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Singapore is increasingly relying on solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment to achieve clean energy targets as the resource-constrained country has limited renewable energy options. As a result, the installation of rooftop PV systems on public housing has become one of the prominent drivers for the growth of solar PV in the country, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData’s latest report, ‘Singapore Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2020 - Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape’, reveals that solar PV capacity of Singapore, which  was negligible in 2015, increased to 0.4GW by 2020. The country has already started moving towards its next ambition of reaching at least 2GW of solar energy by 2030, which would be enough to power about 350,000 households. For future growth, the country is increasingly investing in floating solar energy R&D initiatives. Aditya Sharma, Power Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Singapore is expected to add 1.2GW of new power capacity during 2021–2030. Almost all this capacity is set to come from new solar PV installations allotted through its auction system, also known as SolarNova Program. During 2015-2020, a total of five phases were executed through which almost 296MW of capacity had been awarded. “Under its latest Phase 5 auction

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Major tests of methanol as a marine fuel will soon begin at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark. Working closely with MAN Energy Solutions and other partners, Alfa Laval will explore the possibility of running the centre’s four-stroke, 2 MW diesel engine on methanol – without modifications or another pilot fuel. The testing is the third stage in an ongoing research project funded by Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program). Making methanol feasible for standard engines Initiated two years ago, the EUDP-funded methanol project partners Alfa Laval and MAN Energy Solutions with the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and biofuel producer Nordic Green. Through joint research, the consortium seeks to develop a methanol fuel system that can adapt to today’s marine diesel engines. Methanol, which is abundant and clean-burning, is one of the most promising fossil-free fuels available for future shipping. “At present, combusting methanol requires a pilot ignition with fuel oil,” explains Lars Skytte Jørgensen, Vice President Technology Development, Alfa Laval Marine Division. “This necessitates two fuel lines and different types of fuel tanks on board. If methanol from renewable sources could be burned directly in standard compression engines, it would offer

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is urging stakeholders to respond to their call for evidence to help unlock early investment in the grid to support a green economic recovery. By working closely with Ofgem, ENA’s members have drawn up plans to unlock early investment in the grid to support the technologies of tomorrow to be delivered quickly, driving green jobs and green growth across Great Britain. With tens of millions of pounds available for investment in each distribution network licence area, there is around £300m available across Great Britain. The aim of this project is to support the green recovery by targeting investment in networks where there is expected to be significant green activity in the next year or two. Projects which are not able to meet the timeline in this call for evidence will not miss out, with the opportunity to submit their evidence to energy network operators for inclusion in the RIIO-ED2 business plans, which will cover investment in the networks over the period 2023-2028. The six-week call for evidence closes on 19 March. It is open to everyone and no technology is excluded. If a project is ready to be delivered and supports the net zero transition, then ENA is encouraging it

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Paris, France - Micro mobility infrastructure innovator, DUCKT, today announces it has been awarded a pilot project for the installation of 150 dock, lock and charge points across the "Paris Rive Gauche" (13e) area of Paris. The project aims to demonstrate how universal charging infrastructure can accelerate micro mobility use to reduce climate impact in the city. After responding to a Paris Municipality call for experimentation in collaboration with sustainable energy innovation engine EIT InnoEnergy, the universal charge solution will be deployed in Q2 2021. DUCKT offers the municipality and e-mobility users a way to help organise public space, lower operation costs and provide a simple, secure universal charge station. The adaptable solution can be plugged into advertising boards, bus stations and street lighting to provide a power source. Marc-Antoine Réol, Country Manager France at DUCKT said: “Paris was the ideal city to demonstrate the power of our solution. With nearly 15,000 electric scooters on the streets, policies are going to keep moving towards accelerated deployment of micro mobility. The aim of this experimentation is to provide a last mile infrastructure, which links public transport and shared micro-mobility. This initiative supports the mayor's desire to reduce the use of cars in town

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Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Head of Smart Grid Development at UK Power Networks, takes on role ENA has today announced that Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Head of Smart Grid Development at UK Power Networks, is the new Chair of the Open Networks project. Starting his new role this week, Sotiris has more than 15 years’ experience in the energy sector, establishing the smart grid development team at UK Power Networks in 2016. In his day-to-day role he is responsible for UK Power Networks' Distribution System Operation activities. Previously the project’s Flexibility Services Chair, Sotiris takes over from Nigel Turvey of Western Power Distribution, who recently stepped down ahead of his retirement. In his new role he will take overall responsibility of leading the project’s and workstreams world leading work. Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation and Electricity Systems at Energy Networks Association said: “Sotiris has been a stalwart of the project since its inception and an excellent leader on the Flexibility Services workstream. He is a leading industry voice and I am thrilled he is taking on these additional responsibilities at such a crucial time for our industry. “He will continue to play a key role in building on the project’s momentum and the pivotal role it plays in the energy

