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NextEra Energy Resources, the competitive energy subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc., remained the nation's largest owner of wind farms at the end of 2009, according to the Annual Wind Industry Report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).NextEra Energy Resources ended 2009 with more than 7,500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the United States, according to the AWEA report. That is enough to provide electricity to approximately 1.9 million households. The company's closest competitor finished the year with 3,225 megawatts of wind capacity."We've built our wind fleet from fewer than 500 megawatts a decade ago to more than 7,500 megawatts today," said Lew Hay, chairman and CEO of FPL Group. "Wind energy creates jobs, strengthens our energy security, and makes the air we breathe cleaner. We've barely begun to tap the potential of wind energy for the nation, and with the right public policies in place, the wind industry can do a lot more."NextEra Energy Resources now has nearly 9,000 wind turbines at 75 wind farms in 17 states and Canada. The company's wind farms avoided 14 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2009, which is the equivalent of removing approximately 2.4 million cars from the

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In the hot desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia, finding fresh drinking water has always been a great challenge. For decades now, the state has been providing clean water by converting millions of gallons of seawater via desalination plants that remove salts and minerals from the water. Now the country plans to use one of its most abundant resources to counter its fresh-water shortage: sunshine .Working on a joint project with IBM, Saudi Arabia's national research group King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has announced that it will open the world's largest solar-powered desalination plant by 2012 in the city of Al-Khafji. The pilot plant will not just supply 30,000 cubic meters of clean water per day to 100,000 people, but will also reduce operating costs in the long run by harvesting energy from sunshine.Saudi Arabia, the top desalinated water producer in the world, uses 1.5 million barrels of oil per day at its plants, according to Arab News.In the new desalination plant, the Saudis hope to slash energy costs by deploying a new kind of concentrated photovoltaic technology, which uses lenses or mirrors to focus the sun's rays onto solar panels. The technology will concentrate the sun 1,500

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Ontario announced 184 contracts for green energy projects on Thursday that it says will lead to thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment in Canada's most populous province and top energy consumer.When completed, the solar, wind, water and biofuel projects will power 600,000 homes, generating more than 2,500 megawatts of electricity, the provincial government said.The contracts announced on Thursday are in addition to 510 "medium-sized" green projects already awarded by the government earlier this year."This is the big one," Brad Duguid, minister of energy and infrastructure, said of the latest announcement. "This is the 2,500 megawatts that's coming on line."The two sets of projects will generate 20,000 direct and indirect green jobs and attract about C$9 billion ($8.9 billion) in private sector investment, as well as investment in new Ontario-based manufacturing, Duguid said.Ontario plans to phase out all its coal-fired power stations by 2014 and replace them with cleaner energy sources.Last October, it unveiled the most generous set of feed-in tariffs in North America to attract green energy projects and the manufacture of green energy equipment.The incentives, part of the province's Green Energy Act, guarantee sellers of renewable power fixed, above-market prices for 20 years to feed their

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Merck KGaA and Plastic Logic GmbH today announced plans to jointly develop, test and commercialize Merck's new organic semiconductors in Plastic Logic's displays. The production and launch of these new materials are planned for 2011.Merck recently invested in the expansion of the Chilworth Technical Centre, its chemicals research site in Southampton, UK, by adding new laboratories to intensify and accelerate display-material developments based on plastic electronics. As part of the project announced today, Plastic Logic has also invested in additional manufacturing equipment to accelerate the introduction of Merck's new lisicon® materials in mass production.Merck's functional materials are already used in the manufacturing process of the flexible ePaper displays contained in Plastic Logic's first consumer product, QUETM proReader, which was presented at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in January.The new world-class, high performance lisicon materials from Merck will enable enhanced device performance and simplify Plastic Logic's manufacturing process for ePaper displays."Merck is delighted to support Plastic Logic as an innovative leader in next-generation consumer devices containing paper-like displays," said Dr. Klaus Bofinger, Senior Vice President, responsible for Advanced Technologies at Merck. "With Merck's track record and experience in introducing new display technologies to the market, we see the cooperation with

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For the first time, Merck KGaA will be presenting its photovoltaics product portfolio under the heading "Working with SunshineTM" at PHOTON's 6th Photovoltaic Technology Show 2010 Europe (Stuttgart, April 27-29).The main focus of Merck's presentation will be the eco-friendly isishape® range of printable etching pastes. These highly efficient products are designed for smart and simple structuring in the photovoltaic industry. They can selectively etch antireflective coatings (e.g. SiNx) and passivation layers (e.g. SiO2) on solar cells, as well as on transparent conductive materials (e.g. indium tin oxide). Formulations are available for various printing methods such as screen-printing and dispensing. With isishape SolarResistTM, diffusion barriers can even be applied using contactless inkjet printing as an alternative to more expensive conventional methods.A prototype of newly designed equipment for edge isolation of crystalline silicon wafers, jointly developed by Schiller Automation and Merck, will also be making its debut at the event. It is designed to cut solar cell production costs per watt and uses isishape SolarEtch® SiD from Merck.The new photovoltaic range from Merck, will be presented for the first time under the heading "Working with SunshineTM" at the show. For organic solar cells, Merck offers lisicon® printable polymers in ready-to-use formulations for

