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More farmers will this year be looking to the wind and the sun to boost their profits.The demand from the UK agricultural sector for renewable energy generated by wind turbines and solar systems is increasing at a remarkable pace, especially as energy prices continue to rise, eating into farmer's profits.However, help is on hand. As the renewables sector technology also continues to advance, one Yorkshire-based firm is leading the way in helping our landowners reap a new-age harvest.Dodds Solar, based at Driffield, is a specialist in this fast expanding field and is keen to show farmers how they can benefit from the Government's commitment to the Feed-in Tariff programme by tapping in to energy from natural resources. They have even installed a solar ‘test bed' at their Kelleythorpe headquarters to show potential users how the system works.The company's managing director, Graham Dodds, said the company was receiving dozens of calls every week from people wanting to learn more about solar energy generation. 

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With the sale of an integrated manufacturing facility to the company MG AB Precizika, 3S Modultec, a 100% subsidiary of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, is continuing to expand its activities in Eastern Europe. The Lithuanian company MG AB Precizika is the first company in Lithuania to set up a local production site for solar panels. With a 38 MW production line from 3S Modultec, the company will manufacture high-quality crystalline solar panels, primarily for the Eastern and Southeastern European market.The countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe have great potential for the use of solar energy and the framework conditions for renewable energy have improved in many countries in the region. MG AB Precizika aims to promote environmentally friendly solar energy in the region and is also strongly committed to scientific research in the area of photovoltaics. "We are the first company to manufacture solar panels in Lithuania. With the high-class production equipment from Switzerland, we can manufacture top-quality panels and are very confident that we can open up a good local and regional market," says Dr. Tomas Kovera, CEO of MG AB Precizika. The 38 MW production line for solar panels will be delivered to Lithuania in the spring. The

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Meyer Burger has successfully concluded a contract of over CHF 45 million for wire saws with a new customer in Asia. The wire saws are scheduled to be delivered during 2011.Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that the group member MB Wafertec (Meyer Burger Ltd) successfully concluded a contract for the supply of slurry based wire saws with a new customer in Asia. The high tech equipment of MB Wafertec will secure the manufacturing of high-grade solar wafers.Further information:Werner BuchholzHead of Corporate CommunicationsTel +41 (0) 33 439 05 06w.buchholz@meyerburger.ch 

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The Glue Factory, announced today the launch of its new website, www.gluefactoryadhesives.com. The Glue Factory is a formulator of hot melt and water based materials for packaging and assembly applications. Hot melt technologies are available in EVA, pressure sensitive and polyamide chemistries; while water based chemistries include PVA, pressure sensitive and dextrin.The website offers a range of products, which include physical property data that can be searched and filtered. The feature aids visitors unfamiliar with the product offering simplifying product selection. In addition, the site also features custom formulating capabilities and the ability to easily and conveniently Request A Quote. "The Glue Factory is excited to launch its new website. The site will strengthen our market presence by offering our customers easy access to a variety of products and technical information," stated Rita Collins, General Manager of The Glue Factory."The site focuses on the user experience by providing a convenient, functional and easy to use interface allowing visitors to find what they are looking for and obtain a quote in a timely manner," commented Bruce Church, The Glue Factory Product Champion.  

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Two days before the first-ever EU summit on energy, twenty European companies and associations are calling on EU Heads of State to show the courage and vision to create a single market for electricity by 2015. It comes just a few days before the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Single European Act on 17 February 1986, and reminds leaders attending the summit that 25 years ago European Heads of State showed courage and vision by creating a single European market. Today's leaders must show similar determination in achieving a single market in electricity.Companies already supporting the declaration:Acciona, Enercon, Enel Green Power, EON Climate & Renewables, GE Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, PPC Renewables, RES, Siemens, SSE Renewables, Vattenfall and Vestas.Associations already supporting the declaration:European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA), European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA), European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Friends of the Supergrid.Declaration on the Single European Energy Market:"A Europe without its single market is unthinkable. It has boosted trade, competition and prosperity in Europe, created millions of new jobs, provided wider

