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A new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets says that, while glass will continue to dominate substrate and encapsulation materials used for thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV), new materials including metal foils, plastics, ceramics and composites will grow rapidly in importance. The main driver for using these new materials will be the need to support flexible PV in order to reduce PV panel costs using R2R processes and the rise of "intrinsically flexible products; notably those used for building-integrated PV (BIPV)."In total, the TFPV substrate/encapsulation market is expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2015, going on to reach $1.8 billion by 2017. And while some of the most advanced encapsulation systems have proved difficult to develop and come with a high cost, NanoMarkets has identified several areas where these systems are beginning to make economic sense, most notably in the CIGS sector.Additional details about the report, "Encapsulation and Flexible Substrates for Thin-Film Photovoltaics" are available at www.nanomarkets.net.Findings from the ReportThe NanoMarkets report notes that, despite their decline in overall market share, glass makers can still expect opportunities to emerge for them. Thus new flexible glasses will be able to participate in the growing sector of the TFPV market that

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Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a world leader in solar electricity, today announced that it will supply its industry-leading tandem junction thin film solar panels for an 18.5 megawatt (MW) DC solar deployment in Ontario, Canada. The solar deployment, which is being developed under a joint venture between SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. , and SkyPower Limited, is comprised of two solar parks, SunE Sky Norfolk I and II. Construction began in March of 2010 and is expected to be completed this fall.The 18.5 MW solar deployment is located on two sites in Norfolk County, Ontario, in Port Dover and Simcoe.Once online, the power produced by the Norfolk plant will be purchased and delivered to Ontario residents and businesses by the Ontario Power Authority. The Sharp thin film solar panels utilized for the project feature Sharp's tandem-junction design that captures a wider part of the solar spectrum. The panels were manufactured at Sharp's thin film solar plants including the solar cell plant in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, one of the greenest manufacturing sites in the world."We're pleased to be using Sharp products to deliver renewable energy in Canada," said Jason Gray, VP

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China's wind power can reach 230 GW of installed capacity by 2020, which is equal to 13 times the current capacity of the Three Gorges Dam; its annual electricity output of 464.9 TWh could replace 200 coal fire power plants, according to China Wind Power Outlook 2010, a new report jointly released by Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).In 2009, China led the world in newly installed wind-energy devices, reaching a capacity of 13.8 GW (10,129 turbines) - a rate of one new turbine every hour. In terms of overall capacity, China ranks second, at 25.8 GW. "The rapid wind power growth in China was propelled by both the growing need for energy and the government's eagerness to develop low-carbon technology," said Li Junfeng, secretary general of CREIA. "China's speed of wind power development is remarkable," commented Steve Sawyer, secretary general of GWEC. "In 2005, only one Chinese company was among the top 15 manufacturers in the world. Today, there are five." The report projects that by 2020, China's total wind power capacity will reach at least 150GW, possibly up to 230GW, which, if realized, could cut 410 million tons of

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Meyer Burger has successfully concluded a contract of over CHF 30 million for wire saws with a customer in Asia. The customer plans the expansion of its production facility in 2011, and relies on the high-tech manufacturing equipment from Meyer Burger. The wire saws are scheduled to be delivered during fiscal year 2011.Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that the group member Meyer Burger Ltd succeeded in concluding a contract for the supply of wire saws with a customer in Asia. The customer plans an expansion of its production capacity in 2011. The wire saws from Meyer Burger Ltd will secure the manufacturing of high quality solar wafers. The entire equipment is scheduled to be delivered during fiscal year 2011.Further information:Werner BuchholzHead of Corporate CommunicationsTel +41 (0) 33 439 05 06w.buchholz@meyerburger.chAbout Meyer Burger Technology Ltdwww.meyerburger.ch Meyer Burger is a leading and globally active technology group for innovative systems and processes for cutting and handling crystalline and other high-grade materials. The machines, competences and technologies of the different companies within the group are used in the solar industry (photovoltaics), semiconductor and optical industry. The thinnest wafers made from silicon, sapphire or other crystals are required in these

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SNRY Shareholders to Receive SOPV StockSolar Energy Initiatives, with businesses in solar project development, distribution and workforce training, today announced that the company intends to distribute shares of Solar Park Initiatives. SNRY will file a registration statement during the fourth quarter of 2010 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which will enable SNRY to distribute SOPV shares upon being declared effective.Under the spin-off agreement, Solar Energy Initiatives' shareholders as of market close on October 29, 2010 will receive one share of Solar Park Initiatives for every two shares of Solar Energy Initiatives that they own. Upon the Registration Statement being declared effective by the SEC, Solar Energy Initiatives will distribute the shares of Solar Park Initiatives common stock to SNRY stakeholders."Solar Energy Initiatives is committed to unlocking the value of our emerging asset to our loyal shareholders," stated David Fann, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Energy Initiatives. "Management has determined that the distribution of SOPV shares to our shareholders is in the best economic interest of both sets of investors. This will allow Solar Park Initiatives to broaden its shareholder base, while delivering value to the investors of Solar Energy Initiatives. In order to facilitate this transaction, SNRY's

