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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence to Greencoat Renewables in support of its agreement to acquire two Irish windfarms from Statkraft Ireland under a forward sale model for a combined value of €123 million. The deal comprises Cloghan wind farm (37.8MW) which is located in County Offaly, and Taghart wind farm (25.2MW) in County Cavan. Statkraft Ireland will manage the construction of each site and will continue to provide trading and operational management services once operational. Construction will commence in early 2021 with the acquisition due for completion once both wind farms are fully operational, expected in late 2022. Both wind farms benefit from 15-year fixed-price contracts, secured under the recent RESS 1 auction. This is the first Greencoat Renewables acquisition supported by the Government’s RESS scheme. David Dunne, Operations Manager for Natural Power Ireland, said: “Given the nature of the transaction, the key focus of our review was on identifying any residual operational risks to the wind farms once the projects have been built. This was achieved through our in-house asset management and advisory expertise coupled with an existing knowledge of the projects in question. With the conclusion of this deal, our second for

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Siemens Gamesa to supply 14 SG 5.8-155 turbines optimized for the Alajoki-Peuralinna site in central Finland, with high towers for maximum wind production, with a total height reaching 240 meters. The deal strengthens partnership with wind power company Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, following both onshore and offshore projects between the two companies Deal in Finland adds to fast take up of technology in Sweden, as well as globally. Siemens Gamesa has struck an 81 MW deal with long-term customer Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy to supply its most powerful onshore wind turbine, the SG 5.8-155 model, marking a first take up of this new technology in Finland. In total, 14 turbines with a 155-meter rotor will be supplied to the Alajoki-Peuralinna site in central Finland, two-hours’ drive from the coastal town of Vaasa. The industry leading turbine will be optimized to meet the site requirements, including high towers to capture better wind speeds and increase energy production. The turbines will also be equipped with a low temperature package and Operation with Ice application to allow them to perform in any condition. Commissioning of the wind farm is planned for 2022. Siemens Gamesa has worked with Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy in both onshore and offshore projects in

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Clir will provide Lake Turkana Wind Power with a full assessment of project performance and avenues for optimization Vancouver, 18 January 2021 – Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for renewable energy, has today announced a partnership agreement with Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), leaders in African renewable energy generation. Clir will enhance LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realizing potential opportunities for optimization. Kenya has committed to meeting a growing demand for electricity with 100% renewable generation, in order to bring down both national emissions and electricity costs. LTWP’s flagship 310MW wind farm has been sited in a region with consistently strong, unidirectional winds. With the wind farm now operational, LTWP has turned its focus on ensuring that the wind farm is able to take full advantage of this optimal resource, and, ultimately deliver consistent, high yield returns for its investors. As such, LTWP has entered into a partnership with Clir, who will analyze data from each of Lake Turkana’s 365 turbines in the context of available resource, geospatial features, and nearby turbines.  Through its machine learning-driven analysis, Clir will be able to see through the ‘noise’ of resource fluctuation and identify any instances

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Alfa Laval, DTU Energy, Haldor Topsoe, Svitzer and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping are entering into a joint project to accelerate the development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Funded by a grant from Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program), the partners will pursue a high-efficiency solution with the scalability to support marine industry decarbonization.  The project, SOFC4Maritime, will target optimal utilization of future green fuels via application of SOFCs for power production on marine vessels. When based on fuels such as ammonia, hydrogen or bio-methane, SOFCs hold great promise as a replacement for today’s fossil fuels. Such alternatives are needed in the maritime industry, which must transition to greener power over just a few decades. By electrochemically converting fuel into electricity, SOFCs can potentially produce power with higher efficiency than internal combustion engines running on the same fuel – without creating polluting emissions or particulates. Ammonia-based SOFCs are especially attractive, since ammonia can be produced in large scale using renewable electricity and no biomass resource. The research will therefore have ammonia-based SOFCs as its starting point. Alfa Laval, a marine supplier with more than a century of expertise, will head the development initiative. Haldor Topsoe

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Crown Estate Scotland has today (Jan 15) officially opened the application window for ScotWind Leasing, the new offshore wind leasing round for Scottish waters, paving the way for developers to apply for the rights to build Scotland’s next generation of offshore wind farms.  Responding, Brian McFarlane, Co-Chair of the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council and SSE Renewables’ Head of Projects, Offshore Renewables, said: "Offshore wind is already a key part of Scotland’s low-carbon energy mix, and there is huge potential to grow and develop the sector for the benefit both of our environment and our economy. "It is great that following on from the publication of Marine Scotland’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy late last year, developers can now put their preparations to apply for the right to build future projects in Scottish seas into action. “It’s exciting to see the ScotWind process reach this important milestone, which is a vital step along the way to unleashing the huge potential that Scotland’s seas hold for the development of offshore wind. In addition to being a tool to help meet our national net-zero targets, this leasing round also has the potential to develop and establish major economic benefits for many Scottish communities.”

