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Euler Hermes Rating GmbH (Allianz group) has again awarded a rating of A for the creditworthiness and sustainability of wpd AG in 2011. Thus, the company is being rated as strongly above average as compared to the overall economy. In the past, the wpd group was able to profit to a large extent as the leading wind energy company in Germany. Through its strong market position in Germany, wpd has good contacts with potential buyers. As an overall result, wpd group has a very high level of profitability especially under consideration of all industry-specific features. wpd manages assets of roughly 500 MW in national and international projects.Under consideration of the stock development, the extensive liquid funds and the hidden reserves in the assets as well as in light of the industry-related characteristics the rating company evaluates the capital structure and the potential for debt relief in general to be good or very good. Furthermore, wpd has a high inner financing power.The wpd group pursues a strategy which is strongly aimed at growth and expansion of assets with a clear focus on the sector of wind energy. The foreign markets that are being tilled gain an increasing importance for the group.

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Maximizing the Capture and Use of Available Wind Tunnel EnergyClean Wind Energy Tower, Inc, announced that the Company had filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office "A Petition to Make Special Under Accelerated Examination Program," a patent application titled Efficient Energy Conversion Devices & Methods. The application covers specific aspects of deploying multiple turbines in a wind tunnel coupled to a novel hydraulic system capable of maintaining high efficiency hydraulic to electric conversion under a wide variance of wind speeds. The ultimate goal is to maximize the capture and utilization of all available wind energy in any given wind tunnel, as well as providing a consistency of power output during deviations in wind speed.John W. Hanback, Chief Technology Officer of CWET, stated, "We are extremely excited and positive about the application we submitted to the USPTO on February 25, 2011. As required our patent council diligently and extensively searched multiple patent data bases and resources as needed to present a comprehensive analysis as a basis for the patent examiners own due diligence and review. The technological concepts and applications claimed and embodied within this patent provide significant benefits toward enhancing the overall efficient power generation we will be

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Here Enterprises, Inc., a growing developer of clean wind energy, has entered into direct negotiations to acquire a Texas-based solar energy company. Here Enterprises recently announced completion of the first phase of construction at its Cycle Ranch wind energy project near San Antonio, Texas. The Company is diversifying its renewable energy strategy, adding solar power to its wind energy development efforts.Here Enterprises is in talks to acquire a solar power equipment and project development business based in Texas. Here Enterprises intends to acquire the solar company to accelerate the Company's expansion into the thriving solar power sector which, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, grew 44% last year (Energy Information Administration, "Electric Power Monthly", February 2011).Mark Ryun, CEO of Here Enterprises, commented: "We view the acquisition of a growing solar energy company as a way to fast track our entry into the vibrant solar photovoltaic market, where demand for solar power continues to climb exponentially. We are proud to be part of the renewable energy solution and believe that combining solar with wind energy will enable Here Enterprises to maximize Company growth, shareholder value and clean energy generation."Here Enterprises is developing a wind farm in Floresville, Texas near San

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The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), an independent, non-profit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials, announces it will provide key information about PV manufacturing equipment worldwide.Targeted to begin this month, the program, which has been developed by VLSI Research on behalf of IPVEA, will collect monthly sales and billings data on PV manufacturing equipment worldwide. The information will be collected by an independent third party in a confidential manner and prepared on an aggregate basis in such a way that the data cannot be attributed to individual companies."The point has been reached where the PV equipment industry needs timely and accurate statistics that cover the global market," said John West, managing director of VLSI Research Europe Ltd.IPVEA members will receive a consolidated report while survey respondents who are not IPVEA members will receive a summary of the results covering the period for which they participated. Additionally, general statistics will be made available to the industry through IPVEA press releases. A full report with commentary and further analysis will be available through subscription to VLSI Research's PV Manufacturing Equipment Database."The IPVEA Books to Bill program will be an essential source of information and

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• The Network of the Spanish multinational has reached 1,311 Qualified Installers in countries like Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Canada and the USA, among others.• Under the name of SOLAR SIGMA, the Web application - totally free for the Qualified Installers - has been working since last November in the Italian market, where PROINSO has 553 Installers and is now being launched in the rest of countries.• What´s new about SIGMA solar is that-based on the manufacturer´s datasheet which PROINSO distributes in each country, -the Qualified Installer can create on PDF as many times as they wish, a free customized catalogue with their own logo and photos of their facilities. The Spanish multinational company PROINSO -specialized in the distribution of modules, inverters, trackers and fixed structures for solar photovoltaic installations, has launched a new online tool that allows its network of qualified installers to create customised catalogues according to the manufacturers datasheet. With SIGMA Solar, PROINSO qualified installers can create a PDF free of charge and in a very intuitive, fast and flexible way (depending on the needs of the installer) their own catalogues, fully customized with their

