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Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy producer, selects ABB to ensure efficiency and reliability of hydropower operations in Northern Norway ABB has been awarded a contract to modernize automation, control, and power solutions at two of Statkraft’s hydropower plants in Norway. The upgrade at Straumsmo and Innset hydropower plants will leverage ABB’s distributed control platform ABB Ability System 800xA, which integrates process control, power management, electrical, and safety within a common reliable system. The deal also includes an option to extend the refurbishment to a third plant, Båtsvann hydropower plant. The 800xA system will enable complete control of the powerplant from high-voltage switchgear to low-voltage motor control, management of AC/DC systems and lighting and heating at each plant. Dag Smedbold, SVP region north Statkraft said: “Ensuring the efficiency, stability, reliability and robustness of our automation systems and electrical systems is critical as both plants operate unmanned.” Hydropower remains the mainstay of the Norwegian electricity system contributing to over 95 per cent of Norway’s total energy consumption. Per Erik Holsten, head of ABB Energy Industries in Northern Europe, commented: “With such a high dependency on hydro power to deliver electricity across Norway, these plants can truly be classed are critical infrastructure. Improving upon and sustaining each

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Proceeds used to fund portion of construction equity to build out 1.3 GW Andes Renovables wind and solar platform, one of the largest renewable energy platforms in Latin America Transaction takes place alongside first drawdown under the US$630m Huemul senior project financing announced in September A sixth bank, SMBC joins the senior banking consortium alongside IDB Invest, KfW IPEX-Bank, DNB, CaixaBank and MUFG, with Santander providing a VAT facility   14 October 2020, Dublin: Global wind and solar development company, Mainstream Renewable Power (“Mainstream” or “the Company”), has closed a US$280 million “mezzanine” construction finance facility with leading alternative lender AMP Capital Infrastructure Debt Fund IV (“IDF IV”). The AMP Capital facility complements the US$1.25 billion of senior project finance debt raised to date through two separate financings completed in October 2019 and August 2020. The US$280 million mezzanine financing is structured in three separate tranches with the “Condor” and “Huemul” tranches drawn at closing, the “Copihue” tranche is expected to be drawn once that platform reaches financial close in H1 2021. Andes Renovables is a c.US$1.8 billion, three phase wind and solar generation platform comprised of seven onshore wind and three solar PV generation assets. The 570 MW first phase, “Condor”, reached

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Hamburg, 14 October 2020. The Nordex Group has received orders for 271 wind turbine systems with a total output of 1,228.6 megawatts (MW) in the third quarter of 2020 (Q3:2019: 1,700.3 MW). The Delta4000-series turbines with an output range of four to five MW accounted for 86 percent of the orders. In the first nine months of 2020, the Company's total order intake (excluding its services business) amounted to 3,758.5 MW (9M 2019: 4,738.7 GW), with the Delta4000 series playing a dominant role at a share of 81 percent. In the third quarter, 31 percent of orders came from Europe, primarily from Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and France. Driven by two major projects in the USA, the North America region accounted for a 50 percent share. Latin America contributed 19 percent of new orders with projects in Colombia and Brazil. "The third quarter confirms that our customers in Europe, North America and Latin America are equally convinced by our highly efficient Delta4000 turbines. Despite individual delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, demand remains strong – including the outlook for the rest of the year," says Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of the Nordex Group.

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Singapore – The China Navigation Company (CNCo) today announced it is expanding its project cargo business and has launched Swire Projects to provide specialist shipping services to the energy, resource and infrastructure sector. Swire Projects will be working closely with the various marine service activities of the Swire group to develop an independent global strategy in the MPP & Heavylift segment. The Projects division will be led by Namir Khanbabi, General Manager of Swire Projects, based in Singapore and will have global coverage. Swire Projects has also hired three senior project managers: Matthias Kremser, Global Head of Chartering, and Nicki Schumacher as Head of Europe, both based in Hamburg; and Rufus Frere-Smith, Regional General Manager, who will lead the Americas team that will be based in Vancouver and Houston. “By bringing together trade routes, fleet, and expertise across the Swire Group’s marine activities, Swire Projects is set to lead a smart network of resources, enabling highly efficient, trusted and flexible shipping solutions to service clients in the project logistics sector, particularly project forwarders, EPCs, Heavy Civil and offshore energy construction players,” said Khanbabi.

