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In a remarkable tandem lift with its onboard crane gear MV „Beluga Stavanger" loaded a huge barge destined for port-construction in Odessa He is able to dig, pile, vibrate, swim and so much more. Because of his size of 50 meters length and 22 meters width, one thing Kurt had still to achieve was to master the art of flying. However since the 5th of September the working-platform of the Tiefbau GmbH Unterweser (TAGU) started its biggest voyage ever to Odessa. The day before Kurt learnt how to fly.With almost 1,000 tons of weight the construction unit is anything but a light duty. Even for the extremely powerful two cranes of the multipurpose heavy lift project carrier MV „Beluga Stavanger", which helped Kurt into the air, this was not at all a snap. It was one of the most interesting capability-tests to date for the on board loading gear of the new P-class ships of the Bremen based shipping company Beluga Shipping. Although both onboard cranes - each of them made for lifting 700 tons - as a tandem can lift without any problems even 1,400 tons, this lift was extreme: Due to Kurt´s dimensions the cranes were working almost

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DEK Solar used the recent EU PVSEC exhibition in Valencia to unveil the results of breakthrough new research into the Print-on-Print (PoP) technique, an approach that improves cell efficiencies, can be dropped into mainstream commercial production and can reduce the costs of production. Now available for download from www.deksolar.com, the company's new white paper is authored by Senior Process Development Specialist, Tom Falcon.Renowned alternative energies expert at DEK Solar, Tom Falcon has spent a large part of his career developing techniques to optimise frontside conductor printing on silicon solar cells. His team's latest research, revealed in the new white paper, characterises the variables within an optimised PoP process and offers clear, concise descriptions of how to effect this within existing printing processes. One of the only routes to higher aspect ratio silver conductors in a volume manufacturing environment, PoP enables cell manufacturers to print higher, narrower collector grid features onto the front of solar cells. This in turn allows more sunlight through to the silicon, optimises the grid's electrical performance, and delivers the high efficiency energy conversion capabilities that are key to future success. 

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In a recent survey conducted by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC), 64.28% of the 2,754 energy sector respondents have chosen wind power as the principle solution to meet Africa's growing energy demand. This topic will be further explored at IQPC's Wind Power Development and Implementation conference, taking place in Cairo, Egypt from 12-15 December 2010.http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/eventsSubmenuForSearch.do?showId=1540&enableHistory=EventsTab&myLink=myEventsSubmenu&fromSearch=T(Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL address field. Remove the space if one exists.)Economic growth in the region has been mirrored by an increased requirement for electricity - and the result? The continent has seen a rapid increase in renewable energy projects to supply energy needs.Africa not only faces electricity shortages but also consistent and lengthy power cuts. Earlier this year the Egyptian Electricity Ministry had to ration out national power by inducing power outages as a direct result of higher electricity consumption. For a country without oil reserves, renewable energy becomes an even bigger necessity.The Moroccan government has ambitious plans to have installed 2000MW of wind energy by 2020. Morocco's King Mohammed VI inaugurated a 250 million euro (300 million dollar) wind farm near Tangiers, which is

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Crosswind Renewable Energy, a Clean Energy Solutions company and global provider of category leading Renewable Energy Technology, announced today that it has signed a Preferred Reseller and Installation agreement with Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida. Under the terms of the agreement, Sunworks will offer the complete line of Crosswind products in the state of Florida through its five regional sales offices.Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. is a developer, manufacturer, distributor and installer of solar energy systems and wind powered electric generating systems. Sunworks has over 6,000 installations and boasts customers including NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard, State of Florida, major Florida universities and many other significant commercial clients."This alliance with Sunworks is one of the major steps in the building out of our reliable and cost effective network," said Michael Lynch, CEO of Crosswind Renewable Energy. "Sunworks is the strongest and largest company in their market," added Lynch.About Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. with roots going back to 1973 is one within a family of companies committed to developing, manufacturing, distributing and installing solar energy systems for water heating, solar electric and wind powered electric generating systems.Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. is a master dealer and distributor

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High-quality AC-enabled solar module further improves system output October 5, 2010 - Upsolar, a leading international solar module supply partner, has announced a partnership with Enphase Energy, Inc., the leader in solar microinverter technology. Current and future generations of Upsolar's PV modules will incorporate Enphase junction boxes compatible with Enphase microinverters, resulting in an AC-enabled solar module product, known as ACE. "This partnership between Upsolar and Enphase Energy moves the solar industry forward with an exciting new product category, while ensuring the scale and quality of manufacturing demanded by our customers," said Paul Nahi, president and CEO of Enphase Energy. "We are seeing great interest in ‘AC Modules' from installers who understand the benefits of this new, cost-effective, integrated solution."Enphase Microinverters increase the energy harvest of solar installations through maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and power conversion at the module level, improving system output by as much as 25 percent. The system's performance data is collected through Enphase's Envoy communications gateway and stored on a personalized website, where owners can easily monitor and manage their installations. During installation, PV Systems utilizing ACE Modules can create a savings of up to 12 to 15 percent in labor and balance of systems

