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Applied Materials, Inc. announced today that Motech Solar, one of the world's leading producers of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells, has installed and qualified an Applied Baccini back-end line for double printing applications at its volume production facility in Tainan, Taiwan. Applied's recently announced Esatto TechnologyTM on the Baccini® system will be used to manufacture Motech Solar's new c-Si solar cell design.{pagebreak}Dr. Kuo En Chang, president of Motech's Solar Division, stated, "We've successfully used Baccini systems for cell production for five years. We recently installed Baccini's new Esatto Technology for double printing our new cell architecture and have had outstanding results. As a long term collaborator with Applied Baccini, we look forward to continuing our close relationship for future development.""We are pleased to be collaborating with Motech to further optimize the solar cell configurations in their technology roadmap," said Davide Spotti, vice president and general manager of Applied's Baccini Cell Systems. "Our Esatto Technology has been specifically designed for multiple printing applications and incorporates numerous proprietary hardware and software innovations, including the integration of high resolution imaging, screen alignment and advanced process control. Baccini's systems solution, using the Esatto Technology platform, provides a unique capability to help Motech and other

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Munich, 20th October 2009 - Linde Nippon Sanso (LNS), a company of The Linde Group, has been awarded a long-term contract to supply gases for Bosch Solar's new manufacturing site in Erfurt, Germany. Under the turnkey contract, Linde will provide high purity nitrogen from an on-site air separation unit and bulk oxygen. Bosch Solar, a Division of Bosch Group, produces crystalline Si solar cells at its site in Arnstadt near Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany.{pagebreak}Formerly known as ersol, the Bosch Erfurt site is expanding with investment of more than 530 million Euro for the construction of a completely new facility to manufacture crystalline silicon solar cells. The facility was officially inaugurated in March 2009 and, when fully ramped up, the overall capacity of the site will reach 630 MWp (megawatt peak). The project is partly funded by the European Union and will create a significant number of new jobs."This latest contract further strengthens our relationship with Bosch, a leader in both thin-film and crystalline photovoltaic (PV) production," says Andreas Guenther, President Linde Nippon Sanso. "We already supply Bosch Solar at this site in Arnstadt with specialty gases, as well as a wide range of gases to Bosch's nearby thin-film facility."Over the

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• E.ON Climate & Renewables to commission Phoenix Solar with the construction of a 1.5 megawatts solar park• France to become important market for large-scale photovoltaic power plantsSulzemoos, 20th October 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG, a leading, TecDAX-listed international photovoltaic system integrator has been commissioned by E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH to plan and build a solar power plant with a capacity of 1.5 megawatts in France.{pagebreak}E.ON Climate & Renewables, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, is responsible for the E.ON Group's global renewables and climate protection activities. Following the recent establishment of Phoenix Solar's French subsidiary, Phoenix Solar SAS, this project is an important major milestone in entering one of tomorrow's most important European photovoltaic markets.Phoenix Solar will install the solar park near Le Lauzet in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region on a southern alpine slope at an altitude of 1,000 m. The company will be using crystalline solar modules spread across a four hectare site to generate some two million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This corresponds to the annual demand of about 600 households. Construction is scheduled to start end of October. The aim is to have the solar power plant connected to the grid before the end of the year."We are very pleased to

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*The Spanish company will also provide advice on engineering and design optimization of the 3 MW plant, located in Ivarem.*The new plant will represent 3% of the Belgian solar photovoltaic market, whose facilities represent 100 MW of the total output installed in the country.*In this its first significant inroad into the solar photovoltaic market , NIZET, one of the most relevant Belgian engineering companies, has chosen PROINSO as its partner.{pagebreak}*The total supply operation awarded to PROINSO amounts to €5 million and will begin within the next few days.*The launch of the Ivarem photovoltaic solar power plant is scheduled for December 2009.October 13, 2009 .- The Spanish company PROINSO, specialists in engineering and supply of photovoltaic solar plants, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Belgian engineering company Nizet, for the supply of modules, inverters and fixed structures, which will become the largest solar farm in Belgian, located in Ivarem.PROINSO-a company which forms part of the OPDE group- will also be responsible for advising on engineering and design optimization, as well as training the qualified staff of the Belgian company. The new plant at Ivarem will have an output of 3 MW and will become the largest in Belgium, a

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Rehm Thermal Systems will highlight advanced soldering & solar solutions at Productronica, booth A4.341As the world's leading exhibition for electronics manufacturing, Productronica 2009 delivers an ideal platform for Rehm Thermal Systems to showcase its range of Convection and Condensation as well as Vacuum Condensation Systems, along with a live demonstration of its popular Pyrolysis residue management technology.{pagebreak}The Rehm team will also reveal solar equipment or the metallization line at the show, being held in Munich from November 10th - 13th.As the only global soldering equipment supplier delivering both Condensation and Convection as well as Vacuum Soldering Systems, Rehm's thermal management expertise is unprecedented in its field. One of the highlights on booth A4.341, the company's VisionXP Convection Soldering System draws on this expertise to unlock a series of operational benefits including process reliability, minimal maintenance and ease of use. At the heart of this system is the breakthrough Pyrolysis technology, being demonstrated live on the Rehm stand. Incorporated in the VisionXP's residue management system, Pyrolysis shortens long molecular chains to reduce the amount of condensable waste within the process chamber. Operating at approximately 500°C, Pyrolysis ensures a clean and dry reflow system for efficient, environmentally friendly disposal of contamination. A

