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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has appointed Antoine Borraccino (PhD) as Offshore Analytics Lead. Based in Natural Power’s Nantes office in France, Antoine who has a back ground in energy analysis, will support client projects globally as well as providing specialist training and guidance to the internal team of analysts throughout Europe and the US. Keith Burns, Commercial Director at Natural Power, said: “This new role is integral to our business as we continue to develop our offshore capabilities and find new growth opportunities. Offshore wind plays a crucial role in achieving renewable energy targets, and will enable many countries to continue decarbonising their power infrastructure in a cost-effective way. We are supporting clients with wind projects across the globe so must evolve our team to fully grasp this opportunity.” Antoine has a degree in Engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology-Ense3, France, and a PhD in ’Remotely measuring the wind using turbine-mounted lidars: Application to power performance testing’, from DTU Technical University of Denmark. He said: “Natural Power has a strong reputation in the renewable energy industry and the opportunity offshore wind has at a global level is a very exciting prospect. The challenges and diversity of

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Energy Systems Catapult has been appointed to lead a Local Energy Systems Scottish Industry Network (LESSIN) and bring together manufacturers, project developers, technology companies and investors to cultivate the low carbon ecosystem in Scotland. The £334,000 initiative will be led by Energy Systems Catapult in partnership with the Energy Technology Partnership and is supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The holistic local energy systems approach integrates electricity, heat and transport systems, often with a digital solution around the management of elements such as demand, supply, energy storage or conversion. Many world-leading local energy system projects already exist across Scotland including the Levenmouth Community Energy Project in Fife also ACCESS (Assisting Communities to Connect to Electric Sustainable Sources) on Mull and SMILE in Orkney. These projects have shown the concept can decarbonise heat use in rural areas and match local electricity generation and local electricity demand at a distribution network level, including hydrogen technology as part of the solution. LESSIN will develop local energy activity as well as create opportunities for businesses in the supply chain to connect with each other and with stakeholders to build the Scottish low carbon economy. The aim is to provide a platform for a series of

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More than 800 people tuned in to see 13 winners announced Chief Executive of industry body says shortlist highlights the “phenomenal skillset” of Scotland’s renewable energy industry An underwater robot which is changing the game for offshore subsea inspection processes has been handed a top award by Scotland’s renewable energy industry tonight (Nov 26). Rovco was announced as winner of the Best Innovation Award for SubSLAM X2, a data collection system which allows onshore engineers to work under the waves from the comfort of their offices. The Scottish Green Energy Awards, which normally take place in Edinburgh, were held tonight (November 26) as a virtual online event for the first time ever. More than 800 people tuned in to the broadcast-quality live awards show which saw winners in 13 categories receive recognition for their work in the sector, which employs 17,700 people. Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, gave a keynote address highlighting the role renewable energy will play in the country's green recovery and David Duguid MP, UK Government Minister for Scotland, presented the Sustainable Development Award. Among the award winners were: Heat Smart Orkney Ltd was announced as the winner of the Best Community Project Award for the Heat Smart Orkney project, which is helping

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Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said:  "Scottish Renewables welcomes the publication of The Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework 4 Position Statement, and in particular its commitment that ‘the long-term strategy will be driven by the overarching goal of addressing climate change’. "The acknowledgment that ‘supporting renewable energy developments, including the re-powering and extension of existing wind farms’ will be crucial to this goal is a welcome recognition of the importance of an industry which is already delivering economic and environmental benefits across Scotland. "Our submission to the Scottish Government’s Call for Ideas reflected our members’ view that addressing climate change should be central to future planning decisions, so we are pleased to see that position recognised, with the statement saying ‘we expect that NPF4 will confirm our view that the Global Climate Emergency should be a material consideration in considering applications for appropriately-located renewable energy developments’. "Overall it is important to recognise the role planning will play in the deployment of the energy generation technologies which will achieve our net-zero target, and we are pleased that this interim statement does so."

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Publication ‘shows how developers are caring for peatlands near their projects’ Industry is restoring peatlands damaged over many decades A new document showing the benefits of wind farms to Scotland's peatlands is launched today (Nov 26). The easily-digested publication, titled Wind Power and Peatland: Enhancing Unique Habitats, looks at more than £2.5 million of work carried out by three renewable energy businesses at sites across the country. The document, released as part of UK Wind Week, shows how wind farm developers are restoring peatland which has been damaged by forestry, over-grazing and drainage. Peat plays an important role in the fight against climate change because healthy peatlands remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it. The document sets out the four types of peatland found in Scotland – blanket bogs, raised bogs, fens and bog woodland – as well as the plants and animals which live on them, including the rare Bog Sun Jumper Spider and carnivorous sundew. It also includes 20 photographs, with detailed captions showing the role peat plays in the landscape and the various methods used to protect and restore it. Scottish Renewables’ Director of Communications and Strategy, Nick Sharpe, said: “Both wind power and peatlands play a vital role in tackling the carbon emissions

