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A tool developed by ENA’s leading Open Networks project for all distribution network operators in Great Britain to be able to ‘market test’ and make decisions on potential flexibility solutions will be adopted nationally from tomorrow (1 April). It introduces a standard and transparent methodology for distribution network operators when choosing solutions to solve congestion. It will provide greater visibility of the decision methodology and give confidence to flexibility providers, in turn stimulating flexibility volumes and competition in the market, ultimately reducing costs for network customers. The Common Evaluation Methodology helps the networks get the right solution onto the network when faced by constraints, by assessing different potential options, and ensures that distribution network operators are evaluating flexible options versus traditional network reinforcement solutions consistently and transparently. The improved approach was developed in partnership with independent consultants Baringa Partners and drives consistency across the country and increases transparency of decision making. It creates a level playing field across the country for anyone to participate in, something all networks committed to in Our six steps for delivering flexibility services, and realise additional value from their connected smart technology. Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation and Electricity Systems at Energy Networks Association said: “Opening local markets for flexibility

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Durham University has today announced the launch of a new Master of Energy Systems Management programme, starting in September 2021. The programme, which is full-time and one year-long, will be taught by Durham University Business School and the University’s Department of Engineering, in partnership with the Durham Energy Institute. A part-time online and blended offer is planned to be introduced for the following academic year. Climate Change is an indisputable reality. Universities around the world need to prepare students with the right skills to support the essential move toward Net Zero across the globe; balancing greenhouse gases produced, with greenhouse gases removed from the earth’s atmosphere. Dr Joanna Berry, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of the programme says, “In the year the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, it is hugely exciting to be launching this new programme. It could not be more timely or appropriate, as it will provide students with both the technical and strategic information, they will need to work towards achieving net zero and tackling the global challenges with which climate change confronts us. Students from all over the world will bring together their different perspectives on these global challenges, in the context of the United Nations strategic development goals. We will inform their learning and responses to these

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London, 30th March 2021: A new study from tado° has found that UK homes had their daytime heating on 14% more this winter in comparison to the previous winter. Despite financial and environmental savings made with less driving, home energy bills have gone up as heating use has increased. The study sampled approximately 65,000 UK and 300,000 European homes. It found that Italian and Spanish households faced the biggest increases in home heating with Denmark and Sweden among the lowest. In the UK, homeowners turned on their heating 14.3% more than in the same period the previous year. This was despite the fact that this winter was on average 0.6°C warmer than the previous winter in Europe. In the UK and Europe, heating and cooling in buildings and industry accounts for half of the UK and Europe’s energy consumption, making it the biggest energy end-use sector ahead of both transport and electricity.[1] Heating and hot water make up approximately three quarters of a home’s energy use and two thirds of the energy used for the heating, cooling and hot water in residential buildings still stems from fossil fuels.[2] “We’ve seen a massive transition from office to home working over the last year and

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30 March 2021, London: Extreme E has today expanded its Scientific Committee with the appointment of Professor Carlos Duarte, one of the world’s leading minds on marine ecosystems. His appointment comes in advance of Extreme E’s opening race in Saudi Arabia as the series strengthens its commitment to raise awareness for the climate issues facing the locations in which it races. Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Professor Carlos Duarte to the Extreme E Scientific Committee”. “As one of the most qualified and respected marine biologists on the planet, who has a precise understanding in Red Sea Ecology, we are thrilled he accepted our invitation to join the Extreme E family. We look forward to sharing his knowledge as we aim to deliver on our commitment to use our sport to raise awareness of these important issues.” Distinguished Professor Duarte is based at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and holds the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology, making him perfectly placed to advise Extreme E in the lead up to its Saudi Arabian Desert X Prix, and Legacy Programme in the area. During his decades of dedication to ocean health,

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Azelio wins domestic order for two of its TES.POD units from Swedish-based Industrisupport i Åmål AB. Azelio’s TES.POD will store surplus energy from a 446 kW rooftop solar PV system and supply electricity and heat from the storage, on demand around-the-clock. With this installation, Azelio’s storage units will increase the share of renewable energy supply by 24% and reduce CO2 emissions from energy use by 168 tonnes per year. This order is of strategic importance, being Azelio’s first commercial project in the Swedish market. The order for two TES.POD units is placed on commercial terms, with Azelio’s energy storage solution selected ahead of li-ion battery alternatives. The system will combine the TES.POD with solar PV already installed by Svea Solar – Sweden’s largest solar PV installer and current collaborator with Azelio for joint projects. Azelio’s TES.POD will better utilize the renewable energy produced by handling energy shifting for renewable baseload power in the system, as well as provide Industrisupport i Åmål AB with heat that will also reduce their dependency on the local heating network. “This is a milestone of strategic importance for Azelio. We have already initiated a commercial project in Dubai. This order shows the versatility of our storage solution and