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With investors' eyes drifting ever eastwards, the opening markets of SEE are becoming increasingly popular. With looming EU targets and the removal or bureaucratic red tape, SEE members are witnessing an investment rush. The conference aims at assessing the region's strengths and weaknesses and to identify the investment opportunities.The areas of discussion will cover topics on the future of solar power within the SEE region, the solar urge to achieve grid parity, reducing the cost and improving the quality of large scale PV systems, and highlighting available support schemes.With speakers from the sector's key organisations like REC Solar Germany, UniCredit bulbank Bulgaria, Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, AES Solar Bulgaria and many others there is a great chance to learn about recent developments as well as to discover networking and business opportunities.Be part of our great event and increase your brand recognition, knowledge in the field as well as the investment opportunities. Contact our team for more information or visit the website to download a brochure.  

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Saint-Gobain Solar, a leading manufacturer of sustainable materials and engineered renewable energy solutions, introduces its new LightSwitchTM portfolio of solutions, including LightSwitch Frontsheet, LightSwitch Encapsulant, and LightSwitch Frontsheet Complete, as well as a design program for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers. A high-performance and durable alternative to conventional materials, LightSwitch film products provide PV module manufacturers with enhanced performance, durability, and a reduction in total systems cost. The LightSwitch design program was developed to assist module manufacturers in bringing a lightweight PV product to market."The LightSwitch family of solutions, from innovative materials to design and support services, was created to meet growing PV module manufacturing needs," according to Julia DiCorleto, Business Manager, Photovoltaics & Extruded Films, Saint-Gobain Solar. "As renewable energy becomes a global priority, we continue to develop high-quality, cost-effective products and services that help our customers utilize lightweight fluoropolymer plastics easily, and achieve grid parity." 

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Eight prize winners of the 20th Swiss Solar Prize rely on the aesthetic and functional quality of the integrated photovoltaic panels from LyssFrom the new Monte Rosa cabin to energy retrofitting for old buildings and energy-plus houses, to the largest photovoltaic installation integrated into any building in Switzerland - on the roof of a cow shed: a significant number of winners of this year's Swiss Solar Prize use the aesthetically pleasing solar roof or façade systems from 3S Swiss Solar Systems. This high number of users among the prize winners shows that solar pioneers and regular users have an extremely high regard for the high quality solar panels from Lyss, which can be integrated perfectly into the building shell.Projects using solar panels from 3S Swiss Solar Systems AG in Lyss take the top prizes in all categories of this year's Swiss Solar Prize which was awarded at the beginning of September: above all Europe-wide prize winner Kraftwerk B, an energy-plus apartment building in Bennau, which received the first Norman Foster Solar Award in 2010. This project by Grab Architects in Altendorf, with its exemplary design, generates 10 % more energy than it needs every year. The house and gazebo roofs

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The acquisition of Behnke, Erdman & Whitaker Engineering, Inc. (BEW Engineering, Inc.) in San Ramon, California, supports the DNV strategy of growth in Clean and Renewable energies."With the addition of BEW, DNV has further strengthened our service lines to the renewable energy market. In particular, we now offer a more complete service portfolio for renewable energy developments in North America. Most significantly, San Ramon will be DNV's Center of Excellence in Solar Energy, Power Transmission and Grid Integration for renewable energy" said Elisabeth Tørstad, COO of DNV Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa. "BEW's knowledge and competence are a good fit with our renewable energy portfolio."BEW Engineering was formed by Michael Behnke, William Erdman and Charles Whitaker in 2003. They formed the company to provide consulting services to the renewable energy market with particular focus on solar power, wind energy and power transmission and grid integration. At the time of the acquisition, BEW had grown to over 30 staff. "We had a great period of growth over the last seven years and had reached a size where we needed a stronger platform to continue to serve our customers" said William Erdman, President of BEW Engineering. "DNV was seen to be the best

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Solar Energy Limited (the "Company") is pleased to update its shareholders regarding the fulfillment of its corporate mission statement. The Company intends to focus its activities in the green energy market by establishing itself at the supply-end of the nuclear power chain: specifically, uranium exploration. Nuclear Power, a green energy source with a very low carbon emission footprint, is well established globally, with new reactors coming online annually in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Company intends to explore prospective uranium properties with an eye to developing economically viable resources in the most productive uranium producing region in the world: the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada.There are several reasons supporting the Company's decision to pursue opportunities in nuclear energy. Firstly, the political will of the current US government has committed to a renaissance of the nuclear power industry. On February 16, 2010, the US Department of Energy made the following statement:"Underscoring his Administration's commitment to jumpstarting the nation's nuclear power industry, President Obama today announced that the Department of Energy has offered conditional commitments for a total of $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke,

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