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First orders have been taken for Airborne Wind Energy AWE by tethered kite or drone. AWE flies higher than a wind turbine – up where winds are stronger and more continuous – stronger still at night to offset dead solar. KiteNRG of Italy is developing its AWE to 500kW and they told IDTechEx supercapacitors are needed in an island configuration to accept the surges of power created. The new moveable, rapidly installed energy harvesting such as AWE, tidal stream and ocean wave must avoid the high cost of parts maintenance and replacement in remote places. Supercapacitors do that, wasting less electricity and grabbing more of the incoming electricity surges than batteries. In cycling applications, supercapacitors have 100 times the life and deep discharge, whereas only 15% of the battery can be sipped. The kWh of the supercapacitor needed to replace batteries in such situations is therefore much less, offsetting cost, something already demonstrated in hybrid cars. Large supercapacitors cost thousands of dollars. They save millions of dollars when preventing self-destruction as with pitch control of the blades of a wind turbine in a storm when the electrics fail. Lithium-ion batteries were selling at the billions of dollars a year level when they hit

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The Energieallianz Bayern (EAB) is an association of municipal utility companies. In addition to technical and commercial management, EAB's park management also includes wind park optimization and asset management.   They chose to rely on Windfit solution to remotely check under-performances on their fleet. The automated digital solution determines the cause of power loss on each equipped turbine and checks the results of corrective actions performed to make sure that the machines are performing at their best.   "A machine can be available 99% of the time, and still not produce as much as it could, or causing damage  undetected by a regular 10min SCADA analysis", informs Sereema representative. Windfit empowers companies such as EAB who are looking towards independent, accurate, expert diagnoses to perfect their portfolio's performance strategies.   https://www.sereema.com

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Following the government’s pledge for a clean-energy revolution aimed at powering every UK home by wind within 10 years, Aggreko reports a reflective increase in the need for more ’bridging gap’ solutions to optimise the sector’s potential. Chris Rason, Managing Director, Aggreko Northern Europe says: “Building back greener is an ethos synonymous with Aggreko’s own strategy. However, while the strategy itself is most welcome news, there are many engineering challenges that we may yet encounter. “To truly become a world leader in clean wind energy, long-term planning requirements cannot be overstated. Integration of renewable energy with the grid with its associated storage issues needs to be urgently addressed and planned and we believe ‘bridging gap’ solutions are critical to this. “At Aggreko we have already been evolving our position and capability to become an enabler to meet decarbonisation goals, with a major focus on how we support renewable adoption and reliability. “While we took the decision earlier in the lockdown period to defer our strategic update until the year end, we have continued to develop our thinking in order to position the business to support our customers when decarbonising their energy usage. “We are investing significantly in many new technologies including battery storage, although industry

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Xodus Group and BW Research Partnership will conduct a research project to assess the local and regional supply chain in support of the growing offshore wind industry in and around Massachusetts. Working on behalf of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”), Xodus and BW Research, in coordination with Greentree Consulting and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will deliver a comprehensive offshore wind supply chain assessment and gap analysis. This will be based on the requirements of both developers and tier one companies, and the capabilities, qualifications and interest of Massachusetts companies and neighbouring states. With much of the offshore wind facilities currently manufactured and produced overseas, MassCEC is supporting efforts to develop a robust local supply chain in Massachusetts and throughout the region that can manufacture and produce turbine components and associated equipment at a scale necessary to serve planned and anticipated offshore wind projects. Such measures aim to help the industry improve efficiency and reduce costs as the scale of development grows, while helping local communities further realise the economic benefits associated with offshore wind. Jamie MacDonald, Xodus’ director of operations in Boston said: “Our outreach campaign will provide an in-depth assessment of the offshore wind supply chain to identify the strengths of

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has recruited Tim Hipkiss as Principal Environmental Consultant based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chris Robinson, Technical Director of Environment at Natural Power, said: “We have known Tim for several years having worked together on numerous projects. He brings an extensive and successful track record in environmental consultancy in the Nordics, and has extremely solid technical credentials. He shares our passion and commitment to renewable energy, and operates with the same philosophy of identifying solutions and being problem-solvers for our clients.” Tim has extensive experience consulting on renewable energy and infrastructure projects, such as providing expert testimony, project advisory and due diligence, leading and carrying out ecological surveys and long-term monitoring of threatened species. He achieved his PhD in Animal Ecology from Umeå University, Sweden in 2002, and specialises in avian ecology. Prior to beginning his consultancy career in 2013, Tim worked as a research scientist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He has been actively involved in a number of research projects, including using GPS transmitters to investigate the ecology and behaviour of golden eagles in relation to onshore wind development. On joining Natural Power, Tim Hipkiss, said: “My long-term goal is

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Good mean wind speeds at site and technology enable subsidy-free wind farm operation Hamburg, 9 October 2020. At the end of the 3rd Quarter, the Nordex Group received an order for the delivery of thirteen N133/4.8 turbines in the UK. The order also includes a 15 year Premium service contract for the turbines linked to production-based availability. The 62 MW wind farm will be built in a former coal mining region in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The site is characterized by good mean wind speeds of 8.6 meters per second, perfect for the turbine variant for strong wind locations of the Delta4000 generation turbines. Installation of the turbines will start in autumn 2021. The project and customer are undisclosed. "We are pleased to equip another subsidy-free wind farm in the UK with our strong-wind turbine technology," says Patxi Landa, CSO of the Nordex Group. “Thanks to the high installed capacity of the 4.8 MW turbine, hub heights of 110 metres, and with the consistent high annual mean wind speed at the site, the customer will be able to operate the wind farm without the need for government funding. Thanks to the wind farm, the local economy in the former coal mining community will

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