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New Product Series ‘InnoLas NANIO Industrial DPSS Lasers': Flexible and Robust Lasers for IndustryKrailling, May 2009: InnoLas Laser GmbH launches a new product series of solid state lasers which have been optimised for industrial use and in which the company's long years of expertise in the development of high-capacity first-class laser sources are incorporated.{pagebreak}The diode pump lasers Nd:YVO4 and Nd:YAG are part of InnoLas's new NANIO series and have been specially designed for industrial OEM applications where a high degree of reliability, optimised functionality and serviceability is needed.The major technical data of the NANIO laser are as follows:• Wavelengths: 1064, 532 • Performance up to 25 Watt• Pulse repetition rate: single shot up to 500 kHz• Robust and solid resonator structure• Long diode life, quick and easy diode change• Excellent TEM00 beam quality and stability• Maintenance-free and hermetically sealed resonator areaInnoLas NANIO: Optimised Industry Standard TechnologyThus, due to their modular design, the NANIO systems are now much easier to maintain. All interchangeable components of the laser head, for instance, are fitted such that there is no need to remove the laser head during service. Also, the laser head can be separated from the supply unit within seconds. The tube and cable length between laser head and supply

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DEK is showing its next generation solar metallization line solutions at the SNEC PV Power Expo 2009 event in Pudong, Shanghai from the 6th to 8th May. The screen printing specialist is previewing details of its latest high-throughput PV3000 silicon cell metallization concept and running its state-of-the-art PV1200 metallization line live in Hall 6, Booth T621.{pagebreak}Visitors to the DEK booth at the SNEC event will be able to watch a video of the PV3000, the company's latest innovation in crystalline silicon solar cell metallization that boosts throughput and productivity by using multiple print heads concurrently. In addition, the print heads themselves will be on display.The PV3000 promises consistently high rates of productivity to suit the escalating global demand for solar cells by combining DEK's expertise in exceptional print platform accuracy and repeatability with industry-leading process knowledge. To minimise breakage and waste, the new PV3000 system also features the same meticulous mechanical handling attributes as demonstrated at previous trade events on DEK's PV1200 line, which uses real 150 micron silicon wafers cycling continuously during the shows.The PV1200 will also be on display at SNEC, again cycling real c-Si wafers during live demonstrations on the booth. The PVP1200 screen printing platform is

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• These two new product ranges will be presented at the SOLAREXPO and INTERSOLAR trade fairs being held next May in Munich and Verona, respectively.• Both products add to the company's catalogue, joining the dual-axis solar panels currently designed and manufactured by the company and which enjoy high-level market penetration in the European market.{pagebreak}• With the three product ranges, which will be manufactured at the company's production plants in Spain and Greece, MECASOLAR serves the entire needs of ground mounted photovoltaic installations.• The MECASOLAR Single-axis Azimuthal seasonal tracker increases production by 5% compared to similar traditional trackers, and by 28% compared to fixed structures.• As for the new Fixed Structures that will be manufactured by the company, they are outstandingly sturdy and flexible and adapt to the topography of the land, at a cost of less than 0.1 € / Wp.MECASOLAR will present in May two new products, developed, designed and manufactured by the company. Their new Fixed Structures, designed for ground-mounted facilities in large solar photovoltaic plants, and their new seasonal Azimuth single-axis trackers. Both products will be launched as innovations at the SOLAREXPO fair to be held in Verona (Italy) from May 7 to 9; and the INTERSOLAR fair

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MAN Ferrostaal has increased its share in the Solar Power Group (SPG) by around 19 %, now owning a total 43.8 % of the company. The Solar Power Group is active in the field of solar thermal power generation and develops and constructs components for solar power plants based on the so-called Fresnel technology.{pagebreak}"We regard our involvement in SPG as a strategic investment and as a cooperation geared towards the future," says Dr. Klaus Lesker, Member of the MAN Ferrostaal Executive Board and person in charge of the company's solar and conventional power plant business. "We're convinced that the Fresnel technology has great potentials. At the current time in particular, increasing our capital investment should be perceived as a positive signal by the market."By increasing its share, MAN Ferrostaal supports further research and development at SPG. Currently, SPG is completing projects in Spain, the U.S. and Libya. Because of the high levels of daily insolation, the states of the MENA region, the U.S. and Australia are principal target markets for the application of.the technology. With the takeover of the majority shares in MAN Ferrostaal by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), the countries of the Middle East are now increasingly

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The rapid expansion of the wind power generation market, fueled by both private and government initiatives, requires a similarly rapid increase in the production of wind turbine components. This is particularly true in the manufacture of turbine blades, which continue to grow in both demand and size.To maintain or increase output efficiency, larger blades must meet the divergent need of also being lighter in weight. Therefore, fiberglass and epoxy-based composites have replaced aluminum and steel as primary manufacturing materials.{pagebreak}Larger blades also require increased precision in the production process.To help increase accuracy and production speed, Carter Products introduced their CPS 3-D laser alignment system."Historically, the hand measurement of materials and layup of composites has been extraordinarily time-intensive. We have documented reductions of 50% in labor hours using our alignment systems," says Peter Perez, President of Carter Products. "With turbine blades being backordered for 1-2 years, this additional automation will really help eliminate that bottleneck."Carter's initial project was with a large manufacturer with plants in the U.S., Mexico and China. Due to the proprietary nature of their production process, the company has asked not to be identified."Our customer has experienced exponential growth in their turbine blade business,"

