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While a political battle rages over whether Ontario's Great Lakes wind scheme will go ahead, there's no doubt that the Canadian state leads the way in wind generation, with more than 2,600 MW of capacity expected to be in service by the end of 2011. And while this is impressive, the fact is that more farms need to be built in Ontario - offshore, preferably. Why? The economic and employment impacts are two compelling reasons in their own right. PES investigates.The state of Ontario has made a long-standing commitment to renewable electricity. Part of this commitment is reducing the energy generated from coal-fired power to zero as soon as possible. Through a range of initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program, Ontario has added more than 1,200MW of renewable generation capacity since 2003, an investment of $4bn. The most recent and ambitious initiative is the Green Energy and Green Economy Act of 2009. This legislation created the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program, which offers long-term contracts at predetermined prices for renewable electricity generated from qualifying projects.The Great Lakes represent a high-quality wind resource that is available to both Canada and the US. Offshore wind farms represent a potential emerging industry

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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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Dr Matthias Wiemer, Member of the Management Board and COO of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG tells PES about recent developments, including some major acquisitions, within the successful German-based company.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you begin by explaining a little about the company and how you serve the PV industry?Matthias Wiemer: Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum is one of the world's leading providers of vacuum solutions with more than 2,200 people and 28 subsidiaries worldwide. Our portfolio comprises a full range of hybrid and magnetically levitated turbo-molecular pumps (turbopumps), a range of backing pumps, measurement and analysis devices, components, vacuum chambers, and systems. Starting with the invention of the turbopump at Pfeiffer Vacuum, our company has continuously striven for innovative solutions and high-technology products, which are applied in many industrial markets such as analytical, R&D, environmental technology, chemistry, semiconductor, coating, as well as in the automotive industry and any number of other fields.The photovoltaic industry is one of our focus markets in Europe, USA and Asia. Coating systems for solar cell place high requirements on the vacuum equipment with respect to reliability. Pfeiffer Vacuum enjoys a reputation for offering innovative, efficient and reliable vacuum solutions ranging from high to low

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The reduction in Feed-in Tariffs and an overall declining economic climate along with a less than sympathetic Federal government are combining to make the going tough for Germany's PV industry with many manufacturers now looking to increase their markets substantially abroad. PES reports on a difficult situation in the country that many others looked to previously as a model for an economically green and sustainable future

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In the complex series of processes that are undertaken to create a fully-functioning solar cell from an ingot of pure silicon, it is generally accepted that advances in the metallization process hold the key to greater cell efficiency. In this area DEK Solar focuses its talents exclusively on the process and is rapidly emerging as a leader in this challenging sector. Industry observer David Hughes caught up with Darren Brown, DEK Solar's Alternative Energy Business Manager for PES . . .PES: As an entity, DEK Solar is a relatively new brand in the alternative energy sector. How has the business accelerated into the metallization space so explosively?Daren Brown: DEK Solar enjoys a very fine heritage based on the prowess and more than 40 years of experience of in-screen and stencil printing technologies through DEK, which is a longer-standing business unit active in the surface mount electronics assembly and semiconductor sectors. That said, DEK itself already had over 30 years of experience in the solar sector as a function of its early thick film activities for which it was highly renowned. The formation of DEK Solar was a natural progression when we identified how effectively our unique skill set could be

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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. Can you tell us a little about how the company has been performing this past year and if you have unveiled any major product/service developments?Andy Green: 2010 was another year of outstanding growth for our PV business driven primarily by continued penetration of the utility-scale PV inverter market with our SPV inverter systems which we launched in 2009. To service the demand for these products we have expanded our manufacturing facilities in Central Europe and we anticipate additional capacity being brought on line in Asia and the Americas during 2011.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

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FlexLink is a worldwide company providing production logistics solutions and all services to suit the global strategies of solar clients. With 30 years' experience serving its customers' needs, FlexLink's production logistics solutions decrease throughput time, work in progress and non-value adding operations. At the same time, they increase delivery capability, quality assurance and factory profitability

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