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Teras Cargo Transport (America), LLC, a recognized full‐service marine transport and logistics service provider and BBC Chartering & Logistic GmbH & Co. KG, a recognized global leader in providing tailor‐made flexible shipping solutions for both heavy lift and project cargoes, announced this week that they have entered into a powerful alliance for the joint ownership of the multipurpose heavy lift vessel "BBC Houston", which is now flagged with the US flag.According to Svend Andersen, President and CEO of BBC Chartering, the US flagged vessel, m/v BBC Houston, is setting a milestone in the company's history and "we are proud to be able to now offer a US flag vessel to our global customers through our US Company".Joe Sanders, President and CEO of Teras Cargo Transport, said, "This latest edition to our fleet, the m/v BBC Houston, will increase our presence in the United States and worldwide, and it will improve our service on every continent".The m/v BBC Houston, a 7,500 dwt multipurpose heavy lifter with combined crane capacity of 500mt and a service speed of 16.5 knots, is operated by the new joint venture company "Teras BBC Chartering Houston LLC" located in Houston. Teras BBC is jointly owned by the

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Tony Jack - Marketing Manager for Tidal Today and Wind Energy Update will be tweeting live from the ‘4th International Tidal Today Summit and 1st International Tidal Today Awards'. Yes, for the first time ever content from this year's Tidal Today Summit will be updated on the social network, Twitter. The tweets will consist of live quotes from the speakers, exhibitors and sponsors and will also feature exclusive short interviews with Industry Experts. This year the Annual Tidal Today summit will include the 1st ever International Tidal Today Awards

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Today, Sputnik Engineering has received the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Award. The analysts with the global research platform examined the price/performance ratio, the features, the user friendliness, service and customer orientation of the Swiss manufacturer and compared them with the achievements of its most important competitors in the market for inverters. Today, based on the results, Sputnik has received the "Global Price Performance Value Leadership of the Year Award 2010"."Sputnik Engineering is following sustainable market strategies to offer its customers the greatest value at a competitive price", explained Nathan Halabrin of Frost & Sullivan. "With its high-quality and reliable solutions Sputnik is one of the few companies in the field of renewable energies that optimally meets the expectations of its customers."Frost & Sullivan based its analysis on quantitative and qualitative measurements. The research philosophy is based on the "CEO 360-Degree-Perspective" which delivers a clear picture of the business environment. The decision matrix follows a10-point scale which allows the performance of each company to be objectively analysed using various, distinctively weighted criteria in comparison with the most important competitors. "By awarding us this prize Frost & Sullivan has confirmed the goals we have set for ourselves," said a clearly pleased Sputnik

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Extraordinary shipments are a common sight at the Wallmann terminal in Hamburg. The breakbulk terminal, in which Rickmers-Linie holds a share of just over 25 per cent, specialises in the handling of out-of-gauge, heavy lift and project cargo. At the end of September 2010, a particularly unusual cargo was loaded onto the multipurpose vessel Rickmers Jakarta: three rail-mounted cranes manufactured by Kirow AG en route for the Far East. The shipment is bound for Xingang, China, where it is scheduled to arrive on 24 November 2010. Kühne & Nagel in Markranstädt and Hamburg participated in the forwarding arrangements involved in the transport from Kirow's plant in Leipzig, Germany, via Hamburg to Xingang.Each railway crane has a length of 19.5m and weighs 167 tonnes. They can be combined to form a block train. Rated at 160 tonnes, these cranes are even able to move whilst under load. The customer in China is the Chinese Ministry of Railways, which will utilise them in various locations.This shipment is part of a larger project that in total will have seen 16 railway cranes shipped to China between December 2009 and November 2010. Previously Rickmers-Linie has carried Kirow railway cranes from Hamburg to China

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XZERES Wind Corporation (XWND 0.00, 0.00, 0.00%) announced today the release of its new web-based analytical tool, called WindRx(TM). Designed to provide a comprehensive site assessment and financial review, WindRx(TM) is used to quickly assist potential customers with the purchasing decision of an XZERES wind turbine system. WindRx(TM) uses the best wind data available today combined with a custom financial analysis for a particular installation. The tool integrates wind resource data, energy production data based on specific site characteristics, government incentives (state and federal), and financing options to generate a detailed economic return profile for customers. It has the capability to perform "what if scenarios" that tailors to most customers' situations. WindRx(TM) will generate a report that shows key decision parameters such as out of pocket cost, payback period, and net savings over the life of the equipment. The report will also provide a detailed review of yearly cash flows, site specific information, monthly energy production of the wind turbine system, and return on investment (NPV, IRR).According to XZERES CEO, Frank Greco, "WindRx(TM) is a powerful tool, designed and developed for ease of use. We are pleased to introduce this exciting application that greatly enhances a customer's ability to