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aleo solar AG has supplied more than 13,000 S_18 type modules for a 3 megawatt rooftop plant in Cuneo, Italy. The premium solar module manufacturer received the order from the companies Eurostock and Verde Energia, both of which are part of the Lannutti Group. The Lannutti Group ranks among the largest logistics corporations in Italy. The photovoltaic plant was connected to the grid on 25 November 2010. The aleo modules have been installed on the roof of the company building. The plant was installed by the Cuneo-based firm Giordano & C. S.p.a. An annual yield of 4,000,000 kilowatt hours is anticipated. That is equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 1,100 three-person households. This makes it possible to prevent over 2,336 tons of harmful CO2 emissions each year from being produced. Roberto Mandruzzato, Managing Director of Verde Energia s.r.l., emphasises, "We have decided to invest in a manner which is sustainable, secure and environmentally friendly. aleo solar's modules are designed to have a particularly long service life and are optimised to maximise yields." Giovanni Buogo, Sales Manager Europe of aleo solar AG, adds, "How much electricity a solar plant can produce depends not only on the roof and

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DNV and key industry players are today releasing a report on the design of offshore monopile wind turbine structures. This is the outcome of a joint industry project which was established to improve the basis for calculating the axial load capacity and to review current design practices. During the autumn of 2009, DNV assessed the current industry practice regarding the design of offshore monopile wind turbine structures, and particularly the basis for calculating the axial load capacity of large diameter grouted connections without shear keys. It was then found that the existing design practices did not properly describe the physical behaviour of such connections.Based on this new insight, DNV immediately established a joint industry project (JIP) involving key industry players to revise and improve the basis for calculating the axial load capacity and to review current design practices. The collaboration between DNV, owners, operators, grout producers and designers has involved carrying out physical testing in DNV's laboratory in addition to structural analyses, field monitoring and the sharing of experience. The group, consisting of 12 partners, is now publishing a report on this project.Background A grouted connection is used to connect the transition piece to the monopile as shown in Figure

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As of the end of January, SOLON SE has delivered crystalline modules for a roof-mounted solar power plant with a total capacity of 4 MWp in Massa, situated in Tuscany, Italy. The photovoltaic system SOLON SOLbond, which was specially developed for installation on industrial metal roofs, will be used exclusively in the project led by BioEnergon.The power plant will be completed by the end of April and will be the largest of its kind to date using SOLON SOLbond on the roofs of an industrial complex. The frameless design of the modules is the distinguishing feature of the system. This design allows the modules to be attached directly to the roof using a silicone-based adhesive, without any roof or substructure penetration. Assembly time is substantially less when using adhesives, making installation uncomplicated in comparison to a conventional solar power plant with crystalline modules. The system has been approved for all snow and wind load zones, which means that no calculations with respect to structural engineering are required. The roof's surface is fully exploited. In addition, flat metal roofs with a low loading capacity can now be used for crystalline photovoltaics when they are equipped with the SOLON SOLbond solar system.

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Georgia Power recently acquired a series of solar projects of up to 1 megawatt (MW) in Murray County, Ga., co-developed by United Renewable Energy LLC and Mack Creek Energy LLC.Georgia Power will sell the output from the facility to Dalton Utilities.The plant will be constructed on Looper Bridge Road in Dalton by United Renewable Energy and will be owned and operated by Georgia Power.Under the terms of the deal, Georgia Power will lease property for the solar facility from Dalton Utilities, which will purchase 100 percent of the plant's capacity and energy through a 25-year power purchase agreement."Dalton Utilities is excited to be part of this project," said Don Cope, Dalton Utilities President and CEO. "This is a major initiative in expanding green energy in the State of Georgia. Upon the completion of this project, Dalton Utilities and its corporate customers will be able to advertise the fact that we are utilizing 'green' energy which has become increasingly important in today's market. This is one of several sustainable/renewable/green initiatives Dalton Utilities is in the process of developing."Energy produced from the solar facility will be sold on the wholesale market therefore the cost of the facility will not become

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Frank Bünte has joined the Management Board of the Rickmers Group as Chief Treasury and Risk Officer. Previously he was with HSH Nordbank AG, where he was latterly responsible for the bank's entire domestic shipping company business."Acting in concert with the existing management team, Mr Bünte will drive forward the consolidation and expansion of Rickmers Group's risk management system and dovetail opportunity and risk information with planning," explained Bertram R C Rickmers, Chairman of Rickmers Holding.Mr Bünte commented on his new duty: "The roots of Rickmers Group date back more than 175 years. I am looking forward to playing a key role in the mission to drive forward a company with such a long tradition, taking on the challenges that lie ahead in this fiercely contested shipping market."He continued:"The industry is and remains extremely capital-intensive! The demand for capital - even in an organisation like Rickmers - just keeps on growing. Primarily, it's a question of developing sustainable, future-oriented business models with as high a degree of stability as possible in revenue and return, clarity in organisation, structure and processes and, last but not least, a reliable risk management function. With this in mind, it will, in the future,

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