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Solar thermal technology is becoming an intrinsic part of heat production both in domestic and industrial applications around the world. Innovative technologies are constantly expanding the fields in which solar thermal energy already finds application, as well as opening up new ones. Current trends and developments of the solar thermal industry are also a focus of the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar Europe, which takes place from June 8 - 10. This includes innovative storage technologies and solar air conditioning as well as the solar thermal generation of industrial process heat, to name but a few examples. 600 exhibitors show solar thermal technology, 300 of them exhibit both solar thermal and photovoltaic technology. In an exhibition space covering 165,000 square meters, a total of 2,200 companies from Germany and abroad will present their products and services in the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technology and solar thermal technology. Across the globe, solar thermal technology is continuously delving into new fields of applicationSso. The power of the sun is no longer just used for heating domestic water. If it were up to the German Solar Thermal Technology Platform (DSTTP) and their program entitled "Low Temperature Solar Thermal 2030",

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Raffaele Salutari new head of Sputnik Engineering Italia S.r.l.Raffaele Salutari is the new general manager of Sputnik‘s Italian subsidiary Sputnik Engineering Italia S.r.l. Since 30 May the 47-year old electrical engineer has been managing the twelve-man team in Giussano near Milano. The Italian disposes of long-term experience from managerial positions with different photovoltaics companies. With regard to his new employer Sputnik Engineering he considered the focus on inverters for grid-tied solar power plants, the high-quality products, and the excellent customer service particularly attractive. "Sputnik ranges amongst the leading inverter manufacturers of the solar industry," says Salutari. "The company has an excellent reputation and produces reliable inverters at an attractive price. I will further improve the position of Sputnik in Italy and will further increase the market shares." Given the current cutbacks it is particularly important to offer competitive products in Italy. On 1 July a new feed-in law will become effective that will reduce the feed-in compensation every month until the end of 2011. For 2012, two further degression steps are planned. "For large-scale systems, the feed-in tariffs will be reduced by 40 to 50 percent until the end of 2012," says Salutari. However, installations on single-family

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The Global Wind Energy Council called for urgent action to exploit Japan's tremendous wind power potential for a speedy transition towards renewable energy. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's announcement at the G8 Summit that Japan would move away from nuclear power towards more reliance on renewable sources is a welcome development, but there is a danger that by focusing on the ‘Sunrise Plan', other important opportunities such as wind power will be neglected."We were disappointed to hear that Prime Minister Kan did not make any mention of scaling up Japan's wind power capacity," said Steve Sawyer, GWEC's Secretary General. "Japan cannot afford to miss this opportunity to deploy the rich wind resource at its doorstep."According to a recently released report by the Japanese government, Japan has enormous wind energy resources which can help it make substantial efforts towards energy independence. Indeed, the report calculates the (purely technical) potential of Japan's wind resources amounts to as much as 1,900 GW, including 300 GW onshore and 1,600 GW offshore wind power. At the end of 2010, Japan's wind capacity stood at only 2.3 GW. Even prior to Fukishima, the Japanese wind industry associations had called for 50 GW of wind development, 25

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SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is pleased to announce the opening of the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC), taking place on June 13, 2011, in Tianjin, China. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the SGS test center provides a complete range of full-scale testing capabilities for rotor blades, including natural frequency, static, fatigue and ultimate static tests as well as consultancy and solutions in the wind turbine technologies field. ---On June 13, 2011, SGS Industrial Services officially opens the Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China. This is in response to the high demand for full-scale testing of rotor blades on an international footing and in China, which is currently the fastest growing wind energy market in the world.During the opening, which takes place at the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center, SGS will present interesting speeches and presentations related to the renewable energy sector and about the SGS test center. Attendees of the event will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about Rotor Blade Testing with a live demonstration of static and fatigue testing.Strategically located in China, a rapidly growing wind energy market, the WETC primarily focuses on Rotor Blade Testing. Blade failures

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd strengthens its operating management by establishing the new management position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and appoints Bernhard Gerber as COO of the Company as of 1 August 2011. Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) published today, that it will extend its existing Executive Board by establishing a new position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bernhard Gerber, currently CEO of MB Wafertec (Meyer Burger Ltd), Thun, will assume the duties and responsibilities of COO of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd and will strengthen the existing management team consisting of Peter Pauli, Michel Hirschi, Dr. Patrick Hofer-Noser and Sylvère Leu. Bernhard Gerber has been acting in various management capacities for Meyer Burger Group since 2007 and, as COO will mainly be responsible for the Global Supply Chain Management, the Global Services and selective process- and integration key projects across the entire group organisation. On a management level at MB Wafertec, Martin Plüss will take over the responsibilities as CEO of MB Wafertec from Bernhard Gerber as of 1 August 2011. Martin Plüss has been a member of the Executive Board of MB Wafertec in Thun and, as Head of Production & Logistics he has been responsible

