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The Rickmers Group has taken delivery of Rickmers Masan, its tenth MPC (multi-purpose carrier). Built at the Jingling yard in China, the new vessel is the first in a series of four Superflex Heavy MPC vessels that are being long-term chartered to Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) for a period of eight years. They will operate a new HMM service linking the Far East with the Middle East.The naming of Rickmers Masan and her renaming as Hyundai Masan took place in brilliant sunshine in the port of Masan, Korea, on 18 November 2010. Her sponsor, Ms Ji-Yi Chung, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Merchant Marine, smashed the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow of the vessel and wished Captain Pavlo Buturlakin, his crew and the ship "fair sailing and a hand's breadth of water under your keel at all times".At just over 190m in length and with a deadweight capacity of 30,000 tons, Rickmers Masan is similar to the Rickmers fleet's Hamburg class ships, a type of vessel that has been deployed with enormous success in Rickmers-Linie's Round-The-World Pearl String Service since 2002. She is equipped with two 320-tonne cranes capable of twinning for a maximum load of 640

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aleo solar AG has supplied the solar modules for a 5.5 megawatt solar farm in Italy for one of the largest open-area projects in the company's history to date. Approximately 24,000 avim a_18 type modules have been installed in Corinaldo (in the province of Marches). The modules are manufactured by avim solar production Co. Ltd. in Gaomi, China, a joint venture company of aleo solar AG. The open-area solar power plant with a proprietary installation system using screw anchors has been supplying the public grid of the electricity provider Enel since 4 November 2010.The plant is expected to generate an annual yield of 7,200,000 kilowatt hours. This is equivalent to an annual consumption of more than 2,400 four-person households in Italy. This prevents 3,800 tons of harmful CO2 from being emitted each year. The Ancona Solare S.r.L. solar farm was built by one of Italy's leading solar energy companies: General Building S.p.A. of Polverigi has already installed photovoltaic power plants with a total output exceeding 25 megawatts. The German company IFE Eriksen AG has invested roughly € 22 million in the power plant through a holding company which is half-owned by the Eriksen Group.‘The modules produced in our joint venture

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Carl Zeiss reports two further orders for the mask registration metrology system PROVETM. The recently launched system is already installed at customer sites in Asia and USA and enables high resolution in-die registration measurements on photomasks."The first customers using the PROVE tool confirmed the unique performance in terms of repeatability, tool stability, and measurement accuracy." states Dr. Oliver Kienzle, Managing Director of Carl Zeiss Semiconductor Metrology Systems Division, a leading supplier for photomask metrology and repair tools. "We are pleased that the impressive measurement results convinced two further Mask Manufacturers to order a PROVE system in order to enable their future mask manufacturing. With the growing installed base PROVE gains rapidly footprint in the market."One striking benefit for the customers is the diffraction limited, high resolution imaging optic working at the lithographic relevant 193nm wavelength. This enables the measurement of arbitrary production features without placing registration marks. The proprietary autofocus and calibration strategy of the new system enables a repeatability of below 0.5nm and an accuracy of below 1nm for best registration measurement performance.Recently Carl Zeiss and Synopsys announced the joint development of a new CATS data preparation output module for PROVE registration measurements, which will further improve the PROVE

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Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, is building two solar power plants in Italy with an overall peak power of 8.9 megawatts (MWp). The customers are two project companies belonging to E.ON Climate & Renewables. Phoenix Solar AG is responsible for planning and building the photovoltaic power plants in both of these projects near Taranto in Apulia (6.1 MWp) and near Alessandria in Piemonte (2.8 MWp). Crystalline solar modules provided by E.ON are being used. Construction work on both projects started in October 2010, with completion scheduled before the end of the year."We are delighted that, after our first successful project in France, we are now carrying out project work for E.ON in Italy", commented Ulrich Reidenbach, Chief Sales Officer of Phoenix Solar AG. "Italy is a very promising future market where we will be implementing more projects in 2011 as well.""Solar energy is playing an increasingly important role in our renewable energies mix. So, we are delighted to have found Phoenix Solar as a flexible and reliable partner with long-standing experience and know-how in planning and building of large-scale solar power plants", stated Christophe Jurczak, E.ON Climate & Renewables Director of

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Broadwind Energy, Inc. (BWEN 1.71, +0.03, +1.79%) today announced that its Tower Tech Systems subsidiary was selected as the supplier of wind towers for the Glacier Hills Wind Park project.The Glacier Hills Wind Park is located in the towns of Randolph and Scott in Columbia County, Wisconsin. The 90-turbine project is expected to generate more than 400 million emission-free kilowatt hours annually--enough to power 45,000 homes."Broadwind is the strategic supply partner to Vestas and with its new and upgraded facilities, it made the selection of Tower Tech as the supplier to the WE Energies project very natural," said Bjarne Hansen, president of Vestas Towers. "We look forward to installing one of the largest wind energy projects announced in the region in the very near future."Jess Collins, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Broadwind, stated, "We congratulate Vestas for moving this key wind project forward. As a leader in manufacturing multi-megawatt wind towers in the United States, Broadwind offers our customers unparalleled wind industry component offerings, support and value-relationships. In this challenging economy, we are pleased to have added a number of jobs at our Manitowoc, Wisconsin wind tower plant. With this order plus other business booked during

