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N E W S

Trina Solar Vertex

Module Reaches

515.8W Power Output

Marine Biologist

Shares Tips During

COVID-19 Quarantine

The World’s Cheapest

Tariff from a Solar

Power Plant

52 56 60


TS CIGS SERIES

HIGH-EFFICIENCY

CIGS SOLAR MODULE

120 W / 125 W / 130 W

Features

• Advanced proprietary CIGS thin-film technology

• Plus sorting at +5 W to -0 W

• Low temperature coefficient provides yield benefits

• Aesthetically appealing all-black appearance

• Framed module designed for easy use with

industry-standard mounting systems

• Etched, unchangeable serial numbers for full

traceability of each module

• Free module recycling

Quality and Safety

• UL and IEC certified

• Rated for snow and wind loads up to 2,400 Pa

(5,400 Pa option pending)

• Free of potential induced degradation (PID) effects

• Salt mist and ammonia corrosion

test certification (pending)

• Manufactured at an ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001 and

OHSAS 18001 certified facility

Warranty

• Product warranty*: 10 years for material and workmanship

• Power output warranty*: 90% at 10 years and 80% at 25 years

of minimum rated power output

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* This datasheet is for informational purposes only. No rights can be derived from the information contained herein.

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E D I T O R ‘ S N O T E

The coronavirus

pandemic has resulted

in the governments of

the world implementing

extended community

quarantines, social distancing

laws, and other mandates

that ensure the flattening of

the curve, the eradication of

COVID-19’s ability to spread

among millions of hosts, and

the speedy recovery of the

people in the world. However,

one cannot deny that in this

new normal, where working

from home has become more

evident as a norm, where

meetings are now behind the

monitor of one’s computer,

and where we spend our time

online or watching shows,

the importance of energy

and electricity in our lives has

become more pronounced

and emphasized.

Truly, we have been spending

more time at home in order to

keep safe from the looming

threat of COVID-19. The least

we can do is spend a greener,

more environmentally-friendly

source of energy in order to

fulfill our daily tasks.

Renewable energy sources

and alternatives have a

much greater role in cutting

carbon emissions, from heavy

industry and transport to reach

virtually zero emissions by

the year 2050, particularly by

investing in green hydrogen.

This clean-burning fuel is

able to replace the fossil fuel

gas used in building steel

and mixing cement. It could

also be created by using vast

amounts of clean electricity to

split water into hydrogen and

oxygen elements.

Silver Lining

of COVID-19 in

Renewables

The call for a green

economic recovery from

the coronavirus crisis has

already been released after

a serious warning from Dr.

Fatih Birol, the head of the

International Energy Agency,

that government policies must

be put in place to avoid an

investment hiatus in the energy

transition.

Of course, these new findings

still need to be tested for

credibility. The research made

has also shed light upon more

reliable and often neglected

sources of green energy, such

as hydropower, which are

essential in assuring everyone

has a consistent supply

of energy. In exceptional

situations like the current

pandemic, where a fluctuation

in energy supply could put

lives and employment at even

greater risk, this is particularly

important.

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Address: LG Electronics Gulf, P.O Box 61445, Dubai, U.A.E, Tel. # +971 52 710 0999, Email: rohan.suares@lge.com


C O N T E N T S

8LG DELIVERS ON STYLE AND

PERFORMANCE WITH LAUNCH OF

ROUND CASSETTE AC FOR GULF

BUSINESSES

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Floor Cleaning Best Practices To

Mitigate Covid-19 Infection

20

Panasonic Launches Two New

Leading A3 Document Scanners

28

How Philippine Warehouses Can

Benefit from Automated Guided

Vehicle

32

Silver Lining of COVID-19 in

Renewables

52

Trina Solar Vertex Module

Reaches 515.8W Power Output

56

Marine Biologist Shares Tips

During COVID-19 Quarantine

60

The World’s Cheapest Tariff from

a Solar Power Plant

64

100% Success Rate for Pluristem

COVID-19 Treatment

68

Prepare for the Post Covid-19 Air

Travel

72

Coaching Builds COVID-19

Resilience to Engineering Team

76

How Artificial Intelligence Can Drive

Greater Speed and Accuracy in

Vaccine Development

84

Rockwell Automation Launches

Management Perspectives Program

to Build Relationships for Industrial

Executives

88

Robot Technology to Reinstate a

COVID-Free Airport

92

How Has COVID-19 Impacted The

Construction Sector?

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NEW! Cotronics’ Thermally Insulating

Pressure Sensitive Ceramic Tape

100

Lifts and lobbies – the new hot spots

for office buildings

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LG DELIVERS ON STYLE AND PERFORMANCE

WITH LAUNCH OF ROUND CASSETTE AC FOR

GULF BUSINESSES

New Air Conditioner Features Sophisticated Design and Easy Installation

As a market leader in

HVAC solutions,

LG Electronics

(LG) continues to

evolve its portfolio of advanced

technologies with the launch

of its new Round Cassette air

conditioner for businesses in the

Gulf region.

LG’s research has indicated

that when an HVAC solution is

typically designed, performance

can often be sacrificed to meet

aesthetic demands, or vice

versa. With a mission to ensure

unrivalled comfort, reliability

and design, LG has ushered in

its latest innovation, designed

to complement spaces with high

or exposed ceilings. The Round

Cassette design is particularly

well-suited for cafes, restaurants,

museums, high-end department

stores and hotels, which pride

themselves on style, but also wish

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to offer their customers greater

comfort.

According to an analysis of the

most frequently used design

terms in 2018 by Airbnb Plus

hosts, (the company’s highend

tier), ‘high-ceilings’ was

the most popular term used to

describe a luxurious interior

design. With ceiling displays

playing a crucial role in interior

design, businessowners pay great

attention to choosing the right

type of air conditioning system,

which will match, rather than

clash with the environment.

A ceiling-mounted cassette

AC, if designed well, can form

an integral part of interior

decoration. LG’s new Round

Cassette air conditioner seeks

to meet this objective and has

been recognized with a Red Dot

Design Award for its uniqueness.

The LG Round Cassette

outclasses competing products,

not only in terms of design, but

also performance. Conventional

round cassette type indoor units

implement 3 separate air outlets

which disperse air in 3 directions

and create blind spots. The LG

Round Cassette on the other

hand, minimizes the junctions in

the circular vent for a thoroughly

distributed airflow, free of blind

spots.

With a structure consisting

of Crystal Vanes, users can

implement 6-step precision

control to distribute cool

or warm air wherever it is

needed, more effectively.

This configuration is twice as

precise as the 3-stage airflow

control offered by other round

cassettes. LG conducted

extensive air chamber tests to

ensure that the circular and


precise airflow control allows

for 30% faster cooling over

conventional models. Even with

this exceptional performance,

the operating noise emission

level of the LG Round Cassette

is only 39dB(A), which is lower

than that of a typical library at

40dB(A) .

The Round Cassette’s height

is 330cm, approximately 15%

less than that of conventional

models. By reducing the height

of the product, LG’s Round

Cassette maximizes environment

openness. Additionally, the AC’s

drain and refrigerant pipes are

conveniently located in one place

on the unit’s body, minimizing

the exposure of pipes and

components. Hanger covers also

provide a more refined aesthetic

to installations.

LG’s new Round Cassette is also

designed to provide installers

with greater convenience. In

addition to the shared location

of pipes for quicker installation

times, installers no longer need

to tilt their heads back when

installing the cassette, as the

control box enables allows for

the power supply cable to be

connected more easily, from the

side of the unit.

“When selecting a cassette AC

unit for a business, performance

and design must go handin-hand.

Whether building

owner, designer, or installer,

we believe that the LG Round

Cassette will appeal to all, with

its revolutionary form factor.

Backed by LG’s reliability and

market expertise, the new AC

provides more unique aesthetic

possibilities for organizations

of all backgrounds. We believe

that the Round Cassette will not

only fulfil the aesthetic needs

of businesses in the region, but

also provide their employees and

customers with the comfort they

deserve,” said Mr. Hongju Jeon,

President, LG Electronics Gulf.

To find out more about LG’s

Round Cassette AC, please visit:

https://www.lghvacstory.com/

lg-air-solution-gets-around-withtheir-new-round-cassette/

About LG Electronics Air

Solution Business Unit

LG Electronics’ Air Solution

Business Unit is a global leader

in HVAC and energy solutions

with a comprehensive portfolio

of proven expertise and

performance. Launching Korea’s

first residential air conditioner

in 1968, LG has paved the way

for total HVAC solutions over

the last five decades through

strategic utilization of advanced

technologies. With a wellestablished

production base

and industry-leading capacity,

the company provides effective

HVAC solutions for both the

commercial and residential

sectors. Its wide range of cuttingedge

systems for heating,

ventilation and air conditioning

truly represent LG’s initiative

in offering the most optimized

solutions for a variety of uses.

Pursuant to its mission of

“Innovation for a Better Life,”

the company offers solutions

boasting high energy efficiency

and reliability based on its

state-of-the-art knowhow and

technologies to ensure the most

optimal environment for users.

For more information, please

visit www.LG.com.

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FEATURE STORY

Floor Cleaning Best Practices

To Mitigate Covid-19 Infection

• Equipment and solutions from Nilfisk Scrubber

and Dryers to maintain hygiene during a health

crisis

• Co Ban Kiat Hardware joins Nilfisk in

combating Covid-19 by ensuring all cleaning

equipment are available online, on call or via

appointment

• Environmental cleaning and disinfection of viral

contaminants including SARS-CoV-2, the cause

of COVID-19

As countries, communities and citizens are doing

their utmost to slow down the COVID-19 curve,

there are a host of challenges to keeping our world

safe and hygienic.

For essential businesses and institutions to remain

in operation, a group of hard-working cleaning

professionals are working tirelessly—sanitizing

hospitals, cleaning store aisles, disinfecting

warehouses and hundreds of other situations. For

the health, hygiene and safety of all of us.

At CBK Hardware, we are proud to support you

with a full line of Nilfisk cleaning equipment and

solutions that deliver a higher, safer standard of

clean.

Here is a list of best practices, processes and

corresponding cleaning equipment that companies

should follow to contain the spread of coronavirus

in workplace such as offices, schools, malls, grocery

stores, warehouses, yards, workshops, sports venue,

various building surfaces and even open street

roads.

Before reopening your business establishments,

ensure that you have the latest Nilfisk cleaning

equipment which are now available at CBK

Hardware online store https://www.cbkhardware.

com/

Health Facility Hard Surfaces -

Scrubber/Dryers

A More Hygienic Environment for Patients,

Medical Staff and Visitors

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Floor cleaning is required in healthcare to stop the spread

of COVID-19 during patient treatment and recovery, while

also providing reassurance of safety for staff and visitors.

To properly clean areas that are exposed to the virus, it is

being recommended the removal of soiling followed by

disinfection.

A scrubber used with disinfectant provides a 2 in 1

clean more effective than other methods. In fact, a

microbiological evaluation of hospital cleaning showed

scrubbers significantly reduced microbial counts, compared

with mop / vacuum, and spray clean, and produced an

affect that persisted for at least a week.

HEPA Specialty Vacuums for Non-patient

Areas

HEPA Filtration is the Key for Maintaining Air Quality

While Cleaning Carpeted Areas

For non-patient areas such as waiting rooms, it is being

recommended to perform routine environmental cleaning.

For carpeted areas, it’s important to use a specialty vacuum

with high filtration capability. A vacuum with a HEPA H13

filter captures and filters contaminants up to 0.3 micron

(1 micron is 1 thousandth of a millimeter) out of the

environment, with 99.95% filtration efficiency. The experts

recommend daily vacuuming of carpeted areas with a

HEPA filter for public areas to combat COVID-19.

HEPA Specialty Vacuums

HEPA Filtration is the Key for Maintaining Air Quality

inside the workplace, offices, hospitals and healthcare

facilities, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

Understanding How HEPA Filters Work

These days, HEPA or High Efficiency Particulate Air filters

can be found in both air filtration systems and vacuum

cleaners.

Its main function is to trap large particles to microscopicsized

pollutants like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold

spores and even tobacco smoke. It does this by forcing air

through a very fine mesh of randomly arranged fiberglass

fibers. Once trapped inside the filter, these particles can no

longer escape and go back into the return flow air.

