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North America's Leading Utility bosses meet at the NGU Summit to talk about real solutionsRecent reports have shown that the Utilities industry in America is struggling. Profits in the second quarter have fallen and experts say it may not be until 2011 that any improvements can be seen. Consumer demand has decreased dramatically since the economic crisis first began,{pagebreak}as housing and commercial construction markets have seen a severe drop in business.But, is there too much pressure on the industry during the downturn? Most sectors are struggling just to make ends meet, and yet Utilities are still expected to spend money on innovating new and renewable energy supplies with the knowledge that Government funding can only go so far. With the economic crisis looming over the globe, can the industry help produce a ‘Greener' world, or will their attempts sink profits lower creating a collapse in the system?On the flip side, some companies are beginning to benefit from Obama's reform where funding has been made available for them to innovate and develop their renewable energy business. These companies are thriving under the ‘greener' resources readily available to them to undercut competitors and lower the prices for the consumer in their area.

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• Market comes under price pressure in the first half-year• Sharp growth in revenues and volume in the German marketSulzemoos 13 August 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leadingphotovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX,{pagebreak}is today releasing thefigures as per 30 June 2009. The first half-year was impacted by tumblingprices on the procurement and selling front which caused earnings beforeinterest and taxes (EBIT) to fall considerably below the previous year'sfigure. Nonetheless, the volume of modules sold rose by 25 percent to around53 megawatt peak output, and a year-on-year growth in revenues of 93.7percent was achieved in the German market.In the months from 1 April to 30 June 2009, the Phoenix Solar Groupgenerated total revenues of EUR 115.7 million, which is an increase of 5percent over the previous year's quarter (Q2/2008: EUR 110.2 million)accomplished under much more difficult conditions. Domestic businessdelivered the dominant share in revenues, which came to 97 percent, or theequivalent of EUR 112.2 million. Compared with EUR 40.1 million posted inthe second quarter of 2008, growth came to around 180 percent. As againstthe first three months of the financial year 2009, revenues climbed by

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Crucial phase of Oyster installation completed at EMECOyster, the UK's first nearshore wave energy converter, moved another step closer to generating clean, green energy with today's announcement that Aquamarine Power has just completed the crucial first phase of its deployment{pagebreak}at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) at Billia Croo in Orkney.In a carefully planned operation, the 194-tonne full scale device was lowered onto its seabed subframe and bolted in place.The next step will be to connect the Oyster to sub-sea pipelines which will deliver high pressure fresh water to an onshore turbine ahead of grid connection and sea trials later this year.Oyster is designed to capture the energy found in nearshore waves up to depths of 10 to 12 metres. A commercial farm of just 20 devices (10MW) could provide clean renewable energy to a town of 6,500 homes.The benefit of Oyster is its simplicity. There are minimal moving parts and all electrical components are onshore, making it robust enough to withstand the rigours of Scotland's harsh seas.Martin McAdam, Chief Executive Officer of Aquamarine Power, commented:"Getting Oyster into the water and connected to the seabed was always going to be the most difficult step and its completion is a real

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Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie KG, the Hamburg-headquartered specialist in the transport of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes, and Escombe Lambert Holdings Ltd have established a new liner agency company in the UK, Rickmers-Linie Agency Ltd.{pagebreak}Announcing the decision, Gerhard Janssen, Sales & Marketing Director, Rickmers-Linie, stated:"In the world of project forwarding, the UK is a significant player; many international projects are planned and managed by specialist teams based in the UK. By establishing this new agency in London and Middlesbrough, we will be better placed to service these customers."The new company will have its head office in Barking, East London, with a branch office in Middlesbrough in NE England and will take over all responsibility for marketing and sales activity throughout the UK as of 1 September 2009.The UK company will be headed by Ian Ennis of Escombe Lambert Ltd based in Barking and David Greaves, who has for many years been associated with Rickmers-Linie as its UK representative, as well as with Rickmers' previous agency, OceanExpress Ltd. He will continue to be based in Middlesbrough. Mr Greaves thanked OceanExpress for its support over the past four years, saying: "OceanExpress Ltd has been an excellent agent, especially developing the parcel business

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In a solar PV system, by measuring solar radiation, we can determine whether, at a given moment, the facility is operating correctly or underperforming. As it yields with "feed in tariff" this check is unquestionably important during the testing phase and also during normal operation, if the facility is of a certain size.{pagebreak}"Soluzione Solare" is an Italian company which has developed from a small team with decades of experience in finalising and testing PV plants. During the 24th EU PV SEC it will present a solarimeter with linearity and precision characteristics similar to a pyranometer. It has a high technology content, designed to meet 4 requirements: a high degree of linearity of measurement, compatibility with any data logger, reliability, contained costs.SUNMETER(R) is the name of the solarimeter, which measures radiation with a silicon cell using our proprietary TZOS (True Zero-Ohm Shunt) technology.The signal deriving from the cell is drawn up by a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) which uses algorithms to filter and compensate the radiation value, giving it notable precision and stability.Its analogical output is freely configurable by voltage or current, with ranges of 0-10V, 0-5V, 0-20mA, 4-20mA (an optional 0-40mV kit is available for data loggers which have direct

