000 homes. The offshore wind farm is located approximately 43 kilometres (km) off the Suffolk Coast in the southern North Sea. STATCOM is part of ABB’s family of FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems) technologies that help reduce losses, enhance the capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems and contribute to more efficient and reliable grids. As

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The first ever wind turbine blades manufactured at the Siemens blade factory in Hull are en route to Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, located off the North Norfolk coast. The Siemens blade factory in Hull officially opened in December 2016 and the first blades to have been manufactured at the site are now ready for installation at Race Bank. The blades have been loaded onto the Sea Installer vessel, and will make their way from the Port of Hull to the Race Bank site for installation. Matthew Wright, Managing Director for DONG Energy UK, said: “This is a fantastic moment, not just for Race Bank, but for the whole offshore wind industry in the U.K. To see the first blades made in Hull now loaded out and ready for installation at our project really underlines the strength of the U.K. supply chain to support the growth of offshore wind in this country. “When complete, Race Bank will be capable of powering over half a million homes with green energy and this is another major success story for offshore wind, bringing jobs and investment across the North of the U.K..” Clark MacFarlane, Managing Director Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy UK, said: “We are delighted to see DONG Energy’s

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FOWT, the world’s largest event dedicated to floating offshore wind, confirms its 2018 venue and launches its much awaited call for paper. After a very successful 2017 edition which gathered over 600 attendees and specialists from all over the world last March, the French mediterranean city of Marseille will once again host the internationally acclaimed FOWT convention on April 25th and 26th 2018. Darius Snieckus, Editor-in-Chief of Recharge will moderate the two-day conference. FOWT 2018 is expected to bring together an even larger international crowd in a centrally located and prestigeous oceanside venue: the Palais du Pharo. As the industry is maturing and gathering obvious steam, the underlying thematic of next year’s event will focus on the acceleration of the commercial deployment of floating offshore wind across the globe. Numerous international delegations have already confirmed their attendance and the organization committee, composed of the Mediterranean maritime and coastal economy cluster (Pôle Mer Mediterranée), the Marseille- Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIMP) and the French Wind Energy association (France Energie Eolienne), is already hard at work to make the 2018 edition an even bigger success.

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Hamburg, 19 July 2017. The Nordex Group has been awarded a contract for the installation of the “Pays Chaumontais” wind farm. With a capacity of 14.4 MW, the project is composed of six N117/2400 turbines that will be installed in Jonchery around 250 kilometres south-west of Paris in the first quarter of 2018. In this way, Nordex has gained the French independent power producer Neoen as a new customer. Established in 2008 in France, Neoen operates renewable power plants with a current total installed capacity of more than 1.1 gigawatts in several countries. The contract was awarded thanks to the lowest cost of energy produced by Nordex turbines that enable an above-average energy yield to be achieved. The contract includes turbines delivery, operation and maintenance for a period of 16 years. About the Nordex Group The Group has installed wind power capacity of around 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has more than 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 - 3.9 MW class addressing the requirements of developed as well as

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Wood Group’s clean energy business, previously known as SgurrEnergy, recently completed owner’s engineer work for the pre-construction and construction phase of Metro Energy DAC’S Kilberehert Wind Farm near Freemount, County Cork, Ireland. The renewable energy and grid integration experts were commissioned by Metro Energy, which is owned by brothers Garvan and Kieran Healy, to provide expert advice on the site which was developed on their family’s farm. The 4.799MW project, which comprises three turbines, is now spinning at maximum export capacity; generating power for approximately 3,000 local homes. The idea for the Kilberehert Wind Farm was originally conceived back in 2003 by Garvan Healy who invested a considerable amount of time, money and effort in getting the project through to the early stages of pre-construction. When Wood Group was appointed in 2015, the project really started gaining momentum with the company providing a wide range of support including project management, financial close support, planning support, site inspections and wind turbine technical support. Garvan Healy, director at Metro Energy DAC, said: “We are delighted that Kilberehert Wind Farm is now fully operational. The whole project is the culmination of 14 years of work so it’s great to see it finally coming to fruition. “We are

