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As Vice President of Industrial Products Sales for BNSF Railway, Katie Farmer has witnessed railroad's evolution into a 21st century transport provider for 21st century industries such as wind power. PES talks to Katie about the company's growing influence and its ‘total transportation package'.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company and outline the services you provide for the wind industry?Katie Farmer: BNSF Railway is a freight railroad company that plays a key role in the global supply chain. We operate along a network of more than 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. But broader than that, we serve as a transportation provider for many commodities that are imported and exported through our US ports. Our focus is on using speed, agility and resourcefulness to help expand the global marketplace for goods and services.All of this is accomplished by a team of individuals who are progressive, resourceful and approachable. We take great pride in providing an easy, relevant choice for all types of shippers in a wide variety of locations.We're committed to meeting the needs of this emerging market. We realize that transporting oversized wind turbine components from the factories or

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The solution to offshore wind energy obstacles lies in pooling all the power into one common electricity grid, according to researchers at the University of Delaware and Stony Brook University. "We hypothesize that wind power output could be stabilized if wind generators were located in a meteorologically designed configuration and electrically connected," say the authors of the report "Electric power from offshore wind via synoptic-scale interconnection." It's a brave hypothesis, one that reflects the efforts being made over the Atlantic with the European Supergrid. PES presents the research

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PES last spoke to Emerson Network Power's Jeky Li Gang (International Sales Manager, Department Of Wind Power Product) in 2009, just after the company had posted a record trading year. We caught up with him once more to find out how the Chinese company has evolved and to discover what they've planned for the coming 12 months.PES: Welcome back to PES. For the benefit of new readers perhaps unfamiliar with your company, could you briefly outline your contribution to the wind industry?Jeky Li Gang: Well, Emerson is a company who always focus on green energy and Emerson is the first China-based manufacturer to supply these converters, and we are working with three of the nation's largest wind turbine companies.With global installed wind power expected to increase at an average annual rate of 20 percent over the next five years, there is a great opportunity to collaborate across Emerson businesses to provide additional green energy solutions. In 2010, we expect to supply more than 1500M capability converter products to the rapidly-growing Chinese market.PES: To what extent does the wind industry contribute towards your overall business? Is this sector of your business growing?JLG: The Copenhagen climate change conference was an important event

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As the wind industry maintains and develops on its past successes, the problem of transporting a huge amount of equipment across thousands of miles is one which cannot be ignored. So, what is the state of the industry's transportation business? Moving wind turbine components from the factory floor to the project site is no easy task, involving, as it does, the handling of sensitive and valuable components. PES investigates

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With offices throughout Europe and the US, Navigant Consulting's Energy practice helps clients strengthen their enterprises in order to increase performance, opportunity, and growth. PES spoke to Bruce Hamilton, the company's Director of Energy, in Portland, Oregon, about its success record and about the future of wind and other renewables

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Dr. Robert McCunney is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Biological Engineering, a staff physician in occupational and environmental health at Massachusetts General, and a clinical faculty member at the Harvard Medical School. He was the lead drafter of Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects: An Expert Panel Review. Here, he talk to PES about the results of this far-reaching study.PES: What do you see as the most significant conclusions arising from the work the panel conducted on this issue?Robert McCunney: Before I was invited to participate in this project - and I think I was invited primarily as a result of my experience in occupational noise-induced hearing loss - I really had no fixed idea one way or another about whether there were any health implications. I was willing, like everybody, to take a fresh look at the literature. Usually in occupational or environmental medicine it is important to identify the exposure, what the agent of some concern is.In this case, it seemed to me that the agent was either sound or vibration or both and my conclusions were very similar to what you see in the white paper. The first fundamental message is

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With a 150-year history behind it, Carl Zeiss MicroImaging has an unrivalled reputation for high-quality optics and opto-electronics, and was in at the start of PV solar cell production. Key account manager Peter Lamparter explains the company's expertise and how it stays ahead of its competitors.PES: Welcome back to PES, for the benefit of new readers who might not be familiar with your company, can you give us a brief overview of how you serve the solar/PV industry? Peter Lampter: Carl Zeiss AG is a leading group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industries. The five independently operating business groups are active in the future-oriented markets of Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company's headquarters is in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation). During fiscal year 2008/09 (ended Sept. 30), the company generated revenues of EUR 2.1 billion. Carl Zeiss has approximately 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries, including more than 8,000 in Germany.Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Carl Zeiss AG and is headquartered in Jena. Other

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A global supplier of gases and chemicals, Air Products supplies customers in technology, energy, healthcare, and industrial markets. Crucially, it has adapted to serve the PV sector and boasts a massive portfolio of clients worldwide. PES asked Jeff Handelman, General Manager, Photovoltaics, for his global perspective on the industry.PES: PV seems to be developing differently in different regions of the world. What is your outlook for North America?Jeff Handelman: In North America, and especially the US, we are seeing a strong interest in PV, as people continue to investigate alternative energy projects. However, we have not seen the same level of investment as we have in Asia and Europe. I would expect that as credit markets loosen and more of the government stimulus funds make their way into the market; capital investment will pick up. Some recent evidence that points to a strong US market can be seen by the recent announcements by leading crystalline manufacturers about building module assembly facilities. Further upstream manufacturing is sure to follow as the US materialises as a top installation market.As the leading provider of electronic gases and chemicals in the US, Air Products is uniquely positioned to supply the burgeoning US PV industry.

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The EU was marginalised at Copenhagen. As a consequence, the Copenhagen Accord neither conceptually nor substantively reflected the EU's original negotiating position. Joseph Curtin of the IIEA believes that this failure must lead to a re-evaluation of its modus operandi in international negotiations if Europe wishes to match its rhetoric of leadership on climate protection with real influence. After all, the countdown to the Mexico COP in 2011 has already begun

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