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'Green jobs' are supported by the Senate on the week that Utilities leaders meet to refine operations - But have they missed the Green Rush?Profits in the Utilities sector have fallen and experts say it may not be until 2011 that any improvements can be seen. Consumer demand has decreased dramatically since the economic crisis first began, as housing and commercial construction markets have seen a severe drop in business. So key visionaries rallied last week at the greatly anticipated NGU Summit to discuss ways in which they can best invest in innovative technologies to secure top-line growth.{pagebreak}Met with a standing ovation, Diane Grueneich - Commissioner, State Of California Public Utilities Commission opened proceedings looking at the implementation of energy efficiency programs and building partnerships nationally and internationally that advance best practices in clean energy and policies to achieve maximum energy savings. Such Green Technology was backed by the senate as a way of bolstering the domestic economy."The U.S. is at the brink of losing manufacturing jobs to India and China and implementation of a near-term renewable energy standard would send a strong message and would do the most to boost demand." Michael Peck, North American spokesman for Gamesa

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Edgewood, NY - October 22, 2009. Direct Grid Technologies, a subsidiary of Island Technology, announces its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Edgewood, New York. The opening of the new facility coincides with a growing demand for Direct Grid's DGA Series micro-inverter and monitoring equipment, designed for solar photovoltaic (PV) applications.{pagebreak}"The Edgewood facility is dedicated to providing high level engineering, state-of-the-art manufacturing and support for our operations in North America," said Frank Cooper, president, Direct Grid. "This is a strategic move that also benefits our key partners because we now offer additional U.S. distribution channels through storage of their PV modules at Direct Grid's warehouse," said Cooper.The 35-foot-tall, 35,000-square-foot, fully enclosed facility allows for existing growth projections as well as future expansion. The facility already has plans for an onsite solar energy system that will use Direct Grid micro-inverters, and will provide a "solar garden" to demonstrate Direct Grid capabilities to visiting customers.Direct Grid selected Edgewood's Heartland Business Park because it is an epicenter for many growing companies on Long Island, and is located just outside metropolitan New York.About Direct Grid Technologies, LLCDirect Grid Technologies designs and manufactures innovative, cost effective residential and commercial solutions for the smart

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With EU Environment ministers meeting tomorrow to finalise the EU's position for the Copenhagen climate change conference in December, the European Wind Energy Association is releasing new calculations on how much wind power can contribute to achieving greenhouse gas emission targets.{pagebreak}In a briefing for Ministers and Members of the European Parliament, EWEA says that it expects wind energy to avoid the emission of 333 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2020. This is the equivalent to 29% of the EU's current greenhouse gas reduction target of 20% by 2020."The EU should go into Copenhagen confident that greenhouse gas emissions can be slashed rapidly, and that its own targets can be met and exceeded," said Christian Kjaer, CEO of EWEA. "The growing pessimism on global action against climate change needs to be nipped in the bud. The targets can be achieved with currently available renewable energy technology and an increase in Europe's energy efficiency. The wind energy industry is already delivering massive greenhouse gas emission reductions." "Europe is still far ahead of a rather unambitious group of developed countries when it comes to commitments. However, if it takes the scientific evidence seriously, the EU should raise its ambition and aim

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A new thermal oxidation process from Rehm Thermal Systems has eliminated the challenge of residue contamination from photovoltaic metallization. In order to minimise maintenance and provide a cleaner process chamber, Rehm has innovatively implemented a proven method of thermal oxidation to enhance the performance of its RDS Drying Systems.{pagebreak}During the 200°C to 350°C curing process involved in metallization, significant quantities of vapour and smoke are produced which must be reliably exhausted from the process chamber in order to avoid contamination and yield loss. However, since there is a wide variation in paste compositions associated with solar metallization, it is not always possible to customise a suitably effective filter or condenser to manage the released vapour or smoke. As a thermal management specialist, Rehm has been engineering solutions to the challenge of residue contamination for many years. Now, as part of its advanced series of drying systems for PV metallization, the company has introduced the technology into the solar industry, along with its ability to substantially reduce the process' condensate-forming potential.Thermal oxidation is a process during which the volatile organic constituents and the hydrocarbons (VOCs) in the metallization pastes react with oxygen, and are decomposed. The goal is to burn the

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Applied Materials, Inc. announced today that Motech Solar, one of the world's leading producers of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells, has installed and qualified an Applied Baccini back-end line for double printing applications at its volume production facility in Tainan, Taiwan. Applied's recently announced Esatto TechnologyTM on the Baccini® system will be used to manufacture Motech Solar's new c-Si solar cell design.{pagebreak}Dr. Kuo En Chang, president of Motech's Solar Division, stated, "We've successfully used Baccini systems for cell production for five years. We recently installed Baccini's new Esatto Technology for double printing our new cell architecture and have had outstanding results. As a long term collaborator with Applied Baccini, we look forward to continuing our close relationship for future development.""We are pleased to be collaborating with Motech to further optimize the solar cell configurations in their technology roadmap," said Davide Spotti, vice president and general manager of Applied's Baccini Cell Systems. "Our Esatto Technology has been specifically designed for multiple printing applications and incorporates numerous proprietary hardware and software innovations, including the integration of high resolution imaging, screen alignment and advanced process control. Baccini's systems solution, using the Esatto Technology platform, provides a unique capability to help Motech and other

