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The Can Mata project is the first landfill gas injection project in Europe to be financed by a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) The Ferrovial Servicios group, a leading global service operator, has selected Waga Energy to produce biomethane at the Can Mata landfill, one of Spain’s largest landfill, near Barcelona. The Can Mata site will be the first in Spain to use the WAGABOX® purification technology, developed by Waga Energy to recover landfill gas in the form of biomethane, a renewable substitute for natural gas. The WAGABOX® unit at the Can Mata site will be commissioned in 2022. It will treat up to 2,200 m3/h of landfill gas and inject 70 GWh of biomethane per year into the gas network of the Spanish operator Nedgia, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 14,000 Spanish households or a fleet of 200 lorries. The project will avoid the emission of 17,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by substituting renewable gas for natural gas. One of the first PPAs in Europe for green gas This is the first ever landfill gas injection project to be financed by a long-term power purchase agreement in Europe. This method of financing is common for renewable electricity projects, but

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Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation has been awarded a contract by Torgy LNG AS to provide 190 integrated cable protection systems for Jiangsu Qidong offshore wind farm project, located in Jiangsu, China. Trelleborg’s NjordGuard cable protection system will protect inter array grid power cables on the project from over-bending, abrasion, and fatigue. Ralph Wu, Sales Manager for renewables at Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation in China, states: “We are proud to be selected to provide Trelleborg’s NjordGuard cable protection system for Jiangsu Qidong, one of China’s biggest offshore wind projects. It’s fantastic to support this prestigious project.” Alexander Aguilera, CEO at Torgy LNG AS, states: “We are very proud to be working on the Jiangsu Qidong offshore wind farm project and as we always strive to deliver at the highest quality and safety standards. Trelleborg’s NjordGuard cable protection suited us very well for this purpose, it also feels good to work in parallel with another Scandinavian international group, providing our state-of-the-art technology in the growing renewables sector in China. Production of the 190 NjordGuard cable protection systems will take place across Trelleborg’s manufacturing facilities in Singapore and England. Project engineering works will commence immediately, with installation activities scheduled for execution at the beginning of

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has launched DARC (Detection and Active Response Curtailment) – the first ever bat smart curtailment technology to simultaneously reduce bat fatalities AND energy losses at wind farms. In its efforts to progress wind farm projects stuck in development due to bat concerns, and reduce the impact of wind farms on bat populations whilst increasing the energy production and revenue potential, Natural Power brought together a team of bat experts and technology and software engineers to develop this new service. Jim Adams, President of Natural Power in North America, said: “What we were trying to solve was a complex puzzle across multiple disciplines. It required a deep understanding of bat behaviour, as well as interactions with wind farm operational controls. We had to design our DARC service to have no mechanical impact on the wind turbines and to maintain the highest level of cybersecurity that our clients expect.” Following a proof-of-concept deployment in 2019 and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Natural Power worked with Alliant Energy to install and operate a full system from August to October 2020 at the English

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ArcVera Renewables, a leading international provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar, and storage projects, is now one of the first companies based in the United States approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission - Renewable Energy (IECRE) to operate as a Renewable Energy Testing Laboratory. IECRE is the IEC system for certification to standards relating to equipment for use in renewable energy applications. IECRE approval validates the quality of ArcVera’s wind turbine PPT processes and the thoroughness of its quality management system. The IECRE process included a thorough audit by a set of industry peers who reviewed ArcVera’s procedures and processes, which were approved as being consistent with industry best practices. “With the achievement of IECRE accreditation, ArcVera can now pursue testing on several types of turbines and perform accredited power curve tests to the IEC 61400-12-1 standard, including all of the subtasks of such tests, such as terrain and obstacle assessments, site calibration, test planning, equipment installation, and test execution”, said Matt Cramer, Business Development Manager. Matt Cramer recently joined ArcVera to lead the business development of power performance testing services. IECRE is the leading internationally accepted conformity assessment system for renewable energy; its harmonized accreditation requirements ensure both quality

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Vössing Engineers have awarded Fugro a geotechnical and water consulting contract to support the route planning, permitting and installation of 106 km of underground power cables on Section 2 of Germany’s new Suedlink powerline. Approximately 700 km long and due to be completed by 2028, the new Suedlink powerline is the country’s largest energy infrastructure project and will effectively transport electricity generated by offshore wind in the north of Germany to meet demand in the south. Fugro‘s multidisciplinary consultancy services on this wind-energy project include site investigation supervision, hydrogeological expertise and environmental support. Vössing Engineers will then use Fugro’s comprehensive Geo-data acquisition, and ground and environmental risk mitigation advice, to optimise the cable route layout to reduce costs, accelerate the schedule and ensure the successful implementation of Section 2. Wido Schmidt-Heck, Vössing Engineers Project Director, said: “Vössing’s challenge on Section 2 of the Suedlink project is to combine approximately 150 staff from different companies into one exploration, design and permitting team. This consultancy contract with Fugro facilitates that strategic cooperation and we look forward to a successful delivery.” Dirk Brinschwitz, Fugro’s Project Manager, said: "I am proud to be managing this important energy transition project. At Fugro, our knowledge and services are the

