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Capturing and using waste heat could be one of the largest conservation and green house gas reduction opportunities available to many of your readers. As you inform readers about energy saving opportunities in the coming months, I would like to make you aware of the role adsorption chillers could play in helping them achieve air conditioning and process cooling by recovering waste heat.{pagebreak} I represent Power Partners, Inc., which manufactures the ECO-MAX adsorption chiller and sells it in North and South America. ECO-MAX chillers can easily be integrated with tri-generation or CCHP. Adsorption chillers are driven by hot water rather than by large amounts of electricity like conventional air conditioners. This hot water may come from any number of industrial sources, including waste heat from industrial processes, prime heat from solar thermal installations or from the exhaust or water jacket heat of a piston engine or turbine. Organizations that could benefit from adsorption chillers include food and beverage processing; chemical, plastic, rubber, paper and cement manufacturing; hospitals; hotels; and school campuses. The heat extracted from the chilled water and the heat consumed from the hot water is directed into a cooling water system used to dissipate this

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San Diego - July 2009 - KIC announces the release of the e-Clipse, a solar cell thermocouple (TC) attachment fixture.The e-Clipse promises fast and convenient TC attachment, as well as repeatable profile readings. It features four spring loaded TCs within a lightweight fixture that also holds the solar wafer.{pagebreak}The TCs have disk-shaped beads, rather than the traditional spherical shaped beads. These flattened TCs offer a more reliable contact to the surface of the solar wafer, as well as a repeatable profile readings.To operate, the user simply slides any relevant solar wafer into the fixture and the TCs seat themselves automatically. Today's solar wafers can break easily because they are very thin and brittle. The e-Clipse allows for quick replacement of broken wafers. Four standard type K TC connectors plug into the profiler.TC attachment has been a long-standing challenge for the production of solar cells. Traditional TC attachment methods have suffered from inaccurate and non-repeatable readings. The e-Clipse addresses this challenge and helps manufacturers advance toward better thermal process control, resulting in higher solar cell efficiencies.Based in San Diego, KIC is the industry leader in automated thermal management tools and systems. The company pioneered the development of oven profilers and

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In this illuminating despatch from the front line of the solar energy sector, Dr. Petri Konttinen, renewable energy expert for Luvata, argues that while President Obama's green stimulus measures are indeed a step in the right direction, there is still some way to go.President Obama's plans for a green stimulus in the US have thus far focused on energy effciency, an area in which the US has until now lagged behind the rest of the developed world.{pagebreak}America has enjoyed the benefts of low cost energy for a very long time, thanks inpart to favorable trade agreements with nearby neighbors Canada and Mexico, and so in energy terms it has never been forced to look seriously to the future. Only now as we compare the oil reserves of our neighbors with those in the Middle East, is it starting to register that oil won't last forever.The President's proposals include a $16bn spend on energy effciency measures including weatherization for homes, $11bn on upgrading electricity transmission grids, $4.5 billion for the refurbishment of federal buildings, and $9bn on making improvements to the Amtrak rail system and building new high-speed railways to link cities.These are all positive steps, but they can all be

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Freiberg/Neckar, 15 July, 2009 - teamtechnik has selected Hamburg for the debut of its TT 1200 stringer, one of the world's fastest stringers for the production of high-quality solar cell strings. teamtechnik will be hosting live production displays at their exhibition stand.Being an international company, teamtechnik has specialized on high-throughput stringer machines for the global photovoltaic industry. These high-performance production tools are designed to combine reliable large-scale series production with unexcelled levels of string quality.{pagebreak}The standard stringers TT 900 and TT 1200 operate at respective rates of 900 and 1200 cycles per hour. The two units are the offspring of a singular modular construction system. Thus two TT 1200 stringers will operate at 2400 cycles per hour in a 50 MW system.teamtechnik will be hosting a live production display at its exhibition stand in Hamburg. The TT 1200 stringer will be applying its laser-based technology to solder high-quality solar cell strings every other hour, starting at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. A moderator will be describing the individual process steps and presenting the concepts main features.All TT stringers feature contactless, controlled soldering technology. teamtechnik specializes in soldering techniques that rely on infrared light or laser.

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DEK Solar continues its commitment to illuminating the solar energy sector following the announcement that Robin Bancroft has joined its team. Newly appointed as Alternative Energies Business Development Manager for Western Europe, Robin's extensive experience will reinforce DEK's proven photovoltaic expertise as it meets the fast-growing demand for its services in this region.{pagebreak}Robin joins DEK on the back of a highly successful career to date selling capital equipment to the electronics industry, where he most recently worked as the European Agent for Baccini's solar and thick film products. As such, DEK Solar's new recruit brings considerable knowledge and experience to the post, an impressive skills set that will benefit the solar specialist's customers in Western Europe and beyond.Commenting on the new appointment, DEK's Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, explains: "I'm delighted to welcome Robin to the team and am confident that his experience in the solar energy sector will prove invaluable at DEK. With the advance of progressive process technologies such as print-on-print for example, customers around the world are realising the importance of printing with both accuracy and repeatability. Here at DEK, our PV1200 and PV3000 solar metallization solutions are the enabling platforms manufacturers need to achieve this