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Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for commercial vessels, announced today that it has hired Moran David as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), reporting to the company’s CEO Michael G. Johnson. Effective immediately, this new position gives David responsibility for the company’s global sales and marketing of Sea Machines’ advanced technology to the builders and operators of the world’s commercial and defense fleets. He also has oversight for developing new strategic partnerships that further the company’s reach to serve the sizable global marine market and it’s diversity of vessel operating segments. David joins Sea Machines from Mobileye, an Israeli subsidiary of Intel that leads in the development of self-driving automotive technology and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). He has relocated to Boston from New York City for his new role. “Moran’s unique experience across disruptive technologies and proven record of driving growth at Mobileye is expected to significantly benefit Sea Machines,” said Johnson. “His competence in commercializing advanced products into established operational sectors has enabled Mobileye to maintain leadership in a progressive ecosystem, providing customers with unparalleled safety, data and analytics offerings. His expertise will prove invaluable to Sea Machines as we further develop new advanced technologies

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Optilan to implement telecoms and CCTV services for major UK renewable project - onshore and offshore. Another contract win for Optilan in successful last quarter. Bill Bayliss, CEO of Optilan: “We are extremely pleased to be working on the Seagreen wind farm - a project that furthers the UK’s renewable energy capabilities that we know are so critical to the energy transition.” Optilan, the leading security and communications company for the energy, infrastructure, pipeline, and rail sectors, can today announce that it has been contracted to supply telecommunications and security services for the Seagreen Wind Farm project. Optilan will supply telecoms services, including the provision of integrated telecoms and CCTV solutions, for both the offshore and onshore elements of the wind farm project. The contract has been awarded by Linxon, the joint venture between ABB and SNC-Lavalin, who are supporting Petrofac on the delivery of substations for the project. The £3bn Seagreen offshore wind farm is situated approximately 90km from the Angus coastline. Upon completion, the site will become one of the largest operating wind farms, with approximately 114 wind turbines being installed. Bill Bayliss, CEO of Optilan, states: “The project was won by our teams in the UK and the Middle East, who

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Some of Britain’s energy companies have appealed Ofgem’s RIIO-2 Final Determination with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). An appeal to the CMA is the final step in the regulatory process which allows an independent, fair and transparent assessment of the position set out by the regulator and the network companies. Ross Easton, Director of External Affairs at Energy Networks Association which represents Great Britain's energy network operators, said: “The UK’s energy network operators remain focused on providing a low cost, Net Zero energy system to the public. To deliver this, it is essential that the regulatory environment is attractive to the significant investment the country needs over the coming years.” Ofgem's Final Determination for Transmission and Gas Distribution network companies and the Electricity System Operator was published on 8 December 2020. The price control known as RIIO-2 ensures network operators have enough revenue to run an efficient network that delivers what customers need, while investing to deliver the infrastructure needed for a Net Zero future. It stands for Revenues = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs. For the transmission and gas distribution networks and system operator, RIIO-2 will come into effect next month and runs for five years until 2026. Find out more about how the networks are helping to

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NSK Ltd. has completed the acquisition of Brüel & Kjær Vibro (‘B&K Vibro’), a global condition monitoring system (CMS) specialist. Following the initial announcement on 10 December 2020, finalising the purchase of B&K Vibro from Spectris Plc. will further strengthen NSK’s ability to meet customer demand for automation, labour savings, smart technology and environmentally sustainable solutions. Condition monitoring is the process of checking a machine or system parameter, such as vibration or temperature, in order to identify a change which is indicative of a developing fault. The use of condition monitoring, which can take place while the machine is running, allows maintenance to be scheduled, or the implementation of other actions that prevent a major failure. NSK’s acquisition of B&K Vibro will accelerate the development of its business platform in the growing CMS market. The core products of NSK’s portfolio – bearings, ball screws and linear guides – are vital components that directly affect the function and performance of machinery. NSK’s wealth of data and technology related to these components will prove invaluable in enhancing and developing B&K Vibro’s next-generation predictive maintenance systems, delivering new value to the market. B&K Vibro has around 220 employees and annual sales of €52.5 million, with 43%

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Wittenberg, Germany, 1/3/2021 – Tesvolt presents its new battery storage system, which for the first time has its own energy management system (EMS) and an integrated industrial inverter. The TS-I HV 80 is designed to achieve exceptionally high power electricity cost savings through the use of intelligent functions. The new power quality technology ensures high power quality that prolongs the lifespan of machines in commercial and industrial settings. The new storage system also provides reliable back-up power. Installers can sign up for training webinars now. “This new storage system incorporates the full breadth of our expertise. Our goal was to develop a true allstar,” says Simon Schandert, founder and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Tesvolt. “And indeed the TS-I HV 80 is unmatched in terms of versatility. It has practically every function one could wish for and is therefore even more effective in tapping the potential to save electricity costs.” Suitable for any application  The TS-I HV 80 shaves peak loads more efficiently thanks to recording of load profile measurement, optimises self-consumption and provides back-up power. It functions on-grid and off-grid, as well as semi-off-grid, is black start-capable and reacts to power requirements from the utility grid within milliseconds. The new storage system

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