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Foss Maritime, a leading maritime transportation and logistics provider based in Seattle, has selected Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomous-command and -control system for use aboard its tugboat Rachael Allen, the fourth of several new ASD-90 tugs under construction at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, in Freeland, Wash. Delivering in May 2021, the newly built 90-ton bollard pull Rachael Allen will be the first U.S.-Flag harbor tug to integrate autonomous systems in real-world commercial operations. The project also marks Sea Machines’ first installation of an autonomy system on a vessel over 5,000hp. Once delivered, the tugboat will be deployed to Foss Maritime in California, where it will provide tanker escort and ship assists for Foss Maritime’s customers. Across all industries, autonomous technologies streamline manual, repetitive and tedious tasks, allowing personnel to focus on higher-level operations with reduced risk. Specific SM300 capabilities include transit autonomy, as well as remote access of the tugboat’s on-board machinery – a feature that allows personnel to manage and support operations from anywhere on board the vessel or from shore. Navigation obstacle detection and avoidance capabilities come standard with the SM300, further reducing risk for crew during at-sea operations. While the Rachael Allen will be delivered with the SM300 and supporting

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Carbon prices, especially the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), have experienced considerable volatility over the last year, influenced first by COVID-19, which saw prices crash. More recently by expectations of increased EU climate ambitions, driving prices to record highs. Cornwall Insight considers the potential scenarios for UK carbon prices as we transition to the new UK ETS, noting the role of market tools, policy, and recent pricing trends in determining these costs. Key findings The combination of an Auction Reserve Price (ARP) of £22/t and the Carbon Price Support (UK CPS), set at £18/t, set a minimum overall price for total UK carbon at £40/t. There is uncertainty with further market drivers potentially pushing allowance costs higher. The UK has initially set its emissions cap 5% lower than the previous cap it had under the EU ETS. A tighter, net zero aligned emissions cap is likely to increase carbon cost over time. “To protect market prices from major disturbances and smooth the transition to the new system, UK carbon prices will be governed by several market tools. Most notably, an Auction Reserve Price (ARP) of £22/t will be introduced to minimise the risk of a significant fall in allowance prices in this transition,

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RWE Renewables, itap, BioConsult SH as well as the University of Stuttgart and Technische Universität Berlin are to research innovative vibratory pile driving technique at RWE’s Kaskasi offshore wind farm Method for installing foundations has the potential for significantly reducing underwater noise emissions and installation times Research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs; results expected by 2023 “VISSKA” is the German acronym for a research project aimed at exploring the use of vibratory pile driving at the Kaskasi II offshore wind farm, in terms of installation, noise emissions and the impact on the behaviour of porpoises. RWE Renewables, itap GmbH, BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG as well as the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Geotechnical Engineering) and Technische Universität Berlin (Foundation Engineering and Soil Mechanics) signed a corresponding cooperation agreement. The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the research project, which is being coordinated by RWE. This year, RWE will start constructing the Kaskasi offshore wind farm (342 megawatts) off the German island of Heligoland. It will be the first commercial offshore wind farm in the world to use the improved installation method for driving the wind turbine foundations into the seabed

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Valencia (05/96/2021) - The Valencian technology multinational Power Electronics is continuing along the pathway of strong results, closing the 2020 fiscal year with 490.7 million euros in sales. This figure represents a 42% increase in invoicing from the year before, in which sales of 346.6 million euros were attained. David Salvo, CEO of the company, has been highly satisfied with the results achieved and has pointed out two key factors that explain the notable increase in sales, “doubtless our strong leadership in the U. S. and the momentum taken by sales of bidirectional charges for the battery-powered energy storage sector, a sector which is expected to show sustained growth up to 2030, have been decisive.” Despite the complexities arising from a year affected by the health crisis that affected the entire sector, putting its solvency to the test, Power Electronics has met these challenges with stability, achieving an operating profit of 46.6 million euros, which represents an increase of 215% on the previous year, in which it achieved 14.8 million euros. With management distinguished by strong results and consolidation of national and international positions, the company moreover is a driver of employment within the sector, since its workforce increased by 8% during a

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Sulzer Chemtech partners with AVA Biochem to expand its portfolio of sustainable chemical production technologies Sulzer Chemtech and AVA Biochem have entered into an exclusive license agreement to commercialize AVA Biochem’s innovative technology for the Conversion of Biomass to Renewable Industrial Substances (COBRISTM). This offers a versatile solution to produce 5-(hydroxymethyl) furfural (5-HMF), a bio-based platform chemical that is a building block for the production of a broad range of widely used chemical products. AVA Biochem AG is a pioneer in enabling the decarbonization of traditional chemical and adjacent B2B industries, and it is known for its proprietary water-based Hydro-Thermal Process (HTP) COBRISTM. This turns sugar-rich biomass into 5-HMF, a renewable and non-toxic compound that can be used to produce commodity chemicals. These include adhesives, food additives, textile fibers, packaging, films and fine chemicals, as well as a possible alternative to formaldehyde used in chipboards. The solution can therefore support the large-scale production of bio-based materials, enhancing the sustainability of both the manufacturing and processing sectors. Sulzer Chemtech, the leader in separation, mixing and process technology, will commercialize the licensed technology along with its proprietary key equipment for the purification of 5-HMF, such as falling film evaporators. These are already supporting operations

