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Wind turbine services have been experiencing considerable gains with the mushrooming of wind farms and the impending expiration of service contracts. As half of the installed base of the above 1.0 MW wind turbines in the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region is less than five years old, they are likely to be under warranty/original equipment manufacturer (OEM) long-term service agreements (LTSAs).Therefore, the new installations, while enhancing the prospects of OEMs, lower the business opportunities for third-party (non-OEM) service providers.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.energy.frost.com), Wind Turbine Services Market in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), finds that the market earned revenues of $64.5 million in 2009 and estimates this to reach $152.9 million in 2016.The third-party providers can take heart from the imminent expiry of OEM service contracts over the next three to four years."Favorable topography, strong government support for wind power installations, and fixed energy targets drives the market for large-scale wind power projects in the region," says Frost & Sullivan Program Manager Suchitra Sriram. "As several large wind farms with units above 1.0 MW capacity are at different stages of approval, it is likely to drive demand for wind turbine services."With increasing installation of new wind

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On September 7-9, 2010, SGS will exhibit its Renewable Energy Services at the Eolica Expo Mediterranean 2010 at stand no.8 B32. During this leading international event for the wind energy sector in Rome, Daniel Hope, Global Business Development Manager Renewable Energy at SGS, will be holding a speech about the management of wind energy projects and the minimization of risk through professional Project Execution.SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will present its wide range of services for the wind energy sector at the Eolica Expo Mediterranean 2010 in Rome at stand no. 8B32.Eolica Expo Mediterranean (www.zeroemissionrome.eu/en_zer/index_eol.asp) is the leading international event for the wind energy sector in Italy which aims at developing the Renewable Energy market. It will beheld in the New Rome Fair Center in Rome on September 7 - 9, 2010. The main topics of this expo include technological updates, national and international political policies in favour of the development of the Renewable Energy industry as well as problems and solutions related to this sector.This event represents a great opportunity for SGS Italia to stay up-to-date with new technologies and latest developments in the wind industry in the Mediterranean area and to demonstrate

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Wind Simplicity's WindancerTM small wind turbine was independently selected for Taschen's new worldwide survey of sustainable products.High-efficiency, compact and noise-free, the Windancer was designed by Canadian company Wind SimplicityTM Inc.It's the only wind turbine to feature in Taschen's latest offering, Product Design in the Sustainable Era, published in July 2010."It's great that the Windancer was chosen for a Taschen publication. Now the world's greenest wind turbine is in the world's most exquisite books," said Sharolyn Vettese, Wind Simplicity President, C.E.O. and Inventor."Making a durable, quality wind turbine with a completely sustainable life cycle was a foremost consideration from the design stage.""We are excited that the Windancer was handpicked for Taschen's thought-provoking, eye-dazzling series."The multi-award-winning Windancer, a horizontal-axis wind turbine, which generates pollution-free electricity from the wind, is one of 10 renewable energy-generating products featured in the book's Energy chapter on pages 98-99.Manufactured in the Canadian province of Ontario, the Windancer is among the innovative and award-winning projects from over 20 countries launched by leading design offices and companies worldwide, including IDEO, IBM, and New Deal Design."This book brings together 180 brilliantly conceived and elegant new products that put sustainability first and point the way forward

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The largest Rickmers ship ever to call in the Port of Hamburg arrived at the Burchardkai Terminal on the late evening of Friday, 13 August. The 13,100TEU Maersk Edinburgh, which was christened Pearl Rickmers by Nina Ruge in South Korea on 2 July, was built for the Rickmers Group by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan and is now on a ten-year charter to Maersk Line.In a small ceremony on board, Port Captain Jörg Pollmann presented Capt. Jerzy Priadka with the Admiralty coat-of-arms of the Port of Hamburg to commemorate the maiden call and wished the ship and its crew welcome to Hamburg. The vessel left the port after just 21 hours on Saturday evening, bound for Rotterdam.Immediately after delivery, Maersk Edinburgh was phased in to Maersk's new joint service with CMA CGM linking Asia and North Europe. As Maersk's AE8 service, it will deploy ten ships of this size, each partner contributing five. The port rotation will be:Ningbo - Shanghai - Yantian - Tanjung Pelepas - Port Kelang - Le Havre - Hamburg - Rotterdam - Zeebrugge - Port Kelang - Singapore - Ningbo.By the end of August Maersk Edinburgh will have been joined on this service by three more

