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BrightView's Inline Metrology Solution Adopted by TSolar Following Technical Acceptance of InSightM SystemJoint Project to Analyze Relationship between Process Variations and Long Term Field PerformanceBrightView Systems, a leading provider of in‐line metrology‐based process control and optimization tools for thin‐film solar cell manufacturing received technical acceptance and announces deployment of its InSight‐ M at T‐Solar's thin film solar factory at Ourence, Spain. The tool will be utilized for capturing and analyzing process maps for 100% of the produced panels, a method that will dramatically enhance productivity, drive product improvements enable novel process optimization solutions that improve long term reliability and project bankability.T‐Solar's unique position as a vertically integrated solar power provider that manufactures the modules as well as builds the solar farms, will be the basis for a joint project between BrightView and T‐Solar that will examine and analyze the relationship between process variations and long‐term field performance. The global distribution of T‐Solar's PV farms, spanning Peru, Italy, France and Spain, presents unique challenges in respect to radiation levels, temperatures and other local variations. This study will provide T‐Solar with unique insight that will enable customization of process parameters to specific field requirements, and will provide tools for project planners and

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ADDING MULTIMEDIA Applied Materials' New Turnkey MES Solution Introduces Advanced Automation for Solar, LED and Chip Packaging Factories Applied Materials, Inc., today launched its Applied SmartFactoryTM MES* software - an affordable, out-of-the-box, factory automation solution to track and streamline the flow of materials throughout a manufacturing facility. Designed to help accelerate the production ramp of emerging technologies in the solar, LED* and chip packaging industries, SmartFactory can be deployed in less than 60 days to improve product quality, boost productivity and cut operational costs. SmartFactory is also the first MES available with integrated advanced process control (APC) capability, enabling customers to achieve higher and more consistent factory output. "The SmartFactory system is designed to help factory operations in rapidly-growing industries achieve the high yields and economies of scale that can lower manufacturing cost - key to the widespread adoption of these important new technologies," said Charlie Pappis, vice president and general manager of Applied Global Services. "With the SmartFactory system, customers can realize the benefits of Applied's proven manufacturing automation technology with a ready-to-use solution that can be expanded as their businesses and industries grow without disrupting ongoing production." Based on Applied's leading FAB300® MES technology, the SmartFactory system features

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SGS appointed Dr. Pavel Novak as the new manager of the Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China. Pavel took over responsibility for the operation of WETC and staff training. ---SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, appointed Dr. Pavel Novak as the new manager of the Wind Energy Technology Center in Tianjin, China on March 15, 2010. Pavel will focus on business development of the test center, extending business contacts in China and worldwide as well as staff training. Furthermore, with his technical expertise, he will also take over the responsibility for procurement of equipment, build-up and commissioning of the test center.Dr. Pavel Novak received his diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and his PhD from the Technical University of Berlin. He wrote his PhD thesis on the structural optimization of thick-walled hybrid composite structures.With a career that began at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Pavel Novak gained experience in scientific steering of national and international research projects and in coordination of activities in the test laboratory. His research focused on numerical and experimental investigation of composite's structural behavior and on development of appropriate Non-Destructive Testing.In 2007, he joined Magna

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The PV industry and market in 2013 - SolarPlaza stages top-level PV vision and strategy conference "The Solar Future II" on June 8 in Munich, Germany SolarPlaza´s second "Solar Future Conference" is a platform to hear and meet business leaders in the global solar PV market. The conference will focus on vision and strategies related to solar industry supply, market demand, technology, business strategy, cost, and financial trends. It will take place in the same city as the world´s largest trade fair for solar technology - the Intersolar Europe - that starts one day later, on June 9. At this top-level conference, the world's leading CEOs, gurus, experts and analysts will provide valuable insights in how the PV industry and the PV market will look in 2013. The one-day conference is subdivided in four sessions: the gurus and analysts´ visions, the upstream and downstream players´ visions and a session on the large-scale use of PV. The speakers will explain, for example, how crystalline silicon can compete with thin-film technologies, which business model will survive, when inverter shortages will be overcome and if feed-in tariffs will still be necessary in 2013. In addition, they will discuss what the cost

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Dr Klaus Rave was unanimously elected new GWEC Chairman at yesterday's Board meeting in Dallas for a two year term. Dr Rave follows Arthouros Zervos, who had been Chairman since the association was established in 2006. Dr Rave is one of the leading wind power experts in Europe. As Managing Director of the Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein, he has been involved in financing wind power projects since 1991, and he has been a strong supporter of wind energy since its early days. He also served as President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) from 1999 to 2002, and is currently EWEA's Vice President."Klaus has been a valued ally and friend to me for many years, and I could not wish for a more suitable successor to lead GWEC at a time in which the sector is facing numerous challenges," said Prof. Arthouros Zervos, the outgoing GWEC Chairman. "I wish him all the best in this important role." "I am excited to take on this responsible position and to lead GWEC's valuable work in promoting wind energy globally," said Dr Rave. "I thank the Board for their trust and support, and look forward to working with these leading wind power professionals to

