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Tactile pressure indicating film provides a simple cost-effective method for process control and monitoring of solar module production equipmentSensor Products Inc. introduces Pressurex®, a surface pressure indicating film that reveals pressure magnitude and distribution between any two contacting or mating surfaces. In the Photovoltaics industry,{pagebreak}the need to reduce peripheral cracks on solar cells has received much attention. Pressurex® surface pressure indicating film directly fits this bill by providing a low-cost solution for quality control checks during equipment setup, calibration, as well as re-qualification of a solar module production line. The film is so sensitive that it picks up defects that can't be seen visually, such as micro cracks and surface aberrations. At least three specific assembly steps would benefit from the use of Pressurex® sensors: lamination, the frame press stage, and attachment of junction boxes. Pressurex® assures proper pressure magnitude to cause polymerization and securely bond multiple layers together during EVA and PVB lamination. During the frame press stage, Pressurex® sensor film helps verify adequate frame-to-module edge sealing.This unique Mylar-based sensor film reveals surface pressure from 2 - 43,000 PSI (0.14 - 3,000 kg/cm²). Pressurex® film is actually placed at the interface of

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Tentec Appoints McCann Equipment in Canada as Agents for Aero Wind Turbine Tools Continuing the expansion of its global network for the sales, distribution and service of the recently launched Aero range of hydraulic bolt tensioners for wind turbines,{pagebreak}Tentec is pleased to announce the appointment of McCann Equipment as its agent in Canada.The company is the largest supplier of torque tools and torque-related equipment in Canada and has been supplying Tentec's bolt tensioning tools in the oil, gas, nuclear energy, mining and industrial markets for the past 10 years. "The team at McCann has been supplying complementary equipment into the wind energy market and so have an excellent understanding of the needs of this fast developing industry." explains Roy Sheldon, Sales Manager for the wind turbine tools at Tentec. "All members of the team responsible for our products have been trained by our leading UK specialist to ensure they can work together with their customers to provide a first class service." McCann Equipment holds stock of the Aero bolt tensioners which means that they can fulfil Tentec's next day delivery promise - a unique and

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High-speed, reliable, and affordable metrology solutions for every class of thin-film photovoltaic material used in today's industrySan Diego CA, March 2009. Filmetrics announces the launch of its thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) dedicated measurement systems.{pagebreak}With the release of the F10-PV and the F37-PV Filmetrics now offers commercially available tabletop and in-line metrology solutions for industries utilizing all classes of TFPV materials. Typically built on or under transparent conductive oxides (TCO) on glass, plastics, or metal substrates, the properties of TFPV films are notoriously difficult to measure due to their special optical properties. Filmetrics has SOLVED this problem for all classes of films used in today's industry.The Filmetrics F10-PV and F37-PV products are capable of monitoring the film thickness of active layers such as amorphous Si, CdS, CdTe, copper-indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), TCOs, and buffer layers. These types of devices are intentionally designed to absorb rather than reflect light creating many unique challenges for performing metrology on these layers. Surmounting these challenges the F10-PV and the F37-PV can accurately measure the thickness and optical properties of even the most complex structures on TCOs adding unrivalled value in terms of production quality, efficiency, and cost control for TFPV

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Trina Solar Limited, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, founded in 1997, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008.{pagebreak}Full Year 2008 Results Financial and Operating Highlights    -- Solar module shipments were 201.01 MW, compared to the Company's       previous guidance of 200 MW to 206 MW, an increase of 164.8% from 2007    -- Total net revenues were $831.9 million, an increase of 175.6% from 2007    -- Gross profit was $164.4 million, an increase of 143.2% from 2007    -- Gross margin was 19.8%, compared to 22.4% in 2007    -- Net income for the full year was $61.4 million, an increase of 71.7%       from 2007    -- Earnings per fully diluted ADS for 2008 were $2.37, compared to $1.51       in 2007    -- Secured module contracts which are expected to generate approximately       300 MW in 2009 module shipments    -- Ranked in the top two of 14 international solar module manufacturers in       TÜV Reinland's Energy Yield 2008 for the testing period from September       1 to 30, 2008, as reported in January of 2009"Despite the challenging global economic and financial climate, we are pleased with our

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Relight Enerji Üretim, is Relight Group Turkey's company, received the authorization for three new wind farms in Balikesir, in the North of Turkey.It is expected that the wind farms, totaling about 205 MW, will be operating in 2010 with an overall investment of 300 million Euros. {pagebreak}The Relight activities in Turkey are going on: other projects totaling over 460 MW are under evaluation by EMRA (Energy Market Regulatory Authority), the Turkish agency that is in charge of granting the license for the construction of new energetic plants and other 500 MW are under development at different stages. The Turkish market has been one of the most rapidly changing among all emerging markets over the last decade, fuelled by the steady growth of the GDP and the liberalization of the energy sector in line with EU directives. Relight Enerji Üretim is Relight Turkey's subsidiary, headquartered in Istanbul. It is an integrated energy company involved in the following activities: production of energy from renewable sources, with a particular focus on wind and hydro power; import, distribution and transmission of electricity and natural gas; and waste-to-energy.Relight is a group headquartered in Milan, operating in the International renewable energy market, with

