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With operations in over 40 countries, and a portfolio of products and services spanning numerous industries, Air Products Strategic Marketing Planning and New Business Development Director Andy Tuan speaks to PES about bringing 70 years of innovation to the worldwide PV market.PES: Welcome back to PES. When we last spoke, you were optimistic about the solar PV industry in 2010. How did the year shape-up for you, and do you still feel the same optimism for 2011?Andy Tuan: 2010 was a good year. The industry saw 100 per cent plus growth and we were pleased to keep up with the growth. With the recession impacts dwindling, we anticipate 2011 will be good and more inline with historical trend line growth. A lot of capacity expansions that were announced in 2010 are now under way in 2011, so we expect positive year-on-year growth, the magnitude is highly dependent on how all the incentives are adjusted throughout the year.PES: The company famously evolved in pace with the semiconductor industry - do you find that you are evolving your products and services to meet the needs of PV?AT: From semiconductors to LCD (liquid crystal display) to PV, our understanding of film properties

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A flexible, ocean-going carrier with a well-earned reputation in the wind industry, BBC Chartering operates more than 120 multipurpose vessels from a global administrative coverage of 24 local offices. The company is equipped to serve even the smallest of ports - perfect for the remote locations where wind turbines are employed - and as the largest turbine carrier in the world, it continues to offer a superior level of commitment to the sector. In this issue of PES, we catch-up once again with Jens Meilvang, Executive Chartering Officer Division Windpower.PES: Welcome back to PES magazine. How has business been since we last caught-up with you? And have there been any major company developments that you'd like to share with us?Jens Meilvang: Both South and North America remain strong markets for us and Europe is still solid. In all, there are no big changes to report, although the Far East is difficult. We have the market very well covered, but it is in that particular region that we face challenges. There is volume over there, but the freight levels in terms of competition are very strong. However, because BBC has so many satellite offices in the Far East, we are able

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The promise of clean, unlimited wind energy presents many technical challenges for the components in the turbine nacelle. Reliability, remote monitoring, and ease of component maintenance are all critical concerns for manufacturers and operators of wind-energy-generating turbines. Nevertheless, Pall helps its wind power customers stay one step ahead through a range of innovative solutions. PES speaks to the company's Daniel Alessandri.PES: Welcome back to PES magazine, how has the company been performing since we last spoke?Daniel Alessandri: It's been exciting at Pall since we last spoke. Pall's execution of its strategic growth plans continues to yield positive results. Sales for the first half of our fiscal year 2011 increased 14 per cent (in local currency). Sales are strong across markets, industries and geographic regions.PES: And is the US market in particular still buoyant for you? DA: The western hemisphere represents about one-third of Pall total sales, with the US a very large part of it. Sales have been very strong in the western hemisphere across markets as the economy continues to recover. For power generation, and the wind energy sector in particular, the US is definitely still buoyant.Of course the wind industry is still feeling the effect of the capital

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Having enlisted in the Air Force in 1981, Mark Goldstone finally retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 2005 after a 24-year career. He quickly found employment in the wind industry, where he quickly discovered the similarities between his former service and his new career. Goldstone has never looked back, and now manages wind farm construction.Need for talent within the wind industryAmerica's wind power industry grew by 15 per cent in 2010 and provided 26 per cent of all new electric generating capacity in the United States, according to a report recently released by the American Wind Energy Association.With the 1603 cash grant in lieu of tax credit extended to include all projects started in 2011, the industry remains poised for continued expansion. As the industry expands, so does the need for a supply of talented labor. However, due to the rapid growth of the industry, combined with its relatively young age, industry-experienced talent can be difficult to find.Translating skills from the military to the wind industryThe US military represents perhaps the richest source for new wind talent, with over 180,000 veterans transitioning from service each year. "Regardless of the position they held in the military, veterans have several things