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Dow Formulated Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), today announced the completion of a new wind blade epoxy adhesive production plant in Roberta, Georgia. The plant, which includes a new reactor and production equipment, is fully dedicated to the wind sector and will be used to support the U.S. market as well as exports to China and Latin America. The plant is located at Dow's existing Roberta, Georgia facilities, and should be fully operational by July 1, 2011.Jean-Luc Guillaume, Global Business Leader for Wind Energy for Dow Formulated Systems, said the new plant is part of a global Dow network of production assets that supports customers with local sources for wind blade technology, providing additional supply security and simplified logistics. "We are one of the few blade adhesive suppliers with production in North America," Guillaume said, adding that, "this investment demonstrates our strong commitment to the wind energy industry in North America and throughout the world."According to Guillaume, "Epoxy adhesives play a critical role in the fabrication, performance and durability of wind turbine blades where large substructures are bonded together to create the finished blades. Specialized properties are needed for adhesive

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Positive Energy, one of the largest EPC Contractors in Southeast Europe, completed the construction of a 2ΜWp photovoltaic park in the Prefecture of Lakonia in Greece.Positive Energy, one of the largest EPC Contractors in Southeast Europe, completed for the company Solar Gate, the construction of a 2ΜWp photovoltaic park in the Prefecture of Lakonia in Greece. The operation of the plant will have substantial environmental benefits including the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2,600 tons per year. This is the same amount of carbon dioxide that would be removed from the atmosphere each year by a forest of 130,000 trees via photosynthesis. Positive Energy was the main EPC contractor being responsible for the project design, the supply of equipment and the construction of the project.On behalf of Positive Energy, Mr. Konstantinos Mavros, CEO of the Company, stated: "We are very pleased to announce today the completion of this important project. The Greek PV market is rapidly growing with more than 150 GWp installed in 2010 and 80 MWp installed within the first quarter of 2011 which can lead to annual market of 300-350 MWp. Greece has set ambitious PV targets for 2020 and we are more than happy

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The World's Largest Exhibition for the Solar Industry Presents the "ISOL Navigator"ISOL Navigator shines a light on current and future market developments in the field of solar thermal technology across 16 key countries from all corners of the globe. The study, conducted by the agency solrico from Bielefeld, Germany, examines both opportunities for and barriers to market growth based on responses from 300 solar heating system manufacturers and providers. In cooperation with Intersolar Europe, the ISOL Navigator is being presented at the exhibition press conference on Wednesday, June 8 at 3:00pm, at the International Guest Reception Center West. There will also be a presentation on the study - "ISOL Business Index: International Solar Thermal Market Development and Outlook" - as part of the Intersolar Europe Conference opening session on the field of "Solar Thermal Technology".Solar heating is being successfully implemented on an international scale in diverse areas of application including hot water production, space heating, process heat, air-conditioning and water processing. The long-term potential, in the EU for example, is also huge: According to a study entitled "The Potential of Solar Thermal Technology in Europe", the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) considers an annual growth rate of 26% possible

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Today's vote in the European Parliament's powerful Environment Committee and the launch of a new report by the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) have increased the pressure for a higher EU emissions reduction target and a renewable energy target for 2030.The EP Committee voted in favour of increasing the EU's greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 30% including "25% internal reductions by 2020" within the EU."This is a very positive signal for the EU industry. It is in the EU's interest to reduce emissions at home and hence develop its green industry even further, as it holds a clear competitive advantage in renewable technologies", said Rémi Gruet, EWEA Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor for climate and environment. "Heavy use of clean development mechanisms and joint implementation offsets outside the EU will only be beneficial for our international competitors, such as China".The report also acknowledges the many positive impacts of higher climate protection and higher production of renewable energy, including six million potential additional jobs and a more competitive European Union.The proposal for a binding 45% renewable energy target by 2030, made by the European Renewable Energy Council in a new report launched today in Brussels, would have similarly positive impacts."EWEA fully

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aleo solar AG today announced that its aleo S_18 module has passed the salt spray test. On 8 April 2011, aleo solar AG was granted the certificate by the Swiss certification body SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA. The salt spray test is a completely voluntary quality test. Certification from this independent body is based on IEC 61701:1995 / DIN EN 61701:2000-8 and confirms the premium quality of aleo modules even under adverse environmental and weather conditions, such as the salt-laden air found in coastal regions. Solar modules can be damaged by salty rain or salt-laden humidity not just in coastal areas but also at inland locations. Dried salt remnants can be reactivated by rain or humidity. "The certificate shows that aleo solar AG manufactures to a high standard using premium quality components and that the production process benefits from the company's many years of experience and is continually being refined," says Dr. Jens Sabotke, CTO of aleo solar AG. The test simulates a real-world environment and is divided into several severity levels, each with a progressively longer test duration. Modules are normally tested at severity level 5, which has a test duration of 640 hours. However, the

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