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SoLayTec today announced the continuing positive trend of incoming orders.Four new solar customers around the globe have ordered the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) equipment from SoLayTec. One of these customer is from Taiwan, and a mayor a step to open further opportunities for SoLayTec in this market. These shipments are scheduled to start within this quarter."After several years of having InPassion ALD systems in mass production at multiple customers in China and Japan, SoLayTec is delighted to announce that in the last couple of weeks 3 orders were received", according Roger Görtzen, co-founder of SoLayTec and manager marketing and sales."These machines will be used for production of high efficient solar cell concepts, like p-type PERC, n-type IBC and bi- facial cells. In the past SoLayTec announced that spatial ALD results in a higher efficiency of about 0,2% for multi and mono PERC cells compared to PECVD AlOx. At one leading PV solar cell manufacturer we have measured for ALD Al2O3 a surface recombination velocity between 1- 5cm/sec compared to ≥ 30cm/sec on similar material for PECVD AlOx . This data confirms that the passivation quality of ALD Al2O3 is factor ≥ 6 higher compared to PECVD AlOx. Recently, the c-Si

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On-Site Utility Solutions to be provided through TEDOM dealer networkEuroSite Power Inc., (OTCQX: EUSP) an On-Site Utility solutions provider, offering clean electricity, heat, hot water and cooling solutions to healthcare, hospitality, housing and leisure centers in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe, has signed a collaboration agreement with Czech CHP manufacturer TEDOM, to promote EuroSite Power's On-Site Utility solutions through more than thirty TEDOM dealers across the EU and Turkey.With more than 3,500 CHP (Combined Heat and Power) units sold and 25 years' experience, TEDOM is one of the world's leading CHP manufacturers.The agreement will allow the dealers to offer an On-Site Utility solution to their customers as an alternative to buying a CHP system outright. EuroSite Power's On-Site Utility solutions ensure customers are able to enjoy the guaranteed benefits of CHP technology, with zero capital investment, operational or maintenance costs.As an alternative to the sale of a CHP to the customer, EuroSite Power finances, installs and maintains the system onsite, retaining ownership of the equipment under a long-term agreement. Once the system is installed and commissioned at the customer's property, EuroSite Power then sells the energy produced by the system to the customer at a rate guaranteed

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The recently revised TR6 Technical Guideline of the German Public Association of the Renewable Energy Sector (Fördergesellschaft Windenergie (FGW)) is designed to ensure the provision of reliable yield forecasts. Wind reports based on the Guideline play a critical role for producing reliable estimates of the profitability of a wind-farm project. In the past, turbines have often been shown to deliver lower energy levels than their reported estimates. The ninth revision of TR 6 now specifies methods that will help to produce realistic forecasts of actual on-site wind conditions.Wind speed and direction at the proposed site of a wind farm are critical factors in determining whether wind farm operation will be cost-effective over the long term. Previous practice has shown that measurements and evaluations of wind and weather data may be over-optimistic, favouring the stakeholders' own interests. At least two wind reports issued by third-party organisations are therefore necessary to convince banks and investors of the profitability of a wind-farm project in order to secure financing.Independent accredited assessors are therefore commissioned to verify the yield forecast of a planned project. As these forecasts are always based on varying project-specific facts, figures and data, their evaluation involves some key questions: What

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When wind farms change owners, detailed expertise is in high demand; these projects may involve specific risks that - although not immediately apparent - may result in higher costs, lower energy production than predicted, or liability issues that affect returns on investment and cash flow. It is therefore vital to identify potential risks in advance and minimise them or factor them in appropriately.Issues that count in practice.In recent years, the establishment and expansion of renewable power generation capacities in the onshore wind energy sector has increasingly moved into the focus of many investors, including municipal utility companies.Comprehensive due diligence is a cornerstone of acquisition ventures, enabling potential risks to be identified and appropriately considered - an essential step given that unidentified risks can endanger profitability and thus the success of the project.When existing wind farms are sold or discussed as investments, the same questions often recur. How much energy does the wind farm actually produce? What is the availability of the turbines? Thorough review of the service data and reports are imperative in assessing the performance 
of an existing wind farm. By following this approach, shortcomings in operational management or errors in turbine control that reduce energy yield can be

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The "Global Alliance for Solar Energy Research Institutes (GA-SERI)" convened a worldwide gathering of experts from Germany, Japan, the USA and beyond to discuss the future of photovoltaics (PV). With annual global PV installations reaching 60 GW in 2015, approaching global production capacity, 50 participants gathered in Freiburg Germany for the initial "GA-SERI Terawatt Workshop" which was supported by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).Representatives from research institutes, industry and funding and financial organizations discussed the contributions of photovoltaics to energy security, prosperity and climate change mitigation and announced the transition to a new stage that will carry PV to the terawatt scale.In view of drastically reduced PV costs, cumulative global installations in excess of 3 TW are anticipated by 2030, continuing current R&D and investment paths. PV cost projections make this technology increasingly attractive for low cost domestic electricity supply. To provide a major contribution to global climate goals, total installations on the order of 20 TW will be needed by 2040. This will require continued investment in worldwide R&D to reduce production costs, increase efficiency and improve reliability.An increasingly flexible electricity grid, increased availability of low-cost energy storage and demand side management will also play key roles in enabling

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