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Sulzemoos 30 November 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), an international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is in the process of preparing its entry into the market of the United States of America. On 30 November 2009, the Supervisory Board approved the proposal of the Board of Directors for the founding of a wholly owned subsidiary located in the State of California. The company is due to take up operations in the first half of 2010.Significant growth potential has been forecast for the US market. The State of California is especially attractive for market entry owing to the favourable market incentives prevailing for photovoltaic systems, the size of the market and the huge potential for the large-scale project business.DisclaimerThe content of this press release is solely for information purposes and is not intended to constitute a recommendation for investment or a solicitation to subscribe or an offer to buy or sell securities of the company.  Phoenix Solar AG shall undertake no liability whatsoever for any loss in connection with this press release or the information made available.  This also applies particularly to any eventual loss in connection with the shares of Phoenix Solar AG.This document contains forward-looking

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SGS Statutory Services Belgium becomes Authorized Inspection Organization (AIO) for the Certification of Belgian Offshore Installations for the Production of Electrical Energy from Renewable Energy SourcesIn October 2009, SGS Statutory Services Belgium received authorization to conduct the certification of Belgian offshore installations for the production of electricity from renewable energy. This authorization clearly demonstrates SGS’s capabilities in inspecting offshore wind farms in the North Sea and providing certification as premise for green certificates.Wind power is gaining more importance in the quest for renewable energy sources. More and more wind parks are now situated offshore, where the winds blow harder and where wind farms do not interfere with the surrounding landscape.However, offshore wind farms involve new risks and challenges. The location’s water depth, soil, wave, current and ice conditions are likewise considered as critical parameters. Therefore a fit-for-service approval is necessary to assure the wind farm performs as intended.Belgium is at the forefront of installing offshore wind farms and is among the first European Union (EU) member states to operate large offshore wind farms in the North Sea.Since 2003, SGS Statutory Services Belgium (SGS SSB) has been an Authorized Inspection Body in the Walloons and Flemish markets for onshore installations. With

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Nobility Solar Projects a.s. plans to build PV plants with a total output of 40 megawatts next year. For its plants, the Czech company relies solely on SolarMax inverters from the Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering AG. Biel , 25. November 2009. By the end of 2010 the company Nobility Solar Projects plans to more than double the amount of PC output it has already installed. “Since 2008 we have constructed solar power plants with a total output of 18 megawatts”, says Roman Kočí, commercial director at Nobility Solar Projects and then adds, “in 2010 this number will rise to 40 megawatts. We think the market will develop quickly next year if the feed-in tariffs sink by only five percent, as planned”. In all of its projects, Kočí wants to use SolarMax inverters. “Only in this way can we ensure that we provide the best service. Sputnik Engineering has an excellent reputation and exclusively manufactures products with the renowned Swiss quality, which we also recommend to our partners.” Among Nobility’s current projects count numerous large plants, for example two 3.2 megawatt systems that the company commissioned in June and November near Brno, around 200 kilometres south-east of Prague. In each

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SGS is sponsoring the Conference on Project Lifecycle Risk for Offshore Renewables, which will take place from January 26 - 27, 2010 in London. It has become increasingly important to identify and mitigate project lifecycle risks for wind energy investments. Jale Cairney, Business Development Manager of SGS Wind Energy Services, will hold a presentation on "Exploring Challenges Around Aggregated Risk."The United Kingdom is Europe's windiest country, estimated to have one third of the EU's wind resources. In 2009, the UK became the leading global wind market, having the largest number of installed wind facilities. With the boom in offshore wind farms and the Crown Estate Round 3 Zone announcements, it becomes even more important that Project Managers are able to identify, manage and mitigate the risks of projects throughout the entire lifecycle.The Conference on Project Lifecycle Risk for Offshore Renewables, which will take place from January 26 - 27, 2010, at the Grosvenor Victoria Hotel in London, aims to address this concern. Priority objective of this event is the sharing of knowledge and experience about the risks throughout the entire project lifecycle - from consent to development and construction, through to operations and maintenance. By presenting comparable experience in the

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While the Swiss manufacturer Sputnik Engineering has mostly sold central inverters for free-standing systems to Spain in the last few years, since mid-2009 the Solar Max string inverters have become a new best-seller.Biel, 18 November 2009. Since the middle of 2009, fitters have increasingly installed PV plants on industrial roofs in Spain , a set up which demands smaller inverters. The new Royal Decree, RD 1578/2008 caps the additional construction of photovoltaic plants and, in particular, reduces the number of large free-standing systems. “We have a large spectrum of inverters with outputs from 1.8 kilowatts up to 1 megawatt and have been established on the Spanish market for quite a while. Therefore, we were able to adapt to the new requirements without any problems”, explains Fernando Sánchez García, managing director of Sputnik’s Spanish subsidiary, Sputnik Engineering Ibérica S.L.U.One of his customers alone, Sofos Solar from Lleida, plans to build 30 PV plants with SolarMax string inverters in the coming six to nine months. The largest of them will have an output of 350 kilowatts. “Sputnik Engineering is a reliable company, and we trust the SolarMax brand”, explains Sofos Solar managing director Juan Mayoral. “Sputnik’s string inverters convinced us due to their