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NIB and Danish Vestas Wind Systems A/S have signed a new 4.5-year loan agreementtotalling EUR 25 million for financing Vestas' R&D programme.The loan, which is an extension of the EUR 30 million loan NIB signed with Vestas inDecember 2009, is earmarked for developing a new type of a 3 MW wind turbine for low andmedium wind regimes. The R&D programme is focused on improving the design of the bladesand nacelle, as well as on adjusting the cooling system and load-optimised operation ofthe wind turbine. These measures are expected to increase the turbine's reliability,reduce its own energy consumption and increase the output capacity."This R&D project of developing a new type of a wind turbine contributes to an efficientand less costly production of wind energy. Lending to R&D projects within the renewableenergy field is at the core of NIB's mandate. Innovation is one of the most importantways of raising productivity in an advanced economy and, hence, its competitiveness,"says Johnny Åkerholm, NIB President and CEO.Vestas is the world's largest producer of wind turbines. The company designs windturbine parks for all wind conditions and Vestas-produced turbines have been installedin 65 countries worldwide. The Nordic Investment Bank is the common international financial institution of theeight Nordic

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To meet the growing demand for precast modular foundations a new and innovative foundation system, Cell BlockTM, has been developed for small and community wind turbines. The Cell BlockTM foundation system will allow for the harnessing of wind power on sites like landfills and contaminated Superfund sites, as well as those found in remote locations once thought unreachable.Cell BlockTM modular foundation systems-developed by Cell Blocks, Inc. and Oldcastle Precast, Inc. for small and community wind turbines-are a precast post tensioned block system that can be assembled in a variety of configurations on site with minimal site preparation. They are non-ground penetrating which makes them perfectly suited for use in locations where ground penetration is either not allowed-such as landfill or environmentally sensitive applications-or impractical due to hard to penetrate ground conditions.Each Cell BlockTM modular foundation system is designed and engineered specifically for the location of the installation. The size, quantity, and configuration of the blocks are engineered based on a number of critical considerations including soil bearing pressures, regional wind design speeds, factored loads, uplift potential, buoyancy loads, and stress loads on all materials, as well as many other factors that must be considered during the design and

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Grenzebach Maschinenbau signs contracts at glasstecEvery two years, glasstec - the world's most important fair for the glass industry and the respective sub-suppliers - takes place at Düsseldorf. Grenzebach Maschinenbau showed a lot of innovative technology for the glass and solar branch on their new, two-story fair stand.„For us, glasstec is the most important fair world-wide" explains Egbert Wenninger, member of the management and responsible for Glass and Solar Sales world-wide. „This year we could notice economic recovery in all sectors of our markets. The Glass as well as the Solar sector showed increased investment activities; there were again discussions about concrete projects," he adds. Of course, Grenzebach was especially pleased about the two orders for a total value of more than 5 Mio €, which were placed at the fair.This year's combination of solarpeq and glasstec had a very positive response for providers of the thin-film technology as Grenzebach. „In our solar circle we exhibited technologies at the fair, which are innovative as well as useful to our customers for the production of flat glass and thin-film solar modules." A newly developed ultrasound gripper for instance handles solar modules without touching them. The also "non-contact" energy and

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Construction of offshore wind farms requires new type of vesselA joint venture between HOCHTIEF Construction and the project and heavy-lift carrier provider BELUGA Shipping has commissioned the construction of a special jack-up vessel for the more rapid assembly of offshore wind turbines from the Polish shipyard Crist. The vessel should go into service in 2012, in order to meet the big demand for special equipment in this booming market. It was agreed that no details of the contract value would be disclosed.BELUGA HOCHTIEF Offshore developed an innovative concept and the design to handle these tasks and will also operate and charter the vessel once it is constructed. In addition, the jack-up vessel will be used by HOCHTIEF for offshore construction jobs. Henner Mahlstedt, Chairman of the Executive Board of HOCHTIEF Construction says, "There is huge interest from market players. We are therefore considering the construction of a second jack-up vessel." According to Mahlstedt, HOCHTIEF expects annual sales of almost half a billion euros from the Group's entire offshore business. 

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