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Benefits of HEPA Filtration

• They help improve indoor air quality – By

preventing the emission of contaminants and

impurities back into the air, you are guaranteed

with cleaner, safer air either at home or in the

office.

• They help prevent flare ups of allergies

and asthma – By eliminating smoke, mold,

dust, pollen and bacteria in the air, you are

ensured with an allergen-free home or office.

• They help instill peace of mind – By

eradicating the impurities and allergens in your

home or office air, you feel more comfortable

and secure without experiencing any breathing

problems.

Hot Water High Pressure Washers

Combat COVID-19 with Powerful Outdoor

Cleaning

Heat has been identified as a key factor in

eliminating bacteria, germs and viruses.

In order to eliminate a coronavirus like SARS and

COVID-19, temperatures need to be above 56°C at

a rate of 10,000 units every 15 minutes as identified

by the World Health Organization (WHO).. The

higher the temperatures the quicker the elimination

rates.

Benefits of Hot High-Pressure Water

• Reduces overall cleaning time, which in turn

reduces water usage, electricity consumption

and labor cost.

• Reduces and may even eliminate the need for

detergents.

• Reduces drying time after cleaning, making

zones available sooner.

• Reduces the need for high pressure levels and

therefore protecting surfaces.

• Contributes clearly to germ and bacteria

reduction.

Cold Water High Pressure Washers

Powerful Outdoor Cleaning

Nilfisk offers cold water high-pressure washers

to meet your every need. From low-intensity or

routine tasks to intense or specialty assignments,

the Nilfisk range meets your challenges head-on.

Our solutions are innovative and versatile and

come with a full range of accessories, guaranteeing

you premium performance every time.


When is Floor Cleaning Required?

Routine environmental cleaning is required for

short stay areas such as emergency departments,

outpatient clinics and primary care assessment

areas - it is recommended to clean floors daily or

when they are visibly soiled.

A full terminal clean is required for in-patient

areas where there has been a case of COVID-19,

and assessment areas for COVID-19, where there

has been gross environmental contamination or

an exposure to respiratory droplets. Following the

discharge or transfer of a patient, the area must be

decontaminated with a cleaning and disinfectant

process.

This can be done as two steps, or as a 2-in-1 clean.

A 2-step clean is a physical cleaning with detergent

followed by disinfection with a Therapeutic

Goods Act-listed hospital-grade disinfectant with

activity against viruses (according to label/product

information) or a chlorine-based product such as

sodium hypochlorite (NaCIO).

A 2-in-1 clean is a physical clean using a combined

detergent and TGA-listed hospital-grade

disinfectant with activity against viruses (according

to label/product information) or a chlorine-based

product such as sodium hypochlorite, where

indicated for use.

Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting with

a Scrubber Dryer

As soil load affects the ability to sanitize an

area, using a mop and bucket for the cleaning/

disinfection process requires a two-step clean, as

well as several changes to water in the bucket as it

accumulates dirt and germs.

However, a scrubber dryer holds clean and

soiled water in separate areas, enabling a 2-in-1

continuous clean, while ensuring germs are not

spread.

The scrubber dryer will clean and sanitize at the

same time using detergent and disinfectant. To

ensure that the disinfectant is on the floor surface

for the full 10 minutes, it is recommended that

a double-scrub is conducted. The first pass of a

double-scrub is to lift surface dirt and lay down the

disinfectant.

The second pass is to provide a second scrub,

vacuum up the detergent / disinfectant solution,

and dry the area so it is immediately able to be

used.


About CBK

Hardware

For almost a hundred years, a

family’s surname has become

synonymous to the country’s

biggest hardware supply

company. Co Ban Kiat Hardware

Incorporated, of the Cobankiat

family has a regular client

network of more than 1,500

industrial organizations; 1,600

traditional community hardware

stores, and 584 home building

specialty chain of stores across

Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

This ever-growing conglomerate

traces its humble roots to

Manila Chinatown, as a pioneer

enterprise started by family’s

patriarch, Mr. Cobankiat in

1920. Despite the ruins of World

War II, the business goes back

to its feet in 1948, rebuilding a

storefront from the very same

spot where it was known for

three decades.

This ever-growing conglomerate

traces its humble roots to

Manila Chinatown, as a pioneer

enterprise started by family’s

patriarch, Mr. Cobankiat in

1920. Despite the ruins of World

War II, the business goes back

to its feet in 1948, rebuilding a

storefront from the very same

spot where it was known for

three decades.

While the Filipinos continue to

rebuild their lives post war, CBK

Hardware sees the opportunity

to introduce the retail concept

once unheard for in hardware

industry. The Hardware

Workshop Store is the fruit if

this endeavor. CBK Hardware

further cemented its legendary

distribution channel with the

creation of Coby’ Design Center

in Edsa Shangi La in 1996, a

specialty store that caters

to discriminating taste of

modern Filipinos.

In 1997, Mr. Johnny

Cobankiat, the 4th generation

Cobankiat leader, set another

milestone for the company

when he brings a franchise

of Ace Hardware USA to the

Philippines, and signs up

CBK Hardware as one of its

major suppliers. This further

expanded into delivering

quality world class products

nearer to families of Filipino

overseas workers in the

countryside.

A century’s excellence can

quickly pass, and guided by

the vision to be the largest

network supplier of the

biggest global brands in the

hardware industry, CBK

Hardware resolve to source

the best products to supply its

customers anytime and every

time.

Where to Buy?

Co Ban Kiat Hardware Inc.

is the largest authorized

distributor of the best

industrial hardware

solution brands in the

Philippines.

To shop online,

visit https://www.cbkhardware.

com/

Co Ban Kiat

Hardware, Inc.

Ground Floor, Cobankiat

Building II, 231 Juan Luna St.

Binondo Manila, Philippines.

Phone +632 8243-1931

Phone +632 8243-5263

Phone +632 8894-6561

Coby's Designer

Center

Unit 467 level 4

Shangri-La Plaza Edsa

Corner Shaw Boulevard

Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Phone +632 86364895

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F E A T U R E

S T O R Y

Panasonic Launches Two New Leading

A3 Document Scanners

Pursuit of Higher Scanning

Performance

The improved overall scanning

performance from Panasonic,

including the faster scanning

speed, enhanced paper

feeding and durability of the

rollers, less maintenance

and superior scanned image

quality, contributes to greater

work efficiency.

For offices and users

aiming to scan documents

over a network without the

need to connect to a PC,

the Panasonic KV-S5078Y

connects to the network over a

wired Gigabit LAN connection

for maximum efficiency.

Sharing of a single scanner in

a network will help reduce the

total cost of ownership. Using

the Site Central Manager,

the devices are always up to

date. An automatic document

feeder (ADF) enables duplex

scanning of up to 330 A4

sheets or A3 in one single

operation. Not only that, the

Panasonic KV-S5078Y/S5058

allows workers to quickly,

accurately and simultaneously

scan documents of various

thickness, sizes and lengths,

eliminating the need for

manual paper changes or the

continual resetting of margins.

High-Speed Full-Color

Scanning

Excellent performance keeps

office productivity high.

This speeds up the job of

turning even large amounts of

daily forms and mountains of

documents into data. Clean,

crisp, clear scanned data is

also ideal for electronic file

conversion and management.

Less Maintenance

Longer cleaning cycle

The scanner glass has a

conductive coating to prevent

accumulation of static

electricity. Since paper dust

does not easily adhere to the

scanner glass, scan errors

decrease and the cleaning

cycle can be lengthened.

Powerful Paper Feeding

Rollers with improved paper

feeding performance and

durability

A grooved roller and newly

developed roller with a thicker

rubber layer reduce slipping

and improve paper feeding

performance and durability.

They offer a 700K roller life*,

twice that of the previous ones.

* Roller life may vary

depending on the type of

paper used. The value shown

was measured using fine

paper.

Duplex Scanning

Prevents pages from being missed

when scanning.

Double-sided scanning of

documents from businesscard

size all the way to A3 can

be done with a single scan.

Plus, double-sided scanning

is done at the same speed as

single-sided scanning. This

eliminates the work of presorting,

and prevents pages

from being missed when

scanning.

Mixed Document Feeding

Documents of different types can

be scanned one after another.

Documents from businesscard

size all the way to A3 with

a variety of paper thicknesses

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can be fed at the same time

— ideal for offices that handle

a wide range of document

types.

* The thickness of the thickest

sheet is at most 1.5 times that

of the thinnest sheet.

Long Paper Mode

Even documents of unusually long

sizes can be scanned.

The highly reliable paper feed

system lets you scan long size

documents. This is ideal for

scanning electrocardiograms

(EKG) or other special

documents. This Panasonic

single scanner handles a wide

variety of applications.

Thin Paper Scanning

No more worries about scanning

thin paper.

Now you can continuously

scan documents that are as

thin as 0.04 mm. That makes

it easy to scan thin forms or

vouchers. And it increases the

number of situations where you

can use scanning — without

worrying about thin paper.

* Use Small/Thin paper mode

if thin paper or paper whose

length is 110 mm (4.33 in.) or

less is not scanned correctly.

Single-Sided Document

Alignment

Easy scanning of mixed size

documents.

You can enjoy smooth

scanning by aligning either

the right side or the left

side of the documents. This

lets you simultaneously set

various sizes of documents for

scanning.

Intelligent Double Feed

detection

Memorizes the canceled double

feed detection as a scan setting.

The unit memorizes the

positions and sizes of paper

slips (up to 8) affixed to

the original, so the user

can disable the double

feed detection only for the

memorized portion. This

achieves smooth scanning of

invoices and other documents

with barcode labels.

Ultrasonic Double-Feed

Detection

Prevent scanning errors.

In addition to its double-feed

prevention roller, the doublefeed

prevention system is

enhanced by an ultrasonic

sensor that detects the

double feeding of originals

during scanning. This

innovative design prevents

double feeding, and has

been proven effective even

when the documents being

scanned contain a mix of

paper of different weights or

thickness. Thanks to doublefeed

prevention, optimum

reliability is assured even

when scanning high volumes

of documents.

Double Feed Skip Function

Cancels double feed errors to

simplify rescanning.

When the scanning operation

stops because a double feed

is detected, the user can

choose to ignore the error and

continue operation by pressing

the button on the panel.

Automatic Image Orientation

No more worries about the

document’s direction.

Even when documents are

set in different directions,

this function detects the

direction of the scanned text in

documents and automatically

rotates it into the correct

direction.* This boosts work

efficiency by eliminating the

need to change the direction

of each page in advance when

scanning large quantities of

documents with various sizes

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and directions.

* The orientation of documents

with many characters using

text decorations may not be

correct.

Moire Reduction

Detects and reduces a moire

pattern

Moire Reduction detects and

reduces moire pattern on the

scanned image.

Faint Character

Enhancement

Makes light character clear

Faint Character Enhancement

makes light character clear.

This is useful to increase the

OCR recognition rate or to

improve visibility according to

the display.

Vertical Line Reduction

Detects and deletes vertical lines

Vertical Line Reduction

detects and deletes vertical

lines on the image which is

generated by the dust on the

sensor glass.

Scan to Shared Folder/FTP/

Email

Scan without using PC.

If you register the scanning

conditions in advance, you

can scan directly to shared

folder, FTP server, or Email

without going through a PC.

Scan to Another PC

Scanned data can be transferred

to a PC via the LAN

If you register the scanning

conditions in advance, you

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Since the integration

of robotics into the

production industry,

numerous prominent

companies had considered

switching to an automated

workforce, especially in the

warehouse management

division. Thankfully, some

five decades ago, the

United States introduced the

development of the first-ever

automated guided vehicle

(AGV) systems. AGVs are

basically custom-made

vehicular robots designed to

move items from a point to

another without any human

intervention.

This alone led to the

integration of AGVs into

modern logistics, making

them one of the most essential

and efficient parts of the

business model. AGVs work

on the warehouse floor and

are able to handle goods

transportation both inside and

outside. Thanks to their active

and passive load handling

equipment, these autonomous

systems can take care of a

wide variety of goods and

materials. With the continuous

optimization and system

upgrades AGVs underwent

through the years, they are

convincing more and more

logistics companies to adopt

the technology into their own

intra-logistics.

