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Testing PV cells WACOM is a light source and lighting device specialist and one of the world's leading solar simulator manufacturers.WACOM's Lighting Device Division has provided Solar Simulator and I-V Measurement Systems for more than 20 years to almost all Japan's PV makers as well as many of the main PV research institutions in Europe. The company has developed cutting-edge technology by responding to these high-profile customers' requirements. WACOM has also been awarded ISO9001 Certificate Registration.{pagebreak}The Solar Simulator radiates artificial light that is similar to sunshine. Applying this artificial light to PV cells and other samples, means the solar cells can be easily evaluated and measured. The WACOM system uses an air cooling xenon lamp as a light source, which radiates light that is very similar to sunlight by using a special optical filter, meaning the light is uniform. This device is highly reliable with a 20-year performance.WACOM has a wide range of products from small to large irradiation, from PV cell applications to PV modules, including Continuous Light Solar Simulator for PV cells from 50mm x 50mm to 450mm x 450mm and Long Pulse (80-800msec) Solar Simulator for PV modules up to 1.6m x 1.2m irradiation area.

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A 'Total Fab Solution' for Thin Film Solar Modules End-to-End (E2E) Fab Solutions for Thin Film Silicon Solar Modules are the latest of Oerlikon Solar's offerings to the solar market. This package - which has been specifically tailored to customers with a turn-key requirement - has generated a lot of interest.{pagebreak}Business growth at Oerlikon Solar continues to exceed all expectations. Founded in 2005, the company has already booked major orders from well-known manufacturers like CSG, SCHOTT Solar, ErSol Thin Film and API. The total production volume of these orders to date exceeds 200 MWp and the new capability to offer tailored E2E mass production solutions for thin film silicon solar modules will add even more potential.The rapid expansion at Oerlikon Solar reflects the excitement over the potential of this new technology in the global renewable energy market, and adds to the wave of new generation solar plants coming online.

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When Size MattersHarry Kyogoku, Zephyr CorporationWhen it comes to creating renewable energy, the Zephyr Corporation has learnt that size is now more important than ever before. Founded in 1997, the Japanese firm's success has soared with a continued growth in sales of their Micro Wind Generators and Airdolphin models. With the European market top of their agenda, the corporation's success shows no signs of slowing down, however, Harry Kyogoku explains why they are interested in selling a little closer to home.{pagebreak}At Zephyr, our aim is to encourage growth within the domestic market and this is looking more and more likely. The private sector accounts for 40% of total sales of Zephyr in Japan, with their attentions steered firmly toward the environment. The public sector, including government and municipalities make up a further 20%, as do schools, and the remaining 20% is bought by customised applications such as: mountain lodges, remote surveillance monitors and emergency use. Despite having been established for more than 20 years, the small wind generator (SWG) market is still to get off the ground on a global basis. However, as the recent entry of powerful new products in progress in Europe, USA and Japan has shown, the

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