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Sono-Tek Corporation, a US-based company specializing in ultrasonic equipment used for alternative energy product manufacturing, will highlight its ultrasonic coating equipment, including a high-speed ultrasonic reciprocating coating system, HyperSonic, in Hall 4/Level 2/A45 at the 25th EU PVSEC in Valencia, Spain from 6-9 September 2010.The HyperSonic system is designed to coat large area solar glass (up to 122 cm) with uniform, thin film anti-reflective coatings. Sono-Tek's ultrasonic coating technology applies an optimum anti-reflective layer, maximizing light available for conversion and increasing transmission over the sun's incident angles.Traditional CVD and PVD for solar glass coatings are expensive, slow batch manufacturing processes. Pressure nozzles are capable of spraying anti-reflective suspensions; however, they have critical process limitations. Significant overspray and clogging, along with poor deposition control and inconsistent uniformity are major drawbacks to pressure nozzle technology. Sono-Tek's ultrasonic nozzles are able to overcome these limitations with minimal bounce back and overspray, non-clogging performance, and uniform thin-film coatings. The benefits of ultrasonic coating include the ability to control thickness of deposition, drop size control (by varying nozzle frequency), and tight drop distribution, resulting in precise, uniform deposition. Ultrasonic nozzles are ideal for spraying nano-suspensions commonly used in anti-reflection coatings, as the continuous ultrasonic vibration

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Traqu, the new 3D measurement system from Essemtec, delivers more than traditional AOI systems. A tomographic infrared probe creates a digital 3-D model of an object with an accuracy of a nanometer. Using this model, any type of measurement can be made later: volumes, heights, distances, surface roughness and more. The measuring principle works with any kind of surface, reflective or matte.A PCB or a component can long be used, processed and delivered to the customer but it is still possible to verify, if it had been within specifications. The Traqu scans the surface of an object in 3-D. It is so accurate that all measurements and analyses can be made on the digital model at a later date and even in a different location.Users can freely define any required measurements. For example, the Traqu can analyze the surface profile along a given line, calculate volumes, determine distances or even measure the surface roughness in a given area. The device also can determine layer thickness because the tomographic infrared probe works very similarly to an ultrasound probe. The scanner can resolve details down to nanometer resolution.Because of its flexibility and independence, Traqu is ideal for analysis and documentation in the

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Living in today's world where the products we use need to meet a rigorous set of parameters, innovative production and processing techniques are enabling producers to reach these goals in a cost-effective manner. However, the processes are only as good and efficient as the components that are used in the production environment. Innovative and efficient vacuum pumps are a quintessential part of any production line by providing safe operation, meeting process conditions effectively, guaranteeing high uptime reliability, and ensuring a low Cost of Ownership (CoO) through minimal maintenance and service requirements. In solar industry photovoltaic (PV) value-added chain, the use of vacuum pumps spans a wide range of processes from production of raw materials (solar-grade silicon) to lamination of thin-film or crystalline-Si based modules. I will discuss here some of these processes and the specific demands they have on modern vacuum pumps.IntroductionThe use of vacuum pumps is not entirely novel in the solar industry. Most of the CVD and PVD processes used for producing PV modules are well known from the semiconductor and glass coating industry. Deposition method of TCO layers on glass for thin-film solar modules either through sputtering or LPCVD has remained largely unchanged from the flat panel

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After many years of loyal service for bolt tightening specialists Tentec, Sales Director Phil Lightwood has announced his well-earned retirement in February 2011. Throughout his 20 years at Tentec, he has seen the company rise to become one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of bolting solutions to a wide range of industries including petrochemical, power generation and more recently, the wind energy market.As a result of Phil's impending departure from the company, a number of changes at Board level have also been announced. From September 1st 2010, Managing Director, Adrian Pegler will assume the role of CEO, while Mike Gethings becomes Managing Director. Phil will be replaced as Sales Director by Roy Sheldon and Adrian Price is promoted to Internal Sales Manager. Paul Egginton and Dave Jones remain as Engineering Director and Operations Director, respectively."This is a very exciting for the company." says Mike Gethings. "Despite the economic downturn, we have continued to increase sales and we have to thank Phil for all his hard work over the years to increase and maintain our presence in world markets. We wish him a peaceful and enjoyable retirement and the new team is looking forward to the new challenges ahead."-

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In future, Christoph Biedermann and Dr. Martin Zwyssig will support the management board at Sputnik Engineering AG, from Biel . The new three-member body already met for the first time in August, chaired by the president and chief executive officer of Sputnik Engineering AG, Christoph von Bergen . Sputnik Engineering’s expansion of the management board is their reaction to the company’s strong growth and increasing internationalisation.The two new members of the board bring broad background knowledge and many years of management experience in international industrial companies: Dr. Martin Zwyssig (Swiss, 45) has had many years of experience as the chief financial officer of international, listed companies, first at Schaffner Holding AG, since 2008 at Ascom Holding AG ( Bern , Switzerland ). At Sputnik Engineering AG, the graduate in business management will focus his work on finances and human resources. “Solar energy is definitely a subject with a future, one I find very fascinating. I look forward to leaving my mark on this industry,” explains Dr. Zwyssig. “What makes this situation especially exciting is that Sputnik is an owner-operated company and that the management board is being developed from the ground up.”Strategically navigate and monitor Christoph Biedermann (Swiss, 53) holds