Venturing into a robotic

warehouse might be the

smartest move a company can

make nowadays. As revealed

by eMarketer, a subscriptionbased

market research

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company, China’s e-commerce

sales are estimated to boom to

around $1.132tn in 2017 alone.

This accounts for almost 50%

of global online retail. With

the country being the biggest

robotics marketplace across the

globe, it makes sense to take

advantage of the benefits of

AGV technology in e-commerce,

making it a strategy to meet

rising demands and increase

efficiency in the workplace.

After all, traditional logistics

warehouses are known to be

very labor-intensive, especially

since all the scheduling,

monitoring, and loading are all

done manually.

Among the prominent

companies that now use AGVs

is the Chinese e-commerce

giant, Alibaba. The company

launched its first-ever smart

warehouse back in 2017, the

Tmall division based in China’s

Huiyang district. The warehouse

is manned by a swarm of

automated guided vehicles

(AGVs). They may be compact

in size, but they are very much

capable of preparing orders and

moving goods around.

With their smart warehouse,

Alibaba eliminated the manual

labor altogether and replaced

it with a digitized process

utilizing big data, artificial

intelligence, IoT applications,

and edge computing. The

warehouse features no less

than 60 robots, manning a floor

area of about 32,000 square

feet. This significantly helped

the warehouse staff increase

their overall efficiency by three

times! For example, one packing

clerk used to walk an average

of 27,924 steps around the

warehouse every day before the

robots came into the picture.


Now, it was dramatically reduced

to only 2,563.

Alibaba made use of the AGVs

produced by another Chinese

company, Quicktron. They are

around the size of ordinary robot

vacuum cleaners but are capable

of traveling five feet per second

and carrying up to a whopping

500 kg. They also feature a

360-degree rotation to easily

access shelves and collision

avoidance to prevent crashing

into one another. Apart from being

efficient, the Quicktron robots are

also programmed to automatically

look for a charger once they

detect a low battery.

To make them work, instructions

are sent to each robot via Wi-

Fi. Every time Alibaba’s Tmall

site receives an order, the robot

is activated and automatically

retrieves the item from the

shelves. It then hands it over

to the warehouse clerk, who is

responsible for the sorting and

shipping of the parcel. Once

everything is done and complete,

the robot then goes on standby

and waits for the next order to be

placed.

Robotics can be easily dubbed

as the future of logistics. Alibaba’s

model alone is enough proof of

how AGVs can increase efficiency

and sales in the e-commerce

industry. In fact, the case study’s

results were so good that Alibaba

is set to expand its global

logistics network, committing

$15bn by 2022 and making their

smart warehouse model the

forefront.

But this doesn’t mean

unemployment for the company’s

workers as the robotics strategy

did not eradicate humans from the

warehouse completely. Instead,

it only made their jobs lighter and

less taxing than before.

AGV Supplier in the

Philippines

When it comes to integrating

AGVs into Philippine logistics,

NuPON Technology is the

most trusted AGV supplier

in the Philippines. Since its

establishment in 2000, the

company has been a leading

player in the high-tech tools and

gadgets industry, promoting

ease of living for traditional

Filipinos.

They are also innovators in the

AGV technology as they provide

a wide array of AGV solutions

for warehouses. The Quicktron

AGV can carry a payload of

600 to 1000 kgs and is able to

navigate around the floor area

with its LiDar sensor guide, IMU,

and 2D code. The Forklift AGV,

on the other hand, is equipped

with its own forklift, which can

handle 1500 to 2000kg of

payload. It can reach a height of

2.4 meters and communicates

via Wi-Fi. For smaller loads, the

Clark AGV is the way to go, as

it is limited to 100 kg of payload

and only communicates via RF

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the second quarter of the year. Save for a handful of countries, the

majority of the planet’s population is still reeling from the adverse

effects of the virus. The world is gradually adjusting to this viral

outbreak with nothing but a sliver of a chance at full recovery. In this state

of health-related crisis, governments around the world have implemented

community quarantines, social distancing laws, and other mandates that are

hellbent on “flattening the curve”. Needless to say, these quarantines do in

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However, because people are in the comfort of their

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Electricity demand has reduced in COVID-19 hotspots

around the world, which could have a knock-on effect

for the renewable sector. In China, where COVID-19

originated, energy and electricity consumption is at its

highest. Factory outputs have greatly diminished with

many individuals unable to return to their jobs. Because

of the curtailing of industrial electricity usage, energy

consumption for the remainder of the year is thus cut and

could then equal the power used by the whole of Chile.

Fossil fuel-based energy sources have also been affected

by the reduced requirements. Even coal, established by

all users as one of the cheapest options, has now become

more high-end than it has in the past. It is currently the

most expensive fuel in the world in the face of cheap

green alternatives and natural gas.

Green and renewable energy alternatives seem to have

been boosted from out of the blue. Approximately 40%

of the electricity generated in the United Kingdom on

Sunday, 5th March 2020, originated from wind farms, with

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nearly one-fifth being provided by solar energy sources

This was attributed to the unusually sunny day, says

the National Grid ESO carbon intensity tracker. This is

understandable considering that the summer months have

begun. These conditions mean that renewable sources of

energy have generated more than enough power to cover

the country’s portioned needs. Green supplier, Octopus

Energy, even paid some customers to use energy during

the day, utilizing a scheme that has previously only been

available during the night when demand is very low.

A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency

also found that renewable energy has the potential to

restrain the inclining global temperatures by helping to

reduce the energy industry’s carbon dioxide emissions by

70% by the year 2050 by replacing fossil fuels.

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Ignacio Galán, the chairman and

CEO of the Spanish renewables

giant Iberdrola, the famouse

owners of Scottish Power, said

the company would not cease

their operations to invest billions

in renewable energy as well as

electricity networks and batteries

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Having said that, renewables undeniably have a

much greater role in cleaving carbon emissions

from heavy industry and transport to reach virtually

zero emissions by 2050, particularly by investing

in green hydrogen. The clean-burning fuel, which

can replace the fossil fuel gas in steel and cement

making, could be created by using vast amounts

of clean electricity to split water into hydrogen and

oxygen elements.

The call for a green economic recovery from the

coronavirus crisis has been loosed after a dire

warning from one Dr. Fatih Birol, the head of the

International Energy Agency, that government

policies must be put in place to avoid an

investment hiatus in the energy transition.

“We should not allow today’s crisis to compromise

the clean energy transition,” he said. “We have

an important window of opportunity.” Dr. Fatih

simply means that the trend of going green and

utilizing less energy sources that are harmful to the

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environment are at an all time high and is a trend

that must be kept alive.

Ignacio Galán, the chairman and CEO of the

Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola, the famouse

owners of Scottish Power, said the company would

not cease their operations to invest billions in

renewable energy as well as electricity networks

and batteries to help integrate clean energy in the

electricity, so that many individuals working from

home or spending their quarantine periods will

have energy.

“A green recovery is essential as we emerge

from the Covid-19 crisis. The world will benefit

economically, environmentally and socially by

focusing on clean energy,” he said. “Aligning

economic stimulus and policy packages with

climate goals is crucial for a long-term viable and

healthy economy.”

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NEWS

Trina Solar Vertex Module Reaches

515.8W Power Output

Trina Solar Co., Ltd (“Trina Solar” or the

“Company”) announced that its Vertex

module is able to reach 515.8W power

output, based on the test result by TÜV

Rheinland’s independent evaluation. This is another

major breakthrough and milestone after Trina Solar

had commenced formal mass production of the

Vertex pilot line on March 18 and the shipment of

the first Vertex order on March 27.

The Vertex is one of the first ultra-high power

modules to be certified by international testing

institutions. It has passed the TÜV Rheinland

photovoltaic module IEC test and been granted

both the IEC 61215 PV module performance

standard and the IEC 61730 PV module safety

standard certificates.

Chris Zou, Vice President of Solar Services, TÜV

Rheinland Greater China, said, “Since Trina Solar

began developing ultra-high power modules, TÜV

Rheinland has participated in the discussion and

shared its own experience in terms of product

safety and reliability. Trina Solar’s Vertex module

has passed the comprehensive and rigorous

test by TÜV Rheinland with industry-leading

output reaching 515.8W. This fully demonstrates

Trina Solar’s prowess in R&D and industrial

chain support accumulated over the years. We

congratulate Trina Solar on its outstanding

achievements in leading the growth of the industry

and appreciate its innovative spirit.”

“The Vertex has built a brand new technological

platform by integrating and innovating a variety

of technologies such as 210mm large size silicon

wafers, multi-busbars, 1/3 cut technology, nondestructive

cutting, and high-density packaging,

providing us with a glimpse into the future

developmental direction while keeping us excited

about the possibilities,” Yin Rongfang, Vice General

Manager and EVP at Trina Solar said.

“With the development and improvement of the

industry chain, especially the improvement in glass

supply capacity, adding another column of cells to

the existing five-column layout design can increase

the Vertex module’s power output to more than

600W. Furthermore, with PERC+ cell conversion

efficiency anticipated to surpass 24%, combined

with other factors such as the optimization in

module design, improvements in load capacity

as well as downstream installation, the Vertex

modules’ power output will continue to increase.

This provides the direction and path for the

iterative development of PV modules, which will

further drive the continuous decrease in the BOS

and LCOE of PV systems,” Yin added.

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Marine Biologist Shares Tips

During COVID-19 Quarantine

Marine Biologist, Emily Armstrong

shares her top tips for eco-friendly

living. After all, the smallest of

changes can have a big impact.

Please see below for Marine Biologist Emily

Armstrong’s seven top tips on doing your bit for the

environment during this period of self-isolation:

Turn off the tap!

Leaving the tap running for two minutes twice a

day while brushing your teeth really adds up! By

closing the tap when you brush, you could save up

to 750 litres of water a month.

Switch to meat-less Mondays

Rearing animals and processing the meat for

consumption has a huge environment cost, with ten

times the amount of water needed to process one

kilo of beef than a vegetable alternative. Make the

switch just one day a week and go meat-free.

Use reef-safe products

Cosmetic products, particularly sunscreen, can

contain harmful chemicals that cause a lot of

damage to coral reefs. For those lucky enough to

have a backyard or balcony for a spot of sunbaking,

be sure to avoid products that contain oxybenzone

and octinoxate, instead use a mineral-based

sunscreen with ingredients such as zinc oxide and

titanium dioxide. These still block harmful UV rays

but are not linked to coral bleaching.

Don’t waste food!

Over 2kg of food per person on average is thrown

away every day in the UAE! Be mindful when

you fill up your basket on that essential trip to the

supermarket, making sure you don’t overfill with

perishable items you won’t use. At home, re-use or

freeze food where you can to avoid wastage.

Microbeads = Megaproblem

Microbeads (tiny plastic particles found in skincare

and other cosmetics) and microfibers (microscopic

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plastic fibres from fabrics that shed in the wash)

easily end up in our oceans, causing problems to

marina life. Be mindful of the skin care products

you buy (avoid products with polyethylene

or polypropylene) and invest in a specialized

washing ball that can catch all those pesky

microfibers in the wash.

Bye bye balloons

It might seem unusual to have a party, not only

in isolation, but without balloons. However,

balloons are a single-use plastic and often break

up into tiny pieces that end up in the ocean. Next

time you celebrate, skip the balloon and consider

environmentally friendly alternatives such as

ribbons and bunting.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products

A lot of cleaning products contain harmful

chemicals that aren’t environmentally friendly

to create or dispose of, and which can also affect

your health. Use a citrus-bases natural allpurpose

cleaner of make your own by combining

½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda into ½

gallon (2 liters) of water – great for removal of

water deposit stains on shower panels, bathroom

chrome fixtures, windows and mirrors.

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The World’s Cheapest Tariff

from a Solar Power Plant

Largest solar power plant in the world to

generate 2 GW of power, equivalent to powering

approximately 160,000 households

Project will reduce Abu Dhabi’s CO2 emissions

by more than 2.4 million metric tonnes per year,

equivalent to removing approximately 470,000

cars

Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower)

announced, today, the world’s lowest tariff for

solar power. ADPower’s subsidiary, Emirates

Water and Electricity Company (EWEC),

delivered a virtual read-out of five consortia’s

technical and commercial bids for the 2 GW

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power

Producer (IPP) project – to be located in Abu

Dhabi.

