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The US Coast Guard issues regulations to ensure maritime safety. USCG Commandant Bob Papp is interviewed in DNV's corporate magazine Forum: "To be sure, we have prescriptive regulations, such as many of the lifesaving and fire protection regulations, but we are moving more towards performance based regulations," he says.The response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster was the largest the US Coast Guard has ever faced. It required the shifting of needed people and assets to the Gulf of Mexico and this placed additional burdens on all units around the rest of the service.While the US Coast Guard response is still being evaluated and there will be recommended changes, Admiral Papp does have some initial observations which he shares with DNV Forum's readers.Focus AmericasThis issue of the magazine has a special focus on the Americas with topics such as:* DNV COO Elisabeth Tørstad: A step change for safety * US Congressman Bart Stupak: A sober view on integrity * Teekay's Graham Westgarth: New regulations will change the game * OSX's Eduardo Musa: Towards new heights * Horizon's Gabriel Alonso: The wave of the future.The magazine also includes articles from other geographical areas such as DNV's tanker concept Triality which is fuelled

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aleo solar today announced that it retained its strong position and tripled the number of modules delivered in the Greek market in 2010. The German manufacturer intends to achieve the same growth rate in Greece in the current year as well. Delivery of a total of 20 megawatts has already been assured through framework agreements. According to the Greek industry association, Helapco, just under 150 megawatts of photovoltaic output were added to the grid in 2010.Thanasis Sakkas, Head of Sales for aleo solar in Greece and Cyprus, links the company's success to the comprehensive support it offers the customer: "We offer installers and project developers not only technical support but help with financial issues as well. The training we provide gives installers everything they need to know about setting up a photovoltaic system. Topics covered range from the approval process in Greece through to technical system layout and practical questions about the actual installation."Since photovoltaic roof systems have enjoyed stronger state funding since mid-2010, the market is now re-orienting itself from large greenfield systems to smaller rooftop systems. In this segment, aleo solar now has a market share of about 20 percent. Sakkas expects that the average size of aleo's

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Teesport was temporarily transformed into a scene resembling a science fiction film earlier this month when more than 180 futuristic-looking mine arches, each weighing in excess of 27 tonnes, were loaded onto a Rickmers-Linie vessel bound for China.The highly unusual cargo, manufactured by Joy Mining Machinery of Worcester, UK, was handled by the award-winning Teesport operator and logistics firm, PD Ports, and loaded onto the 30,000dwt, multipurpose heavy lift vessel Rickmers Jakarta on its "Round-the-World Pearl String Service". The mining equipment, destined for longwall and room and pillar mine operations, is designed to extract high volumes of underground coal and other bedded materials. The machines are used in pairs to create one large arch, which then cut away at the coalface whilst supporting the weight of the roof of the mine tunnel. David Greaves, UK representative for Rickmers-Linie, said: "Teesport was selected from a range of possible UK ports as the most appropriate for the shipment of this specialist and valuable cargo. We needed a deep sea port with no locks, a skilled and readily available labour supply and good undercover storage, so PD Ports was the obvious choice." Due to the extreme weather encountered in the

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Mott MacDonald's role as lenders' engineer on Shams 1, one of the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in the world, has reached a key milestone with the announcement that it has achieved financial close. The US$600 million deal is the largest solar project transaction in the world to date and combines financing from 10 regional and international lenders. The plant is located in Madinat Zayed, approximately 120km southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.The 100MW CSP plant is being developed, built and will be operated by the Shams Power Company, a joint venture between Masdar (60%), Total (20%) and Abengoa (20%). The first of its kind in the Middle East, Shams 1 is set to directly contribute towards Abu Dhabi's target of achieving seven per cent renewable energy power generation capacity by 2020.Shams 1 is the first CSP plant registered as a project under the United Nations' Clean Development Mechanism. The plant will displace approximately 175,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees or removing 15,000 cars from Abu Dhabi's roads.Mott MacDonald's role to date has included reviewing the project participants, site design and performance model as well as technology, environmental conditions

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Phoenix Solar builds photovoltaic power plant in France  First French project commissioned by LHI Leasing GmbH Largest solar park in the Haute-Loire department Sulzemoos, 22 March 2011 / Phoenix Solar AG, a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), has signed an agreement with LHI Leasing GmbH (LHI) on the turnkey construction of a solar park in France with a peak power of around1.7 megawatts (MWp). This makes the solar power plant the largest in the Haute-Loire department.The solar park will be built at around 650 meters above sea level on a surface area of approximately 4.4 hectares which is about the size of six football pitches. An anticipated annual energy yield in excess of 2 million kilowatt hours can supply more than 500 French households with environmentally compatible electricity.La Rouchouse Solar Park is the first project that Phoenix Solar has developed with a partner in the region. More solar projects with this project developer are at the preparation stage.As general contractor, Phoenix Solar will be responsible for the planning, delivery and construction of the solar park. Construction work is due to start before the end of March, and completion has been scheduled for July.Phoenix Solar