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Bergen, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, January 19, 2021— Corvus Energy is pleased to announce the introduction of the Corvus BOB, a containerized battery room solution for maximum flexibility in Battery-On-Board (BOB) vessel applications. The Corvus BOB is a standardized, class-approved, modular battery room solution available in 10-foot and 20-foot ISO high-cube container sizes. The complete energy storage system (ESS) comes with battery, battery monitoring system (BMS), cooling, TR exhaust, and firefighting and detection system. The “Plug and Play battery room” simplifies integration into any system integrator’s power management system on board a ship. Though Corvus started on a container concept back in 2016, Shell has been the major driving force behind the modular and standardized thinking. The energy major believes that owners and operators of many vessel types will benefit significantly from the flexibility offered by a modular, containerized battery system. “Batteries are going to be on board as the industry decarbonizes, regardless of which fuel are used now or in the future,” says Bo Jardine, Shell’s Global Category Manager – Marine, responsible for chartering offshore support vessels (OSVs). “The benefit of a containerized battery system is that you can add more containers if additional capacity is needed or move containers to another vessel in

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Chevron Marine Lubricants has helped ship owner customers identify and manage a distinctive engine condition challenge associated with the widespread switch to low-sulphur fuels. Some ship owners using very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) have reported build-up of red deposits on piston crowns and top edges, sometimes combined with red iron burrs in scavenge ports. The deposits are associated with abnormal liner wear (or scuffing) since the fuel switch, particularly on older two-stroke marine engines. Chevron used a four-step laboratory analysis to narrow down likely causes. The deposits were found to include a compound of materials including harmless detergent additive residue and iron oxide. The detergent residue was determined not to be a source of wear as the deposits were only found in single cylinders rather than across the engine. The fuels associated with the red deposit and scuffing incidences were also analysed. Chevron found that the VLSFO blends involved showed differences from others in two fuel characteristics, typically a lower calculated carbon aromaticity index (CCAI) and high estimated cetane number (ECN). Although VLSFO has been found to offer a typically higher energy value content than heavy fuel oil (HFO), and therefore can offer value for money, its combustion engine density properties can result in harsher

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New gas-fired power plants will feed top-up energy into the grid during peak demand times, supporting the UK’s low-carbon energy infrastructure Siemens to deliver fuel flexible, low-emission gas engines and design support of the containerised generators London, 18 January 2021 - Conrad Energy, the UK’s biggest independent power producer providing distributed energy generation, has signed another two contracts with Siemens over the supply of containerised gas engines for two new peaking power plants in Wrexham and Bilston. This is in addition to a contract received earlier in 2020 for a plant in Sittingbourne. The new gas-to-electricity plants will feed additional energy into the National Grid at times of peak demand, boosting the UK’s ability to make wide-scale use of renewable and sustainable energy sources. Flexible, fast-start peaking plants play a key role in guaranteeing a stable energy supply during periods when green energy generation capacity isn’t sufficient to meet demand. Under the contracts, Siemens will supply at total of seven SGE-56SL 1MWe containerised gas engines. These highly flexible and reliable engines can be powered by a range of fuels – such as natural gas, landfill and sewage gas, flare and well gas and syngas – and deliver excellent return on investment. Siemens will also

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Global Drone Inspection (GDI), the new subsidiary company of robotic inspection specialists RIMS BV, have introduced the use of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) for the inspection of in water ship assets.   Building on the experience gained by sister company, RIMS BV, who are now an established, class approved supplier of UAV inspections in the maritime industry, GDI can now offer customers fast, flexible and safe inspections of stern tube seals, bow thrusters, hull land markings, as well as in use tanks, which are often unable to be emptied for inspections.    The condition of the coatings, anti-fouling, deformations, damages, leaking seals, rudders and propellers require regular inspections, so there is a real need for fast, real-time, safe, and cost-effective inspections of floating assets and internals of tanks. GDI can now offer this service, operating the ROVs safely following the same procedures used currently for RIMS UAV inspections.   Using leading technology from Blueye Robotics, their small ROV provides high definition video recordings and images to clients.  This high-tech equipment is also able to stream live video, enabling real time decision making with regards to repairs and future maintenance.   David Knukkel, CEO, Global Drone Inspection: “In water inspections present significant challenges and safety concerns, with incidents and accidents

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Sell down of four RWE onshore wind farms in Texas of a stake equivalent to a total capacity of 207 megawatts Agreed purchase price of around USD 160 million corresponds to an enterprise value for the stake of around USD 300 million RWE will remain operator of all onshore wind farms RWE, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed an agreement with Greencoat to sell a 24% stake in four RWE onshore wind farms in Texas. This accounts for a total pro-rata installed capacity of 207 megawatts (MW). The agreed purchase price of around USD 160 million corresponds to an enterprise value of around USD 300 million (for the 24% stake), which translates to an implied enterprise value multiple of USD 1.4 million/MW. Three projects are in operation and one under construction. Following the closing of the transaction, RWE will continue to operate all four wind farms. The agreement with Greencoat follows the announcement on 14 December 2020 of RWE to reduce its 100% stake in the four onshore wind farms and to sell a 51% stake to a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. The assets will thus be 51% owned by Algonquin, 25% by RWE and

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