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Using drones for solar plant inspections has started to become the norm amongst plant owners and O&M companies because it is quicker, more accurate, more economical and safer. However, plants aren’t being inspected nearly enough to ensure their functionality. PES caught up with Mauro Migliazzi, the CEO of Wesii, to find out how their new product launch this coming February is going to change the way we do solar plant inspections. PES: A warm welcome to PES Solar/PV Mauro, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by introducing us to WESII S.r.l and telling us how you got started? Mauro Migliazzi: Absolutely, thank you for having me, I’m happy to be here. I first started Wesii in 2016 after 10 years of working in hyper spectral and multispectral remote sensing elsewhere. I had always worked with airplanes but starting my own company you could say that an airplane was out of budget for me, so I decided to spend all my money on a drone instead. My initial idea for Wesii was to help the everyday person learn how to use drones and infrared wavelengths to take better care of their businesses and assets. However, after one

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Press release: 7 December 2020, London Gallagher has added a further market-leading name to its portfolio, signing a multi-year appointment as broker for the Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG). The firm is one of the UK’s largestowners and operators of biomass and waste to energy solutions with over 100 megawatt of operational and late-stage construction assets. Gallagher’s Specialty division won the appointment and will manage the organisation’s risk management needs. BIG is making a significant contribution to the development of the UK’s low-carbon economy, by diverting nearly one million tonnes per annum of waste from landfill and generating enough electricity for around 250,000 homes in the UK. It specialises in connecting institutional capital with bioenergy projects and is differentiated from other investors in the sector by its long-term investment approach and focus on mid-scale plants, from new greenfield sites to facilities already in operation. It has operations across six locations including Merseyside, Hoddesdon and Hull, and is headquartered in Reading, Berkshire. Gallagher was chosen by BIG following a competitive tender process, being picked for its outstanding knowledge and technical ability in the sector and its approach of putting in place a dedicated team which would develop and manage all elements of the firm’s insurance programme. Julie

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How innovation has driven the next performance/cost breakthrough How can the solar industry continue on its cost-down roadmap of lowering the LCOE of solar energy, without sacrificing quality and performance? It’s a challenge that applies to many aspects of solar technology, not least to backsheets. Over the past few years, DSM has developed a new generation of Endurance backsheets that help tackle this challenge. Now the global science-based company has raised the bar yet again with the launch of its Endurance Backsheet D15. PES sat down with the DSM Advanced Solar Technology Manager, Sunny Zhao, to discuss how and why this latest innovation came to the market. PES: It’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. You work in research & development for DSM. Can you tell us more about your role? Sunny Zhao: I am the Solar Technology Manager for DSM, based in China at our Research & Technology Development Center. My background is in materials science and I have specific responsibility for developing our backsheet technology. PES: Before we get onto the new D15 backsheet, can you just give us some background on the philosophy behind the R&D work that you’ve been conducting in recent years? SZ: It’s now

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A wind Lidar is quite simply a remarkable piece of technology recently described by Avangrid as having ‘advanced the wind industry globally’. Generic Lidar benefits are summarised by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) as being ‘safer, cheaper, better, faster’ than traditional meteorological masts. An invisible, eye-safe beam of light interrogates the sky above at user defined heights and determines the characteristics of the wind in order to advise and improve wind and meteorological industry understanding around the world, onshore and offshore, on fixed and floating structures. Continuous Wave (CW) Lidars are able to achieve something unique in addition; this is due to their on-board ruggedized focussing system that allows for the following features: 1. All the laser power is focussed at each specific measurement distance ensuring very high sensitivity which in turn allows wind measurements to be rapidly integrated over short periods of times on moving platforms e.g. floating Lidar applications, or when the wind flow is changing rapidly, such as in complex flow, and equally over large areas when scanning the larger wind field, for wind turbine performance measurements and control. 2. In all applications the focussing of the laser also ensures maximum availability that is not subject to the range being interrogated i.e.

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With the launch of the SHIFT platform four years ago, ZF Wind Power changed the wind gearbox market in terms of flexibility, product lifetime and competition. Thanks to a design based on standardized building blocks, the platform offers high flexibility in gearbox development for next-generation turbine concepts. Currently, the platform has been extended with two new members: SHIFT 3k to the lower end of the torque scale and SHIFT 7k at the high end. Together with the 4k and 6k variants, the SHIFT platform contributes to the lowest levelized cost of energy in all wind areas. Competitive design raising the torque density bar above 200Nm/kg During its 40 years of activity in the wind market, ZF Wind Power has shipped 150 GW of gearboxes worldwide, of which 75% of today’s shipments are based on the modular platform design. With a torque range of 2000-8000 kNm, all onshore and offshore wind sites can be covered. Where the SHIFT 7k variant with a maximal torque up to 8000kNm addresses the high power and high output onshore segments as well as dedicated offshore markets, the SHIFT 3k variant was added to the product family specifically to cover the demand in view of low to very

