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A team of pupils from All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield have been crowned champions of the Subsea UK 2019 STEM Challenge, which saw five teams from across the UK compete to design an ROV to collect plastic from the sea. The STEM challenge, led and organised by Subsea UK and supported by the Smallpeice trust, saw more than 50 teams of secondary school students compete in regional heats to earn their place in the final. The winners from each regional heat; Cantell School (Southampton), Plymouth High School for Girls, All Saints Catholic High School (Sheffield), Royal Grammar School (Newcastle) and Williamwood High School (Glasgow), travelled to Subsea 7 in Aberdeen this week to take part in the final. The subsea design challenge saw the teams design and programme ROVs using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, an integrated platform that enables the development of programmable robots using Lego building blocks. In the final, the teams were faced with an environmental incident where plastic barrels had fallen into the sea and they were tasked with designing an ROV and using sensors, grabbers and beacons to gather the barrels as quickly as possible. The teams then had to test their design and present their findings to a

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Sulzer brings skills and advice to California summit Sulzer attended and was a sponsor of the 8th annual Manufacturers’ Council Summit of the Inland Empire, which was held at the Riverside Convention Center, CA. The annual summit supports manufacturing companies based in the Inland Empire, Southern California, where visitors took part in topical discussions and attended the innovation awards ceremony. During the day, attendees visited the exhibitor hall, where manufacturing experts, such as Sulzer, were on hand to discuss services they offer as well as advice on taking up apprenticeships. Speakers at the summit offered advice on leadership and innovative ways of attracting new talent to the industry. Those attending the break-out sessions heard about ways to develop apprenticeship schemes and address any skills gaps in their business. The council works closely with colleges and schools in the area to widen the understanding of jobs in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Sulzer offers local support for motor repairs as well as motor control systems that can improve productivity and reduce operating costs. The extensive network of service centers has recently been expanded with Sulzer’s acquisition of Brithinee Electric. With expert advice, experienced designers and precision manufacturing facilities, Sulzer service centers offer cutting-edge solutions

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Under the deal, offshore wind will provide a third of all UK electricity by 2030. Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “This sector deal is a major milestone for the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, setting a clear path for offshore wind: one of ambition, optimism and innovation. “That’s particularly true in Scotland, where the sector is building out again after delays which meant schemes in shallower waters further south powered ahead. “The benefits that are being realised in places like Hull and Lowestoft are now starting to appear in Scotland’s coastal towns and cities like Wick and Invergordon, heralding a new, sustainable energy future from the seas. “With the support of government both at Westminster and in Edinburgh we, as an industry, can work together, as set out in this sector deal, to help ensure offshore wind’s benefits are felt across the country for decades to come.”

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Specialist financial adviser oversees 250MW Åndberg, 213MW Jädraås and 95MW Måkaknuten wind farm sales, all announced within the space of one week London, March 6th, 2019 – Augusta & Co. (Augusta), a specialist financial adviser to the renewable energy industry, has overseen the sale of one Norwegian and two Swedish wind energy projects, accounting for a total 558MW of largely unsubsidised renewable energy capacity. These sales demonstrate ongoing appetite for international investment in the Nordic wind energy sector, highlighting both the success of the market as a model for post-subsidy development, and the diversity of investors it continues to attract. The deals include: Sale of a 95MW pre-construction wind farm, Måkaknuten, to Zurich utility EWZ, announced yesterday. Augusta acted as exclusive financial advisor to the seller, Norsk Vind Energi. Sale of up to 250MW Swedish pre-construction project, Åndberg, to private investment house, Ardian Infrastructure, announced last Thursday. Augusta advised project developer and seller, OX2, throughout the transaction. Sale of the operational 213MW Jädraås wind farm in Sweden by Arise AB and Sydvastanvind AB (controlled by Platina Energy Partners LLP) to UK investment company The Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd. (TRIG), also announced on Thursday. “In EWZ, Ardian and TRIG, we have three distinct buyer types showing

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The offshore wind industry is welcoming today’s landmark announcement of a Sector Deal with the government. The agreement will help to create tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs across the UK and attract billions of pounds in investment to this country. This is the first Sector Deal for a renewable energy technology. It puts offshore wind at the centre of the nation’s clean, affordable and reliable energy system, almost quadrupling our capacity from 7.9 gigawatts now to at least 30GW by 2030, generating one-third of our electricity. The UK is already the world leader in offshore wind, with more capacity than any other country, the biggest offshore wind farms and the most powerful turbines. The supply chain extends to every part of the country, and UK companies are already exporting our offshore wind products and services to more than 20 countries. With the Sector Deal now in place, those exports are set to increase fivefold in value to £2.6 billion a year by 2030. The Sector Deal builds on our nation’s success, notably by the industry investing up to £250m to develop the UK supply chain, increasing productivity and fostering innovation. This includes an investment of up to £100m in a new industry