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In order to support faster progress in the offshore floating wind industry, DNV and key players are developing a common design standard. The conclusions from this joint industry project will provide best practices on principles and technical requirements and guidance for design, construction and in-service inspection work.Although the offshore floating wind industry is still in its infancy, there is a significant potential in the vast deep-water areas around the world. The bottom-fixed offshore wind industry is already booming but the deep waters around Japan, China, Southern Europe and the USA remains huge untapped resources for offshore floating wind energy."However, floating wind turbines introduce new risks and technological challenges related to stability, station keeping, power transmission and structural strength. In addition, economic aspects are likely to be challenging in the early phases. One barrier to the growth and development of this industry has been the lack of a design standard," explains Johan Sandberg, the business development leader for wind at DNV."Having developed standards for the maritime and energy industries for decades, DNV has experienced that cooperation to create unified rules results in faster industrial progress. The development work is carried out in a joint industry project (JIP) where best practices are

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From 9 to 12 December 2010, BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH (BBB), among the leading German consulting service providers in the field of wind energy, will be exhibiting at the Turkish RENEX fair. The company's wind energy experts from Gelsenkirchen and Weiden will be available to share their knowledge with visitors at the joint exhibition stand of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia in Hall 1, Stand 1H29 at the Istanbul Expo Center. "We firmly believe in the opportunities offered by the Turkish market," stressed Joachim Binotsch, one of three executive directors at BBB. He is responsible for technical due diligence at the company's head offices in As a link between the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, Turkey offers special opportunities for services "made in Germany".According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Turkey will be Europe's fastest growing country in 2011. "We are already working with Turkish partner IHSAN TURKELI on some interesting, trend-setting projects," explained Binotsch, adding, "The growth potential for wind energy in Turkey will not be exhausted for a long time."The aim of the Turkish government is to increase wind energy capacity from 800 MW to 10 000 MW in 2014. Thus far, Turkey has to a large extent been reliant on energy imports, although conditions are ideal for expanding production, particularly in

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BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH (BBB), one of Germany's leading service providers in the field of wind energy, was recently granted accreditation by the German Accreditation Board (DAkkS) to conduct wind measurement in accordance with DIN ISO/IEC 17025:2005. At the same time, the company was reaccredited in the field of "determining wind potential and energy yields of wind energy systems" after a period of five years."We are very pleased to receive accreditation in the field of wind measurement," said Klaus Bergmann, one of the three "Bs" at BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH. He is responsible for wind measurement and specialist reports at the company's offices in Weiden, Bavaria. "Both accreditations once again demonstrate to our customers that our forecasts on project investments and future yields of wind park projects are highly reliable," he added. The accuracy of wind measurement and specialist reports is of decisive importance to the overall success of a project. Even an error of only a few percentage points will have a direct effect on the results of yield studies, increasing risk to investors.The accreditations document the diligence and accuracy with which the team of experts from Gelsenkirchen and Weiden goes about collecting and analysing measurement data. The DAkkS testing procedure strictly adheres to the specified criteria. The accreditation process not only includes checks on the

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Dipl. Kfm. Dietmar Harting has been honored with the highest academic award for his outstanding services to national and international engineering standards, business achievements and multi- faceted commitment to both state and society. The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Leibniz University of Hanover has awarded an honorary doctorate to the managing partner of HARTING KGaA (Espelkamp). University President Prof. Dr. Eng. Erich Barke handed the 71-year-old the certificate awarding him an honorary doctorate in engineering at a celebratory academic gathering in the regional capital of Lower Saxony.In his honorific speech, Prof. Dr. Eng. Ernst Gockenbach of the Institute for Energy Supply and High-voltage Engineering said that Harting had single-mindedly employed his considerable abilities in expanding the company and making a strong commitment to engineering standards. "He is a peerless and visionary role model of huge importance to both society and the economy." In his roles as President of the German Standards Institute (DIN), Chairman of the German Commission for Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Information Technology and many other offices, Dietmar Harting has made a definitive mark on German standards and, as a significant and reliable partner, advanced these standards throughout the world. His work at the helm of the CENELEC European standards organization (2007 - 2009) was dedicated to this goal. As Gockenbach stated:

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Today the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) publishes a new report with a vision for a modern renewable energy power system, which sets out how the grid can integrate increasing amounts of wind energy.Last week the European Commission said: "The EU pays the price for its outdated and poorly interconnected energy infrastructure". Today the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) publishes a new report with a vision for a modern renewable energy power system, which sets out how the grid can integrate increasing amounts of wind energy. ‘Powering Europe', launched today at the GRIDS 2010 conference and exhibition in Berlin organised by EWEA, argues there are no major technical barriers - but there are major economic benefits - to integrating large amounts of fuel- and pollution-free wind energy into Europe's electricity grid.The new report identifies infrastructure and markets as the two key barriers to hugely increasing the amount of wind power in Europe's electricity supply.In order to deliver the onshore and offshore wind energy from where it is produced to where it will be consumed, Europe needs:• extended, upgraded and better connected grids,• fair and effective competition in a truly internal European market in electricity. The economic benefits of creating

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