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On September 23, 2009, the SGS Wind Competence Center presented Norderland Projekt GmbH with a Statement of Compliance (SoC) for the design basis of their two offshore wind farms - Northern Energy Global Tech II and Northern Energy Global Tech III. The Statement of Compliance for the design basis is the conclusion of the first phase of the project certification which is provided by an independent accredited organization stating that the wind farm was designed, manufactured and maintained in accordance with the appropriate consensus standards. Each phase of a wind farm project has to be completed with a Statement of Compliance.The certification of the design basis of both wind farms is mandatory in Germany and the resulting Statement of Compliance is a precondition for the further development of the wind farm projects. As the design basis is the first phase of a wind farm project, it was essential to obtain this certificate for the Norderland Projekt GmbH.In Germany, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH, or "Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie") decides on the approval of offshore wind farm development projects. As an accredited partner of BSH, SGS Wind Energy Competence Center was awarded with the contract for the verification

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Phoenix Solar AG, a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has been building Germany's largest photovoltaic power plant on a carport in Berlin over the last weeks. Moreover, this is currently Berlin's largest photovoltaic power plant. The carport, the roof of which is covered with solar modules, is located on property belonging to Police Department 2 in Berlin Spandau and gives shelter to more than 500 vehicles against sun and rain. The solar power plant with a peak output of 998 kilowatts generates environmentally compatible electricity for around 250 four-person households.The Phoenix Solar AG construction team installed around 3,700 crystalline solar modules arrayed in eight double rows at an angle of 18 degrees on the carport which is situated on a parking lot of 7,200 square metres. The electrical connection is ensured through mini central inverters and a transformer as well as a transfer station with a switching system connected to the 10 kV medium voltage grid operated by Vattenfall, the local energy utility company. The power plant is due to be connected to the grid before Christmas."We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract for this flagship project. We view photovoltaic systems on carports

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Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist, has been successfully re-certified in accordance with the latest ISO standards ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004. Rickmers-Linie's new integrated quality management system incorporates statutory and regulatory requirements for quality, occupational health and safety as well as environmental management. The certificates became valid with effect from 30 November 2009. In connection with the process of this re-certification, Rickmers-Linie has switched from using the services of auditing company Lloyd's Register to Hamburg based Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH. "Rickmers-Linie is a leading specialist in the global transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes. Therefore, we attach great importance to a quality management system that is both up-to-date and effective and which we will extend over the next couple of years", explains Jan B Steffens, Managing Director, Rickmers-Linie. The certificates can be downloaded at www.rickmers-linie.comFor further information, please contactDunelm Public Relations inLondon: David Cheslin on +44 20 7345 5233Geneva: Antje Wiechern on +41 767 716 354E-mail: info@dunelmpr.co.ukwww.dunelmpr.co.uk or Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie. KGHamburgMarko Stampehl on +49 40 389177 219m.stampehl@rickmers.netwww.rickmers-linie.com

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Didier Jeannelle is the new managing director of Sputnik's French subsidiary Sputnik Engineering France S.A.R.L. Today, at the Energaia Trade Fair in Montpellier, he will take over from Daniel Freudiger, who has headed the French subsidiary since its founding last year. Freudiger will now move to Sputnik's Swiss headquarters to become head of sales and marketing with a focus on the continued development of new markets. Jeannelle himself will now turn his attention to consolidating Sputnik's presence in France. In the period to February of next year he plans to move the office into larger office space around Lyon and increase staff to a total of seven. "The French solar market is booming," Jeannelle explains. "I will continue to promote our close-to-customer policies along with sales of SolarMax products and related services in France. Another objective he has in mind is the expansion of the company's industrial power plant business. The 42-year-old Frenchman has 15 years of experience with high-tech products. Before joining Sputnik, Jeannelle held positions as a key account manager, managing director and sales director with a manufacturer in the semi-conductor industry. "Sputnik Engineering is an international, mid-sized business whose high-tech products contribute to the protection of our

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Commenting on the political declaration signed by nine countries to cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid today, Justin Wilkes, EWEA Policy Director, said:"These nine countries have taken a step in the right direction. The building of a supergrid in the North Sea is vital for fully exploiting Europe's biggest energy source - offshore wind. More than 100 GW of offshore wind projects are at various stages of planning, which could provide more than 10% of the EU's electricity. A new multi-billion Euro European industry is emerging; one that will create thousands of jobs, provide affordable electricity, boost Europe's energy security and help fight climate change." For more information please see the Irish government press release. For more information contact:Paolo Berrino, EWEApaolo.berrino@ewea.org+32 2 400 10 55

