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The four- to five-hour event is aimed at all service companies involved in the maintenance and repair of wind turbines. It consists of a theoretical part and practical exercises. "The aim is for the participants to be able to reliably use the product themselves after the training and pass on the knowledge to their employees," says Stefan Weber of WINDSOURCING.COM. The managing director of the Hamburg-based trading company is enthusiastic about "SikaCor® SW-1000 RepaCor": "Various practical applications in recent months have confirmed this: The product is a revolution in the repair of corrosion damage to onshore and offshore wind turbines". Background: The use of wind power, especially on the open sea, demands the highest standards of corrosion protection - and thus maintenance - due to the mechanical and climatic conditions. "A long and thus profitable service life of the turbines can only be achieved with conscientious maintenance," explains Weber. "The systems cannot simply be transported away, especially on the high seas. All work has to be carried out on site in wind and weather - often by industrial climbers who can only handle heavy tools and material to a limited extent". In addition, protective coatings have to dry and harden quickly

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Christiaan Vermeijden brings a wealth of experience and strong track record in marine surveying Gardline today announces the appointment of Christiaan Vermeijden as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Christiaan Vermeijden will replace Gardline's current interim CEO, Gerben Eggink. Christiaan Vermeijden: "I am honoured to become CEO of Gardline, a company I have long admired for its strong reputation and rich heritage. I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to make Gardline even more successful and realise its mission of empowering an energy industry in transition with marine surveying that is second-to-none.” He continued: "We’re seeing the green shoots of a recovery in offshore exploration and production, and consistent strong growth in offshore renewables. Our partners recognise that Gardline's marine geophysical, geotechnical, and environmental surveys will be vital for them to succeed in a transforming energy sector.” Christiaan joins Gardline after leaving his position as CEO at Norway-based Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS). Prior to his role with EMGS, he was part of the Executive Management Team and Global Offshore Geotechnical Director at Fugro N.V.

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The Offshore Wind Skills Academy, a joint effort by Danish Energy and Climate Academy and the University of Delaware are designed to provide education for the offshore industry. The new Academy will prepare US industry for the rapidly-growing opportunities in offshore wind power. The Academy is designed to prepare professionals, including those from traditional energy industries, wind developers, supply chain companies, regulators, investors, and stakeholders. Because the US offshore wind industry is still in its infancy, building the committed 10,000 MW over the next 12 years will require a new set of trained professionals and managers. During the last years more than 2000 have participated in the wind energy courses that Energy and Climate Academy offers and CEO Torben Kirkegaard look forward to the cooperation: Delaware University has many years of experience in renewable energy and combined with Danish knowledge and experienced lecturers from the US Offshore Industry we are proud to present the courses. Topics are covered in 1- to 3-day intensive sessions, taught by experienced professionals from Europe and the US who have designed, permitted and/or built offshore wind projects.

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New whitepaper from leading predictive analytics partner ONYX InSight highlights restrictions on turbine performance data access and empowers owner operators to hold suppliers to account Nottingham, 8 January 2019 – Of the top CMS hardware providers, who between them account for over 80% of the market, only one gives turbine owners and operators full access to CMS data, and seven of them give no access to data at all, limiting the maintenance and servicing options of turbine owners. This is according to Standing in the Way of Control, the first in series of whitepapers published as part of a working group initiative on data access, convened by ONYX InSight to highlight the costs to the industry of restrictions on data access. While it is well understood that data access restrictions limit the industry’s ability to improve the performance of operational turbines, owners need clarity on what types of data are being restricted, how they are restricted, and the effects this may have on turbine performance. Full access for O&M teams to relevant data, could reduce turbine operational costs by nearly one fifth and allow operators to hit ambitious, yet achievable, targets. Failure to secure access to all data needed for an accurate assessment

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Sulzer’s cutting-edge solutions for separation processes are supporting the pioneering EU-funded project ‘Steelanol’, which aims to turn carbon-rich industrial emissions into bioethanol fuels. By winning this contract, Sulzer is further strengthening its reputation in providing high-quality, reliable and innovative process engineering services and equipment for more sustainable and efficient processing plants. Sulzer Chemtech, the leader in separation and mixing technology, was appointed by ArcelorMittal to provide distillation equipment to its steel production plant in Gent, Belgium. This will help converting waste gases from the steel manufacturing process into approximately 80 million liters of bioethanol annually. While the steel industry is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions, the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal is actively engaged in the Steelanol project to turn its sites into smart carbon plants. To do this, the company has partnered with LanzaTech, a developer of a biotechnology that uses acetogenic bacteria, which is able to ferment carbon monoxide (CO)-rich gases to produce ethanol. In order to develop a suitable system to extract the biofuel after the bacterial metabolic process, it was essential to select a specialist in separation technology. Sulzer was appointed on the basis of its extensive expertise, in-depth knowledge and manufacturing

