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BrightView's Inline Metrology Solution Adopted by TSolar Following Technical Acceptance of InSightM SystemJoint Project to Analyze Relationship between Process Variations and Long Term Field PerformanceBrightView Systems, a leading provider of in‐line metrology‐based process control and optimization tools for thin‐film solar cell manufacturing received technical acceptance and announces deployment of its InSight‐ M at T‐Solar's thin film solar factory at Ourence, Spain. The tool will be utilized for capturing and analyzing process maps for 100% of the produced panels, a method that will dramatically enhance productivity, drive product improvements enable novel process optimization solutions that improve long term reliability and project bankability.T‐Solar's unique position as a vertically integrated solar power provider that manufactures the modules as well as builds the solar farms, will be the basis for a joint project between BrightView and T‐Solar that will examine and analyze the relationship between process variations and long‐term field performance. The global distribution of T‐Solar's PV farms, spanning Peru, Italy, France and Spain, presents unique challenges in respect to radiation levels, temperatures and other local variations. This study will provide T‐Solar with unique insight that will enable customization of process parameters to specific field requirements, and will provide tools for project planners and

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SGS appointed Dr. Pavel Novak as the new manager of the Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China. Pavel took over responsibility for the operation of WETC and staff training. ---SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, appointed Dr. Pavel Novak as the new manager of the Wind Energy Technology Center in Tianjin, China on March 15, 2010. Pavel will focus on business development of the test center, extending business contacts in China and worldwide as well as staff training. Furthermore, with his technical expertise, he will also take over the responsibility for procurement of equipment, build-up and commissioning of the test center.Dr. Pavel Novak received his diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and his PhD from the Technical University of Berlin. He wrote his PhD thesis on the structural optimization of thick-walled hybrid composite structures.With a career that began at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Pavel Novak gained experience in scientific steering of national and international research projects and in coordination of activities in the test laboratory. His research focused on numerical and experimental investigation of composite's structural behavior and on development of appropriate Non-Destructive Testing.In 2007, he joined Magna

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The SOLON Blue 230/07 has been awarded an overall rating of "very good" by Germany's Öko-Test consumer magazine. SOLON's product is one of six winners in the test having received the top grade. A total of 17 solar modules from manufacturers in Germany and abroad were tested. Seven other modules received a rating of "good," one received "satisfactory," another "fair," and yet two others were awarded a rating of "poor." The test results for SOLON will be published in the May issue of Öko-Test. The solar modules were evaluated in an extensive series of performance tests. The modules were subjected to a range of irradiance values and temperatures, and electroluminescent and thermal imaging cameras were used to inspect for cracking and soiling. The SOLON module passed the test with flying colors and received an overall rating of "very good." "The fact that we did so well in this testing only confirms the fact that SOLON is and remains the No. 1 address for customers looking for premium quality, no matter if it is a solar energy system on the roof, a turnkey project for a large-scale solar power plant, or a financial product using solar energy," states Stefan Säuberlich, CEO

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Phoenix Solar AG's largest photovoltaic power plant to date of 15.8 megawatts . Two solar parks of 5 megawatts in total in Italy . Contract volume of approximately EUR 55 millionPhoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, is currently to build three photovoltaic power plants with a peak power totalling around 21 megawatts (MWp) for KGAL GmbH & Co. KG (KGAL), a company based in Grünwald near Munich. This includes the largest solar park of 15.8 megawatts ever built by Phoenix Solar in Moos near Würzburg, as well as two other solar parks of 2.3 and 2.7 MWp respectively in the regions of Molise and Latium in Italy. The contract volume of all three solar parks comes to around EUR 55 million.Phoenix Solar has been building photovoltaic power plants for KGAL since 2005. Under a framework agreement, signed in 2007 and extended in 2009, the two contractual parties agreed to realise solar projects with a minimum investment volume of EUR 525 million in the period from 2009 to 2012. As part of this agreement, Phoenix Solar is

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KitPackers®, an Ellsworth Company, recently announced an agreement to be a 3MTM adhesive repackager. This agreement provides the 3MTM Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division with custom modification and packaging solutions for a wide range of one or two-component 3MTM Liquid Adhesive products such as epoxies, acrylics, urethanes, and premixed and frozen. The streamlined process allows the capability to provide rapid quotes, and fast turnaround on samples or finished goods. KitPackers custom packaging solutions ensure the correct package size, color, viscosity, or fillers for any packaging need. A comprehensive list of packaging capabilities, custom modifications and testing and documentation offerings can be found at www.kitpackers.com.The service is ideal for 3MTM adhesive customers and resellers who wish to use 3MTM adhesive products in non-standard packaging specified by customers and resellers. KitPackers specializes in developing chemical-packaging solutions that meet critical application requirements."KitPackers is excited about the credibility and new business growth opportunities this partnership with industry leader 3MTM will bring," stated Jamie Ellsworth, KitPackers President.About KitpackersKitPackers is a premier packager of one component and two component industrial chemicals such as adhesives, encapsulants, sealants, coatings, greases, lubricants, cleaners, primers and a wide variety of other specialty chemicals. KitPackers specializes in repackaging chemistries such as