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Biel, 16 July 2009. The Swiss manufacturer of solar inverters, Sputnik Engineering AG, is launching a new central inverter in October. The device with the name SolarMax 330C-SV (SV stands for special voltage) has a rated capacity of 330 kilowatts and works in the MPP range between 450 and 800 volts. As many as three SolarMax 330C-SVs can be combined in one megawatt station which can then be directly fed into the medium-voltage grid.{pagebreak} With the service package MaxControl plant operators can extend their standard warranty agreement and be sure that Sputnik will immediately recognize and fix plant failures for 20 years. The megawatt station will be unveiled for the first time at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition EU PV SEC which will take place in Hamburg at the end of September. In the new central inverter SolarMax 330C-SV Sputnik has eliminated the transformer. This technology has already proven itself in all of the Swiss manufacturer's string inverters and in the new SolarMax S series of central inverters. Michael Ernst, the head of central inverter development at Sputnik, explains, "Transformerless engineering has enabled us to reduce the device's size and weight by more than half and to cut

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Rehm Thermal Systems recently announced the launch of an advanced new series of drying systems for solar cell metallization. The RDS 2100 and RDS 3000 offer a variety of advanced process features and thermal control that enable PV manufacturers to move their processes to an entirely new level of efficiency and yield. {pagebreak}The drying process consists of a combination of either five or seven IR zones and one central convection zone. This design combination offers temperature profiling that can be adjusted for both precision and flexibility. These horizontal throughput systems guarantee a safe transport through the oven either via mesh belt or with pin chain up to 3 lanes. In the mesh belt systems, the conveyor of the heating zone can be separated from that of the cooling zone. Consequently, no latent heat is carried into the cooling area which offers a higher cooling gradient and a shorter oven. And at belt speeds up to 6m/minute, the RDS Series provides high throughputs of up to 5700 wph. The new systems are also available with Rehm's Condensate Residue Management System, a process that controls the buildup of unwanted paste solvent and vehicle residue in the process chamber and

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DEK Solar has confirmed plans to showcase its latest breakthrough photovoltaic metallization solutions at the 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition. Being held from September 21st - 25th in Hamburg, Germany, show highlights will include DEK's recently launched PV3000 high throughput metallization platform, along with its pioneering print-on-print capabilities.{pagebreak}Being demonstrated live on EU PVSEC Stand B5/73, DEK's PV3000 screen printing platform is a very high throughput complete metallization solution. Deploying multiple print heads operating in parallel, the display will show visitors how, if one head halts for operator attention, the others will continue to print - virtually eliminating downtime. Delivering six-sigma repeatability for capability in advance of current solar cell requirements, the platform's inherent accuracy and repeatability is ideal for demanding technologies such as selective emitter and progressive techniques such as print-on-print. Indeed, with these processes fast-becoming industry standard, the PV3000 achieves print-on-print capability (PoP) - +/- 12.5 microns at 2 Cpk.Visitors to Stand B5/73 will also be able to find out more about the company's ability to provide solutions for print-on-print to substantially extend productivity and end-of-line yield. Ideal for solar manufacturers looking to enhance cell efficiency and drive down cost-per-watt, print-on-print is designed to give finer

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THE COMPANIES which make up Trelleborg Offshore, the global leader in polymer and syntactic foam-based products for demanding offshore environments, have been renamed to underline the manufacturing, marketing and product synergies within the group worldwide.{pagebreak}The five principal companies will now be identified as Trelleborg Offshore followed by their geographical locations, replacing the well-known industry names of CRP, OCP, Emerson & Cuming and Viking, and bringing them under the banner of a consistent Trelleborg Offshore brand."The 'Trelleborg Offshore' name communicates a consistent identity to all our global clients," explains Trelleborg Offshore Group President, Alan Wilson. "It underlines the Group's extensive knowledge, expertise and project experience, and offers value to our customers wherever they are in the world."Trelleborg Offshore companies share a common commitment to innovation, pushing at the boundaries of material science while focusing on sound project delivery. Customers also benefit from wider access to advanced polymer research and application development within the global TrelleborgGroup, providing a rich resource of experience from diverse industries worldwide.The companies will be identified as follows:Trelleborg CRP Ltd. - Trelleborg Offshore UK Ltd.Trelleborg CRP Inc. - Trelleborg Offshore US Inc.Trelleborg OCP Ltd. - Trelleborg Offshore Barrow-in-Furness Ltd.Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming Inc. - Trelleborg Offshore Boston, Inc.Trelleborg Viking AS. - Trelleborg Offshore Norway AS.The Trelleborg Offshore group was formed following the acquisition of the CRP Group in 2006 and the

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Inter-Solar 2009. San Francisco, July 14-16 Hall 1. Stand 9753· The Spanish company will be one of the main players at the North American Inter-Solar fair to be held from 14 to 16 July in San Francisco (California). With a sales office already up and running in San Francisco, MECASOLAR plans to have a production plant at full capacity in the first quarter of 2010 in this American state.{pagebreak}· At the Inter-Solar fair in USA, MECASOLAR will present to the American market its three product ranges that meet the needs of ground photovoltaic installations: 2-Axis Solar Trackers, and the recent developments, 1-Axis Seasonal Azimuth Tracker and Fixed Structures.· The 2-axis tracker increases production with regard to the fixed structures by 35%.· 1-Axis Seasonal Azimuth Tracker from MECASOLAR increases production by 5% compared to similar traditional trackers, and by 28% compared to Fixed Structures.· In terms of the new Fixed Structures, they are distinguished by their robustness and flexibility, adapting to the topography of the land.July 7, 2009. - The company

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