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Calum Urquhart, Global Business Manager, Energy at Atlas Copco spoke enthusiastically to PES about smart bolting. For sure everyone has been hit by the pandemic but this innovative company, with a strong emphasis on R&D, supporting the customer and sustainability have found new ways of working, which will carry on after the pandemic. PES: Hi Calum it’s a pleasure to welcome you back to PES Wind. As always, we have many new readers, so it would be great if could you give us a brief history of Atlas Copco. Calum Urquhart: Sure. Atlas Copco is a global, industrial company based in Stockholm, Sweden, with almost 40,000 employees and customers in more than 180 countries. We are pioneers and technology drivers, and industries all over the world rely on our expertise. Our market-leading compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems can be found everywhere. PES: Of course, we know you are a global, well established company, working in many sectors, but which do you feel are the most important and the ones you are currently developing? CU: The energy sector is an area where have increased our focus significantly in recent years. Historically our focus was on manufacturing industries such as

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Energy generation and storage is rapidly being moved from the centre to the edges of the network, with far-reaching consequences for grid management and oversight. Across the world, the policy direction is increasingly towards distributed generation with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the EU Framework 2030, European Green Deal, and an EU Directive all championing self-sufficient energy communities. UK community energy organisations have already delivered over 30MW of renewable power with community groups funding 175 new renewable energy schemes ranging from solar to hydroelectric, while the EU predicts that energy cooperatives could own 17% of its installed wind capacity within a decade. Pioneering projects include Germany’s Energy Cooperative Heilbronn-Franken, the Orkney Community Windfarm Project, the Bright Tucson Community Solar Program in the US, and UK initiatives to exploit ground-source heat pumps in hundreds of urban parks. ‘Interconnection’, which allows small-scale renewable energy projects to connect to the electric grid, will mean that national grids increasingly draw on these local, community-run power sources. Home energy storage and vehicle-to-grid technology are similarly decentralising energy storage, transforming homes and cars into batteries that share power with the grid. Experts predict that renewable electric grids will have to draw on a mix

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There is a lot going on in the offshore wind market and not only in specific regions; companies around the world are increasingly moving towards generating and harvesting renewable energy. From 2023 onwards, the majority of new offshore wind turbines will be installed outside of Europe. After Europe, Taiwan has become the new hotspot for offshore wind. Going forward, there will be an increased need for specialised vessels and equipment in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the US as well as for technology where the focus lies on safety and efficiency. With a global network of storage and maintenance hubs and regional offices, Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann offers its innovative technology at the very heart of the upcoming offshore wind hotspots globally. Ampelmann pioneered the Walk to Work market more than 10 years ago with the launch of its first motion compensated gangway system, inspired by technology traditionally used in flight simulators. The system compensates all six degrees of freedom of a vessel which makes the transfer of workers offshore safer and more efficient than alternative methods.

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As the UK accelerates its journey towards net zero, the offshore wind industry has emerged as a key driver of the green industrial revolution. Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing to meet the industry’s requirements by providing state-of-the-art port infrastructure and creating favourable conditions for energy clusters, which will benefit the wider economy. Why is the offshore wind industry vital? The offshore wind industry is particularly important to the UK because of the country’s commitment to a legally-binding 2050 net zero target. Whatever mix of renewables is deployed to achieve this, we will still need a lot of offshore wind energy to support it, with required levels expected to be between 65 and 125 GW. To put this into context, the amount of installed capacity is currently around 10 GW, so there is a long way to go in order to achieve our goals. There is clearly an opportunity for offshore wind companies to play a leading role in the UK’s green industrial revolution. The Government has also strengthened the market by announcing its ambitions for a green recovery, in a series of public policy documents. As a result, there is a whole host of different projects ready to bring additional offshore wind

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Orbital Marine Power Ltd has today (April 22) launched its 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, which will become the world’s most powerful operational tidal turbine once it has undergone commissioning and been connected to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. Responding, Ben Miller, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “The launch of the O2 turbine today in Dundee deserves global attention this Earth Day, as coastal nations seek out the marine technologies that can deliver our net-zero future. "Orbital should be very proud of this contribution to engineering and the UK supply chain, and we look forward to its operation in Orkney, a fitting home for one of Scotland’s beacons of energy innovation."

