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Sweetch Energy’s new high efficiency eco-membranes can turn osmotic energy into a bankable renewable power source for the first time in 50 years. Rennes, Brittany, France – April 14, 2021 – Sweetch Energy, a European company that pioneers advanced nanotechnology and eco-material science to harness osmotic energy, announced today that it has secured 5.2 million euros to initiate its industrialization phase and develop a first full-scale prototype.  Osmotic energy represents a breakthrough in renewable energy as a non-intermittent and abundant source of clean electricity. The investment round was supported by a group of deeptech and cleantech investors with a strong track record in backing highly disruptive industrial companies such as Ÿnsect, Meatable or McPhy Energy. It was led by new investor Future Positive Capital, and co-led by existing investors Demeter and Go Capital. Other investors such as Dominique Gaillard, co-founder of Ardian, and Fabio Ferrari, founder of Symbio, one of Europe’s pioneers in the hydrogen industry, also participated. ADEME, the French environmental and energy management agency, provided additional funding as well. Osmotic energy represents a revolutionary addition to existing renewable energy technologies. Naturally available from the difference in the salt concentration when river fresh water meets sea water, osmotic power provides a non-intermittent

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Waga Energy, the European leader in landfill gas-to- renewable natural gas (RNG) technology, has been enlisted by The Mauricie Residual Materials Management Board (RGMRM) to deploy its innovative gas upgrading solution at the Saint-Étienne-des-Grès landfill, in Quebec. The green gas produced will be purchased by Énergir, the largest gas distribution company in the province, and injected into its gas grid onsite. This landfill gas-to-RNG project will be the first in Canada to use the WAGABOX® technology, developed by Waga Energy to recover landfill gas in the form of RNG, also known as biomethane. Under the agreement signed in March, Waga Energy will buy the landfill gas from RGMRM for a period of at least 20 years. It will then be transformed into grid-compliant RNG by a WAGABOX® gas treatment unit built onsite. Waga Energy will generate income by selling its RNG production to Énergir. Until now, the landfill gas at Saint-Étienne-des-Grès was captured and burned in a flare. Designed to process 3,400 cubic meters of biogas per hour (2,000 scfm), the WAGABOX® unit in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès will produce 468,000 GJ* of renewable gas per year, corresponding to the annual consumption of 8,000 local households. The WAGABOX® unit will be built in Shawinigan by

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Servogear has seen record sales during the first quarter of 2021, and has established an order back-log of NOK 120 million (USD 14 million) for delivery in 2021, compared to total sales of NOK 78 million (USD 9.1 million) for the whole of 2020. Much of the success comes from orders for zero emission propulsion systems for high-speed passenger ferries and cruise & sightseeing vessels for tourism. The company is also a major provider of propulsion systems to highspeed Crew Transfer Vessels used to ferry service personnel to and from offshore wind turbines. Servogear has orders for 9 such highspeed vessels for delivery this year, and has recently signed a contract for the first Hybrid CTV with a British operator. Servogear is planning for further growth, and has recruited Vermund Hjelland as new CEO in the company, from August 2021. Torleif Stokke, who has held the position of CEO for the last 8 years, takes a new position in the company as Business Development Manager, to strengthen the activities towards the Green Shift. Vermund Hjelland holds a Naval Architect degree, and comes from a position as Vice President, Technology & Development in the shipping company Eidesvik Offshore ASA. He has wide experience from

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Ardian Infrastructure works with Greenbyte globally and Pexapark in Europe to ‘digitise’ renewable platforms and manage technical and market risks across its 3.5GW+ renewables portfolio Integrated systems underpin Ardian Infrastructure’s strategy to accompany its renewable portfolio in the shift into the ‘new world’ of unsubsidised revenues Paris, April 1st 2021 – Ardian, a world leading investor in renewable energy, has partnered with leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) firms Greenbyte and Pexapark on a major upgrade to its digital asset management systems for its 3.5GW+ renewable energy portfolio. Working directly with the teams at Greenbyte - a software platform designed to optimise renewable energy production across global portfolios - and Pexapark - a business that sets out to evolve the ‘operating system’ for post-subsidy renewable energy management - Ardian Infrastructure has set out to implement a future-proof end-to-end renewable energy monitoring online platform that will help it, and the management teams of its renewable platforms, to create additional value and monitor technical and market risks in tandem. These risk management goals are growing in significance and urgency for investors and operators as the renewables sector worldwide transitions into a new phase of operation. Ten years ago, most projects benefitted from long-term subsidies. Today, the removal of

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April 7th 2021, Solihull: Enzen, the global knowledge enterprise specialising in the energy and water sectors, today announces the launch of its Network Analysis services – innovative solutions to accelerate decarbonisation and accommodate more renewable energy sources on the grid at lower cost. Utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), the Network Analysis services enable Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) to assess, plan and invest in their networks more effectively to meet regulatory requirements. As more low carbon technologies like wind, solar and storage became available to meet the UK’s net zero ambitions, DNOs and IDNOs need to facilitate the integration of these renewable energy sources on the grid in a sustainable, cost-effective way. To address this challenge, Enzen’s Network Analysis services will enable DNOs and IDNOs to achieve superior modelling, forecasting and resilience analysis of Low Voltage (LV) networks i.e.  those at 11kV and <11kV voltage levels, so they can accommodate increasing renewable energy connections more efficiently. The value of the Network Analysis services lies in how they deploy AI and ML technologies to deliver accurate, reliable and efficient data far superior to the manual analysis currently performed by DNO and IDNO network planners. With many of

