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The UK is the global leader in the development of Marine Renewable energy. This source of renewable energy is one of the most reliable and predictable of all. With technologies now proving their viability and plans for commercial deployment of projects now gathering momentum this industry is on the dawn of a new and very profitable era. In the race to deploy tidal stream technology, there are three clear front-runners: the UK, Canada, and the US. They have key demonstration projects, the first array developments planned, and relatively good policy support. In the UK, Tidal energy devices will soon to be deployed at multi megawatt scale, producing commercially viable ‘green' electricity by 2015 predicts first minister Alex Salmond, marking a major breakthrough for the industry. Meanwhile, Canada and the US have stepped up their efforts to exploit their significant tidal regions in areas such as the Bay of Fundy and Vancouver Inlets, with companies like Ocean Renewable Power progressing numerous projects. South Korea leads the Asian charge, although the focus has largely been on tidal barrage schemes. While there has been some new funding for tidal, such as the European Regional Development Fund's support for Tidal Energy's DeltaStream project, typically

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As the offshore wind sector grows so will the size of the turbines used to power its energy into electricity?According to the Offshore Wind Supply Chain Strategy Report 2011 the average size of offshore wind turbines is set to grow from its present 2 to 7MW capacity range to between 10 and 20MW in the next 10 to 15 years.On the basis of a wide-ranging industry survey of offshore wind turbine manufacturer OEMs the new report finds that 40 per cent of respondents see 10 to 20MW as the standard size in future years, 35.6 per cent sees it growing to between 8 and 10MW and a notable 6.7 per cent believe it will go even larger beyond 20MW.The report's authors say that one of the main drivers behind the increase in size is to improve OEMs economies of scale on offshore projects and reduce cost.The ramp-up will bring a myriad of challenges for offshore component suppliers. According to OEMs it will lead to the need for "compact and lighter designs" of blades and towers, reliable electronic components and the location of manufacturing plants closer to offshore wind farms.One leading OEM said: "Components increasing in size is a natural development

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Mexico's first high level international wind energy event will take place on 14-15 February 2012 in Mexico City. Mexico WindPower 2012 is being organized by the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE), E.J. Krause de México (EJK) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)."It is a great pleasure to participate in the launch of this forum gathering the key players in the wind industry in Mexico. The sector is expanding rapidly but faces great challenges to sustain this growth in the long term", said Leopoldo Rodriguez Olivé, President of AMDEE.E.J.Krause has since 1993 collaborated with the energy industries and environment sector in Mexico with exhibitions, The Green Expo and Powermex. "We are very pleased to be able to work with the combined national and international experience of AMDEE and GWEC to launch the Mexico WindPower conference and exhibition" said Ned Krause, president and CEO of EJKrause & Associates. With increased interest from the Mexican government and the rapid development of new wind Projects, we believe that it is time for a specific wind energy event.""We are delighted to be co-organising Mexico WindPower at this phase in Mexico's growing wind power market. The conference will bring together a range of high level

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Using the modular belt conveyors by Montech, user can optimize wafer and cell sorting in the solar industry. A solar conveyor brings the wafers/cells, a vacuum conveyor transfers the wafers/cells to carriers or boxes after sorting, and finally, a closed-loop transfer system carries away the carriers or boxes. Montech exhibited this application for the first time at the European Photovolatic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition 2011 in Hamburg, where it aroused the interest of many visitors.Unproductive return track eliminated"It's an endless working cycle, including picking, transport and placing operations, without unproductive return strokes, designed to optimize the sorting process," explains Gianluca Aloisi, Sales Manager, Montech AG. With the Vacuum conveyor running at 5 meters per second, the system can sort 4,000 wafers per hour, ensuring a significant productivity increase.

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DNV's recognized standard for design of offshore wind turbine structures has been through a revision process together with the wind energy industry. The updated standard which aims to reduce cost and increase safety is now available.The standard, Design of Offshore Wind Turbine Structures (DNV-OS-J101), provides principles, technical requirements and guidance for design, construction and in-service inspection of offshore wind turbine structures. After its launch in 2004 it has been widely used in the offshore wind industry. This is the third revision of the standard and the updated document has been through a comprehensive peer review process involving many leading industry experts in addition to DNV's internal quality review process.The updates are focused on reducing costs and increasing safety. Specific highlights include:Section 9 for grouted connections is rewritten. It is clarifying that the scope is limited to tubular and conical grouted connections in monopile structures and referring to other standards for grouted connections in other types of structures. Further, it introduces new design requirements for grouted connections without shear keys. These have been based on recent research including lab-tests and replace previous requirements which have proven inadequate. DNV along with leading industry participants are currently completing laboratory testing on scale effects

