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HARTING Hongkong honored with the HSBC Living Business AwardHARTING Hongkong, the Asian subsidiary of the HARTING Technology Group, won the coveted "HSBC Living Business Award - Certificate of Excellence" in the "People Caring" category.The award is bestowed by the HSBC bank group, supported by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the Business Environment Council as well as the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management.The HSBC Living Business Award acknowledges companies that are committed to the implementation of socially and environmentally compatible business practices in the meaning of sustainable growth. The award is bestowed in three areas of business and entrepreneurial sustainability: environmental protection ("Green Achievement"), charitable and societal commitment ("Community Engagement") and care of employees ("People Caring").The "Award of Excellence in People Caring 2010" acknowledges the exceptional achievements of HARTING Hongkong in the areas of employee development and employee care. The jury placed special emphasis on effective mutual communication between employers and employees, training and further development offerings, equal opportunities, work-life balance, family compatible working conditions and the well being of employees. 

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Building Department Gives WePOWER Turbine Green Light After TestingThe first Vertical Axis Wind Turbine has now gone live in San Diego County, at the home of a forward-thinking resident named Tim Williams, who is taking action to go green. This 3.4 kW Falcon turbine from WePOWER was installed on an 18' pole on Williams' property by Joe Moore Construction, an authorized WePOWER dealer.Joe More appeared before the County Building Department and presented WePOWER's modern Vertical Axis Wind Turbine for approval. Unlike traditional prop-style turbines, WePOWER's Falcon turbines are virtually vibration-, noise-, and maintenance- free, and are safe for birds.To permit the installation, San Diego County Building Department required a satisfactory report from a qualified third party. TUV SUD America, Inc., a globally recognized testing and certification organization, inspected and promptly approved the job.WePOWER turbines have gone mainstream with global customers including: Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Best Buy, Tata Energy, and countless local businesses and residences. With systems deployed across the globe, WePOWER has emerged as the industry leader in the small wind category.WePOWER's best-in-class Vertical Axis Wind Turbines represent the most comprehensive family of products available, including: 600W, 1.2kW, 3.4kW, 5.5kW and 12kW. WePOWER's turbine systems are Approved Stimulus Products and

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A new Han® 70 A Crimp module - predestined for applications presenting the toughest mechanical demands - is now available for the Han-Modular® series from the HARTING Technology Group. The Han® 70 A Crimp module is plug compatible with the Han® 70 A Axial screw module already used in many applications. The transmission of a great deal of power in the most compact space is one special feature. For example, this allows up to 12 power contacts with 70 A and 1000 V to be implemented in a pluggable version in a Han 24 B connector.Technical details:- 2 power contacts per module and up to 6 modules per connector- High working voltage of 1000 V- Large conductor cross-section of 10 to 25 mm²- Crimp termination technology, crimping tools already on hand can be used- Contacts can be removed without tools- Plug compatible with the 70 A Axial screw moduleAs an open connector system, the Han-Modular® series is especially flexible and allows adaptation to users' individual requirements. Consequently, users can put together "their" connectors to satisfy the required configuration. In order to increase the number of possible configurations, new additions are continually joining the current 36 modules for electrical, optical and gaseous signals. 

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On Saturday, January 15th, the American Institute of Renewable Energy (AIRE) is offering a free renewable energy seminar to those interested in receiving training in the solar and weatherization industries.The American Institute of Renewable Energy (AIRE) is offering a free renewable energy seminar on Saturday, January 15th, 2011. The seminar is entitled FR-101: Solar Training: Free Solar Seminar. Its attendees will learn about the renewable energy and solar energy technical aspects, careers, job markets, solar training, weatherization training, solar certifications, government policies, the American Recovery and Grant Program under the Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009, and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).In order to attend this seminar, one must preregister to save a seat since spots are limited. Please visit AIRE's website, and click on "Upcoming Training Sessions" and choose the session FR-101: Solar Training: Free Solar Seminar. The seminar will give valuable information to those who want to enter the solar and weatherization industries and receive specialized training.The American Institute of Renewable Energy (AIRE) is an alternate energy research, development training and technology company. AIRE is committed to developing a skilled workforce to bring integrated engineering and advanced technological solutions to provide clean affordable renewable energy to people, communities and countries

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With an estimated 40,000 new turbines to be installed in the US by 2015, wind turbine OEM's are desperate to source reliable components from local suppliers. Importing components from Europe and Asia can be costly and lengthy. New wind component suppliers need to secure manufacturing capacity strategies now if they are going to seize their share of this evolving market.AWEA's end of year press statement showed that not only did the wind energy industry survive a tumultuous year but actually laid the groundwork to return to strong order taking and large scale installations in 2011. To add to that the decisions make on offshore wind have buoyed a once highly niche industry area into one that has the potential to be as great if not greater than what is currently installed on land.Combined with the increased federal support, high profile investment in a dedicated offshore grid off the east coast, reforms set to change the way that transmission is handled and the fact that "87 percent of Americans want wind energy," 2011 looks set to be a great year for wind.The challenges faced though to the OEM's and their Tier 1 and 2 suppliers are tricky. They need to become