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After being awarded our largest renewables project to date, our Team began delivering Dorenell Wind Farm, near Dufftown, currently the largest Contract for Difference (CfD) project in the UK for onshore wind. The task of transporting all the components and ancillary equipment for 59 Vestas V90 turbines would certainly prove a challenge, but with our extensive experience in the renewable energy industry this was a challenge our Team would happily accept. For the last six months our Teams have methodically delivered each of the components from their storage location at the Port of Inverness to Dorenell and all deliveries are now complete. Originating from various locations across Europe, components arrived at the Port of Inverness from Santander, Italy, Campbelltown and Denmark. The Port of Inverness, having undergone considerable expansion offered the necessary facilities, including the addition of extensive laydown areas, increased storage capacity and a new entrance suitable for turbine components of up to 50m in length. Utilising these capabilities provided us with the ideal port of entry for the turbine components destined for Dorenell, although with the wind farm being over 80 miles away our Team were required to undertake extensive planning ahead of the arrival of the various components. The 80

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Small port, big cargo, narrow waterways: the heavy cargo deck carrier for offshore wind projects in the North and Baltic Seas, which is currently being built at a Chinese shipyard, is the answer to a wide range of customer requirements for this special ship that initially seemed to be difficult to reconcile. The Hamburg maritime engineering company HeavyLift@Sea presented the solution with an individual basic design for a high-performance heavy cargo deck carrier. "Our client for this project, a Hamburg-based shipping company specialising in offshore wind projects, is already operating a deck carrier, which is to be supplemented by a more flexible high-performance new-build. The ship will initially transport wind power components for offshore wind turbines in the North Sea and Baltic Sea," says Hendrik Gröne, Managing Director of HeavyLift@Sea, explaining the project. This special area of application and the special ship’s type of employment required a very sophisticated, tailor-made design. The heavy cargo deck carrier (DC 10000) has been designed to transport heavy cargo and large modules as well as components that cannot be lifted by crane due to their weight or structure – for example fragile steel structures for the oil and gas industry – but are rolled onto the

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Altitec, a leading distributor of ActSafe Ascenders, sees greater numbers of businesses investing in reducing operational costs and increasing site safety over the last 12 months. London, Tuesday 8th January - Smart rope access businesses are increasingly making the move to using powered ascenders. New figures from Altitec show a marked increase in demand for the technology in businesses across the wind, structural maintenance and construction sectors. Up from leasing 15 ActSafe Ascenders to rope access businesses for 38 weeks in 2017, 2018 saw Altitec leasing 58 Ascenders for a total of 419 weeks. ActSafe powered ascenders can trim the time technicians spend on-site by as much as a third; the uptake in ascender leasing levels over the last 12 months indicates that companies are looking to reduce business costs and with it, technician fatigue. Working as a personal elevator and equipment lifter that moves tools and technicians up and down rope access systems safely and at speed, power ascenders assist traditional, manual climbing methods and can be used in places where it is impossible to use a crane, scaffolding, or powered platform. Equally, the conditions that make manual climbing methods necessary can be challenging for personnel. Investing in technology that reduces

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The  132 kV underground power cable connection project illustrates Nexans’ capability to provide  excellence in project delivery including design, manufacture, civil works, installation, jointing and commissioning. Paris La Défense, January 8, 2019 – The Scottish Government has set an ambitious target for renewable energy resources to meet 100 percent of the country’s gross annual electricity consumption by 2020. Large onshore wind farms will play a key role in meeting this target, such as the 88 megawatt (MW) Kype Muir wind farm, where Nexans has just completed a project to provide a 16 km 132 kilovolt (kV) underground grid connection for SP Energy Networks. With a total capacity of over 10 gigawatt (GW), Scotland’s renewable electricity generation sector is now over three times bigger than it was at the end of 2008. Onshore wind is the biggest single renewable technology, accounting for over 74 per cent of installed capacity. The Kype Muir wind farm comprises 26 turbines and is a flagship development for the Banks Group. It is located around 5 km from the town of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire. A key element in the wind farm project is the 16 km underground cable connection required to link the new 132 / 33 kV SP Energy

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Power converters are among the most frequently failing components of wind turbines and are thus associated with high costs and long downtimes. A better understanding of the causes of their failure is vital in the race to develop effective protective measures and thus improve the profitability of turbine operation. A project consortium composed of operators and manufacturers of turbines, semiconductors, and converters is working closely together with research and academic partners in the project ReCoWind, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Within the three year project duration, field data from various sites and turbine types are being analyzed, damage models derived, and experimental tests performed on components. Economic losses of around € 200 million per year arise in Germany alone due to repair costs and revenue losses resulting from failed power converters in wind turbines. At offshore sites in particular, repairs present a logistical challenge and cannot be carried out at short notice. The often severe damage to power modules further hampers the clarification of the complex interdependencies. However, the project partners have a vested interest in better understanding which influencing factors trigger defects and what processes occur up to the failure of power electronic components. As part

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