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High-speed, reliable, and affordable metrology solutions for every class of thin-film photovoltaic material used in today's industrySan Diego CA, March 2009. Filmetrics announces the launch of its thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) dedicated measurement systems.{pagebreak}With the release of the F10-PV and the F37-PV Filmetrics now offers commercially available tabletop and in-line metrology solutions for industries utilizing all classes of TFPV materials. Typically built on or under transparent conductive oxides (TCO) on glass, plastics, or metal substrates, the properties of TFPV films are notoriously difficult to measure due to their special optical properties. Filmetrics has SOLVED this problem for all classes of films used in today's industry.The Filmetrics F10-PV and F37-PV products are capable of monitoring the film thickness of active layers such as amorphous Si, CdS, CdTe, copper-indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), TCOs, and buffer layers. These types of devices are intentionally designed to absorb rather than reflect light creating many unique challenges for performing metrology on these layers. Surmounting these challenges the F10-PV and the F37-PV can accurately measure the thickness and optical properties of even the most complex structures on TCOs adding unrivalled value in terms of production quality, efficiency, and cost control for TFPV

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Trina Solar Limited, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, founded in 1997, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008.{pagebreak}Full Year 2008 Results Financial and Operating Highlights    -- Solar module shipments were 201.01 MW, compared to the Company's       previous guidance of 200 MW to 206 MW, an increase of 164.8% from 2007    -- Total net revenues were $831.9 million, an increase of 175.6% from 2007    -- Gross profit was $164.4 million, an increase of 143.2% from 2007    -- Gross margin was 19.8%, compared to 22.4% in 2007    -- Net income for the full year was $61.4 million, an increase of 71.7%       from 2007    -- Earnings per fully diluted ADS for 2008 were $2.37, compared to $1.51       in 2007    -- Secured module contracts which are expected to generate approximately       300 MW in 2009 module shipments    -- Ranked in the top two of 14 international solar module manufacturers in       TÜV Reinland's Energy Yield 2008 for the testing period from September       1 to 30, 2008, as reported in January of 2009"Despite the challenging global economic and financial climate, we are pleased with our

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Relight Enerji Üretim, is Relight Group Turkey's company, received the authorization for three new wind farms in Balikesir, in the North of Turkey.It is expected that the wind farms, totaling about 205 MW, will be operating in 2010 with an overall investment of 300 million Euros. {pagebreak}The Relight activities in Turkey are going on: other projects totaling over 460 MW are under evaluation by EMRA (Energy Market Regulatory Authority), the Turkish agency that is in charge of granting the license for the construction of new energetic plants and other 500 MW are under development at different stages. The Turkish market has been one of the most rapidly changing among all emerging markets over the last decade, fuelled by the steady growth of the GDP and the liberalization of the energy sector in line with EU directives. Relight Enerji Üretim is Relight Turkey's subsidiary, headquartered in Istanbul. It is an integrated energy company involved in the following activities: production of energy from renewable sources, with a particular focus on wind and hydro power; import, distribution and transmission of electricity and natural gas; and waste-to-energy.Relight is a group headquartered in Milan, operating in the International renewable energy market, with

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Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, reached a decision today on a proposal to be put to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to raise dividend distribution to EUR 0.30 per share for the financial year 2008 (2007: EUR 0.20). This resolution is subject to the adoption of the annual financial statements for the financial year 2008 and approval by the Supervisory Board.{pagebreak}The Board of Directors cites the Group's very successful performance over the course of the financial year 2008 as the reason for its dividend proposal and increase in dividend. At the same time, Phoenix Solar AG confirms its intention of pursuing an investor-oriented dividend policy aligned to the company's growth and its business situation. All 6,684,500 of the currently traded shares of Phoenix Solar AG are entitled to dividend.The final dividend proposal to be put forward to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which will take place on 19 May 2009, will be announced when the annual general meeting is convened.This is an English translation of the German original. In the event of any doubt, the German version shall prevail.Contact:Phoenix Solar AGHirschbergstraße 8Anka LeinerTel. +49 (0)8135 938 - 315Fax +49 (0)8135

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5th PV Industry Forum in Munich, May 25 - 26, 2009International trends in photovoltaics at the PV Industry Forum The photovoltaics market in flux: growing production capacities and altered political and economic parameters{pagebreak}Future developments, prospects and technological trends in the international photovoltaics market will be the focus of the 5th PV Industry Forum which will take place on May 25 and 26 at the International Congress Center in Munich (ICM). Production capacities are growing across all sections of the photovoltaics industry's value added chain. The potential for cost reduction which this brings with it and the changing political economic parameters, particularly in Germany and Spain, will affect the future development of the international photovoltaics market.Strong growth in 20082008 saw the continuance of the 2007 boom in the photovoltaics industry. In Germany, the total installed capacity of all solar power installations rose from 3.8 Gigawatt peak (GWp) in 2007 to around 5.3 GWp in 2008. When the German Renewable Energies Act came into force in 2000, the overall capacity just about totaled 100 Megawatt peak (MWp).In 2008, the amount of new solar power capacity installed worldwide almost doubled, reaching approximately 4 GWp. With a world market share of 20 percent, Germany