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Topics discussed included ENA’s Open Networks, Gas Goes Green and Innovation projects Last week marked Energy Networks Association’s (ENA) first Community Energy Forum of the year, with the theme of ‘Getting our networks to Net Zero’. Introduced last year, this is the first of a number of forums that will be held in 2021 to help community groups voices be heard by the networks. Community energy groups and projects are vital in the transition to a low-carbon, more decentralised energy network and meeting the Government’s ambitious Net Zero target. Holding forums to hear community energy perspectives will allow ENA to engage and collaborate in a more meaningful way ensure that we are delivering the transition together by taking everyone with us on the journey. Hosted by community energy and engagement specialists Regen, along with the support and input of Community Energy England, 40 community energy representatives joined via Zoom from all over the UK joined to provide direct feedback on ENA’s work. Following introductions, the session heard project updates from Open Networks and Gas Goes Green with the opportunity to comment and ask questions to the ENA team. Two productive roundtable discussions were then held: Communities in our future energy system and Digitalisation of the Connections Process. For the former the groups offered insights into what more the Open Networks and Gas Goes Green projects could be exploring to get our networks to Net Zero, and for the latter it was debated how the Digitalisation of the Connections Process can better suit community organisations and whether it will make it more

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The world’s total installed renewable energy amounted to almost 2,800 Gigawatts in 2020. According to data presented by TradingPlatforms.com, China has an installed renewable energy capacity of 895 gigawatts - larger than the next 5 nations combined. China Accounts For Nearly a Third of the World’s Installed Renewable Energy Capacity China has set itself apart as the world’s leader in renewable energy. In 2020, China accounted for nearly a third (32%) of the world’s installed renewable energy capacity with 895 Gigawatts. The next on the list is the US with a distant 292 Gigawatts. In fact, the next five countries on the list after China had a combined capacity that is less than China’s. The US, Brazil, India, Germany and Canada had a combined capacity of 809 Gigawatts in 2020. Japan was the only other country to have a capacity greater than 100 gigawatts, while Italy and France both had capacities of 55 Gigawatts in 2020 to close out the top 10. Renewable Energy Experiencing Steady Growth Across The Board Total renewable energy capacity increased by 10% YoY in 2020 from 2538 Gigawatts to 2799. From 2015-2020 Total installed renewable energy capacity grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.67%. Several various types

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Ingeteam's new product, the INGECON SUN String Station, which can achieve a medium voltage power output of up to 6.4 MW, is supplied as a turnkey solution with all its devices mounted on the same Skid or metal platform. The first units have already been installed in various solar plants in Spain. Pamplona, May 5th, 2021. The new power station designed and manufactured by Ingeteam is directed at solar plants equipped with string inverters instead of central inverters. Specifically, this solution has been designed to be installed in combination with the INGECON SUN 160TL solar inverters made by Ingeteam with 1500 Vdc technology. The design of the string station seeks to facilitate as much as possible the installation work and field connection. This is why it is supplied as a turnkey solution, with all the devices pre-connected at the factory. Moreover, it can be transported by land or sea, as it can be mounted directly on a truck trailer or inside a 40-foot container, so that it can be delivered anywhere. A further advantage of this solution is its flexibility, given that it can hold from one to four AC combiner boxes, responsible for receiving all the AC cabling coming from the solar inverters. Therefore,

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Largest preferred supplier agreement for Siemens Gamesa in Taiwan to date: 1,044 MW Hai Long 2B (232 MW) and Hai Long 3 (512 MW) projects added in extension of Hai Long 2A (300 MW) preferred supplier agreement State-of-the-art SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines will be deployed and serviced by Siemens Gamesa for the three projects The strong collaboration between Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and customer Hai Long Offshore Wind Project (Hai Long) has been extended to 1,044 MW. Siemens Gamesa’s largest offshore agreement in Taiwan to date now covers the Hai Long 2B (232 MW) and Hai Long 3 (512 MW) projects. The preferred supplier agreement for Hai Long 2A (300 MW) was announced on November 13, 2019. Flagship SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines and service for the full volume of the project are included in the preferred supplier agreement. The agreement remains subject to contract and final investment decision from Hai Long consortium partners, Canadian independent power producer Northland Power Inc. and Taiwan-based developer Yushan Energy Co., Ltd., jointly owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in Japan and Yushan Energy Pte., Ltd. in Singapore. This is expected in 2022. Siemens Gamesa will deliver SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines

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Zenobe Energy and Supercharge have been recognised in the Transportation and Energy award categories for their smart charging solutions for electric bus fleets. London, May 4, 2021 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honouring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality. Zenobe Energy, the UK’s leading provider of a full turn-key fleet electrification service, and Supercharge, a Digital Innovation Agency specialising in bespoke software and hardware development, have been selected as finalists in the Transportation category, and received an honourable mention in the Energy category, for the innovative collaboration between the partners on smart charging solutions for EV bus fleets. Zenobe has grown to power over 20% of the EV bus market in the UK, providing end-to-end solutions that enable bus operators to make the transition to electrification and improve air quality across the nation. By making EV fleets more affordable and accessible, Zenobe will avoid more than 135,000 tonnes of CO2 on current portfolio alone, helping drive the UK towards its ambitious net-zero target. The platform designed jointly and delivered by Supercharge enables close management of

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