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The technology group, The Linde Group, and its subsidiary, Linde LienHwa (LLH), jointly announce today several long-term gas supply contracts with leading Chinese solar manufacturers. The multi-million US dollar contracts will see Linde supplying to the full solar manufacturing value chain in China, from polysilicon to major solar module manufacturers, including GS Solar, Parity Solar, CNPV Solar Power SA, General Solar Power and Argus Power. Linde's Greater China Regional Business Unit will construct and manage two steam methane reformers (SMRs) in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, for the supply of high purity hydrogen (H2) products for the rapid capacity expansion of polysilicon manufacturing. Linde's SMR process is capable of producing large volumes of high purity H2 products, bringing energy-efficient benefits to polysilicon manufacturers. Linde's electronics-focused subsidiary LLH's new long-term gas supply contracts, going on-stream this year in China, will provide delivery of bulk and specialty gases essential for solar cells manufacturing. LLH's total gases supply to these new and expanding customers will significantly cover more than 1GW of capacity, with a further 300MW of possible expansions. "Linde's long-term supply contracts with industry leaders in China demonstrate customer confidence in Linde's innovative gas technologies to enable optimal cost-performance ratio right across the solar

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Applied Materials, Inc., the world's largest supplier of equipment to the semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD) and solar photovoltaic (PV) industries, today announced the opening of its newly expanded Tainan Manufacturing Center in Tainan, Taiwan. The nearly 15,000 square meter facility will enhance Applied's capability to serve its FPD and thin film solar PV customers in Asia while capitalizing on Taiwan's excellent location, strong talent pool and supply chain efficiencies."The Tainan Manufacturing Center is one of our biggest investments in Asia and puts Taiwan at the center of our display and solar equipment technology efforts," said Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. "Applied has a 20-year history of success in Taiwan and with this expanded center, we are setting a strong foundation for even greater success in the next 20 years. I would like to thank our customers, employees and the Taiwan government who helped make this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility possible."The Tainan Manufacturing Center employs approximately 150 people and is expected to build and ship about 100 new PECVD* and PVD* systems this year - a 400% increase in shipments from last year. The Center's Tainan location and extensive supply chain in Asia will enable Applied to more

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DEK Solar will be bringing its newly-introduced PV3000 metallization line to this year's AsiaSolar Energy Photovoltaic Exhibition and Forum, being held at Shanghai Mart from 30th March - 1st April. In addition to providing an opportunity for visitors to see the line in action, the exhibition will also enable attendees to find out more about the company's innovative approach to service and support.Being demonstrated at the show, DEK's PV3000 photovoltaic metallization solution optimises solar cell manufacturing productivity by deploying multiple print heads in parallel. The display will show visitors how, if one head halts for operator attention, the others will continue to print - virtually eliminating downtime. Delivering six-sigma repeatability for capability in advance of current solar cell requirements, the platform's inherent accuracy and repeatability is ideal for demanding technologies, achieving print-on-print capability (PoP) - +/- 12.5 microns at 2 Cpk.Ideal for solar manufacturers seeking to enhance cell efficiency and drive down cost-per-watt, print-on-print is designed to give finer grid lines more height, printing the lines twice over or more to increase the conductor's cross-sectional area and enhance current-carrying capacity without shadowing the underlying silicon substrate. Since repeatable accuracy is the key enabler in this process, the PV3000 is an

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Based on preliminary figures, Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, generated consolidated revenues of EUR 473.0 million in the financial year 2009, which corresponds to the upper range of the corridor forecast for revenues (EUR 430 - 480 million). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came to EUR 12.2 million, which is also in line with guidance.All in all, performance in the financial year 2009 was dominated by the German market (global market share of 40 - 50 percent), extremely volatile demand and an unexpectedly sharp downturn in the selling prices of photovoltaic systems. Moreover, business with photovoltaic power plants also suffered from the consequences of the global financial crisis. "Our flexible business model, which is built on our two segments of Components & Systems and Power Plants, enabled us to respond to the difficult situation in the market and to win additional market share. Phoenix Solar AG ranks among the few solar companies in Germany which not only boosted revenues but also succeeded in closing the year profitably", commented Dr. Andreas Hänel, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Solar AG.Best quarterly revenues in the history of the company In the reporting year 2009, the Phoenix Solar Group generated total revenues of EUR 473.0 million (2008: EUR 402.5 million) and consequently a

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SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is one of the exhibitors at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. The services offered by SGS Competence Center Wind Energy will be presented throughout the exhibition at stand no. 4058 in hall 4.The European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) 2010 is widely regarded as the most professional, comprehensive and informative annual event in the wind energy sector in Europe. It will be held at the EXPO XXI Warsaw International Expocentre, from April 20 - 23, 2010.EWEC is the only annual event combining an extensive exhibition of the leading players with a conference covering every key aspect of the wind market, which provides a good opportunity for SGS Competence Center Wind Energy to present its wide range of Wind Energy Services to the European audience.The scope of SGS Wind Energy Services showcased by SGS includes, but is not limited to, Project Execution, Wind Turbine Blade Testing, Risk Management and Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental (QHSE) Management.Project Execution offered by SGS includes Project Management, Tender Support, Construction Supervision and Commissioning Supervision as well as QA/QC Management and Inspection, which are indispensible services for the