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Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, reached a decision today on a proposal to be put to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to raise dividend distribution to EUR 0.30 per share for the financial year 2008 (2007: EUR 0.20). This resolution is subject to the adoption of the annual financial statements for the financial year 2008 and approval by the Supervisory Board.{pagebreak}The Board of Directors cites the Group's very successful performance over the course of the financial year 2008 as the reason for its dividend proposal and increase in dividend. At the same time, Phoenix Solar AG confirms its intention of pursuing an investor-oriented dividend policy aligned to the company's growth and its business situation. All 6,684,500 of the currently traded shares of Phoenix Solar AG are entitled to dividend.The final dividend proposal to be put forward to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which will take place on 19 May 2009, will be announced when the annual general meeting is convened.This is an English translation of the German original. In the event of any doubt, the German version shall prevail.Contact:Phoenix Solar AGHirschbergstraße 8Anka LeinerTel. +49 (0)8135 938 - 315Fax +49 (0)8135

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5th PV Industry Forum in Munich, May 25 - 26, 2009International trends in photovoltaics at the PV Industry Forum The photovoltaics market in flux: growing production capacities and altered political and economic parameters{pagebreak}Future developments, prospects and technological trends in the international photovoltaics market will be the focus of the 5th PV Industry Forum which will take place on May 25 and 26 at the International Congress Center in Munich (ICM). Production capacities are growing across all sections of the photovoltaics industry's value added chain. The potential for cost reduction which this brings with it and the changing political economic parameters, particularly in Germany and Spain, will affect the future development of the international photovoltaics market.Strong growth in 20082008 saw the continuance of the 2007 boom in the photovoltaics industry. In Germany, the total installed capacity of all solar power installations rose from 3.8 Gigawatt peak (GWp) in 2007 to around 5.3 GWp in 2008. When the German Renewable Energies Act came into force in 2000, the overall capacity just about totaled 100 Megawatt peak (MWp).In 2008, the amount of new solar power capacity installed worldwide almost doubled, reaching approximately 4 GWp. With a world market share of 20 percent, Germany

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Southfield, MI - Schreiner ProTech is now marketing an array of specialized labels and identification-preparation equipment for solar panels and components. Drawing on its extensive solar product experience in Europe, Schreiner is nowaggressively seeking new customers in North America for its UL/CSA-approved solar labeling solutions.{pagebreak}The manufacturing of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules makes exacting demands of marking technology materials and systems.  Labels used for production control, track-and-trace, branding, and as power-rating and nameplates, must be able to permanently withstand extreme UV rays and weather conditions-many for the life of the PV module. In addition, they have to meet a number of legal requirements, such as UL and CSA standards.Today, every single solar PV module is marked with an individual code for production control purposes and traceability. The code is applied in a clearly visible location at the front of the module, and must retain its legibility-even after years of exposure to UV radiation. Schreiner ProTech has developed an Embedded Label for this application. It is TTR-printable, dimensionally stable, and is applied directly to the ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) sheet or a bus-bar of the solar module.Schreiner Power Labels have to comply with exacting legal requirements. They mostly

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The solar wafer production has high demands on quality control. Automatic optical inspection by machine vision systems is therefore of great importance. The business division of image processing & intra-logistics in Eckelmann AG, Wiesbaden, has developed a system for inline inspection of mono- and polycrystalline raw wafers, which steadily detects errors in geometry, surface defects and dislocations in the crystall structure.{pagebreak}Furthermore, the system measures precisely geometrical characteristics such as edge lengths, corner angles and chamfer lengths of square and pseudo square silicon wafers. The system is applicable of measuring gauge, the detection of its capability can be adduced semi-automatically, due to preprogrammed procedures in the system.In addition to reliability and accuracy, the new machine vision system impresses particularly with its clock cycle: At two image acquisitions per wafer, the time for measuring and processing adds up to 0.8 sec. Including transport times, up to 3,600 wafers can be examined by the system.Further Information:Eckelmann AG, WiesbadenDr. Johannes Stelterinfo@eckelmann.dewww.eckelmann.deby order of Eckelmann AGDr. Frieder SchwitzgebelPress Office SchwitzgebelWormser Straße 3855278 Oppenheimphone: +49 (0)6133 50954-1fax: +49 (0)6133 50954-2mobile: +49 (0)172 6190178e-mail: f.schwitzgebel@presse-schwitzgebel.de 

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141 new wind turbines in Oregon, USA, are to have Avanti Climb Assistance installed. This is a system which makes it easier for service technicians to climb up and down the ladders in wind turbines.The agreement with Avanti Wind Systems has just been signed. The 141 new wind turbines will be installed in Biglow Canyon in Oregon, USA, for Portland General Electric. Construction of the first 65 wind turbines will start in April this year. The next phase of 76 wind turbines in Biglow Canyon will be installed in 2010.{pagebreak}Climb Assistance has been developed by Avanti Wind Systems. The system makes it easier for service technicians to climb ladders, reducing their loads by up to 40 kg.In simple terms, Avanti Climb Assistant consists of an endless rope which is fastened to the technician's harness with a clamp of the same type used in mountain climbing. Giving a gentle tug starts a motor which pulls on the rope, thus facilitating climbing for the technician. The rope runs along the ladder and the pull weight is set by the technician. For example, if he weighs 100 kg and sets the pull to 40 kg, he only has to raise 60 kg of

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