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The team at DEK Solar is currently celebrating a historic award win, having topped the hotly-contested PV Process Equipment category at the Solar Industry Awards., the Solar Industry Award was presented to DEK's Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown and Solar Engineering Programme Manager, Richard Willshere at the recent European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition.{pagebreak}Forming one of the highlights of the show for the DEK Solar Team, the Solar Industry Awards saw the company triumph in the programme's most fiercely competitive category. Voted for by members of the public rather than a closed panel, the PV Process Equipment category attracted the highest number of votes, which eventually cast the PVP1200 as a best-in-class solar technology. Delivering the high yields and throughput rates required by the solar processing sector, the PVP1200 has driven unprecedented high accuracy metallization of crystalline silicon solar cells. All the features of the PVP1200 that provide its clear competitive edge come from its innovative design. Exceptionally compact, the modular platform makes the most of factory floor space while dedicated handling for thin wafers maximizes yield.Commenting on DEK Solar's award win, Darren Brown explains: "We're immensely proud of what we have achieved since our entry into the

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Merck to present innovative products for displays, lighting and photovoltaics at the IMID in Ilsan (Korea) and the FPD International in Yokohama (Japan) • IMID: Merck to focus on isishape etching paste concepts for efficient and eco-friendly structuring of substrate surfaces in touch panel and silicon solar cell manufacturing as well as isiphorTM efficient lighting materials for LEDs{pagebreak}• FPD International: Merck to present PS-VA technology and its advantages over conventional LCD technologiesSeoul, Korea/Tokyo, Japan, October 9, 2009 - Merck KGaA announced today that it will be exhibiting at the IMID (International Meeting on Information Display) from October 12 to 16, 2009 in Ilsan (Korea) and at the FPD International from October 28 to 30, 2009 in Yokohama (Japan). The global pharmaceutical and chemical company will be highlighting its innovative products for the display , lighting and photovoltaics segments.The Merck product range includes licristal liquid crystals, licrivue® reactive mesogens, livilux materials for OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) lisicon, organic electronics, isishape printable etching pastes as well as isiphorTM phosphorus materials for LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). Merck is the world leader in manufacturing and marketing liquid crystals for liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Liquid crystals from Merck are used in

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· The Spanish company won the award in the category of best photovoltaic application of the year (PV Application Award) in recognition of the high-tech incorporated into their MS Tracker 10 solar tracking systems.{pagebreak}· The solar industry awards are granted by the prestigious British magazine with international circulation, PV Solar, which acknowledges with these, awards (Solar Awards) the best developments, products, technologies and applications from solar energy companies worldwide.· The award was given to MECASOLAR-company integrated company in the Spanish multinational OPDE-, during the European Solar Photovoltaic Energy (EUPV) held recently in Hamburg (Germany).October 6, 2009.- The solar trackers MS Tracker 10, developed and manufactured by the Spanish company MECASOLAR have received the award for best PV solar application of the year during the "Solar Awards 2009"; the international awards granted to solar energy companies. The awards are convened by the prestigious international publication of British origin, PV Solar, which acknowledges the commitment and investment by MECASOLAR in incorporating new technological developments into their 1 and 2-axis solar trackers, European leaders in implementation in solar photovoltaics. MECASOLAR received the "PV Application Award 2009" at

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NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 30, 2009 - BTU International (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, announces that it will highlight leading technologies in booth 189 at the upcoming Solar Power International 2009 expo, scheduled to take place October 27-29, 2009 in Anaheim, Calif.{pagebreak}"We are pleased to present a truly exciting array of new products," said Jan-Paul van Maaren, Ph.D., BTU vice president marketing. "We have next generation technologies for both CdTe and CIGS thin film applications and for silicon photovoltaic use."In thin film photovoltaics, BTU leverages its experience with large-scale, custom, in-line thermal process systems for CdTe and CIGS processes. These systems can be well over 100' in length and include specialized features like coating capability and novel atmospheres. System design is scalable and systems are available for lab, pilot and production use.In Silicon Photovoltaics, our new TRITANTM Drying and Firing furnace is designed for faster process speeds in combination with innovative heating and gas delivery technology. With optimized wavelengths, wafers can be heated at a steep temperature gradient. The proprietary multi-drive system allows the drying and cooling sections to run at a reduced speed, keeping the same

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The new OPDE Group Centre will be located in Turin Italy· The Spanish solar photovoltaic multinational, The OPDE Group - comprising the companies OPDE, MECASOLAR, PROINSO and RIOS- will sign next Friday, October 8th, an agreement with the regional government of Piedmont (Italy) for: The construction of 17 solar facilities in the period 2009-2010; the start up of the operation and the maintenance centre of RIOS photovoltaic systems and the assembly of MECASOLAR trackers and structures; as well as the creation of a Logistics and Research Centre for photovoltaic solar energy in the region.· The project will involve three phases from October 2009 to December 2010 and reflect the steady presence of OPDE in the Italian region for the next few years. The OPDE Group is expected to create 125 new direct jobs, from a total of 375 that will come from the ambitious solar photovoltaic project.· The new Centre in Turin will be the base for OPDE Group expansion into the markets in France, Germany, Austria and the Eastern European countries.September 30, 2009 .- The OPDE group and the regional government

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