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Munich, 20th October 2009 - Linde Nippon Sanso (LNS), a company of The Linde Group, has been awarded a long-term contract to supply gases for Bosch Solar's new manufacturing site in Erfurt, Germany. Under the turnkey contract, Linde will provide high purity nitrogen from an on-site air separation unit and bulk oxygen. Bosch Solar, a Division of Bosch Group, produces crystalline Si solar cells at its site in Arnstadt near Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany.{pagebreak}Formerly known as ersol, the Bosch Erfurt site is expanding with investment of more than 530 million Euro for the construction of a completely new facility to manufacture crystalline silicon solar cells. The facility was officially inaugurated in March 2009 and, when fully ramped up, the overall capacity of the site will reach 630 MWp (megawatt peak). The project is partly funded by the European Union and will create a significant number of new jobs."This latest contract further strengthens our relationship with Bosch, a leader in both thin-film and crystalline photovoltaic (PV) production," says Andreas Guenther, President Linde Nippon Sanso. "We already supply Bosch Solar at this site in Arnstadt with specialty gases, as well as a wide range of gases to Bosch's nearby thin-film facility."Over the

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• E.ON Climate & Renewables to commission Phoenix Solar with the construction of a 1.5 megawatts solar park• France to become important market for large-scale photovoltaic power plantsSulzemoos, 20th October 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG, a leading, TecDAX-listed international photovoltaic system integrator has been commissioned by E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH to plan and build a solar power plant with a capacity of 1.5 megawatts in France.{pagebreak}E.ON Climate & Renewables, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, is responsible for the E.ON Group's global renewables and climate protection activities. Following the recent establishment of Phoenix Solar's French subsidiary, Phoenix Solar SAS, this project is an important major milestone in entering one of tomorrow's most important European photovoltaic markets.Phoenix Solar will install the solar park near Le Lauzet in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region on a southern alpine slope at an altitude of 1,000 m. The company will be using crystalline solar modules spread across a four hectare site to generate some two million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This corresponds to the annual demand of about 600 households. Construction is scheduled to start end of October. The aim is to have the solar power plant connected to the grid before the end of the year."We are very pleased to

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*The Spanish company will also provide advice on engineering and design optimization of the 3 MW plant, located in Ivarem.*The new plant will represent 3% of the Belgian solar photovoltaic market, whose facilities represent 100 MW of the total output installed in the country.*In this its first significant inroad into the solar photovoltaic market , NIZET, one of the most relevant Belgian engineering companies, has chosen PROINSO as its partner.{pagebreak}*The total supply operation awarded to PROINSO amounts to €5 million and will begin within the next few days.*The launch of the Ivarem photovoltaic solar power plant is scheduled for December 2009.October 13, 2009 .- The Spanish company PROINSO, specialists in engineering and supply of photovoltaic solar plants, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Belgian engineering company Nizet, for the supply of modules, inverters and fixed structures, which will become the largest solar farm in Belgian, located in Ivarem.PROINSO-a company which forms part of the OPDE group- will also be responsible for advising on engineering and design optimization, as well as training the qualified staff of the Belgian company. The new plant at Ivarem will have an output of 3 MW and will become the largest in Belgium, a

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Rehm Thermal Systems will highlight advanced soldering & solar solutions at Productronica, booth A4.341As the world's leading exhibition for electronics manufacturing, Productronica 2009 delivers an ideal platform for Rehm Thermal Systems to showcase its range of Convection and Condensation as well as Vacuum Condensation Systems, along with a live demonstration of its popular Pyrolysis residue management technology.{pagebreak}The Rehm team will also reveal solar equipment or the metallization line at the show, being held in Munich from November 10th - 13th.As the only global soldering equipment supplier delivering both Condensation and Convection as well as Vacuum Soldering Systems, Rehm's thermal management expertise is unprecedented in its field. One of the highlights on booth A4.341, the company's VisionXP Convection Soldering System draws on this expertise to unlock a series of operational benefits including process reliability, minimal maintenance and ease of use. At the heart of this system is the breakthrough Pyrolysis technology, being demonstrated live on the Rehm stand. Incorporated in the VisionXP's residue management system, Pyrolysis shortens long molecular chains to reduce the amount of condensable waste within the process chamber. Operating at approximately 500°C, Pyrolysis ensures a clean and dry reflow system for efficient, environmentally friendly disposal of contamination. A

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The team at DEK Solar is currently celebrating a historic award win, having topped the hotly-contested PV Process Equipment category at the Solar Industry Awards., the Solar Industry Award was presented to DEK's Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown and Solar Engineering Programme Manager, Richard Willshere at the recent European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition.{pagebreak}Forming one of the highlights of the show for the DEK Solar Team, the Solar Industry Awards saw the company triumph in the programme's most fiercely competitive category. Voted for by members of the public rather than a closed panel, the PV Process Equipment category attracted the highest number of votes, which eventually cast the PVP1200 as a best-in-class solar technology. Delivering the high yields and throughput rates required by the solar processing sector, the PVP1200 has driven unprecedented high accuracy metallization of crystalline silicon solar cells. All the features of the PVP1200 that provide its clear competitive edge come from its innovative design. Exceptionally compact, the modular platform makes the most of factory floor space while dedicated handling for thin wafers maximizes yield.Commenting on DEK Solar's award win, Darren Brown explains: "We're immensely proud of what we have achieved since our entry into the

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