The World’s Lowest Tariff project has received,

from the first-ranked bidder, the world’s most

cost-competitive tariff for solar PV energy, set

at AED 4.97 fils/kWh (USD 1.35 cents/kWh) on

a Levelized Electricity Cost (LEC) basis, which

is approximately 44% lower than tariff set three

years ago on the ‘Noor Abu Dhabi’ project –

Abu Dhabi’s first large-scale solar PV project

and a world record tariff-setter at the time.

The World’s Lowest Tariff Al Dhafra Solar

PV project will have the capacity to power

approximately 160,000 households across the

UAE with electricity. It will be almost double

the size of the approximately 1.2 GW Noor

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Abu Dhabi solar plant – amongst the largest

operational solar PV plants in the world – which

commenced commercial operations in April

2019.

Once operational, the World’s Lowest Tariff Al

Dhafra Solar PV project will lift Abu Dhabi’s

total solar power generation capacity to

approximately 3.2 GW. This will reduce the

Emirate’s CO2 emissions by more than 3.6

million metric tons per year – equal to removing

around 720,000 cars from the road – improving

efficiency and driving sustainability, while

catering for the growth in demand across the

UAE.

Jasim Husain Thabet, Chief Executive Officer

and Managing Director of ADPower, said: “Abu

Dhabi has illustrated a remarkable step-change

in the way the Emirate generates power

through an enhanced focus on sustainability

and renewable technologies. The water and

electricity sector intends to play a critical role

in meeting the target of having 50% of Abu

Dhabi’s energy needs served from renewable

and clean energy sources by 2030, as well

as the reduction of the generation system’s

average carbon intensity by more than 70%,

compared to 2015. The World’s Lowest Tariff

Al Dhafra Solar PV project will play a critical

role in delivering these ambitions, and we look

forward to working with our partners to deliver

this landmark project.”

Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of

EWEC, said: “The Al Dhafra Solar PV project

represents a major milestone in EWEC’s

ambitious and strategic shift towards clean

power generation in the Emirate. The costcompetitiveness

of the bids received is truly

remarkable – positioning Abu Dhabi as one

of the world’s most attractive markets for

solar energy development and reinforcing the

economic benefits now achievable through

renewable technologies. Securing such

competitive tariffs on our energy projects is

fundamental to support economic growth

across all sectors in the UAE. We look forward

to signing the Power Purchase Agreement and

to delivering the project in Q2 2022.”

The Al Dhafra Solar PV project will include

the financing, construction, operation and

maintenance of the solar plant, including

installation of solar PV modules, inverters,

connection to the transmission network and

associated facilities.

In July 2019, EWEC received 48 expressions

of interest from potential bidders in respect of

the Al Dhafra Solar PV project, out of which 24

bidders were qualified to bid for the project

after submitting Statements of Qualification. In

November 2019, five bids were received for

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Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.

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announced today that it has treated its

first patient suffering from COVID-19

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compassionate use in other countries. Our

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Pluristem CEO and President Yaky Yanay.

Pluristem main target is to initiate a

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complications associated with COVID-19.

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As the Company focus is the initiation of such clinical trial, it does not intend to provide further

updates on the status of patients treated under compassionate use. Pluristem will update on the

status and progress of its planned COVID-19 clinical trial program.

PLX Cells for COVID-19.

PLX cells are available off-the-shelf and once commercialized, can be manufactured in large

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immune system’s natural regulatory T cells and M2 macrophages, and thus may prevent

or reverse the dangerous overactivation of the immune system. Accordingly, PLX cells may

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safety profile observed from clinical trials involving hundreds of patients worldwide potentially

position them as a therapy for mitigating the tissue-damaging effects of COVID-19.

About Pluristem Therapeutics

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. is a leading regenerative medicine company developing novel

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in multiple indications for its patented PLX cell product candidates and is currently conducting

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Prepare for the Post Covid-19 Air Travel

a full stop, now is the time to

change, develop and improve

the sector that we all love. With

consumers wondering when

it’s safe to air travel again, it’s a

great opportunity to show our

leadership as an industry. Smart

Travel Lab & Kantar are helping

companies with their recovery

plans while at the same time

identifying the opportunities this

crisis presents to come out of it

even better’

During these

unprecedented times,

we see behavior of

travelers changing

overnight.

Planes are parked on the runways

of airports around the globe. Hotel

occupancy levels plummeted to

single digit numbers and most

restaurants and bars have been

closed by local governments.

Amid so much uncertainty, more

than 50% of people are (very)

worried about the future, as

shown by KANTAR’s Covid-19

Barometer.

With most air travel companies

fully focused on economical

and operational measures, we

can already see first signs of

companies that have started

adjusting their business model

successfully, which not only

increases their chance to survive

this crisis but will actually help

them get out of this situation

stronger and better.

After SARS we noticed Cathay

Pacific boosting Hong Kong

tourism with the award-winning

campaign ‘Fly without fear.’ The

industry took about 6 months to

recover after that crisis. What to

expect of the speed of recovery

after Covid-19? More importantly

how do we expect the hospitality

and air travel sector to reshape

after this period?

Before Covid-19, Smart Travel

Lab identified 5 main themes that

would impact the industry in the

next 5 years: Sustainability, Overtourism,

Seamless journeys, The

future of workforce and Safety

& security. One of the Founders,

Christiaan Uittenbosch, states:

‘These topics have suddenly

become even more actual urgent

than before and will require the

industry’s full attention as part

of its recovery. As Hospitality

and Travel has almost come to

As a starting point, the two

companies have developed 4

key scenarios and defined the

main implications for the travel

industry.

Several key observations are:

• The appreciation for nature

and untouched over urban and

artificial will surge

• A strong expected growth of

domestic over international air

travel

• A brand that does not inspire

in this time of crisis should

expect to be neglected

The four scenarios that are

described in the report are:

1. Close Call: “the Surge for

Survival”

2. Panic Attack: “Stay local, stay

safe”

3. Recurring Nightmare: “Two

seasons, two travelers”

4. Brave New Reality: “Air Travel

Safety by fiat”

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1. Close Call: “the Surge for

Survival”

Some companies will take

aggressive measures to survive.

There is a short window of

opportunity to recover from losses

as consumers relieve their cabin

fever with a surge in demand for

open spaces, culture and good

food. Those that cannot maintain

the resources to compete head-on

once restrictions are lifted will be

left behind.

2. Panic Attack: “Stay local, stay

safe”

As the system starts breaking

down – without governmental

reassurance or relief – people

take matters in their own hands.

They will start supporting

local businesses and become

extremely risk averse. Even

when governments declare the

pandemic over, people are slow

to believe and regain trust. Travel

is constrained to nearby areas.

Only hotels, restaurants and

travel providers that demonstrate

they deserve to be trusted – with

impeccable control standards and

ethical practices – will survive.

3. Recurring Nightmare: “Two

seasons, two travelers”

With no decisive action to end

the threat, Covid-19 becomes a

seasonal fact, at least for the next

few years.

For half of the year, there is a

frantic rush to enjoy good food

and air travel. For the other half,

lockdowns are mandatory. In

order to survive, the hospitality

and air travel sector needs to

find alternative business models

, pandemic castes emerge, with

the well off spending the year in

escapist luxury while the rest stay

behind. Brands need to choose

whether they will play to the elite,

and risk the wrath of the masses,

or find ways to provide affordable

thrills to those that can barely

afford to air travel.

4. Brave New Reality: “Travel

Safety by fiat”

Covid-19 is unstoppable, but also

manageable. Governments impose

rules on everything from cleaning

standards to design regulations.

They enforce regulations allowing

them to requisition resources (like

hotels, kitchens and planes) as

needed during ‘Covid-19 season,’

and quickly close borders at even

a hint of infection. Companies

accept the tradeoff of a relatively

stable and prosperous business

environment in exchange for

limits on their freedom.

So what happens with the 5

focus areas that Smart Travel Lab

described before Covid-19?

Uittenbosch: ‘Out of the 5 metathemes,

Health & Sustainability

will dominate the recovery

agenda for the next 18 months.

All companies should be on top

of these two topics, not only to be

in business and stay relevant, but

travelers will be looking at them

for a strong and positive answer”.

So what’s next?

After defining the most likely

scenarios, Smart Travel Lab &

Kantar are now working with

the first air travel organizations

to define the most concrete and

pressing challenges. These will

form the basis for new business

models and solutions that are

ready to implement and scalable

to support the industry’s recovery.

The first pilot projects should hit

the market within the next 6-8

weeks.

So, symbolically, while the

summer period is normally peak

season for the industry, we will

all be working extremely hard to

recover with the ambition to get

out stronger and better.

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Coaching Builds COVID-19 Resilience

to Engineering Team

How Coaching Builds Resilience to your Engineering Team Members During COVID-19

There is another side to the current crisis

that needs to be taken seriously. While

the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) puts

over 3 billion people under stay-at-home

orders across the globe, anxiety, confusion and

negativity have been spreading throughout

communities. Focus has been on the struggles

and difficulties rather than opportunities and

success stories.

There is no question that the current situation is

a challenging one, however, history has proven

that out of every downturn there are winners

as well as losers. Whatever your past business

practice and philosophy, now is the perfect

opportunity to learn from the great winners of

commerce and reinvent your business of the

future.

Use coaching principles and ethics to navigate

the unknown with your engineering team

Coaching as an attitude is a great way

that leaders navigate the unknown future

ahead to redirect your engineering team in a

healthy way. Establishing superb engineering

team and customer trust, continuous clear

communication, employing a leadership

style that is open, flexible and confident, and

actively listening to both your employees and

your customers. While coaching extends

beyond these essential skills, reviewing how

they are being practiced in your business will

help during these times. They will start moving

you towards success by developing a positive

attitude and culture to your engineering team.

We are seeing a time of an unprecedented

need for awareness of humanity and ethics

that benefit the collective. The International

Coaching Foundation publishes its core


competencies as well as its standards of

ethical practice. These are transferrable and

provide a blueprint for any leader wishing

to upgrade their culture in order to prosper.

Currently, adherence to ethical standards is the

only way to move forward through the unknown.

The importance of a learning culture with your

engineering team

A learning culture is a mindful one. One that

values the positive impact of actions, over

blame. A learning culture finds meaning in

actions and feeds insights forward to develop

new ideas and strategies. Objective thinking

relies on fact finding and precision, not

subjectivity and hearsay. Many leaders are

not aware of how they fact-find for decisionmaking,

so this self-awareness is the first step.

Another effective aspect of a learning culture is

its power to engage teams in problem-solving,

creativity and innovative thinking. With remote

working and daily distractions, inspiring your

team into positive solution-focus means they

are actively thinking of new things as they deal

with homeschooling and multi-tasking.

It’s worth stating that additional stress deactivates

innovative thinking. It’s a common

misbelief that piling on pressure increases

productivity, in reality, the resulting biochemicals

cause the brain to shut down.

Coaching is one of the most effective and

scientific methods in generating new, positive

thinking which is how the most successful

businesses are able to build resilience and

come up with new solutions that help them

bounce back. Combined with a learning

culture, these ideas can be trialed and

implemented quickly, with the least internal

friction, moving the business to discover new

opportunities.

Your engineering team must become the

master of re-invention

The new leadership practices, learned

and adopted now, can sow the seeds for

exponential growth in the future. Heraclitus,

the Greek philosopher, has been quoted as

saying “change is the only constant in life.”

This current situation has presented a great

opportunity for us to adapt our mindset,

embrace change as an ongoing strategy and

develop ways that changes are continuously

adopted by teams within the business. This

strategic capability will enable the business

to leverage change in a way that leads their

market by creating new opportunities.

Many major big brands were born from deep

crises, Chevron, Toyota, Caterpillar Inc,

General Electric and Sony to name a few. To

quote another famous philosopher, Plato, who

said “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

Master these pillars and your business will be

the master of re-invention with the ability to turn

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Drive Greater

Speed and Accuracy in Vaccine Development

By Billy Sisk, Life Sciences Industry Manager EMEA, Rockwell Automation

Despite the tremendous advances in

medical science over recent decades,

there is still so much about the human

body we’re yet to discover. The mission

of the life sciences industry, therefore, is to

continually probe at the next frontier in expanding

our collective understanding. The response to

infectious diseases is just one aspect of this, yet

presents a hugely significant area in improving

global health and life expectancy.