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• Backs £4bn EIB deal • Welcomes review of Renewables Obligation • Supports long-term funding for new technologies{pagebreak}UK renewables industry leaders today welcomed Alistair Darling's Budget announcement of a package of measures to build a low carbon economy and further decarbonise electricity generation. The proposals include a potential £525m of new money through a review of the support mechanism for offshore wind.The Chancellor also announced a new deal with the European Investment Bank to provide a package of up to £4 billion for investment in renewable infrastructure projects, as well as a one year across the board doubling of capital allowances from 20% to 40%.Adam Bruce BWEA Chairman said:"This package of measures deserves a welcome from our industry, and is in line with proposals that we have been working through with government. It addresses the short-term economic hurdles we faced due to the fall of the £ against the €, and the post-Lehman collapse in project finance.It also restates the Government's long-term commitment to the renewable energy sector, and should enable us to unlock up to £10bn of private sector investment in wind and marine energy projects over the coming few years."The Budget proposes to review the support given to the offshore wind

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Thomas Richterich: "New corporate status to reflect international footprint"Hamburg, April 6, 2009. The Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Nordex AG have decided to ask the shareholders at the annual general meeting on May 26, 2009 to approve a resolution conver- ting Nordex Aktiengesellschaft into a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE){pagebreak}with the name Nordex SE. The Company's seat and head office will remain in Rostock and Norderstedt, respectively."The European Company is a modern corporate form which provides a special answer for the need for an open corporate culture and reflects the international footprint of our business," explains Thomas Richterich, CEO of Nordex AG. At the same time, the European employees' codetermination rights will be strengthened.Nordex AG's shareholders will be receiving detailed information on the item of the agenda addressing the planned corporate conversion together with the invitation to the annual general meeting during in the course of April.Europe is Nordex AG's home market: in 2008, it generated some 86% of its sales in this region; as of December 31, 2008, nearly 80% of its global headcount of 2,153 employees were based at the Group's European companies. 

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In launching its submission to the Treasury this week ahead of the Budget on April 22, the BWEA - the UK's leading renewable energy trade body - called for targeted Government intervention to ensure that Britain can meet its ambitious renewable energy targets.BWEA Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said "Large scale wind deployment is vital to reaching the UK's goal of generating up to 40% of our electricity from renewables by 2020.{pagebreak}The current economic climate has caused a number of developers to put projects on hold, threatening the UK's targets, and leaving the country exposed to volatile fossil fuel prices. Building a clean energy sector in the UK is an important part of our economic recovery, and we need to maximize the opportunities to develop sustainable energy projects which would otherwise be delayed by the recession.We are keen to work closely with Government to deliver solutions to this renewables crunch, and to secure the UK's long-term competitive advantage as a magnet for low carbon investment."Due to the global economic slowdown, a number of key projects which are currently seeking finance now face potential delays, and threaten the UK's ability to meet its 2010 and 2020 renewables targets. Independent onshore developers in

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Subsidiaries in Japan for home solar panels are having a hard time attracting applicants. This may suggest that the government could soon step in to promote the solar power industry, according to Reuters.A new stimulus plan is expected to spend more money on solar projects. This is, in fact, the fourth such package in the last year and is expected to include fiscal spending of up to US$150 billion.{pagebreak}Last January, the Japanese Government introduced a ¥70,000 subsidy per kW of solar panel equipment; hoping 35,000 users would apply from January-March. So far, there have been just 21,653 applications, according to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association. Reuters says this subsidy would come out to close to ¥245,000 for 3.5kW of equipment per household, nearly a tenth of the cost.Many analysts believe that the credit crisis may lead to customers feeling uneasy about big investments, especially since solar energy looks certain to become cheaper in the future. The head of media relations at the Nippon Association of Consumer Specialists, Mr. Etsuko Akiba, noted "People say they would rather wait until the cost halves in three to five years, which is what the Government has forecast."¥9 billion has been

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Q-Cells and LDK Solar have announced the official formation of a Joint Venture to promote and supply PV systems for large-scale solar power plants in both Europe and China, confirming recent rumours regarding a pending alliance. The new business partners said that a 40MW project located in Europe had already been secured, which will see the use of solar wafers from LDK Solar and solar cells from Q-Cells, though no details were given in respect to modules.{pagebreak}The joint venture is intended to reduce system costs through the supply chain and leverage market presence in the two regions, according to the companies."This joint venture will strengthen our position in the crucial business area of large-scale PV power plants," stated Anton Milner, CEO of Q-Cells SE."We look forward to the many new opportunities that will emerge as a result of our partnership with Q-Cells," commented Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO of LDK Solar.Many other projects are said to be in the planning stages, including in China. The companies have also confirmed that the venture did not require additional working capital financing or other funding from the either company.

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