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The high-performance production solution for Laser Contact Opening (LCO) of PERC solar cells achieves an outstanding throughput of 8,000 wafers per hour Chemnitz, Germany, April 17, 2017--3D-Micromac AG, the industry leader in laser micromachining and roll-to-roll laser systems for the photovoltaic, medical device and electronics markets, is presenting its highly productive microCELL systems for laser processing of crystalline solar cells at the SNEC 2017 International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition, to be held April 17-21 in Shanghai, China. In addition to showcasing the microCELL TLS, a production solution for half-cell cutting with Thermal Laser Separation (TLS), 3D-Micromac will introduce its second-generation microCELL OTF system for Laser Contact Opening (LCO) of high-efficiency Passivated Emitter Rear Contact (PERC) solar cells. The industry-proven microCELL OTF systems produce a selective opening on backside-passivated multi- and monocrystalline solar cells to allow more light to be absorbed by the solar cell. The newly introduced second-generation system provides outstanding productivity with a throughput of more than 8,000 wafers per hour--double the throughput of the previous-generation microCELL OTF system and well above that of competing solutions. This is facilitated by dual-lane wafer handling and on-the-fly laser processing. The new tool generation meets customers' requirements for inline integration into two- or three-line

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DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, and INDEOtec, a highly innovative thin film deposition equipment manufacturer based in Switzerland, have signed an agreement to expand their partnership in China and Taiwan. Zurich, April 19, 2017 – DKSH Business Unit Technology, a leading Market Expansion Services provider for technology companies, has signed an agreement with INDEOtec to provide full services from market research and analysis, marketing and sales, distribution and logistics as well as after-sales services for its OCTOPUS product portfolio in China and Taiwan. The OCTOPUS product portfolio is dedicated to the application markets of high-efficiency photovoltaics (PV) cells and OLED display deposition. OCTOPUS III, which is optimized for the heterojunction cell technology and due to be introduced in mid-2017, has particularly triggered high attention in the PV industry in Asia. “DKSH has a strong legacy and competence of representing high-end technology companies in the Asian market. Their dedicated specialists have a sound knowledge base in the thin-film technology and the relevant application industries, which is beneficial for the customer base of INDEOtec,” said Frank Juergens, Director Sales & Marketing, INDEOtec. Hanno Elbraechter, Head Business Unit Technology, DKSH, added: “We are pleased to work with INDEOtec. Through our

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SNEC 2017: High-performance Kubus stringer with ten-percent improvement in performance / M10 Industries AG surpasses its own best record through optimized handling With its Kubus tabber-stringer, M10 Industries AG from Freiburg, Germany, has once again achieved a new performance record in the industrial soldering of crystalline solar cells and has set a new standard. With 5,500 cells per hour and unique plant availability (uptime) of 98 percent, Kubus is the only tabber-stringer to achieve an annual capacity of 190 megawatts. This results in a further reduction in production costs for photovoltaic modules. In a 3D simulation, the improved soldering machine will be presented at SNEC 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for photovoltaics in Shanghai from April 19-21 (hall E3, booth 650). Cost-efficient production of PV modules The high-performance Kubus stringer underlines how superior the simultaneous soldering of up to six cells is: “Anyone can now see that we chose the right system: the increase in output is a logical development step for us”, emphasizes co-founder and CEO Gregor Reddemann. Kubus is the only stringer in the world that can connect six adjacent cells with one another in a single soldering process. As a result of uninterrupted production and the consistent decoupling of

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Kahl am Main, April 11, 2017– SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES provides complete inline automated dry-in/dry-out solutions for wet treatment of Si-wafers in standard, high-efficiency cell lines. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is introducing LINEX, the new inline wet process equipment for cleaning, alkaline & acidic etching, single side treatment, polish etch & PSG removal and inline ozone applications. This new LINEX wet processing technology will be presented at SNEC 2017 in Shanghai, China from April 19 – 21, 2017. The new LINEX system is an inline wet processing platform for horizontal substrate transport of solar wafers. The SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES LINEX combines an advanced transportation system and sustainable/innovative processing modules with proven and efficient chemical treatment. In addition to proven processes, the focus is on new applications such as polish etching, emitter etching and ozone-based treatments. The highly integrated design, high throughput, high availability and low breakage rate make LINEX very attractive for solar cell manufacturers worldwide. The modular design offers inline systems for R&D purposes as well as mass production systems with fully integrated 5 lane or 10 lane concepts for capacities of 4000 wph and 8000 wph. The LINEX inline system provides a wide range of process options. With respect to the highest flexibility in configuration,

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Václavice wind project confirms expansion strategy Hamburg/Prague: Senvion, a leading manufacturer of wind turbines worldwide, has signed its first contract with EEH s.r.o for the delivery of eleven Senvion MM100 and two Senvion MM92 for the Václavice wind farm. The wind farm is located in Hrádek nad Nisou in the Okres Liberec region and will, with a total rated power of 26 megawatts (MW), generate sufficient power to supply over 17,000 households each year. Senvion has also concluded a maintenance agreement with EEH for the project, with a duration of 15 years. The first turbines for the Václavice wind farm are to be delivered in June 2017; they are scheduled to be commissioned in October 2017. This order confirms the expansion strategy of Senvion that was recently announced to investors in London. Jürgen Geissinger, CEO at Senvion, says: "We are very happy to have concluded this turbine contract in the Czech Republic and to have gained a new customer with EEH. The turbines are perfectly suited for the site's conditions. With our service range, we can ensure that the wind farm can contribute to developing wind energy in the region. We are looking forward to working together with EEH as part of