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SGS Wind Energy Competence Center presented its services at the Global Wind Power Conference 2009 in China. Marcel Poodt, Lead Engineer of the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC), introduced the Full-Scale Blade Testing services offered by SGS. Participants showed great interest in the services provided by the newly established center.Reliability of structures and wind turbines is essential for wind farms to perform safely and successfully. A minor failure can cause unacceptable downtime and loss. Independent certification and inspection, provided by an independent third party, can improve trust in wind energy projects and secure quality and certainty throughout the intended lifetime.To address this, SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection, verification and certification company, opens its Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) - a blade testing facility for blades up to 70m length in Tianjin, China, by midyear 2010. In a presentation, Marcel Poodt, SGS Lead Engineer for the WETC, introduced the Wind Energy Services of SGS to participants of the China Wind Power Conference 2009. He also discussed the different blade testing possibilities and methods that SGS offers.With about 500 exhibitors and over 6,000 visitors, the China Wind Power Conference 2009 was the most important wind event in China, hosted by

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Completing Osaka Nishikinohama Factory to increase production of solar cellsTokyo, November 17, 2009 - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce the completion of the third factory building (Bldg. C) of Nishikinohama Factory (Kaizuka City, Osaka), already a mother factory for SANYO's photovoltaic system business.Bldg. C is expected to start high-volume production of HIT solar cells in December 2010 after installation of production equipment and completion of the necessary adjustments and tests for high-volume production.Solar cell production capacity of Nishikinohama Factory will increase by approx. 1.6 timesBldg. C of Nishikinohama Factory is going to have solar cell production equipment capable of an annual production capacity of 135MW. This will enable the Nishikinohama Factory's overall production capacity (annual) to reach 345MW, which is more than 1.6 times the present level.In addition, Shimane SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (Unnan City, Shimane Prefecture), which already produces SANYO's HIT solar cells, is planning to increase its annual production capacity to 220MW (from the current 130MW) in April 2010.Between these two factories, SANYO will have a combined production capacity of 565MW at the end of March 2011 to keep pace with the ever-expanding world photovoltaic system market.Strengthening the solar cell module business based on

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ALZENAU, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Applied Materials, Inc., Merck KGaA and the Braunschweig University of Technology (TU-BS) today announced that they have been awarded a grant by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to develop processes to lower the cost of manufacturing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting for general illumination applications. Applied will spearhead the three-year project, named Light InLine (LILi), joining forces with Merck, a leading manufacturer of high performance OLED materials and TU-BS, an internationally recognized center for OLED research. Work on the LILi project will be centered at Applied Materials’ advanced development facility in Alzenau, Germany.Fabricated on sheets of glass, OLED lighting tiles can emit white light that is brighter, more uniform and more energy efficient than fluorescent light fixtures, making them well-suited for ceiling lights in homes and offices. While a number of OLED products have been developed in recent years, key challenges such as limited lifetime and high costs must be addressed for the technology to be widely adopted. The LILi project aims to address these challenges by developing large-area manufacturing processes using high-performance organic materials and efficient device design."Solid state lighting is an important component of an energy-efficient future," said Dr. Mark Pinto, senior

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Combination makes Applied Materials the leader in high-growth equipment market for advanced packaging of chips for mobile devicesStrengthens Applied's opportunity in the memory industry's conversion to copperLive conference call and webcast today at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Standard TimeSANTA CLARA, Calif. & KALISPELL, Mont.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) and Semitool, Inc. (Nasdaq:SMTL) today announced a definitive agreement for Applied to acquire the outstanding shares of Semitool for $11 per share in an all-cash tender offer.The acquisition makes Applied the equipment leader in two fast-growing segments: advanced packaging and the memory industry's conversion to copper. The combination enables Applied to serve its customers with a broader range of products and expands the company's reach to a new set of customers in the semiconductor packaging industry."The semiconductor industry recovery is being fueled by global demand for mobile devices such as smart phones, notebook PCs and portable media players for music, gaming and books," said Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. "With this acquisition, Applied will help the world's leading chip makers create ever-smaller and more powerful devices.""Applied Materials and Semitool have a strong track record of collaborating to develop equipment solutions for leading chip makers," said Randhir Thakur, senior vice

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Tokyo, November 13, 2009 - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce that it has developed two new large-capacity high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems, and will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010. In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in electric vehicle technology as a replacement for the internal combustion engine, as part of a move towards better efficiency and the use of clean energy in order to achieve a low-carbon society. With features including high energy density, superior safety, and high voltage, SANYO has been leading the way in the market for lithium-ion batteries used in information devices such as laptop computers and mobile phones. Since around 2004, SANYO has been using its technologies to develop large-scale lithium-ion battery systems in order to help contribute towards the realization of a low-carbon society. After extensive verification testing and trial application in and outside the company, SANYO now has large lithium-ion battery systems that are ready for the market. SANYO will launch a lineup of two large lithium-ion battery system models. The Standard Battery System for Energy Storage (DCB-101) can be easily incorporated into existing systems as part of hybrid schemes using solar

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