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Ashtead Technology has created a new role to head up its increasing activities in renewable energy. The integrated underwater technology and services company has appointed Scott Stephen to oversee the firm’s growing presence and enhance its service offering to support the global renewables market. Based at Ashtead’s recently opened Thainstone technology centre in Aberdeenshire, UK, Mr Stephen has been promoted to the role after four years with the company latterly as an asset integrity business development manager and formerly as NDT sales manager. Following a handful of strategic acquisitions over the past four years, Ashtead Technology has offshore operational bases in key locations including Abu Dhabi, Broussard, Halifax, Houma, Houston, London and Singapore. The company has been servicing the energy sector for 36 years with its bespoke underwater solutions, tools and systems. The firm has in recent years been diversifying into the renewables market where its equipment fleet and engineering skills developed to support the oil and gas industry are also suited to the requirements of offshore wind developers’ installation and operations and maintenance (O&M) work. Commenting on his appointment, Mr Stephen said: “Over the past four years with Ashtead Technology, I have developed a deep understanding of our customers’ strategic priorities and how best

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(“ORIT” or the “Company”) Investment Management Update The board of Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc (the “Board”) notes today’s press release by Octopus Energy Group regarding its proposed acquisition of Octopus Renewables, which is subject, amongst other things, to regulatory approval. The Board has been in active discussions with Octopus in relation to this transaction and notes that there will be no change to Octopus Renewables’ leadership or people, and specifically, ORIT’s investment management team will remain the same and service levels will be uninterrupted by the transaction. The Company will make a further announcement on completion of the acquisition, which is currently expected to occur in June 2021.

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Acquisition will extend Cognizant’s capabilities in digital automotive engineering R&D, including in smart, connected mobility; global market for connected cars estimated to exceed $225 billion by 2027 TEANECK, NJ – March 25, 2021 – Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) today announced that it is acquiring Munich, Germany-based ESG Mobility, a digital automotive engineering R&D provider for connected, autonomous and electric vehicles. ESG Mobility is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESG Elektroniksystem - and Logistik - GmbH, a privately-held technology consultancy for the design, integration and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems. Upon the close of the acquisition, approximately 1,000 engineering R&D specialists will join Cognizant in the automotive innovation hubs of Germany, the US and China. Acquiring ESG Mobility will expand Cognizant’s automotive engineering expertise, particularly in connected vehicles. The global connected car market was valued at approximately $63 billion in 2019, and is projected to reach more than $225 billion by 2027,according to Allied Market Research. Among the growth drivers is the European Commission’s Third Mobility Package, which requires development of safe, clean, connected cars and autonomous and electric vehicles, as well as all new vehicles to be connected to the internet by 2022. “The automotive industry is undergoing a fundamental shift, embracing

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Our Voltaire will be the first Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel on the market, able to transport, lift and install the ‘Next Generation’ offshore wind turbines and its ever larger foundations. The vessel will have better operational limits compared to the existing Jack-Ups. The larger deck space will also enable to optimize installations at sea and to lower the fuel consumption and emissions. But not only will this vessel be ready for the future of offshore renewables, it will also be deployable for the oil and gas industry, and for decommissioning of offshore structures. All these activities will be performed in a sustainable way thanks to lower fuel consumptions and emissions through Jan De Nul’s in-house developed ULEv technique (Ultra Low Emission vessel). Ground-breaking: the Voltaire will be the very first seaworthy EU Stage V-certified offshore installation vessel with ultra-low emissions in the world. The Voltaire is equipped with a main crane of over 3,000 tonnes and a DP2 system. The vessel has an operating depth of over 80 meters, a payload of about 14,000 tonnes and accommodation for 110 persons. With her four legs, the Voltaire can lift itself above the sea level for stable working conditions. She will be delivered

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New figures from energy regulator Ofgem reveal Britain’s energy networks have never been more reliable and customers have never been more satisfied with the service they receive, with companies last year achieving average scores of 9 out of 10. Ofgem’s annual report for 2019-20 reveals the companies which operate the gas and electricity networks have also been able to keep costs to customers broadly flat over the entire regulatory period 2013-21. Key findings also include: Since 2015 Britain’s local electricity networks have invested more than £730 million in resilience which has helped improve reliability significantly. The number of power cuts has fallen by a fifth, while the average length of interruptions has fallen by 15% to just over 30 minutes. Between 2013 and 2020 Britain's gas networks will have invested nearly £15 billion, which has helped them to maintain exceptionally high standards of both safety and reliability which currently averages at 99.998%. Gas network operators have connected over 84,000 fuel poor households to their networks. Gas and electricity networks cleaner and greener than ever before. The energy networks are cleaner and greener than ever before. Building on their plans for a net-zero gas grid, 2019/20 saw 19 biomethane plants connected to local gas

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