What typically separates acute diseases from

chronic conditions is the sense of urgency. When

a new strain of disease is identified, its viral nature

combined with the interconnectedness of modern

societies can quickly lead to an exponential

rise in cases requiring treatment. This places

immense pressure on governments and healthcare

infrastructure as action is taken to restrict the

spread and apply treatment so that normal social

and economic life can be resumed.

Life sciences organisations have an essential role to

play in this regard and, through the use of Artificial

Intelligence (AI) and other advanced analytic

technologies, can help to rapidly accelerate the path

towards the development and dissemination of

such treatments.

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What’s involved in developing a

vaccine?

The sense of urgency that comes with infectious

diseases can itself fast-track progress towards

arriving at a vaccine. The need for immediate

action unites and galvanises a range of bodies

– from researchers and clinicians through to

regulatory bodies and manufacturers – in the quest

to get an effective treatment into the hands of

healthcare professionals as quickly as possible.

Even with these groups working tirelessly and with

a determined focus, the end-to-end process can still

take years. There are several stages that come before

a treatment is ready to be put into the market.

These include:

• Exploratory stage; working through thousands

of potential compounds to shortlist vaccine

candidates, and research into immune response

• Pre-clinical stage; lab analysis to identify

relevant antigens to arrive at a vaccine concept

and design

• Clinical development; trialling of vaccine on test

groups of varying characteristics

• Regulatory review and approval; verification

of vaccine safety and compliance with health

regulation

• Manufacturing and quality control; development

of medicines in preparation for mass

distribution

Each of these steps is essential in ensuring that

the vaccine produced is effective and safe, that any

side-effects are properly understood and that it can

be produced at scale on a consistent basis until the

threat of illness has been sufficiently minimised.

Historically, the complexity, regulation and cost

involved in each of these stages has slowed down

the response to emerging health issues. Now, due

to advances in AI-related technologies, we have

an opportunity to rapidly accelerate the process

through which we can deploy treatments into the

field.

How can AI assist in this process?

While we can never expect overnight success when

dealing with something as complex as vaccine

development, we can act to remove some of the

constraints and bottlenecks that may hamper

progress. Advances in automating data analysis

and improving visualisation of what is happening

at each step of the discovery stage can address

some of these inefficiencies, helping to accelerate

the process of vaccine development and streamline

operations to upscale production.

Here are some of the roles AI can play at each stage:

Exploratory/pre-clinical

The initial phases of drug discovery often involve a

filtering process to narrow down vaccine candidates

based on prior studies and treatments. Researchers

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can use AI to process vast digital libraries of data

(such as analysing the properties of thousands of

pharmaceutical compounds) with significantly

more accuracy than manual processing, to arrive

at potential treatment candidates. AI can also be

used in these stages for DNA sequencing based

on complex human data, allowing clinicians to

conduct tests in genetic matching and immunity

response.

Clinical development and trials

Once suitable compounds have been identified,

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Manufacturing and QA

Upon regulatory approval of vaccine products, the

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has significant operational implications for the

manufacturers making the products, requiring

rapid decision-making on factors such as their

output capacity, the quality of the product and

optimum packaging solutions.

Combining AI and sensor-based technologies,

manufacturers can harness granular data to bring

greater supply chain efficiencies. This helps to avoid

demand-supply misalignments in their production

processes, and minimises the risk of products being

spoiled in distribution.

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Faster treatments in times of need

A viral outbreak can bring unforeseen challenges

for those involved in public health management,

from policy makers and health authorities through

to clinicians and manufacturers. While the former

can take prompt action to test for infection and

put containment measures in place on identified

clusters, the latter are often under renewed pressure

to deliver treatments at speed. Being able to find

new efficiencies in the development of vaccines

can make a considerable difference in treating

identified cases, relieving pressures on healthcare

infrastructure and contributing to better recovery

rates.

AI capabilities allow those involved in the

development side to act faster under pressure.

Techniques such as deep learning and advanced

data visualisation allow researchers to lean on the

body of existing research undertaken to tackle

the complexities involved in discovering suitable

treatments for novel viruses. The utility of AI

extends through to production and distribution,

where manufacturers play a powerful role in getting

these medicines into the field at rapid speed and

amid conditions of great uncertainty.

To find out more about the role of AI

pharmaceutical manufacturing please feel free

to reach out and connect and also visit the Life

Sciences page on our website.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a

global leader in industrial automation and digital

transformation. We connect the imaginations of

people with the potential of technology to expand

what is humanly possible, making the world more

productive and more sustainable. Headquartered

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation

employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers

dedicated to our customers in more than 100

countries. To learn more about how we are bringing

The Connected Enterprise to life across industrial

enterprises, visit www.rockwellautomation.com.

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Rockwell Automation Launches Management

Perspectives Program to Build Relationships

for Industrial Executives

Integrated program to lead conversations about business and technology

trends, skills and investments driving digital transformation

Rockwell Automation today announced

the launch of its Management

Perspectives Program, an online

community resource designed to

inform, inspire, and bring together managers

and executives both in person and virtually. The

community hub provides a collection of online

content and educational materials, with a focus

on digital transformation and the Industrial

Internet of Things (IIoT).

“We have always been dedicated to supporting

our customers,” said Susana Gonzalez,

president for Europe, Middle East, and Africa

at Rockwell Automation. “With the launch of

this program, we want to connect executives

and help them explore, understand, and

share opinions on topics like the impact

of cutting-edge technologies, workforce

challenges; and business and industry

trends. Often, while executives understand

that digital transformation can solve strategic

and operational challenges, they need better

understanding of the payback on investments.

This is precisely what Management

Perspectives is designed to do and is why

we’re so excited to announce its launch today.”

Encouraging conversation

Unlike other content hubs of this type,

Management Perspectives is free to experience

for all senior executives and managers

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seeking insight and peer-to-peer dialogue on

IIoT, manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Guest

contributors include thought leaders from a

variety of organisations including EY as well as

customers of Rockwell Automation who want to

share their experience and insight.

From blogs and case studies, to videos, a

LinkedIn group, webinars and a podcast on

Apple Podcasts, participants have a wide

range of opportunities to engage and can

easily connect with one another to discuss

strategy and best practice. Events – both

virtual and face to face – also form part of the

program.

Building knowledge and education

In addition, Management Perspectives also

offers a wealth of educational materials such

as eBooks and interactive webinars. Rob

Goossens, CEO, Technologies Added, and

one of the first guests of the Management

Perspectives podcast, said: “You don’t become

a leader by following the status quo. Most

businesses already know what is driving digital

transformation – what they need to know is how

to stay ahead of the curve and what it means

for their business. Our insight is based off

experience and data and provides real-world

value for anyone interested in the program.”

Addressing customer needs

Susana Gonzalez continued: “Industrial

executives are faced with a variety of

challenges every day, and in uncertain times

these challenges can become increasingly

complicated. We offer our help by creating

a forum whereby discussing and sharing

experiences, you can prioritize the right

projects and get higher insight on payback

of use cases. We are confident that our new

portal, the content and connections it opens will

be of interest and welcomed by the market.”

Start benefiting from these resources today

by visiting the Management Perspectives

online resource center at http://rok.

auto/managementperspectives and

subscribing to the podcast at http://rok.auto/

perspectivespodcast

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK),

is a global leader in industrial automation

and digital transformation. We connect the

imaginations of people with the potential

of technology to expand what is humanly

possible, making the world more productive

and more sustainable. Headquartered in

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation

employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers

dedicated to our customers in more than 100

countries. To learn more about how we are

making Smart Manufacturing more productive,

visit www.rockwellautomation.com

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Robot Technology to Reinstate a

COVID-Free Airport

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The launch of the new robot comes in

collaboration with Tawazun Strategic

Development Fund

- New CoDI BOT UGV developed by Marakeb

Technologies for Abu Dhabi Airports to be

deployed at Abu Dhabi International Airport

(AUH) from May onwards

- Robot is designed for the disinfection of

spaces, limiting risk of contamination or human

exposure to viruses including COVID-19

- CoDI BOT UGV reflects Abu Dhabi’s

commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing

of passengers, staff, and visitors in the airport

environment

Abu Dhabi Airports has partnered with Tawazun

Strategic Development Fund (TSDF) to launch

the new CoDi BOT UGV (Unmanned Ground

Vehicle), designed and manufactured by UAEbased

company Marakeb Technologies, an

affiliate company of TSDF, for the disinfection of

viruses including COVID-19.

The introduction of new state-of-the-art

technology is the latest measure introduced

by Abu Dhabi Airports to contain the spread

of COVID-19, and aligns with the directives

of H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin

Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi

Airports.

This collaboration is part of a broader initiative

by Abu Dhabi Airports to integrate the most

advanced technologies within its operations, to

achieve a high level of efficiency, and provide

the best services to its travellers.

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The CoDi BOT UGV will be piloted from May

throughout Abu Dhabi International Airport,

including in staff areas and cargo facilities,

as well as being used as part of cabin

deserialization processes on passenger

aircraft.

Specifically ensuring aircraft cabins are

kept clean and sterile, the CoDi BOT UGV is

designed to be able to manoeuvre through

airplane cabin, which is a unique feature of

this product, while ensuring the safety of its

operators through remote control capability,

using real-time video and high-speed 4G data

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The introduction of the robot helps operational

teams carry out safer missions during the

sterilisation of aircraft while parked at Abu

Dhabi International COVID-Free Airport,

eliminating the risk of human exposure and

self-contamination. The robot’s versatility also

enables the disinfection of spaces within the

COVID-Free Airport terminals, reinforcing

public safety against COVID-19 and any future

virus outbreaks.

The UGVs will be operated in conjunction with

the extensive range of preventative measures

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COVID-Free Airport in response to COVID-19.

Measures include thermal screening, nasal

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The BOT has three central functions:

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3. Disinfection of areas using liquid cleaning

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CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, Shareef Hashim Al

Hashmi, commented: “Introducing CoDi BOT

UGV at Abu Dhabi International COVID-Free

Airport reflects our commitment to adopting

innovative technology, which can bolster the

protection of our passengers and frontline

staff against viruses. The acute impact of the

pandemic would have heightened our overall

sense of awareness toward hygiene, and as

vital piece of public infrastructure, we have a

clear responsibility to ensure our spaces remain

clear of any virus threat. By deploying artificial

intelligence, it adds another layer of protection

and builds on our comprehensive response to

the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Working in close collaboration with Marakeb

Technologies and Tawazun Strategic

Development Fund, collectively we can

reassure passengers and our frontline staff that

we are taking every precautionary measure to

ensure their safety against any virus threat now

and in future,” Al Hashmi added.

Abdulla Nasser Al Jaabari, the Head of

Tawazun Strategic Development Fund

and Chairman of Marakeb Technologies,

commented, “we are pleased to support

Abu Dhabi COVID-Free Airport advanced

vision. This collaboration stems out from our

commitment to enable and invest in promising

national SME’s such as Marakeb. We are

proud to have the opportunity for Marakeb

Technologies to display its capabilities

to provide advanced solution through

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How Has COVID-19 Impacted

The Construction Sector?

There’s no doubt that the current

COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious

impact on just about every aspect of our

lives. From an individual’s personal life to

entire industries the impact of COVID-19 all over

the world has been more significant than many

of us could have ever predicted. This has been felt

particularly strongly within the construction and

engineering industries. The impact of COVID-19

on the construction sector has been one of the most

significant and visible out of any other industry, but

the question is, what has that impact really been

and how can the construction recover from it?

The impact

The impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic

has had on the construction industry has been

massive and sudden. With the new rules around

self-isolation and social distancing, many

construction sites have been hit the hardest.

Not only are projects not being completed but

many are stuck in a state of disrepair for the

foreseeable future. Many people working within

the construction sector have had their businesses

impacted and many have predicted that they will

experience a significant, negative, financial impact

during this period because of the required closing

of sites and the need for employees to stay at home.

The response from the industry

It might all sound frightening when you look

at the impact that the pandemic has had on

the construction sector but the response from

the industry has been incredibly positive and

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impressive. Many organizations have stepped

up to offer support to those affected, including

administrative and government lobbying

assistance. There have also been specific health

measures put in place so that businesses are able

to make sure that all of their workers remain as

healthy as possible. It’s also worth noting that lines

of credit still exist through commercial real estate

investment brokers which means that, when the

pandemic is over, it is likely that it will be entirely

possible for the sector to pick up once again. As

frightening as it can all be, there are always things

that can be done to make life easier.