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Mainstream Renewable Power has welcomed today’s decision (Wednesday, 19 July 2017) by the Court of Session in a long-running judicial review brought by the RSPB of a planning decision by Scottish Ministers. The decision clears the way to proceed with the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. The Inner House of the Court of Session has now refused the RSPB’s application to appeal the Court’s earlier decision to the Supreme Court. Andy Kinsella, Chief Operating Officer, Mainstream Renewable Power said; “After more than two years and two court hearings, we hope that the RSPB acknowledges a fair hearing and allows us to get on with delivering the very significant benefits this project brings to the Scottish economy and its environment. “Once constructed this £2bn project will be capable of supplying 325,000 homes - a city the size of Edinburgh - with clean energy. “It will create more than 500 direct jobs during construction and over 100 direct permanent jobs once operational.  £540 million will be directly invested in Scotland during the construction phase with a further £610m during the operational phase. “We are delighted with the decision and look forward to working constructively with the RSPB to take the wind farm into construction next

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United Wind Logistics develops and realises transport concept for MHI Vestas’ V164 wind turbines The collaboration includes the long-term charter of the deck carrier VestVind, engineering services and other auxiliary services The concept solution enables 24-hour turn-arounds, high flexibility of the heavy lift vessel and the reduction of freight charges The transport of wind turbine components for the Walney Extension offshore wind farm is the first milestone in the collaboration The recently completed transport of mammoth V164 turbine components from Danish ports to Belfast with the deck carrier VestVind marks a first milestone in the collaboration between United Wind Logistics and MHI Vestas. The leading provider of offshore wind energy systems commissioned the specialists for maritime logistics solutions to develop a concept for transporting the turbine components. The first project is to supply the Walney wind farm in the Irish Sea off the west coast of Great Britain. For this purpose, United Wind Logistics designed and implemented a customized one-stop-shop solution which includes the long-term bare boat charter of up to five years of the appropriate deck carrier as well as the optimisation of the existing transport system of MHI Vestas. Based in Hamburg, United Wind Logistics is the market leader

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DONG Energy is continuing its long-standing relationship with Durham University by supporting two PhD research studentships through the Durham Energy Institute (DEI). DONG Energy has funded the Chair in Renewable Energy position at DEI and endowed three MSc scholarships for Durham University students each year since 2011. DONG Energy will now support two PhDs as well, which will focus on the operation of wind turbines and helping to predict technical faults before they happen. Benj Sykes, DONG Energy’s UK Country Manager, said: “DONG Energy is committed to investing in the UK and we’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with the Durham Energy Institute through these two PhDs, alongside our existing sponsorship of Masters students and wider support. “We’re passionate about supporting skills, education and the future of the offshore wind industry in the UK, and this important research into the operation of wind turbines could prove hugely significant in the future.” Simon Hogg, DONG Energy Professor in Renewable Energy at Durham University, said: “Durham Energy Institute believes that addressing energy challenges collaboratively through strong partnerships with industry ensures exciting research initiatives with real world applications that achieve maximum impact in the energy sector. “Our work with DONG Energy and these new joint PhDs are the perfect

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London, 18 July 2017. Leading wind measurement experts gathered in London claimed that LiDARs have been replacing met masts to become the sole wind measurement tool used for offshore resource assessment and power curve verification purposes. These experts stated that LiDAR technology had over the years fully proven its ability to provide wind measurements as reliably as met masts. They also claimed that LiDARs are faster, easier and much cheaper to deploy, enabling significant development and operational cost reductions. At a seminar hosted by Leosphere at the Offshore Wind Conference 2017, top wind measurement experts explained that years of successful LiDAR validation campaigns and strong competitiveness have led industry leaders to choose this technology over met masts for offshore wind feasibility studies as well as power curve verification tests. “Experience has taught us that the uncertainty levels offered by LiDARs are at least on par with those offered by met masts. Although we still encounter performance misconceptions surrounding LiDAR technology, it is now hopefully a mere question of time before the industry as a whole recognizes this technology, and IEC standards are adapted accordingly,” explained Anders Thoft Marcussen, Head of Measurements at DONG Energy and chairman of the London LiDAR Seminar. In

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