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HyperSonic Ultrasonic Reciprocating System Provides a Proven Solution for Scaling Up Solar Manufacturing ProcessesSono-Tek Corporation - Milton, NY announces the immediate availability of its new HyperSonic ultrasonic reciprocating coating system designed for processes such as Phosphoric Doping, CIGS coatings, anti-reflection coatings and various nanosuspension coatings for thin film and silicon solar cell production.{pagebreak}The system features uniform deposition of thin film layers with excellent stiction properties and durability. Capable of reciprocating speeds up to 79 inches/sec (2 meters/sec), HyperSonic is available in 3 sizes - 48 inch (122 cm), 38 inch (97 cm) or 24 inch (61 cm) width coverage and offers full PLC process control. The unit easily retrofits over existing conveyorized systems.The core of Sono-Tek's coating equipment is the non-clogging ultrasonic atomizing nozzle. Offered in several frequencies (allowing customization of drop size), it is known for tight drop distributions, minimal overspray and compatibility with common nanosuspensions used in thin film and silicon solar cell manufacturing.A unique feature of all Sono-Tek's ultrasonic coating systems is the deagglomeration of particles in suspension during the coating process. This can be particularly valuable in the deposition of CNTs and other nanosuspensions that are notorious for agglomerating. The ultrasonic vibration of the nozzle combined

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and BASF were nominated for the German Future Prize for the joint development of Micronal® PCM, a microencapsulated latent heat storage material for construction materials. This prize is awarded every year by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.{pagebreak}By awarding this prize for technology and innovation, the German President pays tribute to researchers and developers who, based on outstanding research work, successfully launch new products in the marketplace. The basis for the innovative product developed by the three research scientists Prof. Dr. Volker Wittwer of Fraunhofer ISE, Dr. Ekkehard Jahns of BASF SE and Dr.-Ing. Peter Schossig of Fraunhofer ISE are so called phase change materials (PCM).The reason why these materials are so effective is due to a physical effect: During the transition from solid to liquid, PCMs absorb vast amounts of energy from their environment without heating up. This happens at a defined temperature range between 21° to 26°C. The absorbed heat is "hidden" inside the PCM or latent heat storage material (from Latin latens = hidden) and only released when there is a drop in the ambient temperature. Hence, PCM ensure that the temperature in living rooms,

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The Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, Germany and the association DERlab e.V. are presenting for the first time Europe-wide standardised outdoor tests for PV modules at the world's largest solar energy conference EU PVSEC Kassel, 22nd September 2009.{pagebreak}Module manufacturers sell their products all over the world. And yet, since unified standards are lacking, a location-specific, direct product comparison has not been possible. This will change at the end of September. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) from Kassel, Germany, and its European project partners of the Network of Excellence DERlab have developed standards and measuring methods for long-term tests of solar modules. For the first time the researchers will present this new service for module manufacturers within the world's largest solar energy conference EU PVSEC (European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition) from 21 to 24 September in Hamburg, Germany.The quality standard developed by the DERlab partners (stands for European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories) is based on standardised test procedures and data formats as well as evaluation services and uniform reports. "We have harmonised our long-term measurements for solar modules all over Europe", explains Dr. Philipp Strauss, Division Director of Systems Engineering and Grid Integration at

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This three-part analysis - "Silicon cells", "Thin film cells" and "Organic and hybrid cells" provides extensive information and rational analysis of the global photovoltaic cells patents' landscape. PARIS September 9, 2009 - "IP Overview Photovoltaic 2009" establishes a panorama of the worldwide patents claiming "silicon cells",{pagebreak}"thin film cells" and "organic and hybrid cells" and analyses the key and emerging thematic and the strategic positions of the actors involved in this sector. (industrials, research centres, universities

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The Danish company Avanti Wind Systems has just supplied service lifts and ladder fall safety equipment for five new 2 MW wind turbine towers in Uruguay. The wind turbine park in Cerro de los Caracoles was financed by Spain and is operated by UTE, the Uruguayan state-owned electricity company.{pagebreak}The new turbine towers, which are 67 meters high, have Avanti Service Lifts, which transport service technicians and their tools up towers easily, safely and quickly. The lifts which have room for two technicians and their equipment runs in a wire system independently of the ladder. Avanti Wind Systems has installed more than 12,000 of these lifts in wind turbine towers throughout the world.The Avanti Fall Protection System has also been installed in the five new towers. This is a system that ensures that technicians climbing the ladders cannot fall. Avanti has developed a system in which technicians fasten themselves with a click-on runner to a rail on the ladder. Thus the system is not wire-based, which means it can be used by several technicians simultaneously.The new wind turbine park in Cerro de los Caracoles is located just a few miles from the sea on the top of a hill in the

