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Britain's growing offshore wind energy industry has taken another stride forward as the Thanet Offshore wind farm came online.One hundred giant Vestas V90 turbines - each on pedestals 115 metres (380 ft) tall - were switched on which together capable of generating up to 300 Megawatts of power.Thanet is now the biggest offshore wind farm in the world but will be dwarfed by others being planned around the UK coast.Energy Secretary Chris Huhne was at the site of the wind farm 35 km (22 miles) offshore from UK Southeastern town of Thanet to switch on the country's latest wind farm, which has been developed by Vattenfall.With Thanet online, Britain's total wind farm generating capacity surpassed the 5,000 MW mark, Huhne pointed out at the opening ceremony."I'm pleased that we've reached the point where 5GW of our energy comes from onshore and offshore wind - that's enough electricity to power all the homes in Scotland," Huhne declared. Source: Offshore247 

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ExxonMobil‘s Mobil SHC-branded synthetic gear oil is now being used to protect more than 30,000 wind turbine gearboxes worldwide, demonstrating how its lubricants are helping the wind energy industry become more cost competitive worldwide. As the wind turbine market has experienced rapid growth around the world over the last decade, ExxonMobil's Mobilgear SHC XMP 320 continues to be a popular lubricant choice for wind turbine operators. Mobilgear SHC XMP 320 is the initial-fill gear oil of choice for the majority of the world's top wind turbine builders."Although it starts from a small base relative to conventional sources, we expect electricity generated by wind to grow 12 percent a year through 2030," said Mike Hawkins, global brand manager for ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Company. "Our wind lubricant technology helps support this growing industry by reducing maintenance requirements and ultimately lowering costs."Mobilgear SHC XMP 320 is an ideal lubricant for gearboxes used to power wind turbines because it exceeds the performance of conventional, mineral-based oils by extending the interval between oil changes from 18 months to three years or more.For wind turbine operators, maximising equipment performance and durability is essential. 

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Construction of Germany's newest offshore wind park has recently been completed. The 21 wind turbines that make up the Baltic Sea wind farm - dubbed Baltic 1 - are now complete and set to enter the commissioning phase, the final step before energy production can begin. This milestone for Germany's growing offshore industry highlights the number of market opportunities in Germany. Germany Trade & Invest will have representatives at this year's HUSUM WindEnergy 2010 conference in Husum, Germany, from September 21-25 to introduce opportunities for wind energy companies in Germany.After last year's completion of Germany's first deepwater offshore wind farm, alpha ventus, several new projects are underway. BARD Offshore 1, another wind farm with 80 five megawatt turbines, is currently under construction 100 km off the North Sea coast. More than 30 wind parks have already received formal approval.According to HSBC, the global offshore market is predicted to grow at approximately 29 percent between 2009 and 2020, with Germany set to be a major contributor. Already Europe's top wind energy generator with market growth of 15 percent in 2009, Germany's offshore segment is looking to be a growth driver for the coming years.As Europe's primary wind energy market, Germany represents

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Sunvalley Solar, Inc., a leading solar power technology and solar system integration company, announces a statewide partnership with GRID Alternatives to provide solar solutions to low income families in California.Since 2001, GRID Alternatives has been working to bring the power of solar electricity and energy efficiency to low-income homeowners, and to provide community members with training and hands-on experience with renewable energy technologies. Recently GRID Alternatives became the Program Manager for the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program, a California Solar Initiative program, which is funded by California ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). SASH is the country's first solar incentive specifically for low-income families. As a strategic partner of GRID Alternatives, Sunvalley Solar is providing variants of solar system solutions to GRID Alternatives to support the SASH program.On June 12th, GRID Alternatives successfully hosted their first annual Greater Los Angeles Solarthon, installing eight solar electric systems for low-income homeowners in the wonderful neighborhood of Piru in Ventura County, helping the families save on their electricity bills for decades to come, and promoting renewable energy for a cleaner environment. As strategic partner of GRID Alternatives, Sunvalley Solar attended this great even as a sponsor, and

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Dr. Shihab Kuran, President and CEO of Petra Solar, the internationally renowned cleantech company based in New Jersey, is one of the featured panelists at the High-Level Conference on Energy at the United Nations on Friday, Sept. 17, at the UN headquarters in New York City. Dr. Kuran is speaking about shaping the future with solar energy, a topic that goes to the heart of Petra Solar, which is the market leader in grid-tied, pole-mounted, distributed solar generation systems for utilities."towards cleaner, more sustainable, more accessible energy"The theme of the all-day energy conference is "towards cleaner, more sustainable, more accessible energy" and seeks to create a road map for how countries, governments and the private sector can work together to produce energy accessibility and sustainability to benefit all nations and peoples."The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico highlights the need - indeed the imperative - to find safe, affordable, abundant and reliable forms of energy," Dr. Kuran said. "We are in a fight for the future. Innovative solutions are waiting to be unleashed across the spectrum of renewable energy technologies. We need to free up investment in R&D so we can move innovative ideas from the drawing board and onto