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Starting in April 2017, Solutronic Energy is offering comprehensive photovoltaic solutions in Cyprus. The products range from solar modules and inverters to battery storage systems. With the help of numerous partnerships with, for example, Solutronic Energy Germany, Solar-Log™, RES Renewable Energy Systems, Ifrisol and Sacred Sun, they will provide customized packages for each customer. When it involves PV plant monitoring, self-consumption optimization, feed-in management and the heart of efficient and error-free PV plant operations, Solutronic counts on Solar-Log™. This provides Cyprus a first class solution when it comes to energy management. Solar-Log™ is one of the leading inverter-independent energy management systems and, together with the WEB portal, is SDS' core business. In addition to professional PV plant monitoring and the optimal feed-in management of PV energy into the power grid, the Solar-Log™ can also intelligently manage and prioritize one's own energy consumption. This allows various electrical appliances such as heat pumps, battery storage systems, heating rods and combined heat and power (CHP) plants to be flexibly managed, switched on or off and visualized, together or individually. Solar-Log™ is compatible with over 1,700 inverter models from 100 different manufacturers and with more than 100 component manufacturers. "The cooperation with SDS allows us to offer

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* DNV GL advises respected lenders, including Santander, on their £210 million investment in a new 151 MW onshore wind portfolio. * The three projects in the portfolio were among the first to secure debt financing, out of 15 onshore wind projects selected in the round one auctions of the UK government’s Contract for Difference (CfD). * DNV GL provided independent evaluation of the portfolio to apprise technical risks and advise on measures for safe and profitable construction, as well as operation of the assets. London, UK – 11 April 2017, DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has advised renowned lenders, including Santander, on their £210 million project finance investment for the construction of three new onshore wind farms by Banks Renewables, the first of which is expected to start generating electricity by early 2018. The 151 MW three wind project portfolio, Kype Muir and Middle Muir in Scotland, and Moor House in England, were among 15 projects that had successfully secured Contract for Difference (CfD) during the first round of the UK government auction initiative in 2015. The lenders’ technical due diligence and advisory services provide an independent evaluation of a project's technical risks, particularly those uniquely

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Zeversolar, an inverter manufacturer from China and part of SMA since 2013, and Manitu Solar of Hungary, Budapest announced today that they have committed to a long-term partnership in the Hungarian PV market. As a first step, the companies have entered a distribution agreement for Zeversolar’s inverter portfolio, enabling Manitu Solar to sell Zeversolar’s most recent high-quality inverters in Hungary. The cooperation is due to get underway in the spring of 2017 with the Zeverlution S series, which has already been approved by Hungarian grid operators and is ready for connection, and soon also the Evershine TLC series, currently awaiting approval. “After receiving a positive assessment and approval from the grid operators, we are now proud to offer our inverters on the Hungarian market via our partner Manitu Solar. This means that installers and EPC providers in Hungary now have access to high-quality inverters that meet all aspects of European safety standards and EMC standards, giving end users long-term security and peace of mind,” said Andreas König, Sales Director Europe at Zeversolar. The single phase Zeverlution S inverter and the soon to be approved three phase Evershine TLC ranging from 4 kW to 10 kW offer integrated monitoring via the ZeverCloud portal,

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Harald Hohlen, Senior Wind Measurement Specialist at ROMO Wind, caught up with PES to talk to us about the improvements in the iSpin technology and the Performance Transparency Project, which will provide data to the whole of the wind industry. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers, would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the wind industry? Harald Hohlen: Thank you for this opportunity. ROMO Wind is a service provider with the focus on performance transparency and improvement. Our services are built around the unique iSpin spinner anemometer technology, which measures key performance. This is where the wind flow is predictable and can be reliably corrected by the spinner. Our initial services were based around the detection and correction of yaw misalignment. Now more and more, the iSpin system is being used as a precise and accurate measurement tool, for evaluating site conditions and turbine performance behaviour. PES: We have been hearing about your Performance Transparency Project, can you tell us what this is? HH: The Performance Transparency Project which we call PTP aims to demonstrate the ability of

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Proper and effective operation and maintenance (O&M) management of wind energy is crucial to the energy yield of the wind farm. Lowering the cost of O&M is becoming more of a challenge and at the same time, a necessity for the modern and competitive wind energy market. Daniel Perkowski, CEO at Wind Audit sp. z o.o., Szczecin, Poland shares his ideas with PES on how to achieve this. A wind turbine, as any complex high-tech device, should be adequately maintained in order to do its work safely and with maximum efficiency. Some good practices in maintenance management can reduce the overall cost of the O&M, meaning less lost energy production and to ensure that a wind power plant is in tip top technical condition. Regular preventive maintenance The regular service of wind turbines is the primary preventive thing to do. It is performed once or twice a year, depending on the manufacturer and type of wind power generator. During preventive maintenance services, there are things done, in accordance with maintenance service checklist. These include: hydraulic filters replacement, pressure measurement, battery exchange, electrical measurement and so on. As a result, the wind turbine is maintained at an appropriate level, which may or not be

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