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Special area OFFSHORE WIND & GREEN HYDROGEN in Hall 1 now open for booking / New WIND INDUSTRY & GREEN HYDROGEN FORUM platform in cooperation with WAB e. V. / National H2.0 Conference to be held for the first time on the day before the fair  HUSUM | 16 April 2021. The special topic of this year's HUSUM Wind from 14-17 September 2021 will be wind hydrogen, the currently most important trend topic in the wind economy and industry. A dynamically growing hydrogen economy is developing in Europe and the UK; wind energy, and especially offshore wind, is the central driver for this. The offshore sector as well as industry and politics in Germany and across Europe have recognized the potential of the production of climate-friendly hydrogen and green fuels. Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director of VDMA Power Systems and Head of the Competence Center Climate and Energy at VDMA, comments: "Climate-neutral industry needs wind energy. While today it is highly interesting for forerunners to conclude direct contracts for the supply of climate-neutral electricity, in perspective it must be a location factor to provide it in sufficient quantities." For this reason, a separate exhibition area of about 1,000 spare meters in

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Rating agency acknowledges RWE’s strategic transformation Outstanding fiscal 2020 and strong financial position also evaluated positively Rating agency Moody’s upgraded RWE’s long-term rating from Baa3 to Baa2 with a stable outlook. For the subordinated hybrid bonds, the rating increased from Ba2 to Ba1. At the same time, Moody’s upgraded the short-term rating from P-3 to P-2. The analysts stated the primary reasons for upgrading their ratings as being RWE’s strong operating performance in 2020 and the progress made on implementing the strategy with its focus on renewable energies. They expect that the growing revenues from the renewables business will compensate for the exit from coal and nuclear energy in the long run. Furthermore, Moody’s emphasised RWE’s excellent financial base. Rating agency Fitch had already acknowledged RWE’s performance in March by upgrading the company’s long-term rating to BBB+ with a stable outlook.  

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Hamburg, 15 April 2021. In the first quarter of 2021, the Nordex Group received orders for 279 wind turbine systems with a total rated output of 1,247 megawatts (Q1 2020: 1,644 MW). Turbines of the Delta4000 series accounted for 906 MW or 73 percent, all other turbines are of the Delta series in the 3 MW class. The Nordex Group received orders for 1,151 MW in ten European countries in the first quarter of 2021. The largest individual markets were Spain, Turkey, Germany and Finland. With an order from Mexico, the Latin America region accounted for an additional 96 MW. "In the first quarter, we benefited from our traditionally good positioning in European markets such as Germany, Spain and Turkey, but also won projects in Italy, Poland and Lithuania, for example. In addition to the N149, the success of the Delta4000 series is also increasingly based on the other rotor variants N133, N155 and N163, which allows us to cover all wind classes," says José Luis Blanco, CEO of the Nordex Group.

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Long-standing customer again orders N163/5.X turbines Cold-climate version of turbines with anti-icing system and hub height of 159 metres intended for site north of the Polar Circle Hamburg, 14 April 2021. End of March, the global project developer wpd placed another order with the Nordex Group for N163/5.X turbines in Finland. The Nordex Group will supply 17 turbines from the Delta4000 series for the 96.9 MW "Nuolivaara" wind farm. The order also includes a Premium Service contract covering a period of 15 years and an option to extend by a further five years. The "Nuolivaara" wind farm will be built some 25 kilometres to the north-east of the centre of Kemijärvi, between the municipalities of Kemijärvi and Salla in the north of Finland. Due to the harsh, cold climate to the north of the Polar Circle, the Nordex Group will be supplying the turbines in the cold-climate version. This means that the turbines can be operated at temperatures down to -30°C. The rotor blades will be equipped with the Advanced Anti-Icing System. The system prevents the rotor blades from icing before ice starts to form. This reduces power losses significantly as the turbines can be operated continuously also in harsh

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8.5 megawatt hour battery storage facility will help rapidly balance grid fluctuations Development of battery storage is key to enhancing the role of renewables in Ireland’s clean energy transition RWE Renewables’ first European-based battery storage project has entered full operations in Ireland. The 8.5 megawatt hour (MWh) battery storage facility will be capable of providing a rapid delivery of electricity into the power grid in order to balance fluctuations resulting from the growing proportion of electricity generated by intermittent renewables. The site is located in Stephenstown, Balbriggan, in County Dublin and is the first of two battery storage facilities that RWE, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, will bring online in Ireland this year. Cathal Hennessy, Country Chair, RWE Renewables Ireland, said: “Stephenstown is a utility-scale battery storage investment, in a market which is already committed to renewable energies, and which provides dedicated support for battery storage. Ireland is an excellent starting point for RWE Renewables as we look to expand and grow our battery storage technology business and become a key partner in Ireland’s low carbon energy transition.” The Stephenstown battery storage plant will provide critical system services to help ensure a smooth flow of electricity into the grid, as Ireland

