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DEK is showing its next generation solar metallization line solutions at the SNEC PV Power Expo 2009 event in Pudong, Shanghai from the 6th to 8th May. The screen printing specialist is previewing details of its latest high-throughput PV3000 silicon cell metallization concept and running its state-of-the-art PV1200 metallization line live in Hall 6, Booth T621.{pagebreak}Visitors to the DEK booth at the SNEC event will be able to watch a video of the PV3000, the company's latest innovation in crystalline silicon solar cell metallization that boosts throughput and productivity by using multiple print heads concurrently. In addition, the print heads themselves will be on display.The PV3000 promises consistently high rates of productivity to suit the escalating global demand for solar cells by combining DEK's expertise in exceptional print platform accuracy and repeatability with industry-leading process knowledge. To minimise breakage and waste, the new PV3000 system also features the same meticulous mechanical handling attributes as demonstrated at previous trade events on DEK's PV1200 line, which uses real 150 micron silicon wafers cycling continuously during the shows.The PV1200 will also be on display at SNEC, again cycling real c-Si wafers during live demonstrations on the booth. The PVP1200 screen printing platform is

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• These two new product ranges will be presented at the SOLAREXPO and INTERSOLAR trade fairs being held next May in Munich and Verona, respectively.• Both products add to the company's catalogue, joining the dual-axis solar panels currently designed and manufactured by the company and which enjoy high-level market penetration in the European market.{pagebreak}• With the three product ranges, which will be manufactured at the company's production plants in Spain and Greece, MECASOLAR serves the entire needs of ground mounted photovoltaic installations.• The MECASOLAR Single-axis Azimuthal seasonal tracker increases production by 5% compared to similar traditional trackers, and by 28% compared to fixed structures.• As for the new Fixed Structures that will be manufactured by the company, they are outstandingly sturdy and flexible and adapt to the topography of the land, at a cost of less than 0.1 € / Wp.MECASOLAR will present in May two new products, developed, designed and manufactured by the company. Their new Fixed Structures, designed for ground-mounted facilities in large solar photovoltaic plants, and their new seasonal Azimuth single-axis trackers. Both products will be launched as innovations at the SOLAREXPO fair to be held in Verona (Italy) from May 7 to 9; and the INTERSOLAR fair

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MAN Ferrostaal has increased its share in the Solar Power Group (SPG) by around 19 %, now owning a total 43.8 % of the company. The Solar Power Group is active in the field of solar thermal power generation and develops and constructs components for solar power plants based on the so-called Fresnel technology.{pagebreak}"We regard our involvement in SPG as a strategic investment and as a cooperation geared towards the future," says Dr. Klaus Lesker, Member of the MAN Ferrostaal Executive Board and person in charge of the company's solar and conventional power plant business. "We're convinced that the Fresnel technology has great potentials. At the current time in particular, increasing our capital investment should be perceived as a positive signal by the market."By increasing its share, MAN Ferrostaal supports further research and development at SPG. Currently, SPG is completing projects in Spain, the U.S. and Libya. Because of the high levels of daily insolation, the states of the MENA region, the U.S. and Australia are principal target markets for the application of.the technology. With the takeover of the majority shares in MAN Ferrostaal by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), the countries of the Middle East are now increasingly

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The rapid expansion of the wind power generation market, fueled by both private and government initiatives, requires a similarly rapid increase in the production of wind turbine components. This is particularly true in the manufacture of turbine blades, which continue to grow in both demand and size.To maintain or increase output efficiency, larger blades must meet the divergent need of also being lighter in weight. Therefore, fiberglass and epoxy-based composites have replaced aluminum and steel as primary manufacturing materials.{pagebreak}Larger blades also require increased precision in the production process.To help increase accuracy and production speed, Carter Products introduced their CPS 3-D laser alignment system."Historically, the hand measurement of materials and layup of composites has been extraordinarily time-intensive. We have documented reductions of 50% in labor hours using our alignment systems," says Peter Perez, President of Carter Products. "With turbine blades being backordered for 1-2 years, this additional automation will really help eliminate that bottleneck."Carter's initial project was with a large manufacturer with plants in the U.S., Mexico and China. Due to the proprietary nature of their production process, the company has asked not to be identified."Our customer has experienced exponential growth in their turbine blade business,"

