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Today, as European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs speaks to the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee on the European Economic Recovery Plan, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) warned that the EU needs to speed up its stimulus package. The €5 billion plan, approved by the European Parliament last May, includes €565 million for offshore wind projects and additional funds for upgrading and building new electricity grids, but the EU's slow legislative procedures have prevented a timely release of the funds. Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive Officer of EWEA, said: "The EU needs to speed up its stimulus package - it's taking too long. The €565 million allocated to new offshore wind projects would be a welcome boost for growth in the new offshore wind industry, but to be fully effective the funds need to be allocated quickly." Planned offshore wind construction projects in the North Sea could provide 10% of Europe's electricity and save 200 million tonnes of CO2 per year. EWEA recently published a blueprint for building a North Sea Grid and it urges the Commission and Transmission System Operators to take its recommendations into account. "EWEA's new offshore network plan provides for a truly pan-European electricity

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With effect from today, Hans-Georg Schweikardt is the new manager in charge of Sputnik’s product management department at the company’s headquarters in Biel . Schweikardt has been employed at the German branch of the Swiss solar inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering GmbH since 2004, first as a sales engineer, then as head of sales. “Through moving to the company’s headquarters, I can now have a greater influence on product developments and can contribute my many years of market experience,” says the 30-year-old, who is looking forward to the new challenge. International product management was already his area of specialisation during his studies to become an industrial engineer.Until now, Sputnik’s product management department has always been under the control of the marketing department. Now that Schweikardt is beginning his new position, Sputnik is separating off this division and giving it more weight. In future, the product management department will report directly to the management board. “With a strong product management department we will be able to continue to expand our market position,” explains Sputnik’s Managing Director Christoph von Bergen. “Hans-Georg Schweikardt brings with him his excellent knowledge of the market and products. I am confident that as head of our product management

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Adopts Linde's on-site generated fluorine to eliminate use of greenhouse gasesMunich, Germany, 1st December 2009 – Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, and Masdar PV GmbH, a manufacturer of large-scale thin-film solar modules, have signed an agreement to qualify and adopt Linde's on-site generated fluorine – a zero global warming solution for photovoltaic (PV) module process chamber cleaning.  This extension of the collaboration between the two companies is a key element of Linde's drive to help accelerate the PV industry from grid parity to green parity.Masdar PV will eliminate the use of the greenhouse gas nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), which has a global warming potential 17,200 times that of CO2, from their state-of-the-art thin-film production facility in Ichtershausen, near Erfurt (Germany). Masdar's philosophy of sustainable development and deployment of renewable energy and low carbon technologies is fully supported by Linde's mature fluorine generation technology, which provides a more productive and energy efficient alternative to the use of Per-Fluoro-Compound (PFC) gases, including NF3, for chemical vapour deposition chamber cleaning."Fluorine cleaning is a win-win choice for thin-film solar cell manufacturers," said Ian Travis, Manager of Linde's on-site Fluorine business. "In addition to removing any risk of unabated emissions, Fluorine reduces non-productive cleaning time and improves throughput.  This

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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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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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