The long term impact

Another piece of positive news is that many

governments have committed to putting

construction and infrastructure at the very

forefront of their agenda during the period of

recovery from the pandemic. The truth is that

government support for the construction industry

is going to be essential in order to help it recover

from the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and

resulting lockdown have had on it.

The reality is that there is a good chance that the

impact of COVID-19 going to be felt by a great

number of different industries well after the actual

pandemic itself has passed by. It’s certainly not easy

to say exactly what the lasting effects are going to

be but the most important thing right now is for

those within the sector, both large and small, to

make sure that they are doing everything they can

to prepare and do whatever they can to mitigate

any possible damage.

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Lifts and lobbies – the new hot

spots for office buildings

New modelling released today by

leading design and engineering

firm, Arup, reveals the importance of

detailed planning so more people can

safely and efficiently return to work in city office

buildings as more businesses progressively

reopen when necessary SOPs are observed,

while many corporations also ramp up

operations by stages.

The modelling focussed on managing lift

passenger numbers and queuing, factoring in

physical distancing regulations.

“Without good data and planning, there could

be potentially unsafe congestion in lobbies

or many frustrated people queuing onto

the street,” said Arup’s Buildings Leader in

Malaysia, Fazidin Faisal.

He said lifts are the bottle neck for accessing

commercial buildings and most cannot be

structurally reconfigured. Other strategies need

to be considered.

“Building owners, managers and tenants will

need to limit numbers in each building, stagger

arrival and exit times, and manage queues,”

Fazidin said.

He outlined a case study of a 30-storey

commercial building with 20 lifts and

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approximately 340 people working on each

floor.

With physical distancing, the average lift car

will hold only four people instead of the usual

19. Depending on how many people are trying

to access the building at the same time, they

could be queuing for a long time, leading to

lost productivity as well as annoyance.

“The scenario modelling shows that having

50% or even 75% of people coming in on any

particular day, and staggering their arrival

times, would make a big difference,” Fazidin

said.

If 50% of people come to the building on a

given day and all arrive at around same time,

they will be queuing for more than an hour.

However, if they are organised to arrive every

15 minutes, in a designated time slot, space

could be provided comfortably in the lobbies

and queues could be reduced by 70%.

Arup’s 3D MassMotion software can provide

technical analysis for planning how people can

safely enter, queue and move around lobbies.

“Realistically, most workplaces probably cannot

accommodate everyone with safe distancing,”

he said. “But without careful planning, there will

be issues before people even get to their office

floor, which we believe are avoidable.”

Fazidin said there are many important

considerations such as signage, supervision

and cleaning to make operations safe and

efficient, while helping feel their building is still

welcoming.

Find more details at www.arup.com/

perspectives/getting-from-a-to-c-via-btransitioning-back-to-the-workplace

and www.

arup.com/expertise/services/digital/massmotion

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of

many of the world’s most prominent projects

in the built environment and across industry.

Working in more than 140 countries, the firm’s

designers, engineers, architects, planners,

consultants and technical specialists work with

our clients on innovative projects of the highest

quality and impact. www.arup.com

About Arup in Malaysia

Arup’s presence in Malaysia goes back to

the 1960s when we were involved in shaping

some of the country’s early landmarks in Kuala

Lumpur and Penang. Since then, we have

grown in size and broadened our disciplines,

delivering engineering and advisory services

necessary to every stage of a project in the

evolving urban landscapes across states.

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Event Info

Power Purchase Agreement

7 – 10 June 2020, Dubai

19 – 22 October 2020, Singapore

www.infocusinternational.com/ppa

Overview

There are many moving pieces affecting the future of electric power development in emerging

market. Unlike the past Independent Power Project models, which featured standardised take-or-pay

contracts – today’s market demands more innovative incentives to ensure better availability, better

performance, as well as more attractive and sustainable mixtures of fuel sources. Economies throughout

developing countries urgently need to master the key tools, models, and lessons learned for transforming

and strengthening today’s electricity sector. These include the latest models in negotiating Power Purchase

Agreements (PPAs), in designing and managing new competitive power markets, as well as attracting the

right mix of renewable energy sources.

This 4-day comprehensive workshop gives you clear explanations of the new models of PPA risk allocation,

of designing and managing competitive power markets, attracting private investments in renewable energy,

through a series of real case examples of contracts and markets. Case Studies will include real examples

from Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. Furthermore, cases stimulate independent

thinking and discussion among participants.

Benefits of Attending

• LEARN about all the essentials of

different PPAs

• NEGOTIATE fair and sustainable PPAs

• STRUCTURE successful PPAs based upon

your own company’s risk profile and risk

allocation needs

• EXPOSE to the frontiers of international

experience in IPP development

• LEARN theory and practice of pricing and

tariff design

• ANALYSE the relationship between

Public, Private, and Government sector

• PERFORM a policy and risk analysis of

PPA contracts

• EXPLORE a PPA relationship with EPC,

O&M, Fuel Supply, and Interconnect

Agreement

• GAIN the tools and models in directing

your country’s electricity transformation

and market design plans

• IMPROVE your awareness of the

common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid in

today’s private power investments

• LEAD successful power project finance

transactions

• IDENTIFY how financial derivatives can

be used as an effective hedge of financial

and electricity market based risks

Teaching Methodology

The agenda will combine presented materials with

plenty of opportunity for Q&A, interactive discussions,

and the use of quantitative models to illustrate key

learning points. Current market examples and data are

utilised wherever helpful.

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course, you

will receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the

signatures from both the Course Director and the

Course Organiser. This Certificate will testify your

endeavour and serve towards your professional

advancement.

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Abigail Harris

Infocus International

Tel: +65 6325 0215

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/ppa


E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/ppa

4 day course

“Excellent! There are many interesting topics which cover almost all

relevant issues in electricity market, such as market reform and PPA

negotiation. And the speaker is simply great.”

Head of PPA Section, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

Power Purchase Agreement

Structuring successful Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), managing competitive

electricity markets & attracting merchant power investments

7 – 10 June 2020, Dubai

19 – 22 October 2020, Singapore

Book 3 persons

and save

$400

per person

Benefits of Attending

■ LEARN about all the essentials of different PPAs

■ NEGOTIATE fair and sustainable PPAs

■ STRUCTURE successful PPAs based upon your own company’s risk

profile and risk allocation needs

■ EXPOSE to the frontiers of international experience in IPP

development

■ LEARN theory and practice of pricing and tariff design

■ ANALYSE the relationship between Public, Private, and Government

sector

■ PERFORM a policy and risk analysis of PPA contracts

■ EXPLORE a PPA relationship with EPC, O&M, Fuel Supply, and

Interconnect Agreement

■ GAIN the tools and models in directing your country’s electricity

transformation and market design plans

■ IMPROVE your awareness of the common pitfalls and mistakes to

avoid in today’s private power investments

■ LEAD successful power project finance transactions

■ IDENTIFY how financial derivatives can be used as an effective

hedge of financial and electricity market based risks

Who Should Attend

■ Contract / Agreement Negotiators

■ Legal / Regulation / Compliance /

Policy Analysts

■ Business Development Managers

■ Commercial Managers

■ Finance Controllers / Treasurers

■ Corporate Planners

■ Business & Accounting Analysts

■ Sales & Trading Managers

■ Structured / Project Finance Analysts

■ Economists / Investors

■ Chairman / CEO / Directors

From sectors:

■ Electric Regulators & Ministries

■ Power & Utility Companies

■ IPP Developers

■ Banks / Investors

■ Energy Fuel Suppliers (Oil, Gas,

Coal and Renewables)

■ Law Firms & Consultancy

Supported by:

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ENERGY INSIGHT


Event Info

Renewable Power & Energy Mix

15 – 17 June 2020, Singapore

www.infocusinternational.com/energymix

Overview

In increasing parts of the world, renewable power sources – particularly solar and wind – are now

the cheapest way to generate electricity. This, combined with being crucial mechanisms by which to lower

the carbon emissions of energy systems, means they are also the fastest-growing supply of new power generating

capacity. It is vital that anyone involved in electricity systems, from new power project developers

to incumbent utilities, investors and policymakers, has a thorough understanding of how renewables are

impacting the energy mix and the wider power business.

In particular, the transition away from conventional thermal generators towards renewable ones has profound

implications for how power systems are designed, operated and policed – on a variety of timescales

from sub-second management to long-term capacity planning. These in turn create both new market opportunities

and significant businesses risks within the sector, not just for those

involved in system-wide aspects such as the grid or policy, but for those involved in individual project development

too.

In three intensive and informative days, this course explains and illustrates the key impacts of renewable

power integration into modern energy systems, based on global lessons and examples. Most importantly it

provides attendees with a market assessment framework and recommended approach to identifying and

quantifying how these integration challenges change the specific new opportunities and risks facing their

own businesses.

Benefits of Attending

• Learn from global experiences in

renewable power project development

and integration

• Understand how technical challenges

translate into financial and business

opportunities

• Illustrate key system impacts such as

investment requirements, energy costs

and capacity margins using simple

• Quantitative models

• Analyse and discuss evolving value chain

roles, partnerships and competitors

• Assess the market potential for solutions

such as energy storage, virtual power

plants and smart grids

• Gain an insight into the influences of

market liberalisation and policy shifts

Who Should Attend

• Renewable power project developers

• Power plant owners and operators

(utilities and IPPs)

• Transmission/Distribution system

operators

• Policymakers and policy advisors

• Investors, including commercial and

development banks, venture capital and

private equity

• Vendors & EPC contractors

• Large energy users

•Commercial energy-sector services

suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

Teaching Methodology

The agenda will combine presented materials with

plenty of opportunity for Q&A, interactive discussions,

and the use of quantitative models to illustrate key

learning points. Current market examples and data are

utilised wherever helpful.

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course, you

will receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the

signatures from both the Course Director and the

Course Organiser. This Certificate will testify your

endeavour and serve towards your professional

advancement.

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Abigail Harris

Infocus International

Tel: +65 6325 0215

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/energymix


E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/energymix

BRAND NEW COURSE

“I enjoyed the course with lots of demonstrations and case studies. The facilitator was

just ma r v e l l o u s , u p to t h e g a m e . I t w a s a v a l u e fo r m o n ey w o r ks h o p .”

Director of Finance, Electricity Generation Company Malawi

Renewable Power & Energy Mix

Essential approaches to market assessment, power project opportunity & business risk analysis

15 – 17 June 2020, Singapore

Benefits of Attending

■ Learn from global experiences in renewable power project development and integration

■ Understand how technical challenges translate into financial and business opportunities

■ Illustrate key system impacts such as investment requirements, energy costs and capacity margins using simple

quantitative models

■ Analyse and discuss evolving value chain roles, partnerships and competitors

■ Assess the market potential for solutions such as energy storage, virtual power plants and smart grids

■ Gain an insight into the influences of market liberalisation and policy shifts

Who Should Attend

■ Renewable power project developers

■ Power plant owners and operators (utilities and IPPs)

■ Transmission/Distribution system operators

■ Policymakers and policy advisors

■ Investors, including commercial and development banks, venture capital and private equity

■ Vendors & EPC contractors

■ Large energy users

■ Commercial energy-sector services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

Book 3 persons

or more and save

$300

each

Supported by:

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT


Event Info

Mastering Wind Power

8 - 10 July 2020, Singapore

www.infocusinternational.com/wind

Overview

A comprehensive, up-to-date and business-focused roadmap to success in delivering wind power

growth, today and tomorrow.

Attendees will leave with an excellent understanding of all the key factors facing wind power developers

and investors, from resource assessment and energy production complexities, through project development

and planning challenges, to financial returns and risks.

The course schedule is designed to be highly participative, including time to work in groups to apply and

illustrate the learning points throughout the course. To do so, attendees will utilise online tools, wind resource

datasets, energy yield, financial and other simple calculations, along with structured discussions on

key planning and market environment considerations.

