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With over 15 years' experience in the field, Multi-Contact is a leading provider of dependable connector systems for photovoltaic installations. The company's pre-assembled connectors, cables, and junction boxes allow for quick and easy connection on-site, while the cable couplers are fully touch-protected and designed for high voltage and high current-carrying capacity. It's safe to say that there are few companies out there more qualified to give us the lowdown on the evolution of the technology

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Prior to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, many of Europe's Member States were moving towards a new nuclear age - at the expense of PV and other renewable energies. But now? Well, we're in a state of flux, and Lee Summers, Director of EOS Energy - the UK's fastest-growing solar installer, believes that it's time to finally pull the plug.The reasons are as diverse as the residents of Europe. They range from the irrational fear of another Chernobyl disaster to the heavy reliance on government subsidy that the build and maintenance of new nuclear plant requires. It is this complexity which makes the nuclear debate so intriguing.If we look around the Member States we see a wide variety of public and political opinion and legislation on the subject.In Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi had hoped to restart a nuclear building programme that had been abandoned in the 1980s. A referendum on the subject attracted a turnout of 57per cent and of that number 94per cent of voters opposed the nuclear policy.Germany and (non-EU member) Switzerland have already announced that they will phase out nuclear over the next two decades. Angela Merkel was quoted recently as saying "The Japanese disaster is a turning

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In the last issue of PES we met Adrian Pike, CEO of newly-launched company Anesco, which has rapidly become one of the leading players within the solar sector - backed by a £6 million investment, the firm has already managed some of the largest solar schemes in the UK. In part two of this dispatch from the front line of renewables entrepreneurism, Adrian explains what the future holds for the pioneering new company

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For five days in September, the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) will bring together experts from science and industry for the biggest PV event of 2011.For many years now, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition has combined a renowned international scientific conference with a leading PV industry exhibition and trade fair. Every year, over five days of conference and four days of fair, new products and technical innovations from all areas of photovoltaics and from all over the world are on show.The 26th EU PVSEC highlights progress in research, technological development and production processes, bringing together all key specialists of the industry to make it the most informative platform for the global PV Solar sector.The conference will take place from 5th to 9th September 2011 at the CCH - Congress Centre and International Fair Hamburg in Germany. It will be the most important international conference in the field of photovoltaics this year.Following the review of the 1,728 abstracts applying for presentation, the International Scientific Committee, made up of 185 leading experts from the global PV community, has composed the programme of this world's largest photovoltaic solar energy conference, and will host over 1,500

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From a major operation in Europe to success in China; DEK Solar - as a world leading provider of screen printing equipment - play a crucial role in the PV supply chain. PES speaks to Alternative Energy Business Manager Darren Brown.PES: Welcome back to the magazine, what's your on-the-ground assessment of the state of the industry in 2011? Has business been good for you so far?Darren Brown: 2011 started off as a record year with bookings well up for Q1, however we, like all equipment manufacturers experienced a definite slow down through Q2, and Q3 looks to be similar. Encouragingly, we are seeing signs of a pickup in Q4.PES: What kind of obstacles stand in your way to further growth? And what steps are you taking to address these?DB: The main obstacle at the moment is the current uncertainty in the marketplace with reductions of FIT's across Europe. This has led to the reduction in demand for panels, which in turn has revealed a glut in the supply chain.PES: When we last spoke, you were talking about the advances that Print on Print technology has facilitated. What has been the reaction from cell manufacturers?DB: We are seeing that many manufacturers

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Germany-based Dr. Schenk GmbH are a leading solutions provider for the PV industry, improving material quality and efficiency and reducing waste through their inspection and measurement systems. PES speaks to Managing Director Michael Dobler.PES: Welcome to PES magazine, can you firstly explain a little about your role, and how it relates to the PV industry?Michael Dobler: I'm the Managing Director of Schenk, and in my role I'm responsible for the development and sales strategies within the company.Our company, Schenk, is well-known in the PV sector. We recognised this as an important market years ago and invested in systems that detect local defects and measure overall material properties for quality and process control at every step in the production line.PES: And can you tell us a little about your company, and the solutions you provide?MD: The company was founded in 1985 in Germany. Today, we have over 200 employees worldwide with subsidiaries in the US, China, Korea, and Taiwan. We also have local representatives in many other countries.Schenk provide high-speed local defect and overall material property inspection solutions for a variety of applications, including PV which is a very important market for us. We currently have more than 12,000 installed solutions

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Andy Green has worked for Emerson Control Techniques for 25 years, holding various positions including those of Systems Sales Director and General Manager. For the past three years, in the position of Industry Development Manager - Solar Inverters, he has channelled his knowledge of grid tie inverter applications in support of Emerson's goal of becoming a leading player in the central inverter market.PES: Welcome back to PES. When the company last appeared in the magazine you told us about your transformerless central inverter system for utility-scale photovoltaic power plants. Can you tell us a little more about how this and about how sales are progressing?AG: Our SPV inverter systems offer a range of transformerless central inverters which been extremely well received in the market. Each inverter is constructed from multiple standard 175kW power modules which are mass produced and derived from modules used in industrial motor control applications This approach has given us a very robust and reliable inverter solution.For more information on Emerson's SPV inverter system, see panelPES: You also say that the inverter solutions ‘enable investors to exceed their return on investment expectations through high-yield inverter systems'. Can you tell us a little about how they can achieve

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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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