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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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February 15th 2009 - IT Power Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Zhang Dianjun as the new Chief Representative for its China operations. IT Power sees the China energy market as a significant growth area and plans to expand the China office to make the most of the opportunity. Mr Zhang will join IT Power China in March 2009 to help take the business forward. Mr Zhang replaces Ms Rebecca Gunning who continues on the Executive Management Team. {pagebreak}Mr Zhang comes to IT Power with over twenty years' experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. His particular expertise includes technical assistance to project sponsors to prepare bankable feasibility studies and financing structure design of diversified energy efficiency and district heating projects. He has recently been working as the Senior Energy Specialist for the International Finance Corporation China Utilitybased Energy Efficiency Finance Programme (CHUEE) and prior to that with the Finnish energy consultancy, Poyry Energy Oy . His previous experience includes work with Ekono Energy and the Beijing District Heating Group.IT Power is a leading international energy consultancy which specialises in sustainable energy technologies. The company has a pioneering tradition and undertook its first project in

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Aquamarine agrees 1000MW Site Development Agreement with Airtricity for its Wave and Tidal TechnologiesAquamarine has signed a Development Agreement with Airtricity, the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), aimed at developing sites capable of hosting 1,000MW of marine energy by 2020.{pagebreak}Under the Agreement, the two companies will enter into a 50:50 joint venture to develop wave and tidal energy sites in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Work on the development of the first two sites has already started, with plans to roll out further sites over the next three years.To complement its technology development, Aquamarine's in-house site development team has developed unique tools to identify and evaluate marine energy sites across the world. Using its in-house model of tidal and wave power resources around the coasts of UK and Ireland, the Company has identified several Gigawatts (GW) of promising sites. To secure consent to develop marine energy capacity, high consideration must be given to local stakeholders, socio-economic impacts, environmental compatibility and other sea-users' needs.The two companies' goal is to deliver marine energy sites suitable for deploying Aquamarine's market-leading wave and tidal technologies, including the Oyster® Wave Energy Converter and the Neptune Tidal Device. The

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CHANGZHOU, China, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, today announced that its subsidiary, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd.,{pagebreak} entered into a sales agreement with Spanish customer Gestamp Asetym Solar, S.L. ("GA Solar"). The agreement was signed during the recent World Future Energy Summit 2009 in Abu Dhabi, held on January 19-21.Under the terms of this agreement, Trina Solar will supply GA Solar between 20 to 36 MW of PV modules for one year at pre-determined prices. Shipments under this agreement have recently been initiated."We are excited to have entered into this sales agreement which affirms our successful long-term supply partnership with GA Solar in the past," stated Mr. Arturo Herrero, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing of Trina Solar. "GA Solar's plan to implement new solar projects in markets such as Italy, Greece, the United States and the Middle East will be supported by their parent company's presence in over twenty countries, and we believe that our experience in working with PV system integrators can play an important part in

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KUKA innovation at the Photovoltaic Technology Show 2009Solar modules for a perfect frame (of mind)Augsburg, 17 February 2009 (pk) - KUKA Systems is presenting its new ROBO FRAME module (for which a patent application has been filed) at this year's PTS (Photovoltaic Technology Show) trade fair in Munich. Furthermore, KUKA Systems will also be displaying there its entire product range for flexibly automated production systems for solar modules.{pagebreak}ROBO FRAME uses an industrial robot with a high payload capacity for the automatic framing of solar modules. The main advantages of this production process are the prevention of deformation and scratching, improved quality of the end product, and greater throughput of the production system as a result of precision and high availability.In the ROBO FRAME system, the robot grips the prepared laminate on the glass side and guides it precisely into the prepared frame parts. In a sequence of four steps, the long frame parts are joined first, then the short frame parts into which the corner connectors have already been inserted automatically. Addi-tional clips and a level support plate ensure that the forces applied to the lami-nate during assembly of the frame parts are kept to a minimum, thereby pre-venting deformation.The

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* Practical experiences of DIS AG confirm: Extensive and sophisticated qualification concepts work* Andreas Dinges: "It is time to add some life to the initiative."Düsseldorf - October 22, 2008. DIS AG, the market leader in hiring and placement of skilled personnel and managers, welcomed the government's new educational initiative, which was introduced and resolved today at the educational summit in Dresden.{pagebreak}"In view of increasing deficits in skilled personnel, it is imperative to put underway comprehensive and future-oriented concepts", said Andreas Dinges, Chairman of the Board of DIS AG. "Our own programmes for training, further development, and qualifications show that long-term and responsible thinking, as well as forgetting about preconceptions are extremely effective methods to counteract this omnipresent lack of skilled personnel." Andreas Dinges welcomes the government's efforts in that area, and sees it as a first step on the way to countermanding this lack, provided the planned federal initiative for additional qualifications will progress beyond a mere declaration of intent.DIS AG speaks from experience, because the company has been active in all areas of qualification for years - from educational support in early childhood, right down to additional training for older employees. And DIS AG doesn't turn its back on

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