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The team at Rehm Thermal Systems are preparing to showcase the company's best-in-class capabilities for solar cell metallization at Photon Expo being held from April 27th- 29th in Stuttgart, Germany. Photon 2010 will highlight the thermal specialist's recently updated line of fast-firing systems and drying ovens in Hall 4, Stand G39Following exhaustive testing by the renowned Fraunhofer Institute ISE, the Rehm RFS Fast Firing Furnace was launched last year and extends the company's decades of high performance thermal engineering and manufacturing experience further into the world of PV manufacturing. A complete lineup of thermal solutions for metallization now includes the RFS Firing System and RFS-D combination Drying and Firing System in addition to the model RDS series dryers. All feature industry leading low energy consumption and a compact footprint that optimizes factory space while minimizing expense.Rehm's Europe's Sales Vice President, Martin Meyer, explains: ""The Rehm brand name might not be widely recognized among PV cell manfacturers, but we have over 200 curing and drying systems in production in factories worldwide. 2010 celebrates our twentieth anniversary with a history of advanced thermal engineering. Now our best-in-class process philosophy has been applied to PV metallization. Our technology

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Supporting today's publication "RE-thinking 2050 - A 100% Renewable Energy Vision for the European Union", by the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), said:"EWEA fully supports EREC's vision of Europe moving towards 100% renewable energy by 2050. We have abundant wind, sun and other resources and the technologies to do it. Harnessing these natural and clean energy sources would give Europe energy independence and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Europe." "100% renewables is an inspiring but achievable objective which makes economic, environmental and social sense for Europe. I urge European leaders to have the courage and the vision to seize this opportunity and facilitate the necessary changes to infrastructure and market design." The contribution of wind energy to the EU's 2050 vision will be the main subject of the opening session of the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC 2010) which will open in Warsaw next Tuesday, 20 April. The full publication of RE-thinking 2050 will be available as of Tuesday, 20th April 2010: www.rethinking2050.eu More information about EWEC 2010 in Warsaw 

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BrightView Systems, a leading provider of in-line metrology-based process control and optimization tools for thin-film solar cell manufacturing, hosted the Prime Minister Mathias Platzeck of Brandenburg, the Minister of Economic and European Affairs Ralf Christoffers, Klaus-Dieter Licht of ILB (State Investment Bank), and Hinrich Soehlke Director from the Brandenburg Economic Development Board at their facilities in Israel. Germany capital region, formed by Berlin and Brandenburg, has the highest concentration of solar energy R&D and manufacturing in Europe.As solar technology is one of the most innovative and fastest growing sectors in the Berlin-Brandenburg, production capacity is increasing rapidly and will soon exceed 800 Megawatt peak per year with the help of the region's new photovoltaic power plants. The industry has already created over 4000 jobs - with more to come. Berlin-Brandenburg is home to companies active in the entire value chain of the solar industry: factory planning, R&D, materials testing, glass and chemical suppliers, assembly and electrical components, silicone production, machine maintenance and overhaul, and solar module recycling."We are honored to have this opportunity to showcase our products and team," said Benny Shoham, CEO of BrightView. "As the Berlin-Brandenburg region is Europe's largest solar cluster, we are keen to explore ways to further cooperate with the dynamic companies set in the region and foster mutually

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Dow Jones & Company plans to construct a large-scale solar-power installation to generate clean energy for its corporate offices in central New Jersey.At 4.1 megawatts, the system is expected to be one of the largest installations for solar power at a single commercial site in the U.S."Investing in solar power confirms our commitment to environmental responsibility. Dow Jones wants to be one of the companies making a difference," said Les Hinton, chief executive of Dow Jones. "Solar power is a renewable reminder that clean energy is possible and that responsible businesses can make it happen."A publisher of news and business information around the globe, Dow Jones maintains a 200-acre campus on U.S. Route 1 in South Brunswick, N.J. Nearly 2,000 staff work at the facility, Dow Jones's largest.Stephen Daintith, chief operating officer for Dow Jones said, "What makes this investment attractive is that not only are there meaningful environmental benefits but we also will see significant tax incentives and a substantial reduction in our annual energy costs."The investment is part of parent company News Corp.'s Global Energy Initiative and is its largest commitment to onsite renewable power to date.The design calls for more than 13,000 solar panels covering nearly 230,000