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$18.3 Million Project to be Built at No Cost to Douglas County School District TaxpayersSchool District Estimates $5.5 Million in Cost Savings by Partnering with REgeneration Finance--Premier Power to Build One of the Largest Solar Electric Projects in the State of ColoradoPremier Power Renewable Energy, Inc., a global leader in the development, design, engineering, and construction of solar power systems for commercial, government, and utility markets in the United States and Europe, REgeneration Finance, LLC, an experienced solar developer and financier that works with school districts, universities, municipalities, and commercial businesses throughout the United States, and the Douglas County School District, Colorado's third largest school district serving over 56,000 students and whose vision is to "create responsible citizens who contribute to society," announced today the development of more than 3.0 megawatts (MW) of solar electric power generating projects at 31 different sites -- 30 schools and one athletic stadium -- in Douglas County, Colorado.To facilitate project development, the school district has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with REgeneration Finance who will own and finance the solar electric generating projects to be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained by Premier Power.A Power Purchase Agreement, or PPA, is an agreement in which

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Did you know you could use solar energy in Alaska? Wagner & Co, a German manufacturer of multi award-winning, high quality and efficient thermal collectors, takes the first steps into the North American market. The US subsidiary, Wagner Solar Inc’s introduced the first US solar thermal collector of the EURO collector line and was rated among the top 5 performers of almost 300 tested flat plate collectors. The tested collector EURO C20 AR-M features an innovative anti-reflection glass with etched-in nano surface as well as ultrasonic welded copper absorber with highly selective vacuum coating. The collector is certified to meet OG 100 standard by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), a Florida-based non-profit organization. Upon receiving the SRCC certificate and the excellent performance ratings, Wagner has already signed into an agreement with a Florida based solar company to become an OEM supplier.For many years, the almost identical EURO C20 collector from Wagner & Co had carried the label "Europe's most powerful collector". These collectors were specifically designed for high performance under adverse conditions at high latitudes, and many of the earlier solar thermal systems produced by Wagner & Co are successfully operating for a quarter century. Solar energy installations

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. green energy slovakia s.r.o. invests in solar energy. Construction work started in AugustSulzemoos, 30 August 2010 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, has signed an agreement with green energy slovakia, s.r.o, a German-Slovakian investor partnership, on the planning and implementation of a solar park with a peak power of 2.2 megawatts. This will be Phoenix Solar AG's first project as general contractor in Slovakia.green energy slovakia, s.r.o was responsible for developing the project. The Phoenix Solar team has already started with preparations for construction.More than 29,000 solar modules from First Solar and inverters from SMA will be used. The photovoltaic plant will be built at a distance of around 80 kilometres from Bratislava on two neighbouring plots of agricultural land and be connected to the grid before the end of this year.Slovakia has attractive feed-in legislation which compensates one kilowatt hour of solar electricity fed into the grid at a rate of 42.5 cents.This is an English translation of the German. Only the German version is binding.Reproduction permittedAbout Phoenix Solar AGPhoenix Solar AG, which has its headquarters in Sulzemoos near Munich, is a leading international photovoltaic system integrator. With total revenues

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SGS presents its wide range of Wind Energy Services at the Delphi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 with special focus on its Owner's Representative Services. The DIREC 2010 will take place at the India Expo Center & Mart in New Delhi, India. ---SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is one of the exhibitors at the Delphi International Renewable Energy Conference 2010. SGS will present its wide range of services for the wind energy sector with special focus on its Owner's Representative Services.Energy is an important input for economic development but today the world's energy supply is largely based on fossil fuels and nuclear power. These sources of energy are increasingly limited and have proven to be contributors to environmental problems. Now, more than ever, companies have become aware of the urgent need to focus on the development of renewable energy sources and the use of energy efficient technologies.DIREC 2010 is an international platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy. Government ministers, high-level decision makers and policy-level thinkers from countries all over the world will convene to address the key drivers of renewable energy production

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Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc., with businesses in solar project development, distribution and workforce training, today announced that David Fann, Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the Rodman and Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference in New York City on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 5:20 p.m. EDT.Conference Presentation Details:Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010Time: 5:20 p.m. EDTLocation: New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Ave. (Between 50th and 51st Street)Presentation Room: Stanford Salon (4th Floor)http://www.wsw.com/webcast/rrshq18/snry About Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc.Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. /quotes/comstock/11k!snry (SNRY 0.13, 0.00, 0.00%) is a diversified provider of solar solutions with three principal operating groups focused on large-scale projects, solar education and distribution of solar products. SNRY Power is a developer and manager of municipal and commercial scale solar projects. The SolarEOS Group is dedicated to the education and continuous improvement of solar energy trade professionals. SNRY Solar is a wholesale distributor of branded photovoltaic and thermal (water heating) systems selling via a network of

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