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The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry boasts another rise in exhibition space and exhibitor numbers.From June 8-10, 2011, Intersolar Europe will once again take center stage in the international solar industry at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry is more exciting than ever. Organizers are expecting over 2,000 international exhibitors to fill the 165,000 square meter exhibition space. To accommodate this booming industry, the exhibition will now span a total of 15 exhibition halls, three more than last year. The area of inverter and systems providers in particular is celebrating a marked increase. The Special Exhibition PV ENERGY WORLD, a new feature, will address the possibilities of PV grid integration, i.e. feeding solar power into the public grid and storing solar power. The Special Exhibition will also present the German energy mix of the future and the role photovoltaics is expected to play in it. The extensive accompanying program will complement the variety of innovations on display in the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technology and solar thermal technology.June 8 this year marks the opening of the meeting point for the international solar industry, Intersolar Europe. Intersolar Europe is the

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Building on its solid reputation for facilitating next-generation SMT and semiconductor print processes, DEK today announced that it has further expanded its Americas engineering capabilities with the investment of additional resource to support the company's growing alternative energies business. Experienced staff and state-of-the-art equipment have been added to DEK's San Jose, California-based engineering lab in response to growing demand from both start-up and established alternative energy businesses.For over 40 years, the DEK Americas solutions engineering team has developed high throughput, high accuracy print processes for some of the most innovative new technologies that range from semiconductor to RFID to SMT. Now, the inherent efficiency, precision and speed of DEK's screen and stencil printing processes are enabling modern solar and fuel cell applications as well.Andy Ure, a DEK staff member for over 20 years, is leading the DEK Solar Americas team and overseeing alternative energy applications projects. "The R&D work that we are facilitating in this lab is impressive and market-changing," explains Ure. "We are helping companies find more efficient methods for materials deposition, which ultimately saves them and their customers time and money while delivering a far more optimized and repeatable process. As

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Scapa Group Plc. has won the Outstanding Achievement Supplier Award by United Solar, a leading global manufacturer of lightweight, flexible thin-film solar modules and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices,Scapa was presented with the flagship award in recognition for its effort, dedication and support in the validation, qualification and supply of specialist bonding and film solutions used in the manufacturing process of UNI-SOLAR photovoltaic (PV) modules. Scott Joseph, Purchasing Manager at United Solar, said "The Scapa / United Solar cross-functional team has set the benchmark in our organization for all future projects. The development teams worked very well together, and their persistence, dedication and attention to detail were pivotal in creating long-term, sustainable solutions. This team should be proud of their work and achievements."The specialty adhesive and film solutions designed for United Solar have resulted in improved performance and efficiency of UNI-SOLAR flexible PV modules. The award is the recognition of both companies' partnership in successfully commercializing the next generation components to enhance their solar panels. Michael Muchin, Global Industrial Business Unit Director, commented: "We are very proud to receive this award - and appreciate the hard work and efforts by our collective team

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Discover the numerous improvements of the synthesis module: CLIMATOLOGY:- Possibility to launch synthesis weighting several thermal stabilities- Integration possible of mesoscale data - New formats for time series data including stability- POWER CURVES :- Use of the WTG format- Automatic computation of the density at the wind turbines- New functionality enabling power curves and wake effects visualization RESULTS :- Systematic calculation of the turbulence matrices- Computation and visualization of the wind shear coefficients- Mapping of wake effects (per direction or global)- Complete IEC export containing the following information :   > Maximum wind shear   > Turbulent intensity distinctive and representative at 15 m/s and for strong winds (configurable)   > Sigma 1, criteria on sigma1 and on density probability for Class I, II and II   > Criteria on turbulence for Class A, B and C   > Graphics of the density probability and of the effective turbulent intensity : MORE IMPROVEMENTS:- Wake effect and Virtual reality now are included in the basic version- Possibility to unselect non-significant directions to calculate extreme winds- Adaptation of the Lidar module to the WindCube V2- New Post-Mapping functionality :    > Possibility to add met masts in addition to turbines    > Visualization of the dominant winds (orientation ellipse) 

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BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH (BBB), one of German's leading wind energy service providers with sites in Gelsenkirchen and Weiden, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Following its establishment in the spring of 1996 by Klaus Bergmann and brothers Gerhard and Joachim Binotsch, the wind experts have overseen a continuous expansion of the company. It now has 24 staff members across two sites and offers high-quality engineering services in the fields of technical due diligence (TDD), order planning and project engineering, as well as wind expert reports and measurements.The expert team is involved in prestigious projects such as TDD for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm in Wales. This is one of the largest projects of its kind in the world and has a planned capacity of 576 MW. Another prestigious reference project, the village of Fantanele currently boasts the largest onshore wind farm in Romania to date with nominal capacity of more than 500 MW. As of November last year, BBB is also certified by the German Accreditation Office (DAkkS) to perform wind measurements and recertified to provide wind and reference yield expert reports according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005."Our sights are still set on growth," says Joachim Binotsch, the youngest

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