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This is a crucial time for the wind and aviation sector as it strives to accelerate its goal of decarbonisation. The transition to renewable energy can be challenging, but success is massively rewarding for individuals, for companies, for the environment and for national or global net zero targets.   In order to encourage change and support businesses as they explore opportunities afforded by cleaner energy sources, the sharing of information and resources is crucial. This requires communication and collaboration between everyone from stakeholders to technology developers, equipment manufacturers, associations, planners, operators and Government. In turn, individuals and companies need access to platforms that connect them to the wider industry and facilitate interaction with peers, fellow experts and those with experience in different areas of the field.  This is something that RenewableUK is passionate about as part of its commitment to support the entire renewable energy market. Given the social restrictions faced this year so far, the organisation has collaborated with key players across the industry to put together an array of virtual events exploring hot topics in the sector right now. These webinars provide a chance for individuals and businesses to gain useful insight into fields and projects related to them, as well as share their own expertise for the benefit of others.  #RUKAviation21 

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Responding to substantial European growth, Clir Renewables appoints Thomas Rohbogner, formerly of Siemens Gamesa and Nordex Group, to lead expansion into the German speaking wind and solar market Vancouver, 20 April 2021 – Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for wind energy, today announces the appointment of Thomas Rohbogner as Head of Business Development for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where he will lead on the expansion of Clir’s optimization platform across wind and solar assets. Thomas joins Clir with more than 13 years’ experience in the European renewables sector, having held senior roles at Nordex Group, Siemens Gamesa, EGT AG, and Green City AG. The German wind market is Europe’s largest, boasting 56 GW of installed capacity. However, with an ageing turbine fleet, recent drop in confidence around the onshore regulatory process, and a comparatively low volume of capacity scheduled for installation in 2021, owners and operators are increasingly seeking to secure and optimize both the performance and lifespan of their developed assets. Clir is working with a number of leading asset owners across Europe to monitor and optimize the performance of their wind and solar projects. Recently surpassing 10 GW of assets, including several hundred MW in Germany, Clir’s

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Special area OFFSHORE WIND & GREEN HYDROGEN in Hall 1 now open for booking / New WIND INDUSTRY & GREEN HYDROGEN FORUM platform in cooperation with WAB e. V. / National H2.0 Conference to be held for the first time on the day before the fair  HUSUM | 16 April 2021. The special topic of this year's HUSUM Wind from 14-17 September 2021 will be wind hydrogen, the currently most important trend topic in the wind economy and industry. A dynamically growing hydrogen economy is developing in Europe and the UK; wind energy, and especially offshore wind, is the central driver for this. The offshore sector as well as industry and politics in Germany and across Europe have recognized the potential of the production of climate-friendly hydrogen and green fuels. Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director of VDMA Power Systems and Head of the Competence Center Climate and Energy at VDMA, comments: "Climate-neutral industry needs wind energy. While today it is highly interesting for forerunners to conclude direct contracts for the supply of climate-neutral electricity, in perspective it must be a location factor to provide it in sufficient quantities." For this reason, a separate exhibition area of about 1,000 spare meters in

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Rating agency acknowledges RWE’s strategic transformation Outstanding fiscal 2020 and strong financial position also evaluated positively Rating agency Moody’s upgraded RWE’s long-term rating from Baa3 to Baa2 with a stable outlook. For the subordinated hybrid bonds, the rating increased from Ba2 to Ba1. At the same time, Moody’s upgraded the short-term rating from P-3 to P-2. The analysts stated the primary reasons for upgrading their ratings as being RWE’s strong operating performance in 2020 and the progress made on implementing the strategy with its focus on renewable energies. They expect that the growing revenues from the renewables business will compensate for the exit from coal and nuclear energy in the long run. Furthermore, Moody’s emphasised RWE’s excellent financial base. Rating agency Fitch had already acknowledged RWE’s performance in March by upgrading the company’s long-term rating to BBB+ with a stable outlook.  

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Hamburg, 15 April 2021. In the first quarter of 2021, the Nordex Group received orders for 279 wind turbine systems with a total rated output of 1,247 megawatts (Q1 2020: 1,644 MW). Turbines of the Delta4000 series accounted for 906 MW or 73 percent, all other turbines are of the Delta series in the 3 MW class. The Nordex Group received orders for 1,151 MW in ten European countries in the first quarter of 2021. The largest individual markets were Spain, Turkey, Germany and Finland. With an order from Mexico, the Latin America region accounted for an additional 96 MW. "In the first quarter, we benefited from our traditionally good positioning in European markets such as Germany, Spain and Turkey, but also won projects in Italy, Poland and Lithuania, for example. In addition to the N149, the success of the Delta4000 series is also increasingly based on the other rotor variants N133, N155 and N163, which allows us to cover all wind classes," says José Luis Blanco, CEO of the Nordex Group.

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