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Investment into Research and Development is important for many global operators within the wind energy sector, but for The Dow Chemical Company, it's the cornerstone of its operations. Ram Ramachandran, Director of End Use Marketing for Dow Wire & Cable, discusses his company's $1 billion annual R&D outlay, its commitment to collaboration, and his thoughts on the future of the industry.PES: Welcome to PES, can you first explain a little about how wind power fits into your company's product offerings, and give us an idea of the strength of the market at present?Ram Ramachandran: Wind power and other renewable energy solutions are a natural fit for Dow Wire & Cable. No matter what the power source, reliable long-life power cables are essential to transmit and distribute power. We are a global leader in providing exceptional jacketing, insulation and semiconductive materials for LV, MV, HV and EHV power cables.Obviously, the renewable energy market will continue to get stronger as long-term viable solutions are realised. Dow Wire & Cable certainly sees the opportunity for growth in this arena and we are working to get in front of the appropriate influencers to grow along with the market.PES: We note that your AIRSTONE solutions

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As Director of Sales and Marketing of the Optical Sensor Systems Group forCarl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH, Jürgen Gobel is at the beating heart of the PV industry. Having witnessed several revolutionary changes, he's upbeat about the future of the industry and the technical progress his company continues to make.Welcome back to PES. How has your business been progressing in the PV market since we last spoke? With the increase of the requirements on the product quality and the production process, the demand for our solutions is of course growing too. Today solar cell manufacturers are confronted with an enormous cost pressure, increasingly stringent quality standards and the necessity to optimise efficiency. This requires not only the identification of disruptions in the production process at an early stage, but also an improved understanding of processes in general. That's where our systems come into play.The inline spectrometer systems from Carl Zeiss for the non contact measurement of transmission, reflection and other optical parameters supports the solar cell manufacturers in reaching there ambitious goals.When we last spoke, you identified North America as a strategic region for growth. Is this still the case and are you beginning to capitalise on this?There is certainly no doubt

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In 2001, Canadian Solar began with the vision of helping to create a clean, sustainable energy future through solar power. With advanced technology and superior manufacturing capabilities, the company brings higher quality and better value to the marketplace. It is Canadian Solar's commitment to develop socially responsible, sustainable and innovative practices in every part of its business. Recently the company, as the first solar panel manufacturer, has launched Zep compatible NewEdge panels and made the first Ronald McDonald house solar-powered. PES investigates.Canadian Solar's NewEdge solar modules come with the patented Zep Groove technology, and are compatible with both the new Zep Solar installation system for homes and with traditional systems. The NewEdge panels provide one of the solar industry's fastest and most cost-effective ways to install photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on residential roofs.The NewEdge modules with Zep Solar's breakthrough rail-free, auto-grounding system can slash residential installation costs in half and reduce the amount of time installers spend on a roof by 75 per cent. PV systems with NewEdge panels yield significant financial, labour and performance improvements, when compared to traditional roof-mounted solar systems.The Zep System offers one of the solar industry's most robust methods for grounding PV solar arrays; the

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Thomas Rossmann, Sales Director Photovoltaic Solar TechnologyGrenzebach Maschinenbau GmbHGrenzebach is a corporation with six plants in three continents, more than 1,500 staff and a global customer base. The German-based company is a leading manufacturer of line and equipment for the production of flat and float glass, front- and back ends for thin film lines in many different technologies. Now Grenzebach presents its new laser edge deletion system for thin film modules to enhance its thin film portfolio

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Sustainability is at the heart of how business is carried out at Sovello, the German-based company, Romy Haase-Dotschko their spokesman says. Now one of the world's largest module manufactures, their STRING RIBBON wafers are produced through an economically and ecologically-balanced production process. "That's how we preserve our environment over the long term," he adds

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Among the many promises President Obama made on taking office in January 2009 was one to create some five million jobs in the US renewables industry over a decade. But more than a year on, a new report claims those plans may be on hold with little or no actual movement on the jobs front. Worse, it claims many of the jobs may actually go overseas. ‘Not so', says the American Wind Energy Association. So what is going on? PES takes an in-depth look at the state of the industry and examines the ongoing controversy

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The Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz fretted over his joints, and owners of wind turbines have the same angst. They need to be assembled offshore and maintenance of the joints is critical where a 20+ year life expectancy under the buffeting of winter seas and gusting storms is normal. The assembly is subject to prying forces, vibration and continuous temperature variation in a highly corrosive atmosphere of salt spray, rain and UV. Intellifast presents an illuminating despatch from the frontline of the wind energy arena

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Gulf Stream Marine commands attention for its innovations and flexibility. Now more than ever, both help the company maintain its position as a leader in the specialized field of wind turbine transportation. Company CEO, Jan Rietdijk, explains …PES: PES first caught up with Gulf Stream Marine last year. What is new with the company?Jan Rietdijk: The principles of our business are the same – offer quality customer service, flexibility and a commitment to innovation. What has changed over time is the amount of business we do in the handling of wind turbine components. Although the total amount of wind business is down in the Gulf Coast region as a result of the economic recession, it is still a very large part of our business at three of the seven terminals that we operate in this geographic area. PES: What do you mean by a “commitment to innovation?”JR: We never stop asking how we can improve our business operations. Our work in the wind industry provides a perfect example. We engineered custom equipment and performance operations to make us uniquely qualified to handle this type of cargo. We began with a vision centred on a fundamental question: “How can we handle this

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