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£1.75m business support for next generation of UK clean tech pioneers4th September 2009 - The Carbon Trust is expanding its business Incubation scheme in response to a growing need for critical business support to spawn the next generation of commercial clean tech innovators in the UK.{pagebreak}Oxford-based, early-stage business growth consultancies Conduit Partners and Isis Innovation have been named as two of the Incubator Partners that will provide advice and support to the promising low carbon technology companies in the scheme.Recent research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills1 shows business leaders expect clean tech to be the UK's highest growth sector in the coming years. The Incubator scheme has a track record of preparing start-ups and spin-outs to attract all-important investment, with the 90 companies that have been incubated so far having raised around £86 million in private funding.The Carbon Trust is on the lookout for 25 new joiners to the scheme over the coming year with up to £70k of support on offer to each. This covers strategic and business development consultancy, advice on corporate finance, management team recruitment and mentoring, product development, market research and engagement and guidance on intellectual property protection.Incubatee companies typically attract around £16

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Products Ideal for Residential/Commercial PV ApplicationsRonkonkoma- September 2, 2009. Island Technology announces the launch of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Direct Grid Technologies, LLC. The new company will manufacture leading-edge solar micro-inverters for residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) applications.{pagebreak}Island Technology is a leading manufacturer of electric utility products and services. Direct Grid is a natural progression of Island Technology's heritage and today takes its expertise to the solar market for "direct grid" tied solutions

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MAN Solar Millennium GmbH, a joint venture of MAN Ferrostaal AG and Solar Millennium AG, is developing into an autonomous technology engineering service provider in the solar thermal power sector. Solar Millennium will incorporate its subsidiary Flagsol GmbH, with around 60 employees and comprehensive know-how, in the joint venture.{pagebreak}The company transfer will result in a complete provider for constructing solar thermal powerplants with over 120 employees and many years of experience.The new joint venture will operate under the name Flagsol and have expertise in the fields of technology, development, construction and procurement for solar thermal mirror fields. With this profile it will occupy a prominent position in the market. Together, MAN Ferrostaal and the new Flagsol will in future offer all required services for the construction of solar thermal powerplants.Dr. Klaus Lesker, Board member at MAN Ferrostaal, who is among other things responsible for the company's solar business, regards this step as a positive development for the solar business at MAN Ferrostaal: "The transaction gives us direct access to solar thermal parabolic mirror technology. We will be the exclusive general contractor for the new Flagsol. At the same time, the new joint venture will also profit from this development because

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eIQ Energy's Parallux system eliminates design constraints of traditional series architecture while providing distributed MPPT control and real-time monitoringSAN JOSE, Calif., September 1, 2009 - New technology from eIQ Energy Inc., which today marked its official launch, will lower the installed cost and improve the performance of solar power systems, while also eliminating the design and installation constraints inherent in conventional string architectures.{pagebreak}eIQ Energy's Parallux system is built around the vBoost DC-to-DC converter module. It uses advanced DC power management technology to allow easy connection of solar panels in parallel rather than in series. This approach allows the connection of an unprecedented number of panels on a single cable. In the case of thin-film photovoltaic panels, the company's Parallel Solar architecture enables the connection of over 100 solar panels on each cable run-a twenty-fold improvement over conventional string architecture. This results in significant installed-cost savings.This breakthrough Parallel Solar technology also mitigates the effects of panel mismatch due to shading, soiling, and manufacturing variations, which can easily disrupt the performance of an entire string array.vBoost allows any solar panel to be connected in parallel to a constant high-voltage DC power bus, and also incorporates distributed maximum power point tracking (MPPT). The

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Trina Solar, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, today announced that its monocrystalline modules recorded one of the highest average outputs in terms of actual electricity generated at Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre ("Desert Knowledge") in Alice Springs, Australia. {pagebreak}Based on independent and ongoing test data collected by Desert Knowledge at its demonstration site from December 1, 2008 to July 31, 2009, the Company's modules consistently held the top two positions compared to modules from several leading European, Japanese, and American brands under the harsh Australia desert environment. Performance comparison was made based on similar system size operating at full capacity and fixed ground mount installation. Combining high performance with superior value, Trina Solar is dedicated to reducing the cost of solar provided electricity to accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy technologies.Desert Knowledge is a 3.1 million Australian Dollars public initiative that showcases and demonstrates a range of solar power technologies in commercial-scale installations. This is the first organization in Australia to publicly showcase a broad range of large scale solar installations. Approximately fourteen different manufacturers and suppliers were chosen to demonstrate their

