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Plans have emerged to turn the former Anglesey Aluminium site into a wind turbine factory.Smelting operations at the Holyhead metal plant, which was the largest employer in north Wales, ended in September last year.A turbine company is now looking at the possibility of using the site as a factory, although Anglesey council stresses talks are at an early stage.The plan would create "significant employment", said the council.Anglesey's Head of Economic Development, Sasha Wynn Davies, said: "I can confirm that the county council, in partnership with both the Welsh Assembly Government and Anglesey Aluminium, are in talks with a turbine company."These talks, however, are at a very early stage. We will continue to work positively with our partners in order to attract this company to Anglesey."Turning the former smelter site into a hub for wind energy manufacturing would create significant employment and provide a huge boost for the economy."She said the project would complement plans to make Anglesey an "energy island" through a mixture of "renewables and nuclear"."Anglesey is very well placed given the potential for wind and tidal generation within the Irish Sea," she said."This fits in with UK government policy for energy provision as well as the Welsh Assembly

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Small-scaled wind turbines are currently something of a renewable energy niche product in Germany at this time. But this situation can change very quickly - especially if you look at the market success and the potential of small-scaled wind turbines in other countries. The New Energy Husum trade fair now offers a worldwide overview.With already over 50 confirmed exhibitors from the small wind turbine sector of eleven nations, and several lecture, discussion and presentation events on all four days of the fair, this year's New Energy (18-21 march 2010) has already become an important small wind turbine event.Experts from Egypt, Argentina, Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, Mali, Spain and the USA will be presenting an overview of the use and potential of small wind turbines in each of these countries. Speakers will be talking about the status and importance of international standards as this technology spreads.Representatives from China and the USA - there is a long tradition of using small wind turbines in both countries - will be reporting on their many years of experience. Stefan Gsänger, secretary general of the WWEA: "We are very pleased that together with Messe Husum, we have been able to compile

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The winners of Colorado\'s 2009 Governor\'s Excellence in Renewable Energy awards, announced Tuesday, span wind energy, biofuels, and economic development in the sector.The awards are aimed at companies, utilities and other entities that work to protect Colorado\'s environment, diversify the state\'s energy portfolio and provide renewable energy.\"Colorado is blessed with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit that is at the heart of our New Energy Economy,\" Gov. Bill Ritter said in a statement. \"Congratulations to these organizations and individuals who are building a new economic future, creating new jobs, protecting our state\'s unique environment and increasing our energy security.\"The 2009 award winners are:• Individual: Terry Meikle, manager of bioenergy for Colorado Springs Utilities. Meikle was honored for efforts to research and test woody biomass as a power source for city-owned utility. The utility expects to replace 75,000 tons of coal a year, starting in 2011, by burning forest debris as fuel. Additionally, the shift saves natural resources, diversifies energy supplies, creates a market for beetle-kill and forest debris, and reduces fossil carbon emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the utility a $250,000 grant in 2009 for its work.• Small Business: OPX Biotechnologies Inc. of Boulder uses bioengineering technology to convert

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Following last year\'s purchase of several PV1200 photovoltaic metallization lines from DEK Solar in 2009, Zhejiang Hongchen has started the New Year extremely positively by purchasing more lines from the screen printing specialist. Selected as part of Hongchen\'s drive to substantially increase cell production through 2010 and beyond, the DEK lines are renowned for their ability to offer a productivity, cost and lead-time advantage.As DEK\'s original award-winning photovoltaic metallization line, the PV1200 is equipped to deliver 1200 wafers per hour throughput for high speed, repeatable solar cell production. Also offering a range of advanced features including dedicated handling for thin wafers, the DEK Solar line ensures low breakage rates for maximum yield, in addition to high-speed machine vision capabilities. In addition to its high throughput rate, the PV1200 has established its reputation on credentials including a six-sigma process rating and 12.5 micron resolution - all backed up by DEK\'s worldwide service and support infrastructure.Commenting on the PV1200\'s ability to extend the capabilities of industry-leading companies such as Hongchen, DEK\'s Alternative Energies Business Manager Darren Brown explains: \"We\'re delighted to be stepping up our highly successful business partnership with Zhejiang Hongchen. When we first began working with the company in 2009,

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President Obama today said that safe, new nuclear power plants are a "necessity" as he announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees to build the first nuclear power plant in three decades."Investing in nuclear energy remains a necessary step," the president said today at the IBEW Local Headquarters in Lanham, Maryland, "What I hope is that, with this announcement, we're underscoring both our seriousness in meeting the energy challenge and our willingness to look at this challenge, not as a partisan issue , but as a matter that's far more important than politics because the choices we make will affect not just the next generation but many generations to come."Mr. Obama's announced plans to break ground on two new nuclear reactors at a Southern Company plant in Burke, Georgia - which he said will create thousands of construction jobs in the next year - with 800 permanent, well-paying jobs in years to come."And this is only the beginning," he promised, referencing his budget tripling loan guarantees to finance nuclear facilities across America which would spur more job creation.Acknowledging that there are some "serious drawbacks" with respect to nuclear power that still need to be addressed -like the

