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MB Wafertec a group member of the Meyer Burger Group successfully concluded an important order of approximately CHF 4.5 million with Monocrystal, Russia, a long-standing partner and worldwide leading technology company in the industry of optoelectronics. Monocrystal will receive high precision wire saws equipped with diamond wire technology for the slicing of synthetic sapphire into high performing wafers. Those wafers will be processed for the manufacturing of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The shipment of the wire saws will be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2011. Meyer Burger Technology Ltd [Ticker: MBTN] announced today, that the group member MB Wafertec, Thun - the specialist for systems and technologies in the cutting and processing of hard and brittle materials including silicon, sapphire and other valuable crystals - concluded a strategic important contract of around CHF 4.5 million with Monocrystal from Russia, a worldwide leading manufacturer of synthetic sapphire for high-tech applications in the industry of optoelectronics. For MB Wafertec, this order represents a great success and is a confirmation of the long-standing business partnership with Monocrystal in the development of compatible and integrated system- and process-technologies for the slicing of synthetic and valuable sapphire with wire saws equipped with diamond wire for

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Critical Software will take part in the 6th annual SKF Wind Farm Management Conference in Barcelona, Spain, May 11-12 2011. Through its solutions for Renewable Farm Management (csEMS) and Wind Farm Condition Based Maintenance (PRODDIA), Critical Software enables its clients to reduce costs and improve revenue and profitability. The SKF Conference will bring together energy producers, wind farm developers and owners, operations and maintenance providers, insurance companies, regulators and certification authorities.This will be a significant event for the wind energy operations and maintenance community. Knowledge and experience will be shared and discussed in order to develop concepts, procedures and standards to further improve efficiency and reliability of wind farms, and to improve return on investments in wind farms.Critical Software csEMS (http://solutions.criticalsoftware.com/products_services/csEMS/) is an extremely flexible and scalable system that is able to meet different business demands specific to each customer. It offers an advanced Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) solution to leverage condition-based maintenance to optimize efficiency and substantially reduce O&M costs."Critical Software delivers the right tools to ensure significant efficiency improvements. This translates to O&M cost reductions, and optimised business management processes" said Rui Avelãs Nunes, Business Development Manager for the Energy & Utilities market sector at Critical Software. 

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Peikko has agreed with ENERCON, a company specializing in wind turbine manufacturing, to deliver large quantities of connector items to wind turbine precast concrete towers. ENERCON is one of the leading wind turbine manufacturers and has more than 17.000 installed wind turbines in more than 30 countries. ENERCON is currently also one of the world's leading companies in the segment of precast wind turbine towers. It is likely that there will be more precast concrete used in the future when the height of the towers and size of the turbines are increasing. The Peikko products delivered to ENERCON are currently produced at Peikko's factory in Waldeck, Germany. In future Peikko is also able to serve ENERCON's North American operations directly from Peikko's factory situated in Quebec City, Canada. "Peikko started to focus on the Wind Energy sector with dedicated resources for both R&D and sales in 2009. We are honored to have started already now co-operation with one of the industry's leading companies. ENERCON is likely to be among the TOP 5 customers of Peikko during 2011", states Topi Paananen, CEO of Peikko Group Corporation. Further information: Topi Paananen, CEO, Peikko Group Corporation, Tel. + 358 50 384

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Bolt tightening specialists, Tentec, will be launching a new electric-driven, high-pressure hydraulic pump for use with its renowned Aero range of bolt tensioning equipment on Booth #519 at Windpower 2011. Designed for global use, the WTP3 can be supplied in many voltage and phase configurations and is packed full of new features including the ability to generate pressures up to 1600 bar and includes an innovative handheld controller that enables engineers to operate the pump remotely. This new pump, along with the complete range of bolt tensioning equipment will be on show at Windpower 2011 in Anaheim. Visitors to the show will also be able to see Tentec alongside its newly established network of distributors in the US. Two of the best known and largest suppliers of torque equipment Hytorc and TorcUp are now non-exclusive distributors for the Tentec range. Both companies offer both torque and bolt tensioning solutions enabling engineers to purchase the best solution for their bolt tightening application from one source. The Tentec range can also be viewed on Booth 1701, where long-term distributor Wind Turbine Tools, now a Division of Transcat will be showing the Aero range of bolt tensioning products. Representatives from all companies will

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ON-Track Technology, the flexible, hi-mix technology specialist, has upgraded their SMT capability by incorporating Rehm Thermal Systems VXS422 convection reflow solution. The Australian company needed a more capable reflow than they had previously with their SMT lines. The reason for this was to make sure their reflow system was as repeatable and stable as possible, especially from leaded to lead-free production.Rehm's Solution for On-Track TechnologyRehm's VXS422 was chosen to give ON-Track Technology the thermal control they required. The VXS422 has 6 x heated zones top and bottom with heated tunnel length of 2100mm. VXS systems offer industry leading temperature separation, particularly between the last preheat and first peak zone. This enables excellent spike to peak temperature control, as well as allowing for maintaining the lowest delta T across the PCB.Why chose Rehm's VXS422Daniel Lin, Engineering Manager at ON-Track Technology explained, "The VXS422 was shown to have the new specifications that we needed and once the oven arrived, it was in production on the first day. We have been impressed with the build quality and after review of the profiles, it certainly provides us with the thermal control we need." 