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DEK Solar today announced the appointment of Andy Ure to the position of Alternative Energies Business Development Manager for the Americas, further underscoring the company's commitment to support customers with unmatched expertise and broad process knowledge.{pagebreak}Ure, whose career spans more than 20 years at DEK, has held numerous roles within the company and has been instrumental in bringing several technologies to the fore. Not only does he have extensive field service engineering and applications engineering experience as a foundation, Ure was also part of the development teams for DEK's award-winning ProFlowTM enclosed print head technology and its Virtual Panel Tooling (VPT) singulated substrate handling system, in addition to contributing to multiple next-generation ball attach solutions. Currently, Ure serves as Business Manager for one of DEK's top customers - a role he will maintain in addition to his new responsibilities."Andy's unique skill set combines exceptional engineering and technical knowledge with his aptitude for working alongside multinational companies both at a corporate, commercial level as well as an engineering level," says DEK Solar Alternative Energy Development Manager, Darren Brown. "His ability to easily transition between technical, strategic and commercial development makes Andy the ideal candidate to lead our photovoltaic initiatives

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Henggart, summer 2009 - Swiss Technology company MSR Electronics GmbH is launching its new MSR165 mini-datalogger with high resolution 3-axis digital accelerometer. The rugged MSR165 datalogger is capable of making 1600 acceleration (shock, vibrations) measurements per second in all three axes, up to 6 months.{pagebreak}Surely a candidate for the record! At the same time temperature, humidity, pressure and light can be measured. The memory capacity of this quality datalogger is over 2 000 000 measurements.The highest performance in the smallest space! Swiss company, MSR Electronics GmbH, has always remained true to this motto. Some time ago, the developers launched the world's first miniaturised quality datalogger, the thumb-sized MSR145. Now, with the MSR165, the range has been expanded with a logger that fulfils the requirements of many users for a higher measurement frequency of 1kHz for making shock measurements. Shock monitoring is possible up to +/- 15g - the range most requested by users. During a g-analysis for instance, it is often also necessary to investigate the events precursing the actual shock itself. In the case of a short, sharp shock for example, the parameters just before the trigger value is exceeded are also of interest. That's why the MSR165 already

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Intertape Polymer Group Announces Additional New Product Development For Alternative Energy IndustryMONTREAL, QUEBEC and BRADENTON, FLORIDA (August 20, 2009) - Intertape Polymer Group ("Intertape", "IPG" or the "Company") today reaffirmed its commitment to the alternative energy industry by announcing plans to develop additional products for its current portfolio designed for wind, solar, geothermal and biofuel generation markets.{pagebreak}"Our diverse manufacturing capabilities allow us to bring specialty focus and knowledge to alternative energy markets by developing products that are perfectly adapted to specific markets needs," stated Dean Blockowitz, IPG's Vice President of Industrial Tapes.IPG's alternative energy focus team is dedicated to developing tapes and films based on the needs of alternative energy markets. To support the dramatic growth in the wind energy market, IPG offers a comprehensive range of product technologies developed specifically for manufacturing wind turbines. IPG's wind turbine technologies are used for blade and nacelle manufacturing; tower assembly; hub, bearing and gearbox assembly in addition to electrical tapes offered for component parts such as generators and inverters. IPG offers the first high performance masking tape designed based on the requirements of wind blade manufacturers. Developmental products include coextruded films for bagging applications and Teflon tapes used in blade production.Solar panel

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Rehm Thermal Systems recently announced the launch of an advanced new series of firing systems for solar cell metallization to complement their recently updated line of drying systems. The RFS and RFS-D Fast Firing Systems and the RDS 2100 and 3000 drying ovens feature Rehm's Visu2 software which drives a range of advanced process features and thermal control to enable PV manufacturers to move their processes to an entirely new level of efficiency and yield. {pagebreak}Visu2 incorporates process and product traceability tools, remote diagnostics and an extensive product library within an intuitively designed interface that dramatically accelerates set up time and reduces operator training. Extensive system documentation is available with a few keystrokes, and Visu2 offers password protected security levels as well as multilingual operations, data recording and maintenance logging.Process and product traceability are supported via barcode and data recording of all relevant process parameters with time stamps. With its CCS (Capability Control System), Rehm Thermal Systems offers the ability to monitor process capability during the production process. CCS is based upon the measurement of temperatures in all of the oven's heat zones for each individual cell, as well as measurement of conveyor speed. CCS automatically translates the

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NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Aug. 25, 2009 - BTU International (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced the successful completion of ISO 9001:2008 certification for the company's Shanghai manufacturing operations.{pagebreak}Boris Mathiszik, BTU's managing director for Asia Pacific, explained that BTU's Shanghai operations have grown rapidly since their opening in 2004. "Initially, this plant was geared towards the manufacturing of surface mount technology (SMT) equipment," said Mathiszik. "Since then, we have added product lines from our photovoltaics portfolio and our operations here are now supporting both electronics and solar customers globally. The ISO 9001:2008 certification positions our operations for additional growth and ensures adherence to the highest quality standards. We are very pleased to have accomplished this important milestone."BTU's Shanghai facility serves as the company's Asia Pacific headquarters and comprises manufacturing, engineering and process development functions, in addition to sales and service. The facility houses BTU's first Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Manufacturing Technology, dedicated in 2008, and is located in the heart of the Chinese solar manufacturing industry.About BTU InternationalBTU International is a market-leading, global supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment and processes to the alternative energy and

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