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A cursory glance at the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind vs. coal for example has many questioning the long term sustainability of this renewable energy.Ein flüchtiger Blick auf die Kosten der Stromerzeugung durch Offshore-Windanlagen verglichen mit der Kohle veranlasst viele dazu, die Nachhaltigkeit dieser erneuerbaren Energie in Zweifel zu ziehen.But that is only one snapshot in time of an industry that is set to employee tens of thousands, drive billions of pounds into the UK economy and help meet important climate change targets by 2020.Aber das ist nur eine Momentaufnahme einer Industrie, die darauf ausgerichtet ist, Zehntausende von Arbeitsplätzen zu schaffen, Milliarden von Pfunden in die britische Wirtschaft zu schleusen und dazu beizutragen, bis zum Jahr 2020 wichtige Ziele im Rahmen des Klimawandels zu erreichen.This is not an industry resting on it laurels and surviving solely on government hand-outs; Far from it. At the world's largest offshore wind construction conference taking place in London this October 4-6 the most popular topics up for discussion are how to drive down construction and operational costs while investing in proven technology and strategies.Dies ist keine Industrie, die sich auf ihren Lorbeeren ausruht und einzig und allein durch Regierungszuschüsse überlebt - ganz

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd - 1st Half Hear 2011• Excellent results once again• Continuing dynamic growth and attractive profit margins• Guidance for full year 2011 increasedMeyer Burger Group increased its net sales by 61% to CHF 575.0 million in the first half of 2011 compared with CHF 356.9 million in the corresponding period in 2010, despite an economic environment that was marked by strong turbulence in foreign exchange rates. The increase in sales is solely due to organic growth. Adjusted for foreign exchange rate effects, net sales actually grew by 66%. With this achievement in net sales, Meyer Burger Group is on track to meet its ambitious full year sales target of CHF 1,200 million. The order backlog as of 30 June 2011 amounted to CHF 1,240.8 million, which provides an excellent basis for the business performance during the second half of 2011 and for the year 2012. EBITDA in the first half of 2011 reached CHF 154.9 million, corresponding to a margin of 26.9% (H1 2010: EBITDA of CHF 64.6 million and a margin of 18.1%). At EBIT level, Meyer Burger generated a profit of CHF 125.1 million and an EBIT margin of 21.8% (H1 2010: EBIT of CHF 34.4 million, EBIT

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SunSi Energies Ships First Trichlorosilane (TCS) Order Outside of China Nitol Solar, Russia's Largest Polysilicon Producer, Purchases Initial OrderSunSi Energies, Inc. ("SunSi"), a specialty chemical provider to the solar industry, announced today that Russia-based Nitol Solar, one of the world's largest polysilicon producers, has purchased 117 metric tons of trichlorosilane (TCS) from SunSi's Wendeng facility located in Weihai City, China.This initial order represents a significant milestone for SunSi as Nitol Solar becomes SunSi's first customer outside of China to purchase TCS.Initial orders in the industry are typically for smaller quantities but following integration of high quality TCS into the production and shipping processes, they are usually followed by significantly larger sized future orders. SunSi is undergoing a production capacity expansion at its Wendeng, China manufacturing facility, to support orders from companies such as Nitol and larger orders from existing clients in China. SunSi expects to receive additional orders from companies outside of China as the Company expands its sales footprint. SunSi currently sells significant quantities of TCS to two of the world's five largest polysilicon producers located in China.Recently, SunSi completed the first expansion of its facility in Wendeng and is aggressively moving forward with new, diverse business development initiatives

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DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) recently added two key accounts, Sunways AG and Heckert Solar AG, to a growing list of leading photovoltaic manufacturers using DuPontTM Solamet® PV17x photovoltaic metallization pastes to produce higher efficiency solar cells and modules. Since their introduction in February 2011, Solamet® PV17x series photovoltaic metallizations have repeatedly proven they enable higher conversion efficiency, process reliability, yield and superior aesthetics. Because Solamet® PV17x series metallizations also enable 10 percent lower material consumption, they achieve results more cost effectively. The ability to use less material translates into savings for cell and module manufacturers.Sunways is a specialist in colored façade modules for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) that recently adopted Solamet® PV17x photovoltaic metallizations for colored crystalline silicon modules. An example for the application of such modules is the Paul Horn Arena in Tübingen, Germany, where striking emerald green modules cover the whole 520 square meter southwest façade of the building - the world's largest photovoltaic façade using colored solar cells - where more than 20,000 Sunways Solar Cells deliver approximately 43.7 kilowatts of output and generate around 30,000 kilowatt hours of solar electricity on an annual basis."Paul Horn Arena represents optimal performance and aesthetics, and the metallization

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Wind power deployment in Brazil is set to exceed 5,000 MW by 2013, a five-fold increase from the current installed capacity, according to a study undertaken by the Global Wind Energy Council in cooperation with the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica), with support from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).The Summary Report ‘Analysis of the regulatory framework for wind power generation in Brazil' published today shows that current efforts of the Brazilian government to tap into the country's vast wind power potential are bearing fruit, but that a long-term specific policy framework for wind power is required to sustain investment in the sector.Brazil currently has 1,120 MW of installed wind power capacity in 55 wind farms, mostly located in the eastern coastal states of the country. In addition, several energy auctions held since 2009 have added 5,175 MW of projects contracted by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, which would bring to country's wind power installations up to more than 7,200 MW by 2014 and attract more than 12 bn USD in investment."The current pipeline for wind power projects looks very healthy," said Ricardo Simões, President of ABEEólica."International experience has shown that long-term investor certainty is key for