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In its Silicon & Wafer segment, centrotherm photovoltaics achieved revenues of EUR 29.3 million with the sale of silicon production technology and systems (prior-year period: EUR 43.3 million). Segment operating earnings (EBIT) were reported at EUR 2.2 million (prior-year period: EUR 7.0 million). The segment order book stood at EUR 259.5 million as of March 31 (December 31, 2010: EUR 277.1 million).In its Solar Cell & Module segment, the company doubled revenue to EUR 154.9 million (prior-year period: EUR 68.2 million). This segment contributed 81.8 percent to Group revenue as a consequence (prior-year period: 59.2 percent). Segment EBIT improved to EUR 19.3 million (prior-year period: EUR 11.7 million). This represents a 12.4 percent EBIT margin (prior-year period: 17.1 percent). The segment's order book stood at EUR 575.5 million at the end of the first quarter (December 31, 2010: EUR 513.8 million).In its Thin Film segment, centrotherm photovoltaics generated revenue of EUR 5.1 million (previous year: EUR 3.8 million). Investments in process and technology development fed through to an operating result of EUR -3.8 million (previous year: EUR -8.8 million). This segment reported an order book position of EUR 34.8 million (December 31, 2010: EUR 52.9 million).

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Applied Materials, Inc., the leading equipment supplier to the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, announced today that GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd., China's largest producer of polysilicon wafers for solar PV applications in 2010*, has placed a significant order for Applied's HCT B5TM wire saws. The systems, which represent more than 2.5 gigawatts of wafering capacity, are scheduled to begin shipping to GCL-Poly's production facilities in Suzhou, Changzhou, and Taicang, China, in the current calendar quarter of this year."GCL-Poly continues to execute on its manufacturing capacity plans in order to meet the increasing demand for high quality polysilicon wafers," said Zhu Gong Shan, executive director, chairman and CEO of GCL-Poly. "We are pleased to have Applied Materials join us in our efforts to help our customers bring down the cost-per-watt of solar cells.""We are excited to have the opportunity to play a role in GCL-Poly's growth strategy and are committed to providing the technology and cost-effective production capability to enable its success," said Dr. Mark Pinto, executive vice president and general manager of Applied's Energy and Environmental Solutions Group. "This important order adds to the growing momentum of the HCT B5 system in the marketplace and validates the unique differentiation of our proven wire saw technology."In addition to advanced equipment, GCL-Poly has purchased Applied

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Trojan Battery Company, the world's leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, today announced expansion of its AGM product line for the renewable energy(RE) market space with the launch of the U1-AGMand 22-AGMmodels. The new deep-cycle AGM batteries address the power needs of renewable energy off-grid and grid-tied solar home systems, solar lighting, industrial and backup power applications that require daily battery cycling capabilities. The addition of the U1-AGM and 22-AGM models expands Trojan's current AGM line to now feature a wider variety of battery sizes."As the global market for solar systems continues to grow, Trojan is expanding its RE battery offeringsto include products specifically designed for these unique applications," said Bryan Godber, vice president of renewable energy at Trojan Battery Company. "Renewable energy systems rely on daily battery discharge and recharge cycling to power the system. The Trojan line of AGM batteries provides outstanding cycling characteristics, optimum performance and rugged durability. They are perfectly suited for a variety of renewable energy applications. "The new U1-AGM and 22-AGM are designed to address a diverse range of solar applications from roadway and area lighting, traffic signs and security lighting, to off-grid and grid-tied solar home systems, industrial

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd [Ticker: MBTN] published today that the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) gave its antitrust clearance for the takeover of Roth & Rau AG and associated merging of the two companies.Peter Pauli, Chief Executive Officer of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, said: "We are very pleased that the Federal Cartel Office came to their decision so quickly. This concludes a further step in the successful takeover of Roth & Rau AG."For further information please contact:Werner Buchholz Head of Corporate Communications Tel +41 (0) 33 439 05 06 w.buchholz@meyerburger.ch 

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DNV is appointed as the Certified Verification Agent (CVA) for the Cape Wind Project, the first offshore wind farm to be built in the US. The role of DNV as CVA is to conduct third-party design reviews, inspections and other verification activities.US regulations require that offshore wind developers submit a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) and also require that an independent third party organization is appointed to verify and certify structural aspects of the wind farm installation. As the CVA, DNV will maintain an independent role throughout the project, "essentially acting as BOEMRE's eyes and ears" according to Shashikant Sarada, DNV's Project Manager for Cape Wind CVA project.On April 19, 2011, US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced approval of Cape Wind Energy project Construction and Operations Plan. During this announcement, BOEMRE Director Michael Bromwich points out that after a thorough review, "we are confident that this offshore commercial wind project, - the first in the nation- can move forward. This will spur innovation and investment in our nation's infrastructure, especially renewable energy."DNV's Christian Nerland, Head of Cleaner Energy adds "We know how important the Cape Wind project is for the US and the development of the offshore

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