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August 19, 2017, Berlin, Germany: Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) announced Thursday that it had successfully come to an arrangement that would see SolarWorld Industries emerge from insolvency and ensure the continuation of solar manufacturing in Germany. Headquartered in Germany, SolarWorld Industries is a fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing company that is well known throughout the solar industry for its high-quality products, cutting-edge technology and its focus on research and development.  Under the agreement, several hundred jobs will be saved at SolarWorld Industries’ German manufacturing plants and they will continue to develop their advanced proprietary technology to capitalize on the increasing global demand for solar. For QSTec, the new deal has many strategic advantages. “The opportunity to strengthen our relationship with SolarWorld Industries and continue the production of high quality solar technologies in Germany fully aligns with QSTec’s vision of being a world leading integrated solar company,” said QSTec’s Chairman and CEO, Dr Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri. “We have expanded QSTec’s global reach, increased our research opportunities and gained larger access to solar technologies and markets that will be of great benefit to QSTec and our partners. “QSTec has investments in polysilicon production, integrated module manufacturing and supply chain technologies that will allow

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• Creating the most from wind – discover the value of digitalization" the Siemens slogan on its booth at Husum Wind 2017 • Digitalization and engineering efficiency in focus • New wind converter portfolio, specifically for wind turbines up to ten megawatts Under the slogan "Creating the most from wind – discover the value of digitalization", digitalization and engineering efficiency are main themes of this year's Siemens presentation at Husum Wind. The digitalization focuses on the Simatic WinCC Open Architecture Scada System, the cloud-based MindSphere open IoT operating system, and industrial communication: for efficient storage and analysis of large quantities of data, from condition monitoring to the operational optimization of wind energy plants. The company is exhibiting a wide range of tools for engineering efficiency, for example: libraries for controlling a wide range of turbine types, simulation tools for creating prototypes and models, planning tools with extensive CAx data, and engineering tools for the efficient automation of wind turbines. The focus on engineering efficiency also includes a busway system for safe, efficient power transmission, compact, gas-insulated medium voltage switchgear, components and solutions for the pitch and yaw system, and a new series of compact wind converters, specifically for wind turbines up

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Incoming orders increased by 15% to CHF 308.5 million Order intake represents the highest volume in any half-year period since 2011 Net sales reached CHF 212.3 million EBITDA was CHF 6.9 million Redemption of CHF 130 million 5% straight bond led to contraction of balance sheet total, positively impacting equity ratio which reached 43.4% Organisational alignments within the Executive Board for CTO and COO positions Outlook 2017 confirmed with net sales of about CHF 440-460 million and EBITDA of about CHF 30-45 million for fiscal year 2017 Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) achieved strong incoming orders of CHF 308.5 million for the first half of 2017, representing an increase of 15% compared to the previous year (H1 2016 CHF 267.8 million). This reflects by far the highest volume in any half-year period since 2011 and confirms the trend that wafer, cell and module manufacturers are making new investments to upgrade their existing technologies and to increase their production capacities. It also underscores Meyer Burger’s strong market and technology position in the PV industry. Several technology trends seen in the market, such as the shift from slurry based to diamond wire based cutting, the move to upgrade cell production

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WILMINGTON, Del., August 15, 2017 – Chuck Xu, global business director, DuPont Photovoltaics Solutions and Advanced Materials, issued the following statement in response to Suniva’s Section 201 petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) requesting the imposition of tariffs on solar cells and the establishment of a minimum price for solar modules imported into the United States: “DuPont supports free and fair trade and a strong and sustainable solar industry that continues to create more skilled jobs.  In fact, the U.S. solar industry employs 260,000 Americans today. DuPont strongly opposes Suniva’s Section 201 petition requesting relief from crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules imported into the United States from around the world, including implementation of a tariff and price floor. If approved and implemented, this action and requested relief will double the price of imported CSPV modules and negatively impact the competitiveness and sustainability of the U.S. solar market causing an estimated loss of 88,000 US jobs. DuPont is an active member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and supports SEIA’s work to oppose the Section 201 petition. DuPont urges policy makers to resolve this matter without damaging the U.S. solar industry and the jobs it provides.” DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions

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Younicos-designed WEMAG battery park successfully “black starts” grid on first attempt Project partners for Europe’s first commercial battery plant to bring innovative black start concept to market maturity/Younicos software manages reliable re-establishment of power grid Berlin and Schwerin, August 14, 2017: In a first-of-its-kind trial, Europe’s first commercial battery power plant, in combination with a combined-cycle gas turbine, has successfully restored a previously disconnected power grid in the North German city of Schwerin. In the experiment, the reconstruction of the disconnected power grid in the state capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was successfully tested with the aid of a battery system paired with a gas and steam turbine (CCGT) plant. For the test, a microgrid was first established between the CCGT, three substations and the WEMAG battery power station, which was developed by the Berlin-based storage pioneer Younicos. After the power island was set up, the disconnected CCGT plant was successfully put into operation again by the battery storage system. During the multi-hour test, local electricity customers were not connected to this islanded power grid; their supply was ensured via other lines. “The WEMAG battery plant proved that it can restore the power grid after major disruption or blackout. To date, purely conventional power plant technology has been used for this purpose,” said WEMAG board member Caspar Baumgart. “This test is proof of the impressive