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Online trade is the big winner of the Corona crisis. This also applies to the spare parts and repair market for wind turbines. A Hamburg company, a pioneer in this niche in 2013, is now gaining momentum despite, or because of Corona. Stefan Weber, Founder and Managing Director of Windsourcing.com GmbH, shares his thoughts with PES on how the foundation of a digital trading company came about and how much more importance digitization has gained among the broad masses in the context of the Corona crisis. I am an Amazon fan. Please do not misunderstand me. It is completely unacceptable not to pay sales tax from Asian suppliers in Germany and to pay little if any company tax at all. No, I am a fan of focusing on the customers and their benefits: the punctual and fast delivery and using the distribution channel Internet. This enthusiasm has driven me already in 2013 when I founded Windsourcing.com. It was clear to me that digitalization does not stop at renewable energies and here the industry and the entire energy industry can learn a lot from Amazon and Co. Prior to the foundation of the company, I had already been working for many years

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The anti-icing blade heating technology is the enabler for windfarm power production in extreme icy conditions in Quebec, Canada. The efficient use of heat keeps the turbines operating up in the mountains, in the most demanding, freezing conditions, such as Lac Alfred wind farm. It consists of 150 wind turbines, with total capacity of 300MW and is located up in the mountains of Gaspe peninsula, Quebec. The wind farm is heavily influenced by the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. It has vast wind resources, but the combination of moisture rising out of the sea that stays open the whole wintertime, high altitudes and the cold weather means the environment is prone to icing conditions. The winter is long and usually starts in October and ends in April. The turbines tend to stop easily if any ice is detected by their sensors. Many of the turbines here suffer heavy icing, which leads to long periods of complete standstill. This leads to losses of about 15% of the annual energy production, AEP. It was obvious that something needed to be done in order to save the investment. ‘Until the summer of 2016 we had only used our blade heating technology on new turbines,’

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PES was delighted to speak with Valentin Hartmann, a partner in Waterworks Offshore CONCEPTS. He was enthusiastic about their new venture, as they branch out into the ship finance market. A bold new chapter is beginning in this young dynamic company, encompassed in a slight change of name. They have already established links with investors, which are proving to be mutually beneficial and will continue to do so in the future. PES: Hi Valentin, welcome to PES Wind, it’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. It would be good to start with an overview of the company. Valentin Hartmann: Hi, yes thanks for giving us the opportunity to introduce our company and its services to the PES readers and the offshore industry. Waterworks Offshore was founded in 2014 by Sven Boedewig and since then has been active in the offshore oil & gas sector, as well as the renewables market. Chartering and S&P to the industry have been key activities since then. Lately we have been very busy with recycling offshore assets as well. I joined the company in 2018 and have been actively supporting our clients in the renewables market, especially in chartering for wind park O&M campaigns in the

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TSR Wind is a lively, go-ahead company in our industry, Juan Rivas, Commercial Director, was excited to share some of their solutions with PES. There’s no doubt that robotics is making a big difference to the cost, efficiency, safety and downtimes of inspections for the asset owners, and to cap it all off the analysis can be done back at the office, meaning the experts don’t need to move from their offices to see the results or plan interventions. PES: A warm welcome to PES Wind, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by giving us an overview of TSR Wind? Juan Rivas: Thank you very much. Very proud to represent TSR Wind and very glad to introduce a very young, but assertive company. TSR Wind develops new services and products based on complex robotic technology and software to provide high quality solutions to wind industry. The company core is our engineering team, young, experienced and specialised in new robotic technology and software solutions. We began with our first robot prototype for blade inspection and cleaning towers. Now we can offer our clients internal and external blade inspections, tower welding inspections by UT and we are continuing to develop new

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The 2nd offshore wind boom is upon us and this time it is going global. During 2021 project installation will be underway in UK, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Norway, Spain, Portugal along with US, Vietnam, Taiwan and China. By 2025 many more countries will join this rush to install the cheapest form of largescale renewable power available. The last 10 years of this sector has been about major efficiency gains. This has been brought about by giant leaps in generating capacity, huge economies of scale and general efficiency throughout the supply chain. Turbines can now be erected and commence operation within 24hrs or less. Installed redundancy has reduced the need for regular intervention. Key failure points have been removed. All of these and many more have helped offshore wind find its place as the keystone within the generation mix for decades to come. With this in mind, and looking to further enhance the efficiency of this green industry, one must note that the means of access to these offshore farms heavily relies upon a marine logistics fleet which currently has a hefty carbon footprint. Whether it be the installation vessels, survey boats, cable layers, jack-ups, SOVs, CTVs or helicopters, the amount of

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