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Nearly £1 million of smart investment in the South East’s electricity network is set to pave the way for new generators of renewable energy to connect to the grid. UK Power Networks is rolling out new ‘load blinding relays’ across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to unlock capacity for new connections. The £932,000 project will see the devices installed on 80 transformers across 35 sites, from now until 2024. In total the new protection relay technology will release 469 Mega Volt Amperes (MVA) – unlocking enough capacity to install a rooftop solar panel on 127,445 houses. That’s the equivalent of connecting a new solar panel on every house in a town the size of Eastbourne, East Sussex. Installing the new smart devices is also significantly cheaper than replacing existing equipment or building new, and the South East was chosen because it already hosts many wind and solar farms. Director of Asset Management Barry Hatton said: “We’re excited about this programme because it shows just how far we can go if we think a bit differently and re-imagine what’s possible on our network. Strategic, smart, specific investment like this, is exactly how we plan to help enable Net Zero by 2050.” Traditionally, protection devices switch off

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Fraunhofer IWES and GERICS are launching a new research project to investigate climatic changes in wind and their influence on wind energy site assessment. When planning a wind farm, yield assessments are vital when it comes to estimating the wind conditions at the planned site and calculating the expected energy yields while taking various factors into account. The basis of this is normally formed by historical wind data as well as measurement data that are extrapolated into the future during the planning process. However, advancing climate change means that historical data might be less applicable for the future. Within the scope of the KliWiSt project, Fraunhofer IWES, together with the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), will be investigating the influence of climate change on wind energy site assessment in the coming decades. In addition, specific recommendations for action for the future determination of yield assessments for wind farms are also to be derived from this. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is financing this research project to the tune of € 1.16 million through to 2024. With the Paris Agreement, the United Nations set out climate goals in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that any increase in the

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GEV Wind Power (“GEV”), one of the world’s leading wind turbine blade repair and maintenance providers has merged with Danish based Wind Power Lab (“WPL”), a leader in providing intelligent technology based blade solutions to wind park operators. The existing management teams, led by CEO’s David Fletcher and Anders Røpke, will continue to lead their respective businesses in this growth market. There remains a continued focus on producing more energy from renewable sources to drive down global carbon emissions in the coming years. This together with the cost of wind energy production being comparable to the cost of producing energy from fossil fuels, means that wind energy is becoming an increasingly attractive option. As a result, the number of wind turbines is forecast to grow at c.8% per annum over the next five years. GEV provides field blade repair and maintenance services to wind farm manufacturers and operators in the UK, Europe and the US, operating both onshore and in challenging offshore environments. Wind turbine blades are susceptible to erosion and weather damage, which affects aerodynamic efficiency and reduces their energy production (and can sometimes stop the turbine operating altogether). GEV specialises in providing highly qualified technicians to repair blades, reducing downtime

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Hamburg, 13 April 2021. In March, the Nordex Group received an order from the VSB Group to supply turbines in the 3MW class in Poland. The project developer has ordered 11 turbines for a wind cluster in Poland totalling about 42 MW of installed capacity. The order also includes a Premium Service contract for the turbines covering a period of 20 years. The turbine type and the project name are undisclosed as per customer request. In autumn 2022, the Nordex Group will supply and install the turbines. The commissioning is planned to start end of the same year. "Following projects in Germany and Finland, we are now also pleased to equip Polish wind farms of the VSB Group with our turbine technology and thus contribute to accelerating the energy transition in Poland," says Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group. To date, the Nordex Group has sold turbines for projects over 700 MW in Poland, of which more than 240 MW are currently under construction. “It was a pleasure to work with Nordex on this important milestone for our first 100% own developed Polish project. We are looking forward to the start of construction work and the turbine delivery next year,” added

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As part of the Danish climate agreement of June 2020, it was decided to build two energy islands, in the Baltic and North Seas respectively, linked to offshore wind farms that together can provide 5 GW and cover the electric consumption for approx. 5 million households in Denmark and nearby countries. The global engineering, architecture and consultancy company Ramboll has been awarded one of the first pilot climate and seabed studies for the coming energy islands. Danes were recently introduced to a new concept, ’energy island’ which refers to an existing island, an artificial (physical) island or platform that functions as a hub for electricity production from nearby offshore wind farms, to be collected and distributed to one or more countries. The energy company, Energinet, has now asked Ramboll to map and recommend possible submerged cable routes and landing locations for the export of power from the future energy island near Bornholm, to Denmark and an adjacent country. ”The project is of major strategic importance since the result will help form the basis for decisions about import and export of energy from the new energy island, as well as how renewable energy from the islands will interconnect the countries. This will be vital

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