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News that the installation of a giant wind farm located in the Moray Firth, Scotland, is set to go ahead has been welcomed by the concrete industry keen to realise the potential of a range of foundation solutions for offshore wind turbines.Moray Offshore Renewables has signed an agreement with the Crown Estate to start work on three separate wind farms in the Moray Firth. They will be named Stevenson, MacColl and Telford as a tribute to famous Scottish engineers. Moray Offshore expect that this wind farm development will produce up to 1,500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 750,000 homes. The development will be as large as the London Array wind farm planned for the Thames Estuary but will be dwarfed by the even larger 3,500MW project planned for the Firth of Forth by Scottish and Southern Energy.The Moray Firth and Firth of Forth projects represent, in water depths of between 30m and 60m, the next generation of wind farms. These will require more robust and bigger wind towers, said Andrew Minson, executive director of MPA The Concrete Centre. Accordingly, the concrete industry has developed a new range of wind tower foundation solutions that make good use of the long-term,

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Renewable Energy Provider Leveraging ANSYS Multiphysics Engineering SimulationRenewable energy equipment developer/manufacturer IMPSA is expanding its investment in ANSYS® software to create innovative wind and hydro turbines, which will make the systems more efficient and, consequently, deliver improved customer satisfaction.Headquartered in Argentina, IMPSA plans to apply the full range of ANSYS capabilities in complex multidisciplinary applications, including aerodynamic engineering, structural mechanics, fluids dynamics, noise prediction, design life, electric generators, and control and power electronics concerns."Simulation-driven product development is a key element of our R&D strategy, designed to enhance our global competitiveness, lower per-unit power generation cost and create superior customer value," said. Dr. Bernardo Beling, director of technology at IMPSA. "The breadth and depth of the ANSYS multiphysics-based portfolio coupled with ANSYS high-performance computing capabilities and dependable local support make the ANSYS solution unique in addressing our current and future design and analysis needs."The renewable energy industry is fraught with engineering challenges due to a wide range of variables that go well beyond component design - including interactions at the system level as well as manufacturing, transportation, installation and operating behavior concerns. Traditional build-and-test approaches are expensive and time consuming, and they provide only limited insight into optimal designs. The

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After reviewing the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision on the Cape Wind, LLC wind energy facility proposal to construct 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, Mass., that was compiled by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has made its determination under Section 10/Section 404 jurisdiction to issue a Corps permit for the proposal.The application for the Cape Wind wind energy facility federal permit was filed with the Corps of Engineers in compliance with Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, which provides for federal regulation of any work in, or affecting navigable waters of the United States; and with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge or fill of material in United States waters, including wetlands. The Corps completed its Section 10/404 permit review and Record of Decision on Jan. 5, 2011 and issued a Corps permit for the proposal.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, formerly called Minerals Management Service (MMS), is the lead federal agency in the environmental review, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). BOEMRE released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

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JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar"), a fast-growing vertically integrated solar product manufacturer with low-cost operations based in China, announced today that it has entered into a module supply agreement with Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc. ("Premier Power"), a leading photovoltaic system integrator based in California. Under the terms of the agreement, JinkoSolar will supply Premier Power with 1.3 megawatts of multi-crystalline solar modules in the first quarter of 2011.The agreement enables Premier Power to expand its product portfolio to include another high-quality supplier with cost-efficient manufacturing. JinkoSolar continuously improves the quality and cost of its products through its vertical integration, proprietary technology, equipment updates and strict quality control procedures in accordance with ISO 9001 quality management standards. JinkoSolar has received CE and TUV certifications for all solar modules sold in Europe and UL certifications for all solar modules sold in the United States."Premier Power has always sought to be an innovative leader in solar energy integration systems. We welcome JinkoSolar to our group of strategic suppliers, with whom we work closely on a continual basis to maximize performance and drive down costs," said Dean Marks, chairman and chief executive officer of Premier Power."We are excited to develop a long-term

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New product targets global wind energy market PPG Commercial Coatings is introducing a sophisticated urethane gel coat designed specifically for the wind energy market. The gel coat is available in clear for wind blades and pigmented for nacelles, as developed and manufactured by Plasticolors, Inc., of Ashtabula, Ohio. The urethane gel coat will be marketed and distributed globally by PPG. The two companies will work together to address the advanced coating requirements of the rapidly expanding wind energy industry."The gel coat we've developed will be attractive to wind turbine manufacturers as a high performance alternative to epoxy and polyester gel coats in use today," said Scott Becker, president and chief executive officer, Plasticolors, Inc. "Since our expertise is manufacturing and development, we wanted to make sure we worked with someone who could give this product technology maximum exposure and the industrial consideration it merits. PPG has a long-term focus on, and understanding of, the wind energy industry. Their global sales and distribution channels make them a perfect partner for this technology.""Together Plasticolors and PPG bring a complete commercial and technical package to the wind energy market when combined with our urethane primer, topcoat and technical service," added Steve Podlas, brand

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