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Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT) showed that combined, Battery Electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) accounted for 17.2% of new car sales in June, with BEVs accounting for more than one in 10 registrations. Despite the boom in electric vehicle (EV) sales, Cornwall Insight's research shows around 17 EV tariffs are available, with some of the tariffs still in testing phases and not available to all customers. On top of this number, there are 11 Time of Use (ToU) EV tariffs on offer. Katie Hickford, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “The latest SMMT data saw the second-highest monthly EV sales recorded for 2021 behind March, with 19,842 BEVs and 12,139 PHEVs registered in June. Looking at 2021 to date, 73,893 BEVs have been registered, up 139% on YTD 2020 (30,957 vehicles). PHEV YTD data shows a 197% increase on 2020 YTD, with 58,207 cars registered. This means that total EV sales for 2021 exceed 132,000, surpassing total diesel car sales (93,087). “New models coming onto the market in 2021 are set to increase consumer choice, with EVs from BMW, Nissan, Kia, and Mercedes, amongst other brands, set to launch in the UK this year. Volkswagen's ID.4 was

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The Carbon Trust has been appointed to provide technical evaluation and independent monitoring support to the Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) Demonstration Programme, a funding scheme designed to accelerate the development and demonstration of floating offshore wind innovative technologies and products. The programme will target three key industry challenges: mooring/anchoring, dynamic cables and floaters/foundations, alongside a series of industry-led miscellaneous projects. The programme is part of the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), a £1 billion fund to support the development and adaptation of low carbon technologies and systems across industry, power and the built environment. 27th July 2021: The Carbon Trust has been appointed by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to provide technical support to the FOW Demonstration Programme, to help accelerate the net zero transition, while bolstering the UK’s renewable energy generation. The £17 million competitive funding scheme, launched in March 2021 will support innovation in the floating offshore wind industry, by funding the development and demonstration of new technologies addressing three key challenges: mooring/anchoring, dynamic cables and floaters/foundations; alongside a series of industry-led miscellaneous projects. The Carbon Trust, with support from offshore wind technical consultancy OWC, will assist BEIS with the initial evaluation of proposals, followed by

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Recurring inspection of 30 wind turbines successfully completed Varel, 2021-07-27: On assignment from Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH, Deutsche WindGuard Inspection has now successfully completed recurring inspections on 30 wind turbines at the off- shore wind farm Global Tech I in the German North Sea. The contracted scope of services at this wind farm located around 180 kilometres northwest of Bremerhaven, Germany, comprised the inspection of tower and nacelle in accordance with the Standard Design of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). “We are pleased that Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH counts on our expertise and has commis- sioned us with the inspection of the technical condition and safety equipment,” says Jan Wallasch, Managing Director of Deutsche WindGuard Inspection, “with the highest level of thoroughness, our experienced offshore experts carefully inspected this year’s inspection scope of 30 turbines and also checked the monitoring and maintenance documentation. For this purpose, the team was stationed on board of the REM Inspector service vessel directly in the wind farm for four weeks in June.” “The working environment in the offshore wind farm is very dynamic because of sudden weather changes, among other things,” notes Frederik Modes, Head of Operations & Maintenance Wind Turbines Global

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The Transport Select Committee has published a report on zero emissions vehicles which includes recommendations on managing energy demand and smart charging. >Responding, Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation and Electricity Systems at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: “A smart, flexible grid is the most efficient and reliable option for us to hit Net Zero - one which we are paving the way towards with our world-leading flexibility markets and intelligent systems. Allowing early investment in the electricity networks now and making sure that charging points are smart will empower customers across the country, keeping their costs down and making sure that they see the full benefit of their electric vehicles.” We are the voice of the networks We represent the energy networks in the UK & Ireland. Our members operate the wires and pipes which keep your energy flowing. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people (36,000 in Great Britain) and have invested more than £100 billion since privatisation. Learn more about how the energy networks operate and

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Singapore, July 28 2021 – TotalEnergies has signed with Bolloré Group for the acquisition of ‘Blue Charge’. Upon the approval of the relevant authorities, TotalEnergies will manage and operate the largest electric vehicle charging network in Singapore, with more than 1,500 charge points installed in the city-state. This urban charging network represents around 85% of the charge points currently under operation in Singapore, accessible to electric vehicles’ owners as well as to the carsharing solution BlueSG. This network has been developed with the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) and with other partners from both public and private sectors. Local growth perspectives for electric mobility are powered by the ambition of Singapore to massively develop the charging infrastructure as part of its Green Plan 2030, which includes a target to reach 60,000 charge points by the end of the decade. “With this acquisition, TotalEnergies is pursuing its transformation and adds a new name on the list of global cities, such as Paris, Amsterdam, London and Brussels, where the Company is already developing its EV charge points installing and operating activities. We are committed to provide the customer experience and services in line with our future users’ expectations.” declared Alexis Vovk, President Marketing &