In keeping with the business-focused theme of the course, these illustrative exercises are designed to

provide time-efficient clarification of the key course takeaways, aimed at commercially-focused business

developers and investors. They are therefore deliberately made accessible to non-experts, not designed to

replicate the complex or in-depth detailed planning undertaken – over much longer periods! – by experienced

engineers and technical teams.

Course Highlights

• Learn from global experiences in wind

power project development

• Understand unique properties of wind

resource, and how these feed into financial

risk analysis

• Gain a business-focused, up-to-date

perspective on current and emerging wind

technology innovations and project delivery

best practices

• Analyse and discuss practical and project

delivery risks facing wind power projects,

including key stakeholder engagements

• Get hands-on with a financial model to better

understand financial risks and returns for wind

power projects

• Compare and contrast the unique extra costs

and complexities of offshore wind projects

with those onshore

Who Should Attend

• Renewable power project developers

• Power plant owners and operators

(utilities and IPPs)

• Transmission/Distribution system operators

• Policymakers and policy advisors

• Investors, including commercial and

development banks, venture capital and

private equity

• Vendors & EPC contractors

• Large energy users

• Commercial energy-sector services

suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

Teaching Methodology

The agenda will combine presented materials with

plenty of opportunity for Q&A, interactive discussions,

and the use of quantitative models to illustrate key

learning points. Current market examples and data are

utilised wherever helpful.

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course, you

will receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the

signatures from both the Course Director and the

Course Organiser. This Certificate will testify your

endeavour and serve towards your professional

advancement.

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Abigail Harris

Infocus International

Tel: +65 6325 0215

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/wind


E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/wind

BRAND NEW COURSE

“I enjoyed the course with lots of demonstrations and case studies. The facilitator was

just m ar vellous, up to the ga m e . I t w a s a v a l u e fo r m o n ey workshop.”

Director of Finance, Electricity Generation Company Malawi

Mastering Wind Power

8 – 10 July 2020, Singapore

Benefits of Attending

■ Learn from global experiences in wind power project development

■ Understand unique properties of wind resource, and how these feed into financial risk analysis

■ Gain a business-focused, up-to-date perspective on current and emerging wind technology innovations and

project delivery best practices

■ Analyse and discuss practical and project delivery risks facing wind power projects, including key stakeholder

engagements

■ Get hands-on with a financial model to better understand financial risks and returns for wind power projects

■ Compare and contrast the unique extra costs and complexities of offshore wind projects with those onshore

Who Should Attend

■ Renewable power project developers

■ Power plant owners and operators (utilities and IPPs)

■ Transmission/Distribution system operators

■ Policymakers and policy advisors

■ Investors, including commercial and development banks, venture capital and private equity

■ Vendors & EPC contractors

■ Large energy users

■ Commercial energy-sector services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

Book 3 persons

or more and save

$300

each

Supported by:

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT


Event Info

Mastering Solar Power

13 - 16 July 2020, Singapore

www.infocusinternational.com/solar

Overview

A comprehensive, up-to-date and business-focused roadmap to success

in delivering solar power growth, today and tomorrow.

Attendees will leave with a good understanding of the key factors from an

integrated, multidisciplinary and commercial viewpoint, including: target market

analysis, economic competitiveness, channels-to-market, financing influences and

risk, project development processes, best practices and emerging technologies.

The course schedule includes time to work in groups to apply the learning and

illustrate key project development considerations, by discussing, developing

and quantifying an initial business proposal for a solar PV power plant. To do so,

attendees will utilise energy yield, financial and other simple calculations, along

with the chance to debate key planning and market environment considerations.

In keeping with the business-focused theme of the course, these illustrative

exercises are designed to provide time-efficient clarification of the key course

takeaways, aimed at commercially-focused business developers and investors.

They are therefore accessible to nonexperts, not designed to replicate the

complex or in-depth detailed planning undertaken - over much longer periods! -

by engineers and technical teams.


“I enjoyed the course with lots of demonstrations and case studies. The facilitator was

j u st m ar vellou s , u p to t h e g a m e . I t w a s a v a l u e fo r m o n ey w o r ks h o p .”

Shadric Namalomba, Director of Finance, Electricity Generation Company Malawi

Mastering Solar Power

Course Highlights

• Speak the language of solar energy: terminology and concepts explained

with clarity and relevance

• Understand the 13 key – variables 16 July determining 2020, the Singapore

economics of solar PV projects

• Review current and emerging market opportunities for solar PV, including

integrations such as energy storage

• Navigate the typical project development requirements, processes and risks

• Learn and discuss how financial returns and risks arise in PV projects

• Be better able to converse with project partners, suppliers, investors,

policymakers and other stakeholders

• Know what to look for when evaluating PV project opportunities

• Identify key investment and project performance risks

• Learn how to analyse and critique current and emerging business models

Who Should Attend

Benefits of Attending

This course is ideal if:

■ Speak the language of solar energy: terminology and concepts explained with clarity and relevance

■ Understand the • You key variables are working determining within the the economics power of sector solar PV in projects a commercial or business

■ Review current development and emerging market role. opportunities You need a for clearly solar PV, explained, including integrations multi-faceted such understanding as energy storageof

■ Navigate the typical how project PV projects development are developed requirements, and processes why and and how risks they succeed (or fail), including

■ Learn and discuss how how market financial and returns technology and risks arise changes in PV projects are driving new innovation opportunities

■ Be better able to converse with project partners, suppliers, investors, policymakers and other stakeholders

along with new competitive risks.

■ Know what to look for when evaluating PV project opportunities

■ Identify key investment • You are and from project the performance investment, riskspolicy or professional services community. You

■ Learn how to need analyse to and embrace critique current the inevitable and emerging growth business of models solar energy, and want to gain an

independent perspective on the economic environment in which these projects

Who Should operate, Attend including the development, operational and business risks that most

matter to them.

This course is ideal if:

■ You are working within the power sector in a commercial or business development role. You need a clearly-explained,

multi-faceted

Including

understanding

but

of how

not

PV

limited

projects are

to:

developed and why and how they succeed (or fail), including how market

and technology changes are driving new innovation opportunities along with new competitive risks

■ You are from the investment, policy or professional services community. You need to embrace the inevitable growth

of solar energy, and want to gain an independent perspective on the economic environment in which these projects operate,

including the development, operational and business risks that most matter to them.

• Investors, including commercial and development banks, venture capital

and private equity

• Power generation companies, utilities and IPPs

• Policy makers and policy advisors

• Transmission/Distribution system operators

• Commercial services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

• Equipment vendors & EPC contractors

• Large energy users and electricity buyers

including but not limited to:

■ Investors, including commercial and development banks, venture capital and private equity

■ Power generation companies, utilities and IPPs

■ Policy makers and policy advisors

■ Transmission/Distribution system operators

■ Commercial services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

■ Equipment vendors & EPC contractors

■ Large energy users and electricity buyers

Supported by:

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT

Book 3 persons

or more and save

$400

each

E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/solar


Event Info

Teaching Methodology

The agenda will combine presented materials with plenty of

opportunity for Q&A, interactive discussions, and the use of

quantitative models to illustrate key learning points. Current

market examples and data are utilised wherever helpful.

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course, you will receive

a Certificate of Completion bearing the signatures from both

the Course Director and the Course Organiser. This Certificate

will testify your endeavour and serve towards your professional

advancement.

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Abigail Harris

Infocus International

Tel: +65 6325 0215

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/solar


E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/solar

“I enjoyed the course with lots of demonstrations and case studies. The facilitator was

just ma r v e l l o u s , u p to t h e g a m e . I t w a s a v a l u e fo r m o n ey workshop.”

Shadric Namalomba, Director of Finance, Electricity Generation Company Malawi

Mastering Solar Power

13 – 16 July 2020, Singapore

Benefits of Attending

■ Speak the language of solar energy: terminology and concepts explained with clarity and relevance

■ Understand the key variables determining the economics of solar PV projects

■ Review current and emerging market opportunities for solar PV, including integrations such as energy storage

■ Navigate the typical project development requirements, processes and risks

■ Learn and discuss how financial returns and risks arise in PV projects

■ Be better able to converse with project partners, suppliers, investors, policymakers and other stakeholders

■ Know what to look for when evaluating PV project opportunities

■ Identify key investment and project performance risks

■ Learn how to analyse and critique current and emerging business models

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal if:

■ You are working within the power sector in a commercial or business development role. You need a clearly-explained,

multi-faceted understanding of how PV projects are developed and why and how they succeed (or fail), including how market

and technology changes are driving new innovation opportunities along with new competitive risks

■ You are from the investment, policy or professional services community. You need to embrace the inevitable growth

of solar energy, and want to gain an independent perspective on the economic environment in which these projects operate,

including the development, operational and business risks that most matter to them.

including but not limited to:

■ Investors, including commercial and development banks, venture capital and private equity

■ Power generation companies, utilities and IPPs

■ Policy makers and policy advisors

■ Transmission/Distribution system operators

■ Commercial services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

■ Equipment vendors & EPC contractors

■ Large energy users and electricity buyers

Book 3 persons

or more and save

$400

each

Supported by:

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT


Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contracts for Energy Industry

24 – 26 August 2020, Singapore

www.infocusinternational.com/epcenergy

Overview

Event Info

Today, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects are uniquely challenging. Parties

currently involved in large complex and fast-track EPC projects frequently suffer financial loss that

could have been mitigated by effective contract management. Appropriate practical “know-how”

of EPC contracts will improve your ability to take appropriate steps, or to obtain necessary advice,

to minimise or manage such risks.

This intensive workshop provides valuable insight into the rapidly evolving world of EPC contracts. It

has been designed specifically for the professionals and management of energy industries and will be of

particular interest to those with current or planned projects in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and the CIS.

You will analyse an EPC contract, clause by clause, focusing on your challenges in international and

domestic projects. This unique interactive master class discusses the key issues in EPC contracts which are

relevant for lenders, sponsors and borrowers in international construction projects and the keys to deliver

successful projects.

Course Highlights

• Global and local legal and commercial

framework in Asia, Middle East, Africa,

Europe and the CIS

• Contract negotiation best practices

• Tips on contractual risk mitigation

• Contract financing and project

structuring

• Contractor relationship management

• Clause-by-clause discussion based

on an actual contract precedent

Key Learning Objectives

• UNDERSTAND the current finance

market for EPC contracts

• MANAGE legal risks and environment

for EPC contracts in the region

• DISCOVER alternative procurement

options for projects and the risks and

opportunities associated with these

options

• DISTINGUISH new and effective contract

negotiation strategies

• ANALYSE the types of claims that may be

made under EPC contracts and develop

strategies to manage these claims

• GAIN INSIGHTS into the best current

dispute resolution options and the risks

and costs associated with each option

Teaching Methodology

The agenda will combine presented materials with

plenty of opportunity for Q&A, interactive discussions,

and the use of quantitative models to illustrate key

learning points. Current market examples and data are

utilised wherever helpful.

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course, you

will receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the

signatures from both the Course Director and the

Course Organiser. This Certificate will testify your

endeavour and serve towards your professional

advancement.

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Abigail Harris

Infocus International

Tel: +65 6325 0215

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/epcenergy


Free Takeaway

3 detailed articles on EPC contract precedents containing discussions on:

EPCM & Alliancing Contracts

EPC contracts in the global market

FIDIC contract and the challenges faced by construction contractors

Group Discount

book 3 person to save

$300 per person

Managing and Negotiating

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contracts

for Energy Industry

Mastering the legal and commercial framework, contract negotiation, financing, risk and contractor

relationship complexities of upstream and downstream EPC projects

24 – 26 August 2020, Singapore

Course Highlights

Global and local legal and commercial framework in Asia,

Middle East, Africa, Europe and the CIS

Contract negotiation best practices

Tips on contractual risk mitigation

Contract financing and project structuring

Contractor relationship management

Clause-by-clause discussion based on an actual contract

precedent

Key Learning Objectives

UNDERSTAND the current finance market for EPC contracts

MANAGE legal risks and environment for EPC contracts in the

region

DISCOVER alternative procurement options for projects and the

risks and opportunities associated with these options

DISTINGUISH new and effective contract negotiation strategies

ANALYSE the types of claims that may be made under EPC

contracts and develop strategies to manage these claims

GAIN INSIGHTS into the best current dispute resolution options

and the risks and costs associated with each option

Supported by:

““A very thorough presentation with excellent real

life examples and war stories from the trainer.”