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Canada\'s Timminco Ltd (TIM.TO) said on Tuesday it was in talks with Icelandic power company Orkuveita Reykjavikur for a power supply contract for its planned silicon metal facility in Iceland, sending its shares up as much as 24 percent.Timminco, a silicon producer, said it has secured about $1 million in convertible debt financing from Icelandic private equity firm Strokkur Energy, and will use the proceeds to fund preliminary engineering work for a conceptual study.The new silicon metal production facility is expected to be built outside Reykjavik and would have a nominal annual production capacity of 50,000 million tons of silicon metal, Timminco said in a statement.The Toronto-based company purifies silicon for use in the aluminum and chemical industries, which includes companies that manufacture solar panels and semiconductors. It also produces solar-grade silicon for the solar photovoltaic energy industry.\"As the markets for our silicon metal products continue to grow, we are developing opportunities to expand the capacity, both for our traditional customers as well as for our solar grade silicon product line once the solar photovoltaic market strengthens,\" Timminco Chief Executive Heinz Schimmelbusch said in a statement.Orkuveita, also known as Reykjavik Energy, has agreed in principle on the key terms for

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CEPS AS, the Czech electricity-grid operator, said the pace of solar-power investment risks overloading the network and driving up prices for consumers.Output from solar panels may overwhelm the grid by 2011 and plants may need to be temporarily disconnected to prevent blackouts, CEPS Chief Executive Officer Petr Zeman said today. Total solar capacity may reach 3,000 megawatts in 2015, six times last year\'s level and about half the country\'s off-peak consumption at summer weekends, the state-run company said.\"We warn investors that their investments might be at risk,\" Zeman told a press conference in Prague. CEPS may have to start phasing out plants to prevent a grid overload in the summer of 2011, he said. \"When the share of renewables exceeds 1,000 megawatts, the stability of the grid will be threatened and we\'ll have to switch some sources off.\"Czech power producers receive the highest prices in Europe for solar energy, guaranteed by law at 12 koruna ($0.63) a kilowatt-hour, CEPS said. A bill currently in parliament would cut the so-called feed-in tariff for new projects, which has led to a rush of applications from investors hoping to get permits under the existing conditions.CEPS last week called on regional power distributors to

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Mumbai: REpower, in which Suzlon Energy holds a majority stake, said it has got an order from France-based EOLE-RES SA to supply 26 wind turbines.REpower has entered into an agreement with EOLE-RES SA to supply 26 wind turbines of 2 MW each, generating a total capacity of 52 MW, Suzlon said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.\"France remains one of the most important wind markets in Europe and we are delighted to be bringing together for the first time the long-standing experience of EOLE-RES and the expertise of REpower\"So far we have set up almost 400 turbines with a total generating capacity of some 750 MW in various French regions and wish to expand our position here even further in the future,\" REpower Systems AG CEO Per Hornung Pedersen said.The 26 wind turbines are to be delivered and commissioned by October 2010, the filing added.\"France is among the world\'s leaders in wind energy installations, and an important market for REpower. We are pleased to welcome this order, which underlines REpower\'s strong presence in the European wind market,\" Suzlon Energy chairman and managing director Tulsi Tanti said.Shares of Suzlon were trading at Rs73.10 on the BSE, up 0.34% from

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A company in Spain that makes generators for high-tech wind turbines will put a new factory in Milwaukee. Mayor Tom Barrett confirmed in his \\\"state of the city\\\" address Monday that Ingeteam will locate in the Menomonee Valley between downtown Milwaukee and the Miller Park baseball stadium. Julia Taylor of the Greater Milwaukee Committee says the new plant will create 270 jobs. Other details will be announced Tuesday.The White House practically spilled the beans on Friday when it said Ingeteam got almost $1.7 million in federal green manufacturing tax credits for a Milwaukee plant. It said the plant would make wind turbine generators, as well as control systems and power converters. State, regional, and city officials visited the home city of Ingeteam last fall in Bilbao Spain. 

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General Electric Co., the biggest maker of wind turbines in the U.S., filed a new patent-infringement lawsuit against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and plans to appeal an earlier case it lost.The new complaint, filed Thursday in federal court in Dallas, claims Mitsubishi Heavy infringes two patents. One is related to the base frame supporting the weight of the rotor and the other covers a way to keep the turbine connected to the electricity grid even when the voltage drops. GE seeks a court order to block further use of its inventions, plus cash compensation.\"GE has 148 issued U.S. patents related to wind energy,\" Dan Nelson, a spokesman for the Fairfield, Conn.-based company, said in a statement. Mitsubishi \"has substantially less. We believe that there are multiple areas where MHI\'s 2.4-megawatt wind turbines infringe on GE\'s existing patents.\"GE said it is challenging a Jan. 8 decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington that Mitsubishi Heavy wasn\'t violating five other GE patents. GE sought to block imports of turbines made by Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy.The commission\'s decision \"indicates errors that provide grounds for an appeal,\" Nelson said. He declined to further comment on specific issues of the appeal.The dispute is part

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