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Along with its partner Ikratos Africa, based in Burkina Faso 's capitol Ouagadougou , Phaesun GmbH from Memmingen , Germany , is constructing ten solar power plants in Koudougou Region in Burkina Faso , to be finished at the end of March. The solar modules will produce electricity for telecommunications plants. The contracting party is the telecommunications company Telecel Faso, which has been able to cover 75 % of the network with diesel-powered telecommunications plants so far. This project is Phaesun's first in the landlocked West-African country, which counts among the poorest in the world. "Thanks to every solar plant, Telecel saves more than 30,000 euros, as compared to the diesel-driven plants, and around 184 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually", explains Phaesun employer Amar Chikha, who is helping build the plant. The high acquisition costs will have already paid for themselves after two to three years, since maintenance and diesel supply are time-consuming and expensive due to long transportation distances. The solar plants are, in contrast, equipped with a remote monitoring system and are nearly maintenance free. Each system consists of 108 monocrystalline solar modules from ET Solar, batteries from Hoppecke and charge controllers, which were developed especially for telecommunication

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Screen printing leader DEK Solar has revealed a range of technologies designed to provide advanced support for specialist photovoltaic applications. In addition to the dedicated PV1200 and PV3000 solar platforms, DEK's specialist platforms meet the requirements of diverse PV challenges - from large-scale production to flexible or non-standard substrates.As a global technology leader with a dominant market share in the screen printing sector for electronics circuit board assembly, DEK has been delivering leading-edge screen printing solutions for advanced technology applications for over 40 years. During this time, it has developed an extensive technology portfolio now proven in the field. Several of these established solutions are now finding significant application in the solar sector due to a unique ability to meet the specific requirements of specialist PV challenges. One such solution is the 248 semi-automatic screen printing platform, equipped with a range of advanced features to enhance solar cell production including programmable machine parameters, castings and precision machine-tool bearings for high levels of accuracy and repeatability.Other DEK Solar technologies for specialist PV applications include Reel-to-Reel (R2R), an advanced handling solution for continuous, flexible solar substrates. R2R uses proven precision alignment, clamping and tooling technologies to handle the demands of large, flexible

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The European Commission today allocated over €903 million to electricity interconnection projects as part of its broader European Economic Recovery Plan, injecting new impetus into long standing electricity grid development plans within the EU.Nine projects received funding, including the vital France-Spain interconnection, which has been planned for a long time. "Despite the importance of this connection, which will allow Spain to exchange more electricity with other European countries and ensure interconnectivity between continental Europe and the Iberian peninsula, the project has suffered continual setbacks since its conception in the 1980s," said Paul Wilczek, Regulatory Affairs Advisor for the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). "This funding is a great boost for the integration of wind power in Europe and will improve the operation of Europe's electricity markets and benefit consumers," he added. Funds will also be allocated to a link between Sweden and the Baltic States, the Nordbalt line, as well as to reinforce an interconnection between Finland and Estonia, Estlink-2, amongst other transmission lines. "If we want to fully exploit the potential of renewable energies, create a truly European power market, and keep electricity prices low for consumers, we need to connect the whole of Europe," Wilczek said. "These projects

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The European Commission's 'Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth' published today contains grid and market commitments that will boost the growth of wind energy in Europe, says the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Smart growth and sustainable growth are two of the three priorities put forward by the European Commission for the development of Europe's economy until 2020. These are intended to be implemented through seven ‘flagship initiatives' of which one is ‘resource efficient Europe'. Here the European Commission states that it will work:• "To complete the internal energy market and implement the strategic energy technologies (SET) plan, promoting renewable sources of energy in the single market would also be a priority."• "To present an initiative to upgrade Europe's networks, including Trans European Energy Networks, towards a European supergrid, "smart grids" and interconnections in particular of renewable energy sources to the grid (with support of structural funds and EIB)." "A truly integrated European energy market and an upgraded grid would be a massive boost for wind energy," said EWEA Chief Operating Officer Bruce Douglas. "Moving towards a supergrid with a clear focus on interconnecting renewable energy sources is exactly the commitment Europe needs. It will benefit the

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The orders include the supply of 139 MECASOLAR trackers (1.5 MW) for the island of Crete manufactured in the company's factory in Thessaloniki.§ In the first of the contracts, PROINSO will supply 900 kW of modules and SMA inverters for solar photovoltaic projects in Crete, developed by the Greek company Hellas ADIVA.§ The second supply agreement, signed with the company REW Hellas, includes 1.77 MW of TRINA modules and SMA inverters, for a solar farm in the prefecture of Pella (Central Macedonia).§ These agreements consolidate the position of PROINSO and MECASOLAR in Greece and strengthen the international leadership position of OPDE in the solar photovoltaic market.§ PROINSO forecasts for 2010 are aimed at supplying 20% of the MW output installed during the current year in Greece.The Spanish company PROINSO- specialized in the distribution of modules, inverters, trackers and fixed structures for photovoltaic systems, has been awarded the supply of various solar photovoltaic farms in Greece which will all together amount to more than 3.2 MW of installed capacity. By signing these agreements, PROINSO and MECASOLAR consolidate their leadership position in the Greek market, where they are gaining ground internationally. According to reports from the multinational PROINSO- part of Grupo

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