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As the Managing Director of world-renowned ladder manufacturer Hailo, Winfried Czilwa has a knack for spotting commercial opportunities in a diverse range of business sectors. Here, he talks to PES about the company's operations in the wind power arena.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you begin by giving us an overview of your company and explain how you serve the wind industry?Winfried Czilwa: Hailo has more than 60 years' experience in the ladder industry. Our prime focuses are ladders and containers for collecting waste, from private through to industrial purposes. While the company initially concentrated on household ladders and ladders for craftsmen, today Hailo earns much of its sales in the wind industry, where Hailo is a full-range supplier for all tower interior fittings.PES: How does ladder technology for the wind industry compare to the technology for structural engineering?WC: We should talk about climbing technology, because there are several products like fall arrest systems, service lifts and the ladder itself, which makes climbing technology quite complex. This is the reason why our technology is supplementary to structural engineering.PES: Do you provide your clients with made-to-measure systems, and if so, what are the typical challenges you face in this regard?WC: Our

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German-based BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH was founded by the three engineers who remain in control of its day-to-day operations and after whom the company is named. Providing one-stop logistical support solutions to the wind industry among others, the company has built an enviable reputation for stealth and reliability. PES spoke to founding director Joachim Binotsch about the company's origins, its evolution and its future

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SAL Heavy Lift Shipping boasts a fleet of 15 heavy lift vessels, providing customised and reliable sea transportation solutions for all types of project cargoes, including heavy machinery, equipment for the oil and gas industry, (offshore) wind energy, cranes and floating cargo. The German-based specialists have developed an enviable reputation, largely as a result of their impressive high-crane capacity of up to 2,000mtons, along with the fleet's unrivalled speed of 20 knots - imperative for the safe delivery of time-sensitive cargo. PES spoke to Jan-Peter Esbensen (Director of Business Development) at the company's Steinkirchen HQ, about the company and its operations.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you firstly explain a little about your business and how you serve the wind industry?Jan-Peter Esbensen: Founded in 1980, SAL is located outside of Hamburg in Germany. SAL is the exclusive agent for a fleet of 15 modern heavy lift vessels. Apart from its headquarters in Steinkirchen the company is represented through various sales offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Bejing, London, Genoa, Helsinki, Perth and Houston. With its latest newbuildings, SAL features the largest heavylift vessels currently in the market. Both vessels - the second one will be delivered in March 2011 - have 2

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With a formula for success which includes combining years of practical experience with enviable scientific know-how in all areas of wind energy utilisation, Deutsche WindGuard Consulting GmbH has built an enviable reputation among the wind farms of Europe. The company, based near Hamburg in Germany, offers its customers engineering services of the highest standards in all areas of wind energy utilisation. Here PES talks to Axel Albers, Managing Director and one of Deutsche WindGuard's founding members, about the company, its operations and its future

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Words: Catriona MunroThe scourge of bribery and corruption traverses industries and markets like no other. However, against an eclectic backdrop of intensifying international competition and heavy R&D investment, coupled with a patchwork of regulation, the renewables energy sector could be particularly exposed to such threats. PES examines a new law that could potentially have massive ramifications for any European business with the slightest connection to the UK. To clamp down on such practices, across all sectors, the United Kingdom is soon to follow the lead of other countries by introducing tough new legislation, which will apply both at home and abroad. The long-awaited Bribery Act 2010 will force organisations to address bribery and corruption, or face the prospect of punishing corporate fines and life-altering criminal sanctions for directors and staff. However, the recent decision to delay the introduction of the Act should not be used as an excuse to slow the pace to a halt, but an opportunity to review policies and procedures, to ensure they make the grade when the new legislation comes into force. The UK has long been under fire for its failure to tackle corrupt business practices at an international level. This is partly because the