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Global wind energy markets are expected to continue their rapid growth, with the world's wind power capacity increasing by 160% over the coming five years, according to the annual industry forecast presented by the Global Wind Energy Council today. GWEC expects that the global installed wind capacity will reach 409 GW by 2014, up from 158.5 GW at the end of 2010. This assumes an average growth rate of 21% per year, which is conservative compared to the 29% average growth that the wind industry experienced over the past decade. During 2014, the annual market will be more than 60 GW, up from 38.3 GW in 2009. GWEC will present its full annual Global Wind 2009 Report at the European Wind Energy Conference in Warsaw on 21 April 2010, which will include a five year forecast for the development of the global wind energy market. In the past, these projections have regularly been outstripped by the actual performance of the industry and have had to be adjusted upwards. Despite the ramifications of the financial crisis, 2009 was no exception. "Even in the face of a global recession and financial crisis, wind energy continues to be the technology of choice

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As a leading global supplier of high quality solar cells, Ningbo Solar has reinforced its commitment to driving business growth with the purchase of a further 50MW worth of photovoltaic metallization lines from DEK Solar.The announcement comes just months after Ningbo Solar's purchase of eight metallization lines from the mass imaging leader. Following an extensive evaluation period which yielded impressive results, Ningbo Solar was impressed by the DEK PV1200 line's ability to achieve 6-sigma process capability at a resolution of ±12.5 micron for maximum repeatability and accuracy. In addition, Ningbo Solar was also impressed by DEK's commitment to rapid delivery and the exceptional service facilitated by local Centres of Excellence. In fact, according to Ningbo Solar President Zhou Jianhong, DEK is one of the company's top vendors for customer service.Commenting on the new order, DEK Solar China Service Manager, Speed Yan, explains: "We were obviously delighted to receive this additional order from Ningbo Solar and I'm extremely pleased that the PV1200 is proving to be such a valuable addition to its solar cell production environment. Here at DEK, we take pride in the fact that our global infrastructure means that we've not only dramatically cut industry lead times, but also,

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Etching paste isishape SolarEtch® offers a lower cost per watt alternative for edge isolation of silicon wafersSchiller and Merck present fully automated SE lab line for mass productionThe partnership announced last September between Merck KGaA and Schiller Automation GmbH & Co. KG has led to a new concept for edge isolation. Schiller Automation will present the prototype for this innovative equipment to the public for the first time at its stand at the Photon Technology Show 2010 being held in Stuttgart from April 27-29. The fully automated process for edge isolation of crystalline silicon wafers uses a product from the etching paste program developed by Merck - isishape SolarEtch® SiD.The new concept, aimed at reducing per-watt production costs, has been tested in cooperation with various partners from industry and research. Based on the promising results, a prototype (SE lab) of the production equipment has been built for a pilot line, which will be presented to industry experts at the trade show.The process designed by Merck and Schiller offers numerous advantages over traditional edge isolation methods, in particular comprehensive wet chemical isolation and laser isolation. With the newly developed application concept, isishape SolarEtch® SiD can be applied to the back of

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The Telemar Group through its German subsidiary Telemar GmbH is to provide broadband satellite communication for the entire Rickmers fleet. The Rickmers Group, operating a fleet of 102 vessels, is a diversified group with activities in the business fields of ship owning and ship management, liner shipping, investment and real estate as well as maritime related services. Today, the Rickmers Group employs more than 3,200 crew on board and more than 450 staff ashore worldwide.The contract encompasses satellite airtime through Telemar's partner Vizada until the end of 2014. Moreover, Telemar will - in a turnkey approach - deliver and install a customized hardware solution including Thrane & Thrane FB500 terminals as per Rickmers' specifications, which will allow access to the global arteries of digital communications in real time via the Inmarsat Fleet Broadband network. Further value will be generated by Telemar's dedicated project engineer, maintenance of the equipment and a 24/7 priority customer service.Rickmers has selected Telemar for its unique value of integration and management of all communications and networking needs. The Rickmers project is remarkable not only in terms of figures and numbers but also for the future-proof integrated architecture that may set the pace within the shipping Industry.

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A struggle for dominance in the fast-growing electric-vehicle charging business is pitting some of China's biggest state-owned companies, as a domestic "new energy" movement -- from battery-making to wind power -- gathers steam.One battle is being played out in Shenzhen, where China National Offshore Oil Corp. (Cnooc) and Putian Group have teamed up to take on a regional power-distribution monopoly, China Southern Power Grid.In the northeast, China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec) and Beijing Capital Sci Tech Group recently announced a new venture to install charging terminals at Sinopec's existing refueling stations in Hebei Province, the city of Tianjin, and elsewhere.Not to be outdone, China National Petroleum Corp. (PetroChina) is in talks with the Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission about building charging stations in that coastal province.The flurry of activity began even before a call to "actively promote new energy vehicles" was written into a recent government policy report. The growing interest also bears likeness to the enthusiasm for wind power shown by state-owned enterprises after the 2007 release of the government's long-range alternative energy plan.Indeed, the vehicle charging industry appears to be growing fast. State Grid Corp., another distribution monopoly, recently announced that a total 75 electric-vehicle charging stations would open

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