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MAG recently formed a new Renewable Energy business unit providing automation solutions for solar panel and wind turbine manufacturing. The company announces over 20 million Euro in recent industry orders. More than 30 solar-panel production systems were delivered in the last five years.MAG is powering up on green energy, announcing the formation of a new Renewable Energy business unit to design and build automated manufacturing systems for solar panels and wind turbine components. The new business's operations are based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and Hebron, Kentucky, and are headed by Dr. Siegfried Schmalzried in Europe/Asia and Joe Jones in the Americas. According to Schmalzried, the renewable energy business is off to a strong start. "In recent months, we have secured more than 20 million in contracts, which represents an approximate 30 percent share of our targeted market," he stated."While our business unit is new, MAG itself is already firmly established in the renewable energy sector, having quietly built a worldwide leadership position in automated manufacturing systems for solar panels, Schmalzried added. "MAG has supplied more than 30 automated production lines for solar panels in all regions of the world in the last five years, and our systems have reduced manufacturing costs

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Watlow®, a designer and manufacturer of electric heaters, controllers and temperature sensors, has released its new "Simply the Best Heating Solutions" product catalog. With more than 85 years of experience in developing and manufacturing heaters, Watlow provides the industry's most complete selection of products to serve diverse customer needs.The catalog includes descriptions and specifications for the full line of Watlow's electric industrial heaters to fit a wide scope of applications and needs. Opening the catalog, a heater selection matrix describes eight heater types and their applications. A new extended capabilities category, available for higher volume orders, presents unique heaters or heater configurations that exceed traditional catalog product capabilities."Watlow's heater catalog provides the most complete line of industrial heater products available to serve the largest variety of customer needs. Our unparalleled product offerings enable us to craft a catalog that addresses the needs of all of our customers regardless of their size or the uniqueness of their requirements" said Ray Derler, Watlow's Director of Marketing. An easy-to-read table of contents featuring bold section headings for each heater type is followed by individual Watlow catalog product listings organized sequentially by most used applications, making it simple for customers to find the

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The fifth EM Asia Innovation Awards recently honoured DEK Solar for the technology breakthrough represented by its PV3000 photovoltaic metallization solution. Celebrating the highest standards in manufacturing technologies, the prestigious industry accolade recognises the significant role played by DEK Solar in the field of solar cell production. Presented to the DEK team at a ceremony in Shanghai, the industry accolade saw the PV3000 top the hotly-contested Alternative Energy Production Equipment category. Judged by an independent panel of industry experts in relation to innovation, challenging objectives and outstanding achievements, the PV3000 impressed high profile representatives from business, trade associations and academia with its capacity to deliver advanced levels of throughput. A breakthrough photovoltaic metallization solution, the PV3000 optimises solar cell manufacturing productivity by deploying multiple print heads in parallel. If one head halts for operator attention, the others will continue to print - virtually eliminating downtime.Commenting on the award win, DEK Solar Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, explains: "It's obviously an honour to be recognised by the EM Asia Awards since this really highlights our commitment to advancing commercial solar cell production in Asia and indeed, around the world. The PV3000 was born out of our drive to meet

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Gemini Energy Services, a division of Orion International, has been awarded a $200,000 Workforce Development grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, to create a tailored training curriculum for military veterans that will translate their military skill set into a Technical career within the Wind Industry. Orion International has committed an additional $154,000 to the grant award for training, tools and equipment costs, and will oversee the continuation of the program once the grant funding has been exhausted."Veterans are ideally suited for the Wind Industry due to their leadership experience, technical skill, and proven performance under the most difficult of situations, and yet a lack of wind-specific training can present a barrier to entry," said Mike Starich, President of Orion International. "We are pleased to have been awarded this grant by the DOE, which will allow us to develop an industry leading military-specific training curriculum to eliminate this barrier."The program will create an intensive multi-phase training curriculum, combining OSHA, industry-specific, and OEM training segments, as well as on-the-job practical work experience. Participants will be hired as employees of Gemini Energy Services, and will be supplied with all tools and equipment necessary to begin their career as Wind Technicians.Upon

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SGS is one of the exhibitors at the Intersolar Europe 2010, at stand no. 279, Hall B. The exhibition will take place from June 9-11, 2010 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. Under the guiding principle "connecting solar business", the international photovoltaic industry has the unique chance to learn more about the latest industry innovations. This three-day event offers SGS an excellent opportunity to showcase its inspection, verification, testing and certification services for the photovoltaic industry. For ensuring your entrance ticket, please register at our webpage.About the SGS Solar Test HouseThe SGS Solar Test House is a relatively new solar testing lab, located near Dresden, Germany, where solar modules are submitted to intensive testing as part of the module certification process. Holding a DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, the SGS Solar Test House can cover the entire quality control and analysis needs of these industry innovators, from raw materials to solar cells and modules.SGS can perform failure analyses (e.g. for silicon wafers) down to microscopic levels thanks to the nearby SGS Institute Fresenius, a microelectronics expertise center that employs high precision equipment to perform atom-level surface analyses, element depth profiles and identification of impurities and contact

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