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Featuring more helpful tips and installation advice than before, Dr. Shrink's new website is a single source for all necessary shrinkwrap knowledge. At www.dr-shrink.com, visitors can easily browse Dr. Shrink's complete line of shrinkwrap and accessories.{pagebreak}Serving seasoned business owners to novice do-it-yourselfers, a convenient How-To/Training tab offers free, step-by-step directions on how to shrinkwrap a variety of objects, from boats to scaffolding.A helpful chart enables users to find the right size shrinkwrap for their asset.Visitors can sign up for the company's e-newsletter to learn more details about upcoming shows, new products, tips and other special offers. The attractive site offers a full-color photo gallery, providing ideas on all the different types of objects that can be shrinkwrapped.The website's Contact Us page lists distributors worldwide. A one-stop shop, all products can also be ordered online.Based in Manistee, Michigan, USA, Dr. Shrink is an international premium shrinkwrap supplier. With a reputation for great customer service, the company provides prompt service, competitive pricing and experienced application advice.ContactDr. Shrink315 Washington StManisteeMI 49660 USATel: +1-231-723-2685Fax: +1-231-723-9586drshrink@dr-shrink.com www.dr-shrink.com 

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Goslar, 7 August, 2009 - H.C. Starck, AMCP, can meet the purity requirements as set by ingot/wafer producers using their high grade Si3N4 powders. One of two suppliers qualified with their renowned Si3N4 Grade M 11 HP powder in the PV industry worldwide H.C. Starck is finding an increasing number of manufacturers selecting them as their primary supplier.{pagebreak}Also, H.C. Starck's product quality and global market appearance makes them a desirable choice.High grade Si3N4 powders are essential for purity of silicon ingots. Multicrystalline silicon ingots are obtained by melting and solidification of high purity silicon in fused silica crucible in dedicated furnaces. The purity of silicon ingots is known to be an essential parameter leading to high quality wafers - the core part of any solar cell.The main concerns during solidification of multicrystalline silicon are to avoid impurities entering the silicon and to minimize stresses created during solidification. In the currently established production technology silica crucibles used for melting and crystallizing silicon are coated on their inside surface with a Si3N4 based coating, which facilitates an easy release of the ingot after finishing the production cycle.The layer is sprayed on the crucible wall to prevent silicon/silica reactions that would provoke

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CN's rail network spans Canada and mid America, from the Atlantic and Pacifc oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. Combined with the railroad's ability to work with connecting rail carriers throughout North America and the fact that CN provides service at more ports than any other North American railroad, CN offers attractive shipping solutions for companies shipping within North America and internationally.{pagebreak}PES: North AmericaCN provides a greener way to ship wind turbine componentsWith wind turbines helping the world shift to a greener energy supply, more and more environmentally conscious manufacturers - and their customers - are interested in utilizing a greener transportation mode to get their winturbines to their destination. CN is in a strong position to support this important emerging market, with a shipping solution that is truly seamless, and a defnite green advantage.Emissions reduction is an integral part of CN's day-to-day activities. The railroad's new EPA Tier 2-compliant locomotives produce approximately 40% less nitrogen oxides than unregulated locomotives and consume up to 20% less fuel. In fact, CN can move one tonne of freight 197 kilometres on just one litre of fuel. Automatic stop/start devices shut locomotives down when they are not in use, and a low-idle feature ensures

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DEK Solar will use this year's EU PVSEC exhibition to reveal how standard print processes can be developed to yield dramatic efficiency gains. Being held over September 21st - 25th in Hamburg, Germany, the show will see DEK Senior Process Development Specialist Tom Falcon present a new paper on aspect ratio improvements for printed frontside conductors on silicon solar cells.{pagebreak}The new paper is part of DEK's ongoing development programme into how to achieve grid parity by advancing cell efficiency and reducing cost for mainstream commercial production. Complementing emerging techniques such as print-on-print, DEK's Alternative Energy Team has invested heavily in developing a way to generate optimal commercial efficiency on a single printer to drive down cost-per-watt. The paper presented by Falcon at the show will highlight DEK's progress in creating a new solution to generate enhanced grid patterns minus the cost and complexity traditionally associated with this area of photovoltaic development.Currently, conventional conductor patterns often cause shadowing in mainstream cell designs - typically blocking light from reaching 7% to 9% of the wafer. Clearly an important area for investigation as manufacturers strive for efficiency gains, there are already many areas of research related to frontside conductor optimisation. However, of the

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The Department for Energy and Climate Change today published its ‘Low Carbon Transition Plan' White Paper, which together with the Low Carbon Industrial Strategy and the Renewable Energy Strategy establish a new energy strategy for the UK.{pagebreak}The Combined Heat and Power Association welcome its publication and the bold ambition it represents. But the Association warns that a truly comprehensive strategy - that delivers real clarity for efficient development of the UK energy sector - will only be achieved once energy conservation and low-carbon heat supply are given the same attention as the production of electricity. Heating our homes accounts for a massive 20% of CO2 emissions, whilst the heat consumed in industry emits a further 20%1. To this end Graham Meeks, Director of the CHPA, explains: "We welcome these announcements, but they are still only half the picture. No comprehensive energy strategy can be thought complete without fully factoring heat into the equation. And it is noticeable that it is still the junior partner in the strategy documents published today. "We need to see a fundamental change in perspective in energy policy if we are to meet the challenge of arresting climate change in the most cost-effective way.

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