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BTU International (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, introduces the TRITANTM HV90 metallization firing system for silicon photovoltaics.The TRITAN HV90 dual-lane metallization firing system features increased throughput at 3600 wafers per hour, an edge belt, volatile organic compound (VOC) abatement and a single zone spike with less than 3 seconds spike time."The HV90 is a dual-lane firing furnace that is optimized for volume production," said Bob Bouchard, product marketing manager for metallization products at BTU. "Dual-lane processing is a tremendous leap forward in the race to lower cost per watt. Customers switching to dual-lane can expect a 35 percent increase in capital efficiency and with the TRITAN HV90's unparalleled performance in lane to lane matching, there is really no reason to wait," added Bouchard.The TRITAN metallization firing system features BTU's unique TriSpeedTM technology, allowing users to take advantage of superior ramp rates - up to 200ºC per second - while not compromising the drying and cooling sections of the profile. The three-belt, three-speed system provides revolutionary control of profile development. In trials, TRITAN has consistently shown an improvement in fill factor resulting in increased efficiency.

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BTU International, Inc., a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced that Paul Lancaster, western regional sales manager, will serve as a panelist for the Solar Module Manufacturing Panel Discussion at the upcoming SMTA International Conference & Exhibition at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT in the Exhibit Hall Theater. The discussion will be moderated by Chrys Shea of Shea Engineering Services. Lancaster will be joined by panelists Matthew Holzmann of Christopher Associates Inc., Alan Rae, Ph.D. of TPF Enterprises, and Dongkai Shangguan, Ph.D. of Flextronics International.The panel discussion is geared to helping individuals who are already in the solar industry or considering becoming involved. Experts will share their experience and insights to answer questions in all areas of solar energy systems manufacture. Audience members are encouraged to bring their questions to the event or submit them in advance by emailing Chrys@sheaengineering.com. 

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Conergy, one of the world's leading solar system manufacturers, today launched its ‘Conergizer' tool in the UK to coincide with the start of Green Building Week. The online systems planning tool helps users work out the best solar solution for any roof - aesthetically, financially and in terms of pure kilowatt power generation potential. The move is expected to enable the viability of many solar projects in the UK that have previously been discounted because buildings are not south-facing or roofs have chimneys or other obstructions, and to increase awareness of best practice solar installations.Available for free at conergizer.co.uk, the software allows users to enter building data such as location, dimensions, roof type and obstacles (such as windows, chimneys etc.) to create an attractive 3D graphical model. A simulation of sunlight over the course of the year highlights areas of shading so solar panels can be positioned accordingly."Solar can be a great investment if you put the right panels in the right places," said Robert Goss, Managing Director of Conergy in the UK.

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Milton Keynes, UK, September 27, 2011: Cyntech Components, a specialist supplier of electro-mechanical components, announces a universal junction box for silicon-wafer solar PV modules that can be quickly customised to suit each application. It comes with three surface-mounted bypass diodes as standard but up to six can be installed. There is a choice of soldered or crimpled contacts, and the boxes can accommodate standard ribbon cables or non-ribbon crossing cables. This easy customisation means that only one type of box has to be stocked to meet the requirements of a variety of applications.Sealed with a Gore-Tex® membrane, the IP67-rated box measures 111mm x 140mm x 26.5mm and accommodates between 2 and 8 ribbons with a maximum diameter of 7.5mm. The conductor cross-section can be 4mm or 6mm. Depending upon configuration, overall current rating is 20A and the junction box is rated at 1000 V DC to TÜV EN50521.PR agency contactBob Jones, TechnoPRTel: 01225 866930 Email: bob.jones@technopr.comCyntech Components contact for more information Dave Mellor, Cyntech ComponentsTel: 01908 821811 Email: dave.mellor@cyntech.co.ukAbout Cyntech ComponentsCyntech Components specialises in the supply of standard, modified standard or custom electro-mechanical components and power supplies. The company markets products under its own brand, and is also a manufacturers'representative

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The new Siemens Wind Power Division headquartered in Hamburg will start operations on October 1. "Hamburg is a highly attractive location and at the same time one of the world's most important wind power centers. For that reason we will in the future be running our fast-growing wind power business from this city," said Michael Suess, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Energy. "With our new organizational setup we'll have a stronger regional alignment and greater customer intimacy. They are key prerequisites to continuing the success story of our wind power business in the future, too. Our starting position for that is very good: We can build on a record order backlog totaling almost 11 billion euros and, in offshore wind power plants, the fastest growing market sector, we're world market leader." In Germany alone, Siemens has already secured orders for six offshore wind power plants in the North and Baltic Sea with a combined capacity of 1300 megawatts (MW). It is anticipated that the work force of Siemens Wind Power in Hamburg will triple from the current 170 to over 500 by 2013. Worldwide Siemens has a work force of approximately 7800 in

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