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Southfield, MI - Schreiner ProTech is now marketing an array of specialized labels and identification-preparation equipment for solar panels and components. Drawing on its extensive solar product experience in Europe, Schreiner is nowaggressively seeking new customers in North America for its UL/CSA-approved solar labeling solutions.{pagebreak}The manufacturing of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules makes exacting demands of marking technology materials and systems.  Labels used for production control, track-and-trace, branding, and as power-rating and nameplates, must be able to permanently withstand extreme UV rays and weather conditions-many for the life of the PV module. In addition, they have to meet a number of legal requirements, such as UL and CSA standards.Today, every single solar PV module is marked with an individual code for production control purposes and traceability. The code is applied in a clearly visible location at the front of the module, and must retain its legibility-even after years of exposure to UV radiation. Schreiner ProTech has developed an Embedded Label for this application. It is TTR-printable, dimensionally stable, and is applied directly to the ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) sheet or a bus-bar of the solar module.Schreiner Power Labels have to comply with exacting legal requirements. They mostly

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The solar wafer production has high demands on quality control. Automatic optical inspection by machine vision systems is therefore of great importance. The business division of image processing & intra-logistics in Eckelmann AG, Wiesbaden, has developed a system for inline inspection of mono- and polycrystalline raw wafers, which steadily detects errors in geometry, surface defects and dislocations in the crystall structure.{pagebreak}Furthermore, the system measures precisely geometrical characteristics such as edge lengths, corner angles and chamfer lengths of square and pseudo square silicon wafers. The system is applicable of measuring gauge, the detection of its capability can be adduced semi-automatically, due to preprogrammed procedures in the system.In addition to reliability and accuracy, the new machine vision system impresses particularly with its clock cycle: At two image acquisitions per wafer, the time for measuring and processing adds up to 0.8 sec. Including transport times, up to 3,600 wafers can be examined by the system.Further Information:Eckelmann AG, WiesbadenDr. Johannes Stelterinfo@eckelmann.dewww.eckelmann.deby order of Eckelmann AGDr. Frieder SchwitzgebelPress Office SchwitzgebelWormser Straße 3855278 Oppenheimphone: +49 (0)6133 50954-1fax: +49 (0)6133 50954-2mobile: +49 (0)172 6190178e-mail: f.schwitzgebel@presse-schwitzgebel.de 

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141 new wind turbines in Oregon, USA, are to have Avanti Climb Assistance installed. This is a system which makes it easier for service technicians to climb up and down the ladders in wind turbines.The agreement with Avanti Wind Systems has just been signed. The 141 new wind turbines will be installed in Biglow Canyon in Oregon, USA, for Portland General Electric. Construction of the first 65 wind turbines will start in April this year. The next phase of 76 wind turbines in Biglow Canyon will be installed in 2010.{pagebreak}Climb Assistance has been developed by Avanti Wind Systems. The system makes it easier for service technicians to climb ladders, reducing their loads by up to 40 kg.In simple terms, Avanti Climb Assistant consists of an endless rope which is fastened to the technician's harness with a clamp of the same type used in mountain climbing. Giving a gentle tug starts a motor which pulls on the rope, thus facilitating climbing for the technician. The rope runs along the ladder and the pull weight is set by the technician. For example, if he weighs 100 kg and sets the pull to 40 kg, he only has to raise 60 kg of

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Augsburg, 25 February 2009 (pm|dg) - The award presented by the automotive industry to KUKA Systems last summer for its new and highly flexible welding process for fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) is now followed by a further trophy: the international industry association JEC Composites is to honor the Augsburg-based company with its Innovation Award 2009 in the category of Automation for the process developed under the leadership of KUKA Systems.{pagebreak}This new technology enables the welding of complex 3D components made of fiber-reinforced plastics. It also features a new variant of induction welding which now makes it possible to join even metals and FRP. This technology is characterized by high flexibility, low capital outlay and subsequent separability of the joined parts. Furthermore, the use of industrial robots and handling devices ensures a high quality level that is also reproducible. Overall, this process contributes to the reduction of production costs.Possible applications of the new technology are above all in the automotive and aerospace sectors."We are delighted to receive this award and are proud that our new development has been recognized throughout the industry", said Dr. Stefan Soehn, President and CEO of KUKA Systems. "It underscores our expertise and market leadership in the welding

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24. February 2009. Raphael van Hövell is one of the first system operators in Germany to finance their PV installations with the new tariff for private consumers under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). With the EEG amendment on 1 January this year the German government introduced the new type of payment for PV installations with a capacity of up to 30 kilowatts. For every kilowatt-hour system operators use themselves they receive 25.01 cents over a period of 20 years. In addition they save the cost of their household electricity.{pagebreak}Van Hövell needs about 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity to light and ventilate his feeding pens and feed his 1,200 pigs in the district of Borken. Since the beginning of February he has been generating the electricity himself with his 29.4 kilowatt system. Even at today's electricity prices, van Hövell's total profit will increase by around €10,000 in 20 years because he uses his electricity himself rather than feeding it into the grid. If electricity prices rise, as is expected, he will make an even larger profit. At the moment household electricity costs approximately 20 cents per kilowatt-hour. With the extra tariff this makes a total of 45.01 cents - two

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