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Order intake for 2020 almost on a par with the previous year despite coronavirus pandemic Delta4000 series share of all orders increases to 81 percent for the full year Fourth quarter orders total 2.3 gigawatts, making it the strongest quarter in the financial year ended Hamburg, 15 January 2021. Driven by strong demand seen towards the end of the year, the Nordex Group secured orders for 491 wind turbine systems with a total output of 2,261 megawatts (MW) in the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2019: 1,477 MW). In 2020, the company received firm orders for a total of 1,331 wind turbines with an output of 6,020 MW, almost matching the high order intake of the previous year despite occasional delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic (2019: 6,207 MW). The share attributable to the efficient and high-margin Delta4000 wind turbines increased to 81 percent for the full year (2019: 44 percent). Launched only in 2019, the N163/5.X turbine alone accounted for 877 MW of new orders. Order intake in the fourth quarter of 2020 In the final quarter of 2020, 49 percent of orders were placed in Europe and 28 percent in the USA (North America region). The Latin America region

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RIMS (Robotics in Maintenance Strategies) BV, an established class approved supplier of UAV inspections in the maritime industry have created Global Drone Inspection (GDI), to focus on the drone and ROV element of the business. GDI will sit alongside RIMS, but with a different service portfolio offering. GDI will provide all the services around inspections of assets by drones and ROVs, including 3D modelling, while RIMS will continue to support clients with the development and integration of new technologies within their maintenance strategies. David Knukkel, CEO, GDI & RIMS said: “With GDI, we aim to provide a centre of expertise in remote inspection technology which can be easily found by clients who need a specialist in this domain. “GDI will build on the experience and success of RIMS which was set up in 2015. In last five years RIMS has brought the drone service to a professional level, and were the first maritime Class Approved service provider, supporting surveyors with the inspection of ship structures, mobile offshore units and confined spaces using Remote Inspection Technology, and it is our intention to replicate this level of success for GDI.” GDI will be looking to strengthen its portfolio in line with future trends through partnership creation

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Investment decision for three onshore wind projects in France and one in Poland RWE enters French market after acquisition of Nordex pipeline and expands European portfolio in onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of 76 megawatts Total investment about €95 million RWE’s European renewables business has gained further impetus with decisions taken to invest in four new onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of 76 megawatts (MW). Three of the projects are located in France, and one in Poland. The first French project is already under construction, and work will begin on the three other projects in the first quarter of 2021. The overall investment for the four projects amounts to approximately €95 million. The 26 MW onshore wind farm “Les Pierrots” is RWE’s premiere in France. It is located in the Centre-Val de Loire region, 250 km south of Paris. The three remaining projects are the 18 MW “Les Hauts Bouleaux”, the 15 MW “Martinpuich” wind farm in the north of France and the 17 MW onshore wind farm “Rozdrazew”, located in Poland, 80 km south-east of Poznan. All these projects arose from the purchase of the European onshore wind and solar development business of Nordex SE,

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Deutsche Windtechnik's Polish unit has added 21 Enercon E82 turbines to its full-service portfolio. The wind farm Kiesilice, located in the northern area of Warmian-Masurian, receives maintenance for a period of 20 years starting in January 2021 as part of a full-maintenance contract with Equitix, a UK-based asset owner. This new contract will strengthen the company's position in the market and increase its level of experience with Enercon systems. The addition of these wind turbines to the portfolio represents a growth of 42 MW for Deutsche Windtechnik Sp. z o. o., and it will help to strengthen the company's position in the Polish market, which now exceeds 200 MW of rated capacity under service contracts. Following the agreement with Equitix, the independent service provider is planning to open a new service centre near the wind farm to ensure rapid response times and state-of-the-art service, with personnel that have been hired specifically for this purpose.  Substantial growth for the company in Poland Wojciech Luzniak, Country Manager for Deutsche Windtechnik in Poland, said: "We are very pleased to have signed this agreement. We are proud that our hard work is paying off and we are thankful for our team's dedication and the trust shown by

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• Projects target a total investment of approximately EUR 120 million over five years in developments leading to a fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution • Projects are first major step to develop an industrial-scale system capable of harvesting green hydrogen from offshore wind • Developments will enable decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors such as transport and heavy industry • Implementation within the framework of the ideas competition "Hydrogen Republic of Germany" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research To reach the Paris Agreement goals, the world will need vast amounts of green hydrogen and wind will provide a large portion of the power needed for its production. Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy announced today that they are joining forces combining their ongoing wind to hydrogen developments to address one of the major challenges of our decade — decarbonizing the economy to solve the climate crisis. The companies are contributing with their developments to an innovative solution that fully integrates an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine as a single synchronized system to directly produce green hydrogen. The companies intend to provide a full-scale offshore demonstration of the solution by 2025/2026. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced today that the developments can

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