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Wind Works Power Corp. is pleased to announce that from the first contracts offered through the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Feed-in-Tariff program, we have been notified that we will be offered 7 power purchase agreements for a total of 80 megawatts (MW), for the following projects:Ganaraska: 20 MWSettlers Landing: 10 MWSnowy Ridge: 10 MWGrey Highlands: 10 MWClean Breeze: 10 MWWhispering Woods: 10 MWCloudy Ridge (Skyway 126): 10MW"Ontario`s pioneering Green Energy Act is now taking shape", comments Dr. Ingo Stuckmann, Wind Works' President and CEO "the announced FIT Contracts push the door wide open for the 50,000 new green energy jobs Ontario wants to attract for the emerging North American wind energy market." With respect to the 7 FIT contracts offered to Wind Works, Dr. Stuckmann comments "this is a milestone event that we will leverage into significant growth opportunities in the near term."For the 8 wind energy projects that were not offered contracts in this first round, all 8 projects have been placed into an economic connection test (ECT) with the OPA, which is expected to be examined in mid-summer. This will assess the time at which grid expansions and upgrades will facilitate the connection of these projects. All 8

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A solar refrigeration container is one of the particular highlights presented at Phaesun GmbH's fair booth. It has been designed by ILK Dresden for the use in hospitals, medical supply depots and food storage centres in regions with insecure, or unavailable energy supply. The system has a modular structure, including integrated solar modules with a capacity of 1.7, or 3.6 kilowatts depending on the respective design. The larger system consists of a single cooling chamber for the storage of up to 400 kilogrammes of meat or vegetables at a temperature of 0 to 10 degrees Celsius. The smaller container includes three separate chambers for the storage of drugs at temperatures from 0 to 8, 10 to 15 and 22 to 25 degrees Celsius. The maximum ambient temperature amounts to 52 degrees Celsius. The containers can be also flexibly adjusted to customer requirements. In addition to refrigeration container solutions, solutions for energy supply and telecommunication are also available. ILK Dresden, for which Phaesun distributes the container solutions on an international scale has designed the storage capacity for a reserve of three consecutive days without noteworthy solar irradiation. The standard container can be easily transported per truck, railway, or helicopter and is

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The Spanish company PROINSO- specialized in the distribution of modules, inverters, trackers and fixed structures for photovoltaic systems, has been awarded the supply of various solar photovoltaic farms in Greece that will all together amount to more than 7.54 MW of installed capacity. The agreements include the supply of 2.65 MW of 2-axis trackers from MECASOLAR, a company who together with PROINSO forms part of Grupo OPDE. These agreements in the Greek market are in addition to the contracts signed in early 2010 in Greece. In the first quarter of the year, PROINSO Hellas had already signed the supply for 10.54 MW of modules and invertors in the country, which already represents 23% of the expected activity in the Greek market for 2010 and which is situated at 40 MW, according to initial estimates from the Spanish multinational. Similarly, it will supply 3.45 MW of MECASOLAR 2-axis trackers, which will be supplied from MECASOLAR Hellas, the manufacturing subsidiary located in Thessaloniki. This figure represents 35% of all the trackers (12 MW) which are planned to be installed in Greece during the current year. By signing these new agreements, PROINSO and MECASOLAR consolidate their leadership position in the Greek market, where

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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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The French subsidiary of the Swiss manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic systems Sputnik Engineering AG is moving today from Paris to Saint Priest near Lyon . "In the south-east of France there are the largest number of solar plants, especially in the Rhône-Alpes region. Lyon has also become a magnet for the solar industry. Roughly half of all French PV installation companies have their headquarters in this region", says Didier Jeannelle, head of Sputnik's French subsidiary. The managing director plans to continue to expand the sales and service of SolarMax products in France , improve responsiveness to customer needs, and expand the training program. The company's new building, already equipped with a heat pump, which will soon have a solar system as well, is located only 20 minutes from central Lyon and the Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport. Jeannelle plans to increase his staff in the short-term to six. He is currently already supported by the key account managers Denis Ferra and Jocelyn Rogron, who work from Grenoble and Nantes , and two sales representatives based at the new location in Saint Priest. "The expansion of our French subsidiary and the move to Lyon comes at exactly the right time," says

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Singapore based Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of TecDAX listed Phoenix Solar AG, Germany, has completed Singapore's largest photovoltaic plant built with thin-film modules with a peak output of 380 kilowatts (kWp) on the new company building of Applied Materials Inc. in Singapore. The thin-film modules used in construction are the world's largest, with a surface area of 5.7 square metres. In addition to the 380 kWp large-scale tandem modules, the Phoenix team also used 4.8 kWp of semi-transparent thin-film modules along with 14.4 kWp multi-crystalline modules, which brings the plant's peak output to around 400 kilowatts in total.Applied Materials' 32,000 square metre operations centre serves as a hub for the company's activities throughout Asia. The building has been rated Green Mark Platinum by Singapore's Building & Construction Authority and will be inaugurated today, 13 April 2010.The photovoltaic modules were manufactured in Germany and China using the so-called "SunFab Thin Film Line TM", a production line developed by Applied Materials. This fully integrated thin-film production line is suitable for either single junction or tandem junction thin-film modules and, with modules measuring 2.2 m x 2.6 metres, can produce the world's largest and most powerful mass-produced thin film solar modules. These large modules lower the installation costs as assembly is swifter and save on mounting materials."At approximately 105 kg

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