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The international service provider for wind turbines Deutsche Windtechnik has achieved a new milestone in its 13-year company history. At the end of November 2020, the company is providing maintenance for wind turbines with a rated power of more than 10 GW. Of these, 66 percent receive long-term full service and 34 percent receive basic maintenance. This makes Deutsche Windtechnik the largest independent service provider (ISP) for wind turbines in Europe and possibly worldwide. More than half of the wind turbines serviced by Deutsche Windtechnik are installed in Germany, which is exactly 65 percent of the 10 GW. "This means we provide service for exactly ten percent of the total rated output of wind turbines currently installed in Germany. Ten years ago, it would have been a bold claim to say that an independent provider would one day provide service for systems on this scale. The service market has changed permanently in Germany, and we are also increasingly setting trends at the international level and have become a fixture for operators with a wide variety of requirements," said Director Matthias Brandt. The proportion of international service contracts has increased significantly across Europe and recently also in the US. "We owe this

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Covestro develops sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore industry Covestro offers a sustainable cast elastomer solution for the offshore wind power industry. It is based on a precursor of the cardyon® brand containing CO₂. The elastomers show the same good properties as petrochemical-based products. © Covestro Covestro has developed a sustainable cast elastomer solution that enables the offshore industry to reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint. The polyurethane elastomers are based on so-called cardyon® brand polyols, which contain CO2 and offer the same good performance as corresponding petrochemical-based elastomers. A new technology from Covestro makes it possible to produce these precursors from carbon dioxide in a proportion of up to 20 percent by weight, thereby replacing some of the fossil raw materials used up to now. The development contributes to recycling carbon and underlines Covestro's intention to focus all its activities on the Circular Economy. In its search for a more sustainable solution for the offshore industry, molding company Polarttech opted for a Desmodur® elastomer system containing cardyon® polyols. This cast polyurethane elastomer offers the following advantages: The part produced with this system shows very good hydrolysis resistance, as expected from such an offshore application, and is more durable than other elastomers

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Moventas introduces its Exceed Evo+ upgrade for the Exceed Evo gearbox, launched in Hamburg wind energy expo 2018. The Exceed Evo+ contains a new bearing concept, the Moventas Orbit™ Bearing Solution, which provides a calculated bearing lifetime of 40-years. Exceed Evo+ is the next step in the technology roadmap developed by Moventas that was launched with the release of the first Exceed gearbox back in 2014. The modular Exceed technology platform, and its roadmap, has been designed to give turbine OEM’s a competitive edge by lowering the LCoE of wind turbines. The roadmap has been designed to provide a modular gearbox technology base that anticipates and adapts to the requirements of the wind industry. Exceed Evo+ represents Moventas’ 40 years of commitment to our customers and the wind industry. Exceed Evo+ continues the Exceed technology platform’s trend of providing validated industry leading technology in a compact form factor and higher torque density ratings. The Exceed Evo+ supports both medium and high-speed drivetrain turbine variants in the 6MW and above power classes.

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Trail Blazing apprentices to work on East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm As the UK celebrates Wind Week (23-27 November 2020) ScottishPower Renewables is announcing the appointment of its first-ever offshore wind apprentices. Talented locals, 18-year-old Jovita Beeston from Norwich and 17-year-old Hope Reynolds from Lowestoft, secured the roles after a rigorous selection process. The two mechatronics maintenance apprentice technicians are now hard at work on their three-year apprenticeship programme, which will see them working 30 miles off the Suffolk coast on the recently completed East Anglia ONE windfarm. During the three-year programme, Jovita and Hope will receive on the job learning and unique work experience opportunities, which will bring classroom studies, such as programming and mechanical assembly, to life. The first stage of their study programme is focused on college learning, where they are the only two women on the course. Jovita was inspired to join the ScottishPower Renewables programme after studying engineering at college as well as gaining practical work experience in the offshore wind sector. She said: “I not only really enjoyed the experience of working in the offshore industry – I was also really fascinated about the impact of renewable energy and how it was growing as a key sector for the

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Grid edge estimated to be crucial to tackle the energy transition Assessment of grid edge readiness and need for 36 countries worldwide Results provide valuable insights for governments and industries alike In the effort to mitigate climate change, global energy markets are changing for good. Energy generation is increasingly relying on renewables, and formerly passive consumers are becoming active prosumers. For this energy turnaround to succeed, the grid edge – the interface between energy supply and energy demand – is more important than ever. Grid edge technologies are crucial to support the energy transformation. They encompass a wide range of technologies, from electric vehicles to heat pumps, solar panels, and smart meters to apps which allow remote control of appliances. In a joint research project, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Technische Universität Berlin (Germany) and University of Oxford (UK) have defined a comprehensive index to assess the opportunities and barriers for grid edge solutions. “There is no one-fits-all blueprint for the energy transformation. Many factors influence which solutions are appropriate for a region, and how ready a country is to deploy them at scale,” says Michael Weinhold, CTO at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. The three partner organisations analysed 36 countries worldwide for

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