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SOLON SE has reached an agreement with the British project developer 35 Degrees Ltd, to build a 1.3 MWp solar power plant near Bissoe in Cornwall. Pending the necessary planning permits for the groundbreaking energy park, the power plant could be the first ground-mounted solar power plant ever built in the UK. The proposed agreement includes the planning, engineering, procurement and construction, for a turnkey delivery of the power plant to 35 Degrees Ltd. It is the intention of both parties to enter into a long-term collaboration in this growth market in the UK. 35 Degrees was founded as a project development company in February 2010 and is currently planning to install 100 MWp of solar energy over the next five years with in the UK, concentrating in the South West of England.SOLON's monocrystalline Black 280/11 modules will be used in this PV power plant, which is being built on the 3-hectare grounds of a former tin-ore processing plant. SOLON will undertake the PV build in conjunction with an experienced and locally-based installation company. Once construction is complete, the solar power plant in Bissoe will generate about 1.25 million kWh of emission-free solar power annually, which is enough to supply

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Tentec, a leading UK designer and manufacturer of bolt tightening equipment, has once again passed its Lloyd's Quality Audit with flying colours. Tentec currently holds together with the environmental standard and the occupational health and safety management system OHSAS 18001."We were delighted to receive this latest endorsement of the hard work we carry out on quality matters." explains Jon Gibbs, Quality Manager at Tentec. " No issues were raised during the assessment, which is a credit to the team here."Tentec supplies its bolt tensioning equipment to a wide range of industries including wind energy, oil and gas and power generation.Further Details: Jon Gibbs. Tentec Ltd. Plymouth House. Guns Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 9HS. Tel: + 44 (0) 121 524 1990 Fax: + 44 (0)121 524 1999E-mail: sales@tentec.net Web: www.tentec.net UK Press Contact: Eileen Holmes-Ievers. In Press Public Relations Ltd. St John's Chapel, High Street, Lambourn, Berkshire. RG17 8XL. Tel. +44 (0)1488 674200 E-mail:eileen@inpress.co.uk www.inpress.co.uk 

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Rehm Thermal Systems presents an advanced new series of drying systems and firing systems for solar cell metallization at EU PVSEC in Valencia, September 6-9, 2010. These Systems offer a range of advanced process features and thermal control that enable PV manufacturers to move their processes to an entirely new level of efficiency and yield.

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The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), an independent, non-profit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials, announces that it is working with the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) to present the "PV Production Forum 2010" for photovoltaic manufacturing technologies at the 25th EU PVSEC and 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-5) on September 7, 2010 in Valencia, Spain.The program for the PV Production Forum 2010, an educational workshop in PV production technology, will feature presentations on several topics including silicon and thin-film production, which will be led by IPVEA members and other industry experts. The PV Production Forum 2010 will provide an essential opportunity for networking across all segments of the PV production industry along with informing its participants about the changing dynamics, technologies and developments in the PV manufacturing supply chain. 

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WindPower Innovations, Inc., today announces Permanent Magnet Direct Drive wind turbine solutions as a key component in its overall mission to provide unique and efficient ways for the wind industry to economically transition into its eminent future."Permanent Magnet Direct-Drive turbines are the future of wind energy generation," says Ian Griffiths, Chief Technical Officer of WindPower Innovations. "We're applying advanced systems that are new to wind energy, and in ways that eclipse our competition.""It's a smart technology that can sense variable load demands and automatically adjust power output. By eliminating gearbox maintenance and most importantly, failure, all of our nearly 100 permanent magnet solutions provide increased up-time with 75% less upkeep and repair. The Permanent Magnet Generator and corresponding grid-tie inverter is able to produce a constant 60HZ AC power over a wider band of operation (from 20% to 125% of rated power) than traditional generators, which only have one or two power synchronization peaks (+/- 5%) that can produce the 60HZ AC required by the grid."Additionally, all of our Permanent Magnet Generators are certified for low noise, addressing one of the biggest environmental objections facing the wind industry today."Not only does this technology gain potential significant savings by avoided maintenance,

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Cogentrix Energy, an electric power generation project development company, announced that it has entered into a contract with Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an Xcel Energy company, for a solar generating project to be located near Alamosa, in southern Colorado.In a release, Cogentrix Energy said the 30,000 kilowatt solar generating project will be the largest facility of its type in the world and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012."Our focus has always been on developing quality power generation facilities that deliver reliable power to our customers," said Tom Bonner, President of Cogentrix Energy. "We're pleased that our Alamosa Solar Generating project continues in that tradition. We have enjoyed a long relationship with Xcel Energy with other electric generating projects on their system and are excited at the opportunity to now be in position to assist them in meeting their renewable portfolio requirements."The solar power generating facility will use concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems supplied by Amonix, Inc., a company focused on the design and manufacture of CPV systems. Amonix CPV technology uses optics and a dual-axis tracking system to focus large amounts of sunlight onto very high efficiency photovoltaic cells. As a result, CPV solar

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