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Rickmers-Linie, the breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist headquartered in Hamburg, has appointed Zurich based O Brunoni SA as its Swiss agent with effect from 1 January 2010. Brunoni will take over the agency activities for Rickmers-Linie from Cargonautic AG, which had been acting as Rickmers' agency since 1998 but unfortunately will close down its business at the end of this year. "We are delighted to announce our new association with Brunoni. With this company, we have found a partner who is highly committed and we are looking forward to working with Brunoni in the future", explains Gerhard Janssen, Director Marketing & Sales, Rickmers-Linie. "We would like to thank Cargonautic and its employees for the excellent cooperation and are confident to be able to continue our work with Brunoni in the same way." Peter Furian, Managing Director, Brunoni SA points out: "We are very proud to have been awarded this contract. We are looking forward to offering our services to this highly regarded and traditional shipping line and to be working with renowned customers in the interesting environment that is the breakbulk and project market. We will do our utmost to be a worthy successor to Cargonautic." The contact details

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Introducing Rehm Pyrolysis The most effective Residue Management solution for your Reflow Soldering ProcessPyrolysis from Rehm delivers these production benefits:12 month maintenance intervalsRemoval of unpleasant odors Clean and dry process chamber Lower energy costsHigher process stability and reduced downtimeRehm Pyrolysis in the pre-heating and peak area eliminates crystalline residues. Condensate Management in the cooling section removes the remaining liquid residues. Combined together in the Vision VXP Rehm delivers the most advanced and effective Reflow Soldering Process in the world.Learn more about the Power of Pyrolysis! 

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Record sales in November in the Components & Systems segment 16 photovoltaic power plants under construction Phoenix Solar AG's largest solar park to date being built on a military land for redevelopmentSulzemoos, 3rd December 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is experiencing a strong year-end rally, following a weak third quarter. The Components & Systems segment was very successful in October and November, generating around EUR 65 million in the month of November alone, which is the highest monthly revenue recorded in the history of the company. Phoenix Solar is currently building 16 solar parks in its Power Plants segment. The outlook for the first quarter of 2010 is also positive: preparations are already under way for solar parks in Germany and abroad with a total peak output of more than 30 megawatts (MWp).Among the solar parks currently under construction is the largest solar power plant ever built by Phoenix Solar with a peak power output of 8 MW. The photovoltaic power plant is being built in Jocksdorf near Cottbus on military land earmarked for redevelopment. The assembly teams are in the process of installing approximately 105,000 solar modules of First Solar

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Today, as European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs speaks to the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee on the European Economic Recovery Plan, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) warned that the EU needs to speed up its stimulus package. The €5 billion plan, approved by the European Parliament last May, includes €565 million for offshore wind projects and additional funds for upgrading and building new electricity grids, but the EU's slow legislative procedures have prevented a timely release of the funds. Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive Officer of EWEA, said: "The EU needs to speed up its stimulus package - it's taking too long. The €565 million allocated to new offshore wind projects would be a welcome boost for growth in the new offshore wind industry, but to be fully effective the funds need to be allocated quickly." Planned offshore wind construction projects in the North Sea could provide 10% of Europe's electricity and save 200 million tonnes of CO2 per year. EWEA recently published a blueprint for building a North Sea Grid and it urges the Commission and Transmission System Operators to take its recommendations into account. "EWEA's new offshore network plan provides for a truly pan-European electricity

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On December 2, 2009, the first solar thermal plant for warm water supply and central heating on Palestinian territory has gone into operation near Beit Jala. The solar plant has been realized by MAN Ferrostaal AG and the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - the German Energy Agency - within the framework of the "dena Solar Roofs Programme for Foreign Market Development" with support of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).The solar plant has a total collector surface of over 200 square metres and was a donation made by MAN Ferrostaal to a Palestinian school with an excellent regional reputation for its multi-religious pupil body and the equal opportunity education of girls and boys.In the past, high utility costs of about 80,000 EUR per year have put a great burden on the budget of the institution, which relies on financial contributions. The utility expenses will now be decreased by the new solar plant to a large extent. About 21,000 litres of diesel fuel, which were required before, are about to be saved. This lowers CO2 emissions by 57,000 kilograms every year, roughly equal to the emissions of 24 middle-class passenger cars with an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometres

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