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Pastes Optimized for New Silicon Cell ArchitecturesFerro Electronic Materials, a leading supplier of materials for fabricating photovoltaic silicon solar cells for more than 25 years, introduced a new series of silver and silver/aluminum contact pastes at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition held in Valencia, Spain, September 6--9. The PS 33-650 series--the result of more than five year's research--is new-generation technology that provides contacts for new high-efficiency silicon cell designs such as n-type, bi-facial, and interdigitated back contact solar cells.Ferro's PS 33-650 series conductor pastes enhance electrical efficiency through their low contact resistance, optimum bulk resistance, and excellent line resolution and aspect ratio. These materials are suitable for various cell designs based on n-type or p-type wafers, and have excellent solderability and adhesion when used with leaded or lead-free solders. The cadmium- and phthalate-free pastes are RoHS-compliant and are completely compatible with lead-free aluminum inks used for emitter formation in some n-type silicon configurations."It is challenging to produce low contact resistance to the passivated p-surface while maintaining low leakage current across the junction," said Aziz Shaikh, Ferro director of photovoltaic R&D. "These new p-surface contact materials provide low contact resistance to passivated boron-doped emitters while maintaining good

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Wind Works Power Corp. is pleased to announce it has signed a joint venture agreement to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) wind energy project in Germany. The agreement is with Energy Farming International GmbH (EFI), one of the leading wind farm developers in Germany. EFI has developed over 1,000 MW in the past 10 years, and currently manages several operating wind farms in Germany.The joint venture project is Wassertrudingen, a 20 MW project located in a known area of high wind resource in Germany. The agreement calls for Wind Works to make an initial payment of 100,000 Euros, which it has now made, as well as fund 1.4 Million Euros in development costs according to milestones over the next 12 months, successively increasing Wind Works' equity stake to 50%.The project is expected to be fully permitted by mid 2011 with a construction start date in late 2011. The total project cost is estimated to be 30 million Euros."This project is important for our growth and diversification strategy as it adds a 3rd project in the proven wind market of Germany, commented Dr. Ingo Stuckmann, CEO and director of Wind Works." All 3 of our German projects have short term revenue

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State of Michigan Provides Funding SupportCompanies Will Work to Develop Material-Enabled Automation TechnologyThe Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Astraeus Wind Energy Inc. (AWE) and MAG Industrial Automation Systems (MAG) announce today a project that will be a catalyst for the advancement of the wind industry enabled by funding from the state of Michigan.The companies have signed an agreement to collaboratively develop material-enabled automated manufacturing solutions focused on improving and enhancing the manufacture of wind turbine blade components, and finished blades, for the wind industry. The need for U.S. energy independence and economic security, coupled with the search for lower impact power sources, is driving demand for clean, alternative energy solutions like wind energy.Also today, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board finalized a Centers of Energy Excellence designation and a $6 million grant for AWE to establish operations with an initial focus on the production of spar caps -- the "backbone" of a wind turbine blade. The grant will also be used by Dow for material development and optimization, and by MAG for designing, constructing and demonstrating a prototype automated system for manufacturing the spar cap. Designed to help the state diversify into renewable energy technologies, the state funding matches U.S. federal

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Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd in Singapore, a subsidiary of TecDAX listed Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93) based in Sulzemoos, Germany, has founded a subsidiary in Malaysia. The headquarters of Phoenix Solar Sdn Bhd are located in Kuala Lumpur. The company will develop and build turnkey ground-mounted and rooftop photovoltaic plants.The range of products and services also comprises stand-alone photovoltaic systems and building-integrated solar plants.At the end of July, Malaysia's Ministry of Energy announced the introduction of feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic plants from the year 2011 onwards. The National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan provides for an increase in the production of electricity from renewable energies from one percent to5.5 percent by 2015. Under an official draft drawn up by the Malaysia Energy Centre, photovoltaic electricity is to be remunerated at a converted rate of around 21 to 44 eurocents per kilowatt hour over a period of 21 years, with an annual degression rate of eight percent for newly installed systems.Parliament is expected to consult on the National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan in October.Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, Singapore, has already completed two projects in Malaysia. On Friday 17 September, a rooftop plant with a peak power of 169

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SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., was awarded a ground-mounted 14.5 megawatt (MW) solar service contract with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson, Arizona.The 14.5MW solar installation is made possible through a solar power service agreement in which SunEdison will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the approximately 130 acre ground-mounted solar deployment. SunEdison will also maintain a long-term ground lease agreement with DMAFB for the use of their land for the solar installation. In return, DMAFB will purchase the energy produced from the solar power plant to offset their demand from the grid at long-term predictable energy pricing. There are no upfront costs required from DMAFB for the solar deployment."With our strong financing capabilities and our track record of timely large-scale deployments, SunEdison is able to provide smart solar solutions with no upfront capital costs and long-term predictable energy pricing," stated Jaime A. Smith, Vice President of Sales for SunEdison. "SunEdison is proud to be awarded this contract and looks forward to working with DMAFB to the completion and activation of the solar power plant."When completed, the 14.5MW solar farm will produce approximately 31.5 million kWh of energy annually

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