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Nigel Pocklington, former Chief Commercial Officer of Moneysupermarket Group plc, will succeed Juliet Davenport as CEO from 1st May 2021 Good Energy has announced the appointment of Nigel Pocklington as Chief Executive Officer. Nigel will succeed Juliet Davenport, who confirmed in February 2021 that she wished to step down once a suitable successor had been identified. Nigel is expected to take up the CEO post on 1 May 2021. Nigel is a widely experienced senior executive with a strong commercial, digital, and operational track record spanning over 25 years. He most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer of Moneysupermarket Group plc. Prior to this, he held a variety of senior roles withing Expedia Inc., including President of eBookers and Chief Marketing Officer of Hotels.com. He spent a decade of his early career at Pearson plc, including a period leading the digital operations of the Financial Times. Nigel is also a Non-Executive Director for Kin + Carta, a global digital transformation business focused on helping make the journey to becoming a digital business tangible, sustainable and profitable, where he chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. As announced on 4 February 2021, Juliet Davenport will remain on the Good Energy

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Norway’s Pipeotech extends its industry-first 10-year gas-tight warranty for its ground-breaking DeltaV-Seal™ gasket all the way down to applications running at -196°C, based on stellar results of cryogenic leakage tests at a pre-eminent European research lab. Pipeotech launched its metal-to-metal DeltaV-Seal in 2015. Backed by unique DNV GL type certification, DeltaV-Seal immediately set a new gas-tight standard for industrial gaskets, offering the first sealing solution that was proven to stay exceptionally tight over time with zero maintenance or retorquing required. After proving it efficacy in sectors ranging from hydrocarbons to chemicals processing, maritime, pharmaceuticals and food and beverage production, in 2020 Pipeotech launched the sealing industry’s first 10-year gas-tight limited warranty, creating a truly unique value proposition and cementing the claim of being the tightest, safest and most durable flange gasket technology in the world. Raising the bar Pipeotech has now blazed a new trail, conducting leakage testing of a bolted flange joint (BFJ) under cryogenic conditions in a laboratory testing programme engineered and carried out together with Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland. The BFJ contained a DN40/PN40 material 316L DeltaV-Seal with a sealing length of 0.2 metres and containing helium pressures from 10 bar to 100 bar. “To stand a

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The project will be the world’s first battery to absorb reactive power directly from the grid, helping stabilise the system and enable further adoption of renewable power sources The 100MW battery will be the first in the world to absorb reactive power directly from a transmission network, and the largest grid-connected battery in Europe The largest battery in Europe when commissioned to connect on a transmission network at 275,000 volts The project is the first in England to receive planning permission under the revised planning regime allowing battery projects over 50MW to bypass the national planning process, making it more than double the size of any other project in England The site will power Mersey and the surrounding areas with a reliable reactive power service, delivering clean and secure energy at a substantially lower cost to consumers Over the next 15 years, the project is forecast to remove 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to 20,000 acres of mature forest (1,000,000 trees) or taking 216,044 diesel and petrol cars off the road Zenobe Energy, the UK’s leading independent owner and operator of battery storage, today announces Europe’s biggest battery with its 100MW battery project in Capenhurst, Chester. The battery is due to be operational in

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The manufacturer-independent pump portal “Star Pump Alliance” hosts a webinar on Tuesday, April 14th at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on positive displacement pumps in the hygienic industry. For this purpose, the company has invited Rainer Gozzer, responsible for the "Food & Pharmaceutical" business unit at NETZSCH Pumps & Systems. Gozzer will talk about the advantages and design of hygienic pumps. Are you thinking about how to pump your medium hygienically, safely and gently without impairing its natural properties? Then this is the right webinar for you! Overview of the webinar: Date: April 14th, 2021 Time: 9:00 AM (CET) or 5:00 PM (CET) Duration: 30 - 45 Minutes Language of presentation: English Register here: https://www.edudip.com/en/webinar/hygienic-pumps-for-applications-in-the-food-and-pharmaceutical-industries/1058660 Honey, chocolate, fruit juices or ketchup – some of them are shear-sensitive or have a high viscosity. These media should not only be conveyed hygienically, but also gently, and in such a way that their natural properties are not attacked.  These requirements are met by the NOTOS® hygienic screw pump. This pump, recently developed by NETZSCH, is available in various sizes and designs to meet the different requirements of applications in the hygienic industry. In the webinar, Rainer Gozzer will explain in more detail the design of the NOTOS® screw

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Legacy Programme to support turtle conservation in Saudi Arabia confirmed ahead of April 2021 race 31 March 2021, London: Extreme E, the revolutionary electric off-road racing series, has revealed its Legacy Programme plans in Saudi Arabia, confirming it will support turtle conservation along the Red Sea coastline in association with Ba’a Foundation, an organisation that focusses on conserving the environment through initiatives entailing preserving endangered species, natural habitats and historical sites. Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “I’m really pleased Extreme E can support this crucial legacy initiative in Saudi Arabia. This series is of course about thrilling racing, but we are also shining a spotlight on climate and environmental crisis’ happening all over the world and trying to make a lasting difference. “The Red Sea is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and we have worked closely with the Ba’a Foundation to identify this important project based around endangered sea turtle conservation; a truly worthy and exciting initiative that will start receiving our support immediately.” Extreme E will support the protection of the endangered Green turtle and the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle, which are under threat for a variety of reasons including: Entanglement in fishing

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