- Exxonmobil

“A mustattend for professionals wishing to

improve in EPC contracts management.”

- Century Power Generation

“Interesting, extremely helpful and relevant.

A very clear presentation style which kept the

material interesting and the audience

engaged.”

- National Oil Company of Namibia

“The seminars were highly informative and the

trainer is clearly very experienced in the EPC and

major projects worldwide. It was very relevant for

us in our business.”

- Qatar Petroleum

“The trainer spoke knowledgeably about matters

that concern lenders, sponsors and borrowers

bringing different perspectives to the discussion.”

- KBC Bank NV

“Interesting explanation of every clause of the

contract (i.e. the thorough assessment of an EPC

contract).”

- KFW Bankengruppe

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT

E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/epcenergy


Event Info

Power Project Finance

7 – 11 September 2020, Johannesburg

www.infocusinternational.com/powerprojectfinance

Overview

Project finance is widely used for large infrastructure projects including thermal and renewable

power projects. The technique enables project risks to be allocated to the parties best able to manage

them and facilitates the raising of long term debt without recourse to the project developer.

The correct allocation of risk through an appropriate commercial structure is the foundation of a sound

financing plan and this course will develop these themes by walking through the commercial contracts and

finance documentation and provide an understanding of how to determine the optimal amount of debt

using cash flow and ratio analysis. Current circumstances in the African power project sector will be

discussed.

Investment committees need to be sure that all risk aspects have been studied and the course will detail

the key elements of the due diligence exercise. The course will also provide a guide on how to approach the

debt market.

Benefits of Attending

The course is intended to provide a firm

understanding of the principles which create

a bankable power project finance structure in

terms of risk allocation and the commercial and

financial structure. On completion of this course

you will understand:

• How a power project is structured

and financed

• How to identify power project risks

and mitigation strategies

• The role of the financial model and cash

flow and ratio analysis

• Debt sizing techniques

• Project finance term sheets and

loan documentation

• Contract documentation

• The due diligence process

• How to efficiently identify viable

project prospects

• How to approach the debt market

• Project analysis & development

• Commercial & legal

• Commercial services suppliers

(law, insurance etc.)

• Policy makers and policy advisors dealing

with energy sector financial issues

Teaching Methodology

The agenda will combine presented materials with

plenty of opportunity for Q&A, interactive discussions,

and the use of quantitative models to illustrate key

learning points. Current market examples and data are

utilised wherever helpful.

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course, you

will receive a Certificate of Completion bearing the

signatures from both the Course Director and the

Course Organiser. This Certificate will testify your

endeavour and serve towards your professional

advancement.

Who Should Attend

• Power project developer,

investor or financier

• Finance & accounting

• Project finance & structured finance

• Power project management

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Abigail Harris

Infocus International

Tel: +65 6325 0215

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/powerprojectfinance


E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/powerprojectfinance

“Excellent training with a world class and highly experienced specialist.”

Senior Power Expert, Regulatory Commission for Electricity Sector, Senegal

Book 3 persons and

save $500 each

Power Project Finance

7 – 11 September 2020, Johannesburg

Benefits of Attending

The course is intended to provide a firm understanding of the principles which create a bankable power project

finance structure in terms of risk allocation and the commercial and financial structure. On completion of this course

you will understand:

■ How a power project is structured and financed

■ How to identify power project risks and mitigation strategies

■ The role of the financial model and cash flow and ratio analysis

■ Debt sizing techniques

■ Project finance term sheets and loan documentation

■ Contract documentation

■ The due diligence process

■ How to efficiently identify viable project prospects

■ How to approach the debt market

Who Should Attend

Including but not limited to people working in:

■ Power project developer, investor or financier

■ Finance & accounting

■ Project finance & structured finance

■ Power project management

■ Project analysis & development

■ Commercial & legal

■ Commercial services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

■ Policy makers and policy advisors dealing with energy sector financial issues

Supported by:

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT


Electricity Economics in Changing Electricity Markets

16 – 18 November 2020, Singapore

www.infocusinternational.com/electricityeconomics

Overview

Are you ready for the new challenges & opportunities as power markets around the world evolve?

This is an essential core knowledge course for those involved in the business or regulation of the power

industry.

It leads you through a clear, accessible and thorough examination of the economics of power generation,

from power plant cost influences to end-customer prices. It contextualises this analysis with key consideration

of industry drivers and trends, including increasingly liberalised and competitive markets, evolving policy

support and management frameworks, the growth and integration of renewable power sources, and the

restructuring of power systems towards more decentralised operations.

A highly interactive presentation style allows for plenty of Q&A and time to discuss the issues from multiple

stakeholder perspectives; including power plant owners, investors, policymakers and energy customers. This

course is an essential primer for those seeking to navigate successful business routes through transitioning

electricity systems.

Benefits of Attending

• Clear, independent and businessfocused

introduction

• Language designed for non-experts;

particularly senior executives,

policymakers & investment decision-makers

• Core knowledge building, including

up-to-the-minute examples from

markets around the world

• Interactive discussion of key market

and economic variables

• Quantification of key issues using simple

numerical calculations, real data and

Excel-based tools

We will examine these key questions:

• Which variables drive the economics

of electricity generation?

• How do generation costs combine with

other factors to produce end-use

electricity prices?

• How are current technology & system

trends impacting electricity costs and prices?

• What are policymakers doing to keep costs

down?

• Who are the key stakeholders and

influencers on electricity economics?

• What are the value-chain impacts of market

Liberalisation and Competition?

• How are solar and wind power

(and other low-carbon options) changing

market environments?

• and many more!

Event Info

Who Should Attend:

• Power generators, utilities and IPPs

• Investors, including commercial and

development banks, venture capital and

private equity

• Policymakers and policy advisors

• Transmission / Distribution system

operators (grid)

• Power system vendors & EPC contractors

• Large electricity users

• Commercial services suppliers

(law, insurance etc.)

Teaching Methodology

The agenda will combine presented materials

with plenty of opportunity for Q&A, interactive

discussions, and the use of quantitative models

to illustrate key learning points. Current market

examples and data are utilised wherever helpful.

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course,

you will receive a Certificate of Completion

bearing the signatures from both the Course

Director and the Course Organiser. This

Certificate will testify your endeavour and serve

towards your professional advancement.

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Abigail Harris

Infocus International

Tel: +65 6325 0215

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/electricityeconomics


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

“I enjoyed the course with lots of demonstrations and case studies. The facilitator was

just m a r v e l l o u s , u p to t h e g a m e . I t w a s a v a l u e fo r m o n ey w o r ks h o p .”

Shadric Namalomba, Director of Finance, Electricity Generation Company Malawi

Electricity Economics

in Changing Electricity Markets

The new economics of power markets in a low-carbon world

16 – 18 November 2020, Singapore

Book 3 persons

and save

$300

each

Benefits of Attending

■ Clear, independent and business-focused introduction

■ Language designed for non-experts; particularly senior executives, policymakers & investment decision-makers

■ Core knowledge building, including up-to-the-minute examples from markets around the world

■ Interactive discussion of key market and economic variables

■ Quantification of key issues using simple numerical calculations, real data and Excel-based tools

We will examine these key questions:

■ Which variables drive the economics of electricity generation?

■ How do generation costs combine with other factors to produce end-use electricity prices?

■ How are current technology & system trends impacting electricity costs and prices?

■ What are policymakers doing to keep costs down?

■ Who are the key stakeholders and influencers on electricity economics?

■ What are the value-chain impacts of market liberalisation and competition?

■ How are solar and wind power (and other low-carbon options) changing market environments?

■ and many more!

Who Should Attend

■ Power generators, utilities and IPPs

■ Investors, including commercial and development banks, venture capital and private equity

■ Policymakers and policy advisors

■ Transmission / Distribution system operators (grid)

■ Power system vendors & EPC contractors

■ Large electricity users

■ Commercial services suppliers (law, insurance etc.)

Supported by:

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT

E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/electricityeconomics


Gas & LNG Markets, Contracts & Pricing

16 – 20 March 2020, Singapore

28 Sep – 2 Oct 2020, Port of Spain

23 – 27 Nov 2020, Singapore

www.infocusinternational.com/gaslng

Overview

Event Info

Due to the complex geopolitical nature of gas/ LNG sourcing and long term nature of gas transactions

between buyers and sellers, it is commercially prudent for those involved in thisprocess to know the global

gas & LNG supply & markets condition, available methodologies for price determination, contract structure

and negotiation techniques. Any misjudgement in any of these areas could result in wrong sourcing decisions,

significant adverse financial consequences and legal liabilities.

This course has, therefore, been designed to enable the professionals in the gas sector and gas advisory

services to make right sourcing decision, construct gas/LNG contracts and negotiate from a position of

strength and knowledge in order to gain a competitive edge in the process.

Course Highlights

• Global gas/LNG market and market structure

in Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Europe

and USA regions

• Current gas/LNG outlook and trends

• Contract terminology and construction -

operational, commercial and legal basis of

gas, LNG and Gas Transportation Contracts

• Principles of gas/LNG Sales and Purchase

Agreement (GSPA/SPA), Gas Transportation

Agreement (GTA) and Regasification

Agreements

• Gas/LNG pricing principles, current practice

and price indexation in competitive gas

markets

• Contracting and negotiation - proven

techniques

Benefits of Attending

• Background knowledge to framework to

facilitate gas/LNG commercial decisions

• Understanding current trends of the gas

organisation structure

• Knowledge of the underlying rationale for

gas contract terms and conditions

• Learn to construct gas, LNG and gas

transportation contracts and negotiate them

• Understanding of techniques of gas/LNG

price setting in competitive markets

• Awareness of operation of trading hubs,

spot and arbitrage

• Holistic understanding of what is required

to put a new supply chain in place

Who Should Attend

Energy professionals including

but not limited to:

• Purchasing/Supply Chain

• Legal/Contracts Negotiation

• Commercial

• Finance/Pricing

• Marketing

• Trading

• Sales/Business Development

• Project Finance

• Corporate Planning

From Sectors:

• Natural gas E&P

• Gas/LNG trade, shipping,

transmission, distribution

• Government agencies

• Gas based power generation

• Gas/LNG related project finance, asset

management, hedge funds,

equity/fixed income

• Gas pipeline and high pressure transportation

Course Certificate

Upon the successful completion of this course,

you will receive a Certificate of Completion

bearing the signatures from both the Course

Director and the Course Organiser. This

Certificate will testify your endeavour and serve

towards your professional advancement.

To Register/Enquire on this course, please contact:

Weslyn Lee

Infocus International Group

Tel: +65 6325 0274

Email: abigail@infocusinternational.com

Website: www.infocusinternational.com/gaslng


E: abigail@infocusinternational.com www.infocusinternational.com/gaslng

5 day course

“The best gas / LNG course I have ever attended. I will gladly

recommend it to anyone.” by past participant, Chevron

GAS & LNG

MARKETS, CONTRACTS & PRICING

A comprehensive all-in-one course addressing all key elements for successful gas & LNG business strategies

16 – 20 Mar 2020

28 Sep – 2 Oct 2020

23 – 27 Nov 2020

Singapore

Port of Spain

Singapore

Course Highlights

■ Global gas/LNG market and market structure in Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Europe and USA regions

■ Current gas/LNG outlook and trends

■ Contract terminology and construction - operational, commercial and legal basis of gas, LNG and Gas

Transportation Contracts

■ Principles of gas/LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement (GSPA/SPA), Gas Transportation Agreement (GTA)

and Regasification Agreements

■ Gas/LNG pricing principles, current practice and price indexation in competitive gas markets

■ Contracting and negotiation - proven techniques

Benefits of Attending

■ Background knowledge to framework to facilitate gas/LNG commercial decisions

■ Understanding current trends of the gas organisation structure

■ Knowledge of the underlying rationale for gas contract terms and conditions

■ Learn to construct gas, LNG and gas transportation contracts and negotiate them

■ Understanding of techniques of gas/LNG price setting in competitive markets

■ Awareness of operation of trading hubs, spot and arbitrage

■ Holistic understanding of what is required to put a new supply chain in place

Book 3 persons

and save

$600

each

Supported by:

OFFSHORE MAGAZINE

ENERGY INSIGHT


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