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China Technology Development Group Corporation ("CTDC", the "Company" or "we") (CTDC 2.48, +0.02, +0.81%) , a growing clean energy group based in China to provide solar energy products and solutions, announced today that CTDC has signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement (the "Agreement") with Goldpoly International Limited ("Goldpoly") to establish a solid and long-term relationship for supply of solar cells, and jointly build up the vertically integrated PV value chain.Pursuant to the Agreement, both companies agreed to form a solid long-term relationship for supply of solar cells. Goldpoly agreed to provide CTDC with high-quality polycrystalline PV cells not less than 100 megawatt ("MW") per year from beginning of 2011 at the lowest price in the market and CTDC agreed to preferentially purchase the solar cells from Goldpoly as its major supplier.CTDC and Goldpoly will jointly develop the vertically integrated PV industry chain. CTDC is developing the down-stream chain of the industry, including PV modules manufacturing and PV application solutions, while Goldpoly is focusing on PV cells production to integrate the industrial mid-stream chain."We are delighted to partner with Goldpoly, which is another significant step for CTDC following the acquisition of PV modules manufacturer," said Mr. Alan Li, Chairman and CEO of

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The experts at 3S Swiss Solar Systems in Lyss for building-integrated photovoltaics and Hansjürg Leibundgut, the well-known professor for building technology at ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), have announced their collaboration in the field of energy optimisation in buildings. Together they have developed a combination of a photo cell with a solar panel to form a "hybrid solar panel" which significantly improves the efficiency of photovoltaic installations. This collaboration has allowed 3S Swiss Solar Systems, a 100% subsidiary of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, to extend its technical expertise as a provider of leading-edge solar systems in the field of building integration. The combination of the new solar modules with a heat pump and a geothermal probe in a complete system not only raises the efficiency factor of the solar panels but also ensures optimum heat utilisation. The new concept lowers electricity consumption significantly and makes low-cost emission-free operation possible. The overall gain in efficiency means the building can also supply energy. The system developed by Professor Leibundgut at the ETH in Zurich means that surplus heat from solar power generated in summer can be stored using a geothermal probe in the ground, re-utilising it in the cold months

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SOLON Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of the Berlin-based solar energy company SOLON has been awarded the "2010 Generation Supplier of the Year" award by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). This recognition reflects the successful collaboration between SOLON and PG&E in Vacaville, Calif. on a 2.6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project. SOLON Corporation designed and installed the fixed-tilt solar power plant as part of a turnkey project, and PG&E is the owner and operator. The solar modules used for the project were manufactured in SOLON's factory in Tucson, Arizona.PG&E's "Generation Supplier of the Year" award category included nominees from the PV, nuclear, hydro and wind supplier communities. Suppliers were nominated by the PG&E Supply Chain, and the winner was determined based on a qualitative and quantitative ranking of safety, quality, service focus, diversity and green culture, among other items. SOLON's perfect safety record, on schedule and on budget project management expertise, and focus on reducing the total cost of ownership of a project contributed to SOLON being honored at an awards banquet in San Francisco on November 1.As part of the utility's solar energy initiative, PG&E plans to use PV power to deliver more than 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity

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Bentek Solar, a leader in design and manufacturing of Optimized Configure-To-Order (CTO) Solar Combiners and Re-Combiners announces a new solar Bi-Polar Array combiner. This Bi-Polar Array combiner is specifically design and manufactured for the Schneider Electric Xantrex GT30 Grid Tie Solar Inverter."We are pleased to work in partnership with Schneider Electric to design and manufacture a Bi-Polar combiner package to support their new Xantrex GT30 inverter. The GT30 inverter/combiner products fill a growing need in today's PV marketplace for innovative, cost-effective solutions," said Mitch Schoch President and CEO of Bentek Solar."The Bentek Solar Bi-Polar combiners are specifically designed for Bi-Polar Arrays up to 500VDC. Features in these Bi-Polar combiners include: Finger safe design and options for integrated disconnect and current sense. All Bi-Polar combiners come standard with lockable NEMA 4X fiberglass enclosures and are UL1741 listed and CSA 22.2 certified," said Jim Peplinski, Chief Technology Officer of Bentek Solar."The Schneider Electric Xantrex GT30, a transformerless bipolar design, has both the best Weight to KW ratio (<6lbs per KW) and Volume to KW (<0.3 cubic ft per KW) ratio of any product on the market. Its revolutionary design allows for rapid rooftop or electrical room installation with a very small footprint." said Rudy Wodrich, VP Commercial Business at Schneider Electric.For more information about Bentek Solar's combiners

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GCube Insurance Services, Inc., the leading global insurer of renewable energy technologies, announced today that Sara Eisenstat has joined the company as Vice President.Ms. Eisenstat will be responsible for product development and new business growth initiatives targeted at the company's renewable energy offerings. Ultimately she will attain underwriting authority for a number of key product areas for the organization."We are thrilled to have Sara Eisenstat join the GCube team in New York. Sara brings significant underwriting experience and a proven track record in developing the types of new products that will be needed to address the complex risks associated with commercializing the clean energy sector," said Tim Kinsella, Senior Vice President of GCube.Ms. Eisenstat in the most recent addition to the GCube team in the past several months as the company continues to build its focus and expertise in the solar and clean energy specialties and will be a key contributor to the insurer's continued success."I'm excited to join the GCube team, which is known throughout the industry for its extensive knowledge of the renewable energy industry and its commitment to innovative insurance solutions. I am looking forward to working with our clients who are advancing new and exciting renewable energy technologies," said Sara Eisenstat upon joining the company.For the past three

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