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Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics can draw upon 30 years of experience operating flatrack equipment between the Benelux, Germany, the UK and Ireland. Now that experience is being made available to a wider network of customers.{pagebreak}Since the beginning of 2009 Samskip has expanded its flatrack services to cover new trade lanes to include Italy, Iberia, Norway, the Baltic States as well as Eastern Europe. By extending its geographical coverage, Samskip is enabling more shippers to utilise the advantages of its multimodal transport network by being able to accommodate cargo with overhead or side loading requirements.Niels Tolstrup, director in charge of the flatrack department, explains:"With a fleet of 500 flatracks, Samskip has for many years proven itself to be a reliable partner for those companies whose shipments needed to be moved on this type of equipment. With such a stable and solid operation in place, we were ready to start exploiting new geographical areas within the Samskip Multimodal network. During the past six months, we have established and tested a number of new trade lanes and have received a very good market response."We have seen that the market appreciates the possibility to develop more environmentally friendly multimodal transport solutions for cargoes

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Memmingen, 18 September 2009. Phaesun GmbH, a systems provider based in Memmingen , Germany , has taught technical and economical details of solar technology to 60 Ugandan participants for one week. Working along with Phaesun were four German partner companies, the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and the GTZ. Representatives from 30 Ugandan solar companies, as well as potential industry clients and bank representatives, took part in the training workshop "Develop Solar!" in Uganda 's capital Kampala.{pagebreak}A practical part rounded off the lectures, panel discussions and company visits. Together with the participants, the solar experts from Germany installed three solar power plants on the roofs of the training centre. "We dimensioned both of the smaller systems with outputs of 195 and 330 watts, respectively, for lighting and operation of radios, televisions and refrigerators", explains Phaesun's employee Matthias Kaiser. In contrast, the "minigrid system" with an output of 1050 watts was conceived to electrify apartment houses, hospitals and farms that are located far from the grid.Solar Projects in Uganda since 2005In addition to dimensioning the systems, the offgrid specialist from Memmingen was also responsible for the overall logistics of the training workshop. Phaesun has a lot of experience in this

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• Minimum investment volume through 2012 now EUR 525 million• Continuation of the successful cooperation in the power plant construction businessSulzemoos 16 September 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has for the second time extended the framework agreement, signed with KG Allgemeine Leasing GmbH & Co. (KGAL) in September 2007 on photovoltaic power plants, through 2012 and raised the investment volume by a minimum of EUR 150 million.{pagebreak}The minimum contractual volume envisaged for the years 2009 until 2012 now comes to EUR 525 million.Phoenix Solar will develop and build photovoltaic power plants in its capacity as general contractor, as well as undertaking the operation, maintenance and repair of these plants on a long-term basis on behalf of the fund specialist located in Gruenwald near Munich. The target markets for the construction of the power plants are Germany, southern and eastern Europe and, in the future, further countries with suitable economic conditions for photovoltaic systems. "We have strengthened our long-standing and successful cooperation in the power plant business with KGAL by renewing and raising the volume of our agreement", was the delighted comment of Dr. Andreas Hänel, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Solar, continuing, "In our target markets we see great potential for Phoenix Solar and photovoltaics". Dr. Klaus

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Solarion AG, based in Leipzig (Germany), is involved in the development of the electric automobile E-Up! which was presented as a world premiere by the CEO of Volkswagen AG Martin Winterkorn at the 63rd Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), currently taking place in Frankfurt (Germany). The roof of the concept car E-Up! with an area of about 1.4 square meters is designed as a curved solar panel and is equipped with thin-film solar cells from Solarion AG. The new, highly flexible, ultra-lightweight and unbreakable solar cells from Solarion can be manufactured very cost effective and due to their unique properties, enable totally new automotive designs.{pagebreak}The solar module is feeding the car's electrical system providing power to charge the battery and for the vehicle's ventilation to cool the interior while parking. "We are proud that our innovative product can make an important contribution to the electro-mobility, thereby reducing the production of carbon dioxide," says Solarion CEO Karsten Otte. Solarion, specialized in technology development of thin-film solar applications in the field of building integration, is extending its product portfolio towards the automotive sector with this collaboration.About SolarionThe company Solarion is developing, producing and offering high-efficient and low-cost thin-film solar modules using Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide (CIGS).Solarion's technology is

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PV Branch profits from new extra-occupational master's programThe Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE plays a significant part in setting up and carrying out a new master degree course "Master Online Photovoltaics" at the University of Freiburg. The goal of this course program is the extra-occupational education and vocational training of specialists for the photovoltaic market.{pagebreak}Online presentations combined with short periods of presence seminars in Freiburg optimally prepare the students for activities in R&D or marketing divisions of the photovoltaic sector."Due to its technical training and its sponsors, the "Master Online Photovoltaics" is one of a kind," emphasizes Martin Kasemann, project coordinator at the Center for Renewable Energy (Zentrum für Erneuerbare Energien ZEE), University of Freiburg. "The course of studies covers the physics, technology, system technology and the business basics of photovoltaics by providing over 20 lectures, seminars and practical applications. Because of its strong orientation towards the practice, we assume that companies will also use our offer as an incentive or as an additional training program to reward excellent staff." The master's program is offered by the Center for Renewable Energy (ZEE) of the University of Freiburg in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering at the University as

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