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Speakers at EPIA's 3rd International Conference on Solar Photovoltaic Investments confirmed that, like all industries, the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector has not been spared by the credit crunch.Medium to large scale PV plants are taking longer to be financed than ever before. They alsostressed that the fundamentals of the PV sector remain intact, if not better than before, considering the price decrease of PV modules between 10 % and 20% since the beginning of 2009.{pagebreak}Lack of finance availability temporary slows down activitiesGiven the current world uncertainties, all banks have strongly reduced their credit loans and the solar PV sector has not escaped the trend. Project financing thus appears as a challenge for the industry. While it required around 4 weeks to obtain debt financing in 2008, today it takes 8 to 10weeks, on average.The perceived risk is higher, so that fewer banks are engaged and they prefer smaller projects (less than 50 million euros). If the situation differs in all countries, PV pricing remains crucial. Companies being able to reduce their prices and technology leaders should be the mostsuccessful. Experts also confirm that high-quality PV projects meeting all legal requirements, from the planning to the operating phase, will be financed."Financing

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In the city of Moers near Duisburg, 120 project partners, customers and suppliers have inaugurated Germany 's largest photovoltaic plant using thin-film technology on a pitched roof.24 March 2009. The system provider Solaxis GmbH and Solardach GmbH have jointly developed a solar power plant on the roof of Riedel Recycling.{pagebreak}The solar modules have a total output of 837 kilowatts. The latest addition to the Riedel family - Jamain Riedel -symbolically flipped the switch, putting the solar power plant in operation, at the official inauguration on 21 March. Afterwards, some 120 visitors celebrated a spring festival to the music of the Ruhr River Jazz Band, drove a hydraulic platform 30 metres high to the solar modules and took a close look at the inverters. Among the participants were - in addition to the project partners, customers and suppliers -bank representatives and the mayor of the city of Moers , Norbert Ballhaus.The technical support came from the German subsidiary of the Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering. For the record-setting project, the company delivered four SolarMax central inverters. "The co-operation worked very well. We are very pleased at this particularly nice reference project", explains Markus Thoms, sales engineer at Sputnik Engineering GmbH in

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Tactile pressure indicating film provides a simple cost-effective method for process control and monitoring of solar module production equipmentSensor Products Inc. introduces Pressurex®, a surface pressure indicating film that reveals pressure magnitude and distribution between any two contacting or mating surfaces. In the Photovoltaics industry,{pagebreak}the need to reduce peripheral cracks on solar cells has received much attention. Pressurex® surface pressure indicating film directly fits this bill by providing a low-cost solution for quality control checks during equipment setup, calibration, as well as re-qualification of a solar module production line. The film is so sensitive that it picks up defects that can't be seen visually, such as micro cracks and surface aberrations. At least three specific assembly steps would benefit from the use of Pressurex® sensors: lamination, the frame press stage, and attachment of junction boxes. Pressurex® assures proper pressure magnitude to cause polymerization and securely bond multiple layers together during EVA and PVB lamination. During the frame press stage, Pressurex® sensor film helps verify adequate frame-to-module edge sealing.This unique Mylar-based sensor film reveals surface pressure from 2 - 43,000 PSI (0.14 - 3,000 kg/cm²). Pressurex® film is actually placed at the interface of

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Tentec Appoints McCann Equipment in Canada as Agents for Aero Wind Turbine Tools Continuing the expansion of its global network for the sales, distribution and service of the recently launched Aero range of hydraulic bolt tensioners for wind turbines,{pagebreak}Tentec is pleased to announce the appointment of McCann Equipment as its agent in Canada.The company is the largest supplier of torque tools and torque-related equipment in Canada and has been supplying Tentec's bolt tensioning tools in the oil, gas, nuclear energy, mining and industrial markets for the past 10 years. "The team at McCann has been supplying complementary equipment into the wind energy market and so have an excellent understanding of the needs of this fast developing industry." explains Roy Sheldon, Sales Manager for the wind turbine tools at Tentec. "All members of the team responsible for our products have been trained by our leading UK specialist to ensure they can work together with their customers to provide a first class service." McCann Equipment holds stock of the Aero bolt tensioners which means that they can fulfil Tentec's next day delivery promise - a unique and

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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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