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Victoria Kenrick of international sustainable recruitment specialist, Allen & York explores current trends within the wind energy sector; including an in-depth look at where the latest job roles exist within Europe, which job types are on the increase and the transferable skills that exist for professionals wanting to make their career move into the industry.Europe has a challenge ahead, in terms of renewable energy targets. Many governments have signed-up to a commitment which states that by 2020, 20 per cent of energy production will come from renewable sources. It's quite a target for any government to achieve, but in a climate where purse strings are being tightened, this challenge is ever more complex. However, the UK in particular has made incredible headway in wind power and in fact is now known as the flagship nation for harnessing the power of wind, on an industrial scale.The wind energy sector is one of the key employment sectors in Europe, with the industry as a whole employing 154,000 people (Wind Energy Assoc. data). In 2015 this figure is forecast to grow to 212,000 and in 2020 to 328,000, the current top 4 EU member country employers are: Germany with 38,000, Denmark with 23,000,

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Maximizing the Capture and Use of Available Wind Tunnel EnergyClean Wind Energy Tower, Inc, announced that the Company had filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office "A Petition to Make Special Under Accelerated Examination Program," a patent application titled Efficient Energy Conversion Devices & Methods. The application covers specific aspects of deploying multiple turbines in a wind tunnel coupled to a novel hydraulic system capable of maintaining high efficiency hydraulic to electric conversion under a wide variance of wind speeds. The ultimate goal is to maximize the capture and utilization of all available wind energy in any given wind tunnel, as well as providing a consistency of power output during deviations in wind speed.John W. Hanback, Chief Technology Officer of CWET, stated, "We are extremely excited and positive about the application we submitted to the USPTO on February 25, 2011. As required our patent council diligently and extensively searched multiple patent data bases and resources as needed to present a comprehensive analysis as a basis for the patent examiners own due diligence and review. The technological concepts and applications claimed and embodied within this patent provide significant benefits toward enhancing the overall efficient power generation we will be

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Discover the numerous improvements of the synthesis module: CLIMATOLOGY:- Possibility to launch synthesis weighting several thermal stabilities- Integration possible of mesoscale data - New formats for time series data including stability- POWER CURVES :- Use of the WTG format- Automatic computation of the density at the wind turbines- New functionality enabling power curves and wake effects visualization RESULTS :- Systematic calculation of the turbulence matrices- Computation and visualization of the wind shear coefficients- Mapping of wake effects (per direction or global)- Complete IEC export containing the following information :   > Maximum wind shear   > Turbulent intensity distinctive and representative at 15 m/s and for strong winds (configurable)   > Sigma 1, criteria on sigma1 and on density probability for Class I, II and II   > Criteria on turbulence for Class A, B and C   > Graphics of the density probability and of the effective turbulent intensity : MORE IMPROVEMENTS:- Wake effect and Virtual reality now are included in the basic version- Possibility to unselect non-significant directions to calculate extreme winds- Adaptation of the Lidar module to the WindCube V2- New Post-Mapping functionality :    > Possibility to add met masts in addition to turbines    > Visualization of the dominant winds (orientation ellipse) 

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BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH (BBB), one of German's leading wind energy service providers with sites in Gelsenkirchen and Weiden, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Following its establishment in the spring of 1996 by Klaus Bergmann and brothers Gerhard and Joachim Binotsch, the wind experts have overseen a continuous expansion of the company. It now has 24 staff members across two sites and offers high-quality engineering services in the fields of technical due diligence (TDD), order planning and project engineering, as well as wind expert reports and measurements.The expert team is involved in prestigious projects such as TDD for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm in Wales. This is one of the largest projects of its kind in the world and has a planned capacity of 576 MW. Another prestigious reference project, the village of Fantanele currently boasts the largest onshore wind farm in Romania to date with nominal capacity of more than 500 MW. As of November last year, BBB is also certified by the German Accreditation Office (DAkkS) to perform wind measurements and recertified to provide wind and reference yield expert reports according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005."Our sights are still set on growth," says Joachim Binotsch, the youngest

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