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The UK Government has today (Thursday) published the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, a transformative partnership that will put UK offshore wind at the forefront of the global shift to clean growth. The Deal will establish offshore wind as an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boost the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain. It also aims to triple jobs in the sector to 27,000 by 2030 while improving diversity. As the global leader in offshore wind, Ørsted has been instrumental in the development of the industry in the UK, helping to transform coastal communities in the North of England like Barrow, Grimsby and Liverpool. Ørsted has also worked closely with UK companies to develop and grow a thriving supply chain ready to take advantage of global export opportunities. Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director at Ørsted, said: “The Sector Deal marks the coming of age of offshore wind as both a significant part of the UK’s energy transformation and an industrial powerhouse driving economic growth. “We should see the offshore wind industry as a huge UK success story. Costs have been driven down dramatically so that offshore wind is now competitive with conventional forms of energy generation, and at the

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Reducing the time to complete a repair or refurbishment of high voltage equipment minimizes downtime and increases productivity. Sulzer is continuing to invest in its design, manufacturing and testing facilities to enable faster turnarounds for customers. To keep up with growing demand, Sulzer is also increasing the capacity of its Falkirk Service Center, where the test-bed load capacity has been doubled. Until now, the Falkirk site has used a 1’250 kVA diesel generator that operates through two step-up transformers to provide 3.3 - 11 kV via high voltage switchgear to the test cell. This setup ensures a reliable power source for testing that is not affected by local demand on the power grid. The new investment by Sulzer will add a 2’000 kVA and a 700 kVA generator to the site that will be synchronized through a 4’000 amp low voltage switchboard, as well as a new 2’500 kVA transformer, that will double the capacity of the test bed. 2 MW load testing The original capacity of the service center was 1’000 kW in load testing, of which 800 kW could be used for testing vertically-orientated motors, across a full range of voltages from 400 V up to 11 kV at both 50 and

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It's not always clear if a turbine is underperforming, but machine learning can assist in finding out. VANCOUVER, BC: Clir Renewables has released a new product feature which automatically detects underperforming assets and highlights key actions to rectify underperformance. A wind turbine will never generate its expected output one-hundred percent of the time, and its performance can and almost certainly will change over time. There are various reasons for this. Some are known but cannot be controlled or managed, such as fluctuating inflow conditions. However, occasionally the opposite is the case, the fault is unknown but can be controlled or rectified. With datasets full of noise from the known reasons, is it possible to extract data to identify the unknown causes? Yes, is the answer. Using layered machine learning, built on an advanced data model, Clir Renewables has created an underperformance detector for its software solution. This detector works along with other algorithms in the software to analyze the data and classify them based on the reason for the underperformance. The detector creates a synthetic event when turbine power output is well below the historical mean for that wind speed. This invaluable piece of information helps identify ongoing issues at a turbine, not indicated by the SCADA data,

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Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, is delighted to announce its signing of the Armed Forces Covenant which highlights the offshore wind as a “forces-friendly” industry. As a forces-friendly company, Ørsted will seek to support the employment of veterans by working alongside the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for service leavers. Ørsted will also offer flexibility in granting leave for service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment wherever possible, as well as supporting employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces. Ørsted already has many service veterans working on projects both offshore and onshore across the UK and the signing of the Covenant is a way to formalise the company's pledge to ensure that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families are treated with fairness. Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright was joined at the signing ceremony by Commodore David Elford OBE ADC Royal Navy and several ex-services veterans now working at Ørsted. Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK Managing Director, said: “At Ørsted, we have refined our recruitment processes to ensure that we attract and retain new talent from a wide range of sources, as well as supporting and employing

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International energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its decommissioning offering with the appointment of its first well decommissioning manager. Gavin Bell will be responsible for developing and delivering Xodus’ new well decommissioning service that had previously been outsourced to external contractors. The appointment follows a successful year for Xodus’ decommissioning division which secured several new clients and won more than £2million of work. Mr Bell is a chartered mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry. He joins from Repsol Sinopec Resources UK where he led a number of P&A projects through early planning phases including rig option selection and the development of P&A cost models.  Previously, he worked for DONG Energy in Denmark and spent 20 years working with well service contractors, Halliburton and Baker Hughes INTEQ. Before joining the oil industry, he completed training in marine engineering and industrial engineering. Mr Bell, who will be based in Aberdeen, said: “Xodus has always been known for its innovative problem solving and we will be applying this to the challenges facing well decommissioning. I’m excited to be leading this new business line for the company and working with a talented and enthusiastic group of industry professionals.” Xodus’

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