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Alencon will demonstrate the industry’s most extensive and flexible range of high voltage, high power DC:DC conversion and optimization technology at Solar Power International in New Orleans Figure 1:  Alencon Systems will demonstrate its extensive array of high power, high voltage DC:DC converters and optimizers at SPI 2021 in New Orleans September 21 – 23, 2021 in booth 5413. Alencon’s line-up of DC:DC converters includes the galvanically isolated SPOT and BOSS and the non-isolated CUBE. Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC will demonstrate the industry’s most extensive line-up of high power, high voltage DC:DC conversion equipment at SPI 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 21 – 23 in booth #5413.  The Alencon products on display at SPI 2021 will include the latest version of Alencon’s galvanically isolated DC:DC converters, the SPOT and BOSS Version 7 series, along with the company’s soon to be released CUBE. The CUBE is slated for official release in 2022.  In addition, Alencon will be displaying its full range of accessories including the GARD for string level arc and ground fault detection and ACE control system along with a variety of deployment form factors, including its stackable, paralleled solutions. “Alencon aims to be the market leading provider of high

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Large component layout confirmed Following the approval of funding for the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven at the former Luneort airfield, the project work started behind the scenes first of all. The first major step was to commission a general contractor to design specific layout plans for the facilities. This is a fundamental prerequisite for any necessary permits. The connection of the test field to the virtual grid of Fraunhofer IWES’ Dynamic Nacelle Testing Labora-tory (DyNaLab) large-scale testing facility and the generation of the electrolysis energy from wind power is a unique selling point.  There are numerous processes to complete before the complex system of electrolyzers, compressors, and the switchgear is coordinated – all without a blueprint, as there are no comparable projects at present. For example, the connection of the hydrogen, power, and data lines up to the Fraunhofer DyNaLab requires both expertise and creativity on the part of the general contractor Wenger Engineering. “The planned test field is a world first and represents a significant contribution to the energy transition for the region. We are very proud to be realizing this project in cooperation with Fraunhofer IWES,” explained Dr. David Wenger, CEO of Wenger Engineering GmbH. The Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven should produce green

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The Scottish Green Energy Awards open today (July 27) Nominations invited for 11 categories across all renewable technologies Nominations for The Scottish Green Energy Awards – the UK’s largest celebration of renewables – open today (July 27). This year’s event will return as an in-person awards ceremony which will comply with the latest government guidelines to ensure the health and safety of guests. Nominations are open for 11 categories, with submissions welcome from all renewable energy technologies, from wind, hydro and solar to wave, low-carbon heat and more. Categories this year include the Best Innovation Award, Best Engagement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award. The awards ceremony on December 2 will be hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield. Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we will be celebrating Scotland’s renewable energy industry in-person at this year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards. “In the year of COP26, the eyes of the world are on Scotland and The Scottish Green Energy Awards are another opportunity to showcase the critical role and impact the renewable energy industry is playing in our fight against climate change. “Each year I am inspired by the talent, passion and innovation showcased by those who are doing ground-breaking work to decarbonise our

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Paul McGimpsey has joined Energy Networks Association as Director of Markets & Regulation. In his new role, Paul will be responsible for working on policy and regulation including delivering efficient, secure, Net Zero networks through the RIIO price control process. Paul has 25 years of experience in the industry on commercial and regulatory matters across transmission and distribution, most recently leading on the development of SP Energy Networks' whole system strategy for its RIIO-ED2 business plan. David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association said: "I'm delighted Paul has joined the team especially at such an important time for the industry. With a focus on markets and regulation, he'll play a vital role in helping the networks to deliver an ever more decentralised, digitalised and decarbonised energy system." We are the voice of the networks We represent the energy networks in the UK & Ireland. Our members operate the wires and pipes which keep your energy flowing. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people (36,000 in Great Britain) and have invested more than £100 billion since

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For pumping potentially explosive gases Explosion-proof interior Applications in analytics, industry or research & development Asslar, July 26, 2021. The new pumps in the HiScroll ATEX range meet the requirements of the European directive ATEX II 3/-G Ex h IIC T4 Gc X +5° C ≤ Ta ≤ +40 °C and are therefore suitable for pumping potentially explosive gases. Depending on the operational requirements, the ATEX directives are subdivided into different categories based on the conditions under which the pumps are allowed to operate. The HiScroll ATEX conforms to equipment category 3G based on contact with the pumped substance and meets temperature class T4. This allows all gases up to and including explosion group IIC to be pumped. It is even possible to pump hydrogen. With these properties, the HiScroll ATEX covers many applications in the field of analytics, industry or research & development. Explosion-protected devices are used in many sectors, including in industrial processes such as generating and pumping hydrogen. The HiScroll ATEX is also used in laboratories for pumping solvent-based liquids and gases which can produce combustible vapors. The ATEX certification is awarded since the HiScroll ATEX has no sources of ignition for potentially hazardous gas mixtures. Pfeiffer Vacuum scroll

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