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Phoenix Solar AG, a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has been building Germany's largest photovoltaic power plant on a carport in Berlin over the last weeks. Moreover, this is currently Berlin's largest photovoltaic power plant. The carport, the roof of which is covered with solar modules, is located on property belonging to Police Department 2 in Berlin Spandau and gives shelter to more than 500 vehicles against sun and rain. The solar power plant with a peak output of 998 kilowatts generates environmentally compatible electricity for around 250 four-person households.The Phoenix Solar AG construction team installed around 3,700 crystalline solar modules arrayed in eight double rows at an angle of 18 degrees on the carport which is situated on a parking lot of 7,200 square metres. The electrical connection is ensured through mini central inverters and a transformer as well as a transfer station with a switching system connected to the 10 kV medium voltage grid operated by Vattenfall, the local energy utility company. The power plant is due to be connected to the grid before Christmas."We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract for this flagship project. We view photovoltaic systems on carports

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Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist, has been successfully re-certified in accordance with the latest ISO standards ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004. Rickmers-Linie's new integrated quality management system incorporates statutory and regulatory requirements for quality, occupational health and safety as well as environmental management. The certificates became valid with effect from 30 November 2009. In connection with the process of this re-certification, Rickmers-Linie has switched from using the services of auditing company Lloyd's Register to Hamburg based Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH. "Rickmers-Linie is a leading specialist in the global transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes. Therefore, we attach great importance to a quality management system that is both up-to-date and effective and which we will extend over the next couple of years", explains Jan B Steffens, Managing Director, Rickmers-Linie. The certificates can be downloaded at www.rickmers-linie.comFor further information, please contactDunelm Public Relations inLondon: David Cheslin on +44 20 7345 5233Geneva: Antje Wiechern on +41 767 716 354E-mail: info@dunelmpr.co.ukwww.dunelmpr.co.uk or Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie. KGHamburgMarko Stampehl on +49 40 389177 219m.stampehl@rickmers.netwww.rickmers-linie.com

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Didier Jeannelle is the new managing director of Sputnik's French subsidiary Sputnik Engineering France S.A.R.L. Today, at the Energaia Trade Fair in Montpellier, he will take over from Daniel Freudiger, who has headed the French subsidiary since its founding last year. Freudiger will now move to Sputnik's Swiss headquarters to become head of sales and marketing with a focus on the continued development of new markets. Jeannelle himself will now turn his attention to consolidating Sputnik's presence in France. In the period to February of next year he plans to move the office into larger office space around Lyon and increase staff to a total of seven. "The French solar market is booming," Jeannelle explains. "I will continue to promote our close-to-customer policies along with sales of SolarMax products and related services in France. Another objective he has in mind is the expansion of the company's industrial power plant business. The 42-year-old Frenchman has 15 years of experience with high-tech products. Before joining Sputnik, Jeannelle held positions as a key account manager, managing director and sales director with a manufacturer in the semi-conductor industry. "Sputnik Engineering is an international, mid-sized business whose high-tech products contribute to the protection of our

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide €300m for the construction of the BritNed Interconnector, a new electricity transmission cable between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Paul Wilczek, EWEA's Regulatory Affairs Adviser, commented: "Today's decision by the EIB is a small but highly significant step towards