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Many organisations can become disconnected in the way in which Energy and Sustainability is managed so that significant environmental and financial benefits can be lost. Here, Allen and York's Victoria Kenrick presents an in-depth look at the development of the Energy and Sustainability role within North American wind energy organisations.Sustainability has become a mantra for the 21st century. It embodies the promise of societal and business evolution towards a more equitable and wealthy world in which the natural environment and our cultural and corporate achievements are aligned. Within a business context, sustainability can accordingly be defined as meeting the needs of a firm's direct and indirect stakeholders, without compromising its ability to meet the needs of future stakeholders as well. Putting sustainability at the forefront of business has for many US-based companies created a positive brand association and increased consumer interest, equating to financial buoyancy. Put simply, sustainability is good for business.It's also good for the planet. Global issues surrounding energy security, unstable fuel prices and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as sustainable procurement, the purchase of raw materials from sustainable sources, ethical trade and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has led to organisations across America and Canada increasingly making

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It was not so long ago that President Obama went to the World Trade Organization with a forthright complaint over the protectionist tactics of the Chinese renewables industry; a grievance which was subsequently vindicated. Great! we all thought. At last an administration is prepared to back our essential industry. But, hold on there - now it seems the House Appropriations Committee wants to cut clean energy funding by a staggering $900m, a sizable piece of the President's proposed spending on clean energy in 2011. So just what is going on here? PES lifts the lid on this complex and potentially-threatening situation

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As a marketer for Pall, Daniel Alessandri is used to asking questions of his suppliers, peers and colleagues. But answering them? In print? PES puts a selection of slightly more personal questions to one of the industry's most influential figures.PES: Welcome to PES magazine, can you firstly explain a little about your role, and how it relates to the wind industry? Daniel Alessandri: I oversee some of the marketing activities of the power generation division at Pall, a leader in filtration and separations in a wide variety of industries. I currently focus a lot on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I also lead a couple of global strategic initiatives, one of which is to increase our activity in the wind energy segment.PES: How did you first become involved in the industry (what's your career background)? DA: I joined Pall in 1994 after engineering studies in France and Connecticut and service in the French air force. I always had a passion for energy and turbo machines, airplanes, turbines, rockets and the like. At the age of eight I would line up paper airplanes on the kitchen table and modify wing profiles in sequence to see which affected gliding the most.And

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The late economist E F Schumacher (1911- 1977) became something of a hero to the early environmental and ecological movements, not least because of his oft-quoted maxim: small is beautiful. But if that was true back in the 1970s it is nevertheless a rule which is being ignored in the current wind generation industry. If small was beautiful back in those far-off days, it is now very much the case that B-I-G is the current watchword for the movers and shakers of the US wind business. But ‘big' does not come without a series of attendant logistical problems, especially in the area of transporting these behemoths around the highways and byways of the North American landmass. PES investigates . . .The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), was recently granted $270,000 in order to research, design and test structures and materials for composite wind turbines of up to 100m in height. These composite towers will stand as much as 65ft taller than the steel towers currently used. In fact let's not pussyfoot around here - they would be some of the largest composite structures ever built - so much for those Egyptian pyramids, then.According to Brian Rice, Division Head for

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An iconic American company that enjoys a near legendary reputation across the country and beyond, BNSF Railway delivers a effective transportation solution for the emerging wind energy industry. The company has the personnel, network, equipment and technology to make your wind shipment cost-effective and convenient, and provides a customized shipping solution for all your wind components: towers, blades, generators, hubs, nacelles and more. PES caught up with the company's Teresa Perkins.For us, the wind market is one of our key areas of operation - which is perhaps surprising, given the relative immaturity of the industry. Nevertheless, we doubled our wind business in 2010 (at a time when the overall market was down 60%) and we feel that 2011 is going to be better still.Dedicated teamWe can attribute last year's major growth to the formation of a dedicated wind team, which is now definitely driving our business forward. We created the team in 2009 both in response to the increased demand and to stimulate more business, and I have to say that it's worked. We've listened to our customers' needs, and taken on their opinions and feedback, and this has enabled us to fine-tune our offering. We've also got new sites,

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A recent decision by the Ontarian regional government in Canada has thrown the province's ambitious offshore wind plans into apparent meltdown. In an unforeseen move, the province's Liberal administration has cancelled offshore wind turbines over concerns about a lack of data, claiming there is insufficient information available about the technology's proven success capability. PES investigates a surprising and potentially far-reaching decision

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