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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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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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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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With effect from today, Hans-Georg Schweikardt is the new manager in charge of Sputnik’s product management department at the company’s headquarters in Biel . Schweikardt has been employed at the German branch of the Swiss solar inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering GmbH since 2004, first as a sales engineer, then as head of sales. “Through moving to the company’s headquarters, I can now have a greater influence on product developments and can contribute my many years of market experience,” says the 30-year-old, who is looking forward to the new challenge. International product management was already his area of specialisation during his studies to become an industrial engineer.Until now, Sputnik’s product management department has always been under the control of the marketing department. Now that Schweikardt is beginning his new position, Sputnik is separating off this division and giving it more weight. In future, the product management department will report directly to the management board. “With a strong product management department we will be able to continue to expand our market position,” explains Sputnik’s Managing Director Christoph von Bergen. “Hans-Georg Schweikardt brings with him his excellent knowledge of the market and products. I am confident that as head of our product management

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Adopts Linde's on-site generated fluorine to eliminate use of greenhouse gasesMunich, Germany, 1st December 2009 – Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, and Masdar PV GmbH, a manufacturer of large-scale thin-film solar modules, have signed an agreement to qualify and adopt Linde's on-site generated fluorine – a zero global warming solution for photovoltaic (PV) module process chamber cleaning.  This extension of the collaboration between the two companies is a key element of Linde's drive to help accelerate the PV industry from grid parity to green parity.Masdar PV will eliminate the use of the greenhouse gas nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), which has a global warming potential 17,200 times that of CO2, from their state-of-the-art thin-film production facility in Ichtershausen, near Erfurt (Germany). Masdar's philosophy of sustainable development and deployment of renewable energy and low carbon technologies is fully supported by Linde's mature fluorine generation technology, which provides a more productive and energy efficient alternative to the use of Per-Fluoro-Compound (PFC) gases, including NF3, for chemical vapour deposition chamber cleaning."Fluorine cleaning is a win-win choice for thin-film solar cell manufacturers," said Ian Travis, Manager of Linde's on-site Fluorine business. "In addition to removing any risk of unabated emissions, Fluorine reduces non-productive cleaning time and improves throughput.  This

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Sulzemoos 30 November 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), an international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is in the process of preparing its entry into the market of the United States of America. On 30 November 2009, the Supervisory Board approved the proposal of the Board of Directors for the founding of a wholly owned subsidiary located in the State of California. The company is due to take up operations in the first half of 2010.Significant growth potential has been forecast for the US market. The State of California is especially attractive for market entry owing to the favourable market incentives prevailing for photovoltaic systems, the size of the market and the huge potential for the large-scale project business.DisclaimerThe content of this press release is solely for information purposes and is not intended to constitute a recommendation for investment or a solicitation to subscribe or an offer to buy or sell securities of the company.  Phoenix Solar AG shall undertake no liability whatsoever for any loss in connection with this press release or the information made available.  This also applies particularly to any eventual loss in connection with the shares of Phoenix Solar AG.This document contains forward-looking

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SGS Statutory Services Belgium becomes Authorized Inspection Organization (AIO) for the Certification of Belgian Offshore Installations for the Production of Electrical Energy from Renewable Energy SourcesIn October 2009, SGS Statutory Services Belgium received authorization to conduct the certification of Belgian offshore installations for the production of electricity from renewable energy. This authorization clearly demonstrates SGS’s capabilities in inspecting offshore wind farms in the North Sea and providing certification as premise for green certificates.Wind power is gaining more importance in the quest for renewable energy sources. More and more wind parks are now situated offshore, where the winds blow harder and where wind farms do not interfere with the surrounding landscape.However, offshore wind farms involve new risks and challenges. The location’s water depth, soil, wave, current and ice conditions are likewise considered as critical parameters. Therefore a fit-for-service approval is necessary to assure the wind farm performs as intended.Belgium is at the forefront of installing offshore wind farms and is among the first European Union (EU) member states to operate large offshore wind farms in the North Sea.Since 2003, SGS Statutory Services Belgium (SGS SSB) has been an Authorized Inspection Body in the Walloons and Flemish markets for onshore installations. With

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