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Meyer Burger has successfully concluded a contract of over CHF 30 million for wire saws with an existing 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 an existing customer in Asia. Meyer Burger is proud to have received the confidence of this customer again. The company considers this as proof for its strategy to maintain long-term and co-operative customer relationships. With its integrated systems, high-tech equipment and process know-how, Meyer Burger supports its customers to continuously reduce the total cost of ownership across the entire PV value-chain. Further information:Werner BuchholzHead of Corporate CommunicationsTel +41 (0) 33 439 05 06w.buchholz@meyerburger.ch 

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In 2010, Meyer Burger Group recorded net sales of CHF 826.0 million (2009: CHF 420.9 million), representing an increase of 96%. The sales growth was based on 62% organic growth and 34% as a result of M&A activities. EBITDA rose to CHF 187.5 million with a margin of 22.7% (2009: EBITDA CHF 63.3 million, margin 15.0%). At EBIT level, Meyer Burger increased its profit to CHF 127.9 million und the EBIT margin reached 15.5% (2009: 9.8% margin). Group earnings amounted to CHF 97.9 million (2009: CHF 29.2 million). As of year-end 2010, Meyer Burger has a very solid and healthy balance sheet structure. As a result of the merger with 3S Industries Ltd and the excellent result in 2010, total assets increased to CHF 1,066.8 million. Cash and cash equivalents amounted to CHF 393.5 million as of 31 December 2010, and equity increased to CHF 642.9 million (31.12.2009: CHF 196.3 million). The equity ratio rose to 60.3% (31.12.2009: 42.7%). With its products and technologies, Meyer Burger is very well positioned in its markets, and expects ongoing strong growth in the solar industry in the years to come. For fiscal year 2011, Meyer Burger anticipates net sales of about CHF 1.2

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Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., the world's largest producer of solar panels, announced it will develop a 10MW solar installation on the roof of the world that will generate decades of clean electricity for thousands of residents of the Tibetan Plateau.Located in Chek Kang village in the Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, the solar power plant will be one of the highest on earth at around 4,000 meters above sea level. With target completion by the middle of the 2011, the facility will generate around 20,000MWh of renewable electricity per year to help facilitate sustainable economic development in Tibet.Historically, the mountainous region has relied heavily on hydroelectric resources for much of its baseload power production. However, shifting weather patterns in recent years have caused more frequent droughts and reduced water volumes in hydroelectric reservoirs. These changes have led to peak power shortages that are an impediment to the region's continued economic growth. The new 10MW solar power plant will help to alleviate peak power shortages and serve as a strong complement to existing hydroelectric resources."With intense sunlight and cool temperatures, Tibet is extremely well-suited for the utilization of advanced photovoltaic technology," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Founder, Chairman and CEO.

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HARTING smart Power Networks turns power distribution into the intelligent energy network of the future - the smart grid for industry. For operators, this transition spells benefits in terms of planning, start-up and system availability.Industry facility management is working on comprehensive concepts for buildings and facilities so as to cut operating and administration costs in the long term and secure technical availability. In addition to "green production", the aim is to increase productivity and therefore enhance company profitability by reducing the cost of energy supply and distribution efficiency. Peak load optimization and IT-supported optimization of energy consumption are supported as part of a company-wide energy management system based on DIN EN 16001. This results in new demands in terms of the administration of industrial energy distribution.HARTING has developed intelligent energy distributors which automatically detect the structure of the distribution network, for example, as well as measuring and recording consumption levels, thereby enabling condition monitoring of the network segment - without the need for any additional installation or programming. An industrial computer is used for visualization and collection of measurement data as well as acting as a communication interface to the Ethernet. The structure of a network in a system is

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In response to the significant and relentless cost increases in raw material feedstocks, Dow Wire & Cable, a business unit of Dow Europe GmbH, is announcing a price increase of 400 Euros per metric ton on its wire and cable compounded products and elastomers in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. This increase will be effective with shipments from April 1, 2011, or as contract terms allow.Further details will be communicated to customers by local Dow Wire & Cable account executives.About Dow Wire & CableDow Wire & Cable, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), is a leading global provider of products, technology, solutions and expertise that sets industry standards for reliability, longevity, efficiency, ease of installation and protection that the industry can count on in the transmission, distribution and consumption of power, voice and data. Understanding that collaboration is essential to success, Dow Wire & Cable works together with cable makers, utilities, municipalities, testing institutes and other organizations around the world to develop solutions and create mutual value that will sustain the industry for years to come. For more information, visit www.dowwireandcable.com. 

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