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Peikko Group’s Norwegian subsidiary Peikko Norge AS has received a substantial order to deliver rock foundation technology to Storheia Wind Park in Sør-Trøndelag area, Central Norway. Peikko will deliver all steel components for the 80 foundations of the wind park. The deliveries comprise FATBAR Rock Anchors, tower adapter plates, drilling templates and foundation reinforcement. Peikko is also responsible for the foundation design and structural calculations. Deliveries are scheduled to take place between March and October 2018. The wind park is estimated to be operational during 2019. Storheia Wind Park is a part of the Fosen Vind wind power project. Fosen Vind is Europe's largest land-based wind power project, consisting of six wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW. Peikko has already participated in the Fosen Vind project by delivering 71 rock foundations to Roan wind park. The developer and future owner of Storheia Wind Park is Fosen Vind DA, a joint venture between the Norwegian TrønderEnergi and Statkraft, and Nordic Wind Power DA, formed by an European investor consortium of Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and Swiss BKW AG. The project will be executed by Statkraft. Veidekke ASA is the main contractor of the civil work and infrastructure, and will

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Gearbox manufacturer Winergy has invested in a 2.8 megawatt load test bench in its Service Center in Rockhampton, Australia. This investment means that the facility now has Australia’s largest and most advanced test rig for wind power gearboxes. As a significant quality attribute a load test is essential for every wind turbine gearbox prior to installation. With the commissioning of a 2.8 MW full load test bench this is now also available at the Winergy Service Center in Rockhampton, Australia. “Quality is the priority for every product we supply. This test bench helps us to secure the reliability of our gearboxes. The result are minimized lifecycle costs for our customers”, said Winergy Vice President Service Detlef Eißing. From now on every gearbox that is serviced and refurbished in Rockhampton is subject to the Winergy test routine. With load tests the gearbox manufacturer completes its full original service and repair capability for Winergy products in Australia. The gearbox test rig will provide a much needed service capability for Winergy customers in the region and beyond. Opened in 2013, the 1,500 square meters Service Center in Rockhampton is the hub for Winergy’s service activities in the region of Australia. Winergy Original Service portfolio covers

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This year’s EU PVSEC in Amsterdam from 25-29 September 2017 will have again a research and industry connecting exhibition – and the entire space is already fully booked. We have included this business and research platform to offer attendants the opportunity to complement the scientific exchange at the conference with first-hand updates from leading PV equipment and material suppliers as well as from institutes at the exhibition. We are happy to have leading companies along the value chain that will show their latest products at our exhibition in Amsterdam: A solar cell can only be as good as the incoming wafer; whose quality in turn depends on ingots. Semilabfrom Hungary, for example, is offering a large variety of inspection tools for ingots, silicon blocs and semi processed wafers. The company’s products can perform several testing methods, including photoluminescence to inspect wafers for typical defects as well as lifetime values. Its wafer sorting devices can be used by wafer manufacturers for outcounting wafer inspection as well as cell manufacturing who want to test incoming as-cut wafers. Cell production starts with a wet-etching process and texturization is a key process for a solar cell’s performance. RENA Technologies from Germany, for example, has made tremendous progress

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- H1 revenues amount to EUR 830 million in line with guidance - Adjusted EBITDA EUR 62 million in H1, with a margin of 7.4% - H1 firm orders increased 70% year on year to EUR 940 million - Revenue guidance for 2017 adjusted to EUR1.9 - 1.95bn after financial close for 299 MW Chile contract was achieved - Underlying OPEX run rate down by 19% year on year Hamburg: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, posted revenues of EUR 830 million in the first half of 2017 with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 7.4%, backed by a strong performance in the service and offshore sector. The orders in the first six months totaled EUR 940 million, a 70 % increase on the same period in 2016. Orders came mostly from Germany, the UK, France and new markets such as Croatia and Serbia. The firm order intake also includes a EUR 307 million offshore order in Germany. With an order book of EUR 5.5 billion, the company sees a solid and stable order intake, including large international orders both in current and new markets. Senvion forecasts a strong order intake of EUR 2 billion for 2017. The success in the new markets is underpinned by

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Shanghai- August 10, 2017- Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, announced today that it has appealed against the Taiwanese Regional Intellectual Property Court decision released July 7th 2017. The decision stated that Giga Solar does not infringe Heraeus’ Taiwan Regional patent no. I432539. Heraeus still sees evidence to prove its position and disagrees with the court interpretation of the arguments exchanged during the court trial. Heraeus will exercise its right to appeal and seek to prove infringement by some of the sued Giga Solar pastes. During more than two years of legal proceedings, Heraeus’ strong patent position has been confirmed several times. In December 2015, the Chinese Patent Reexamination Board of the State Intellectual Property Office confirmed the validity of Heraeus ́Chinese patent no. 201010529562.7, which is technically related to Heraeus ́Taiwanese Regional patent-in-suit. In August 2016, the Taiwan Regional IP Court dismissed all invalidity arguments raised by Giga Solar in the patent infringement lawsuit and confirmed the validity of Heraeus’ Taiwanese Regional patent-in-suit. An antitrust complaint filed by Giga Solar against Heraeus in 2016 was also dismissed by the Taiwanese Regional Fair Trade Commission. Heraeus has full confidence in the strength of its intellectual

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