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Dow Introduces ENLIGHTTM DC-8300 Coolant for Diamond Wire Ingot Squaring: Coolant Offers Cost Savings, Manufacturing Efficiency and Sustainability• Easy cleaning. • Reduced thickness variables (TV).• Good environmental profile.• Product to be officially unveiled at 26th EU PVSEC Conference: Hall A4, Stand B2.The Dow Chemical Company has introduced a diamond wire ingot squaring coolant that improves photovoltaic (PV) wafer manufacturing efficiency while also improving the sustainability of the production process. ENLIGHTTM DC-8300 Coolant, which will be officially unveiled at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (26th EU PVSEC), is the latest innovation from Dow that can help improve performance and/or lower the total system costs of PV applications.Next-generation diamond wire saws are designed to reduce overall PV manufacturing costs by using a higher cut speed and fixed abrasive technology instead of loose abrasive slurry for cutting. ENLIGHTTM DC-8300 Coolant is designed to address common challenges associated with diamond wire cutting processes. The product offers:• High Cutting Precision and Efficiency: Because of its excellent suspension and dispersion capability, as well as other attributes, the percentage of bricks with high thickness variables (TV) can be reduced with ENLIGHT TM DC-8300 Coolant. [See Table 1 below.] In addition, ENLIGHTTM DC-8300 Coolant can sustain

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Advanced Formulation Delivers Capability for High Speed Roll to Roll Processing of Flexible Solar Substrates BRISTOL, U.K., Aug. 30, 2011 - DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced the low temperature processing DuPontTM Solamet® PV414 photovoltaic (PV) metallization paste designed for rotary screen printing to enable high speed roll to roll processing of thin and flexible solar cells and modules. The new offering was recently qualified at Flexcell, a leading Swiss producer of flexible amorphous silicon thin film modules for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and mobile solar chargers. Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes are key to higher efficiency and lower system costs for both crystalline silicon (c-Si) and thin film PV."Roll to roll processing can offer huge productivity benefits to thin film photovoltaic module manufacturers like Flexcell, and we are very pleased that we were able to optimize the new Solamet® PV414 for their process," said Kerry Adams, business development manager - DuPont Microcircuit Materials. "Metallization pastes must be carefully adapted for rotary screen printing on thin film substrates to ensure material, and therefore cost, is not wasted and high efficiency is maintained. We will continue to expand Solamet® offerings for thin films as well as traditional crystalline

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The energy turnaround and the push to expand renewable energy generation is posing major challenges for manufacturers of wind energy plants. To ensure economic viability, efforts are focusing first on improving the availability and productivity of existing production facilities. One of the wind energy industry's top priorities is to maximize utilization rates by speeding up manufacturing processes in order to reduce unit costs and achieve a rapid payback on investments. The use of new material technologies is making an important contribution to this.In rotor blade production, one obvious way of accelerating the process would be to use polyurethane-based adhesives for rotor blade bonding, although these represent a very recent development in the wind power industry. Traditionally, blade shells and spars have been bonded using two-component epoxy resins. While these materials reliably meet the extremely high mechanical specifications, they are rapidly reaching their limits when it comes to the automation of manufacturing processes. New technologies are therefore needed to speed up and automate production.Henkel is now presenting a solution in the shape of its newly developed polyurethane adhesive Macroplast UK 1340. The specialist in high-performance polyurethane adhesives has succeeded in developing a PUR adhesive that satisfies the specific mechanical requirements for

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Bringing together two of the most innovative and trusted bolt securing technologiesNord-Lock has acquired US company Superbolt Inc and Swiss company P&S Vorspannssysteme AG.Superbolt and P&S offer high-quality products for critical bolting applications. The products are used in heavy industries such as offshore, energy and mining. Like Nord-Lock, Superbolt and P&S have developed an excellent solution that provides maximum security, and hold global recognition. Consequently two of the most innovative and trusted bolt securing technologies are brought together."The acquisition of Superbolt and P&S is another giant step forward in our vision to be the undisputed global leader in bolt securing" says Mikael Helmerson, Managing Director of the Nord-Lock Group. "We have very high expectations for our new common future." Robert Steinbock, President of Superbolt continues, "The synergies between Nord-Lock and Superbolt are the best we have seen of all the companies that we have ever considered joining with". Together with Allan Steinbock, Vice-President, Robert is excited about the potential for the whole company and the ability of the group to now meet all bolt securing needs. The CEO of P&S, Roman Germann, concludes "Nord-Lock and Superbolt are active in the same sectors and our products are often used

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centrotherm photovoltaics succeeds ISE-certified solar cell with sensational 20 percent efficiency• Company presents product innovations and updates along the solar value chain at leading EU PVSEC photovoltaic trade fair• All technological developments focus on higher efficiencies and lower operating costs• Major order for multi-crystalline ingot furnaces from Taiwan for centrotherm SiTec Blaubeuren, August 30, 2011 -At this year's 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC: September 5 to 8, 2011, in Hamburg) centrotherm photovoltaics AG is presenting technology and systems boosting efficiency along the photovoltaic value chain. There is great demand for efficiency enhancements and lower operating costs in view of the intensely competitive market environment among solar cell and module manufacturers. The globally leading technology and equipment provider is responding to these demand from its customers with state-of-the-art production systems and corresponding upgrade and retrofit packages.

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