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Founded in 1969, Dynabrade® has earned a reputation and position of continued leadership in the innovative design and manufacturing of unique portable abrasive power tools serving all major industries. Thanks to continuous research and development, Dynabrade® produces reliable, long-lasting and ergonomic tools, that are available through distribution networks worldwide.To meet the needs in the expanding Wind Energy market (predicted to grow by 155% over the next two years!), Dynabrade® has designed a series of top-quality pneumatic tools that are used in applications such as cutting, grinding, deburring, filing, sanding and polishing of materials like metal, wood, plastic, rubber, stone, glass, fibreglass and composites.Together with our customers, we define the best solutions for their production processes, achieving perfect results in conceiving tools that improve the manufacturing process of Wind Turbine Molds, Towers, Blades, Nacelles and more!For this key global market Dynabrade® introduces an exciting brochure (D10.01) including specific Dynabrade® models, actual in-plant photos and targeted wind energy applications. This brochure is designed to be a vital sales aid in addressing a market of unlimited potential!Do not hesitate to order our new brochure Dynabrade Tools for The Wind Energy Market (D10.01) by contacting us on sales@dynabrade.lu or by visiting our website www.dynabrade.com.

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German manufacturer Beckmann Volmer said Thursday it plans to build a $10 million plant in Osceola to produce steel components for wind turbines that will employ up to 500 people.The company said it will initially hire 300 people to work at the plant, and will later spend an additional $7.5 million more to expand and hire another 200 workers. The factory will pay an average wage of $18 per hour.The turbine parts will be used about 60 miles away at a turbine manufacturing plant being built by Nordex USA Inc., a factory that is to have 100 workers by the end of 2010 and 240 workers when it reaches full production in 2012. Ultimately, the plant could have 700 workers.The state offered an incentive package to Beckmann Volmer that included $1.5 million from the Governor's Quick Action Closing Fund and $2.5 million from a community development block grant. The company will get a cash rebate equal to 5 percent of payroll for 10 years and an abatement of state corporate taxes for 14 1/2 years.The state also is to provide training assistance and a refund

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NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc.announced today that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has initiated a process to retain an advisory firm to assist the Company in undertaking a review of the strategic alternatives available to ensure maximum shareholder value.Since the recent announcement by BC Hydro that NaiKun Wind's 396 MW offshore wind energy project was no longer under consideration in the Clean Power Call, the Board has been evaluating the potential for the project and the offshore wind industry in the context of renewable energy development in British Columbia. While the timing and specifics of BC Hydro's near term procurement plans are uncertain in advance of the release of the Integrated Resource Plan that is required under the new Clean Energy Act, the Company believes that its project located in the Haida Energy Field off the east coast of Haida Gwaii can play an important role in BC's future energy solutions.The strategic review will encompass a careful assessment of alternatives including continuing to advance the offshore wind energy project as the Company's primary project, potential business combination or joint venture opportunities in the renewable energy sector, the sale of the Company's interests, among others. It is anticipated that the

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Evolution Solar (PinkSheets:EVSO) applauded the content of a new study released Wednesday by The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The study projected the positive economic impact of the Department of Treasury Grant Program (TGP) and the Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit (MITC). The study found that extending the TGP and MITC by two years would add 200,000 new domestic jobs to the solar workforce and supporting industries in the United States. Additionally, it would result in 10 gigawatts (MW) of new solar installations by 2016, enough to power 2 million homes.Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. SEIA works with its 1,000 members to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy."We encourage the federal government's continued policies that would benefit the solar industry and the US workforce outlook," stated Robert Hines, President of Evolution Solar.Evolution Solar is currently building a solar demonstration site in partnership with Texas Southern University, to be located at the University's Houston Campus. The project should help Evolution Solar acquire new projects in a sector that

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* Industry group wants grant program, tax credits extended* Says policies would create 200,000 new jobs* Changes could result in 10 GW of new solar installationsBy Dana FordTax credits and a two-year extension to a federal grant program for U.S. solar projects would add roughly 200,000 jobs and almost 10,000 megawatts of new solar installations, an industry group said on Wednesday.Citing research done by EuPD Research, a private research group, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) urged the U.S. government to extend a grant program, set to expire this year, through 2012.The program, established in 2009 under the U.S. Recovery Act, was meant to help fill the financing void left by shrinking tax equity markets.Historically, banks have used tax equity markets to fund solar projects by buying government tax credits from the project owners. Those owners use that money from the banks to cover the costs of development.But as the credit crisis hit the financial markets, banks' appetite for those tax credits disappeared."The market dynamics have not substantially changed from when the Recovery Act was put in place until today, and that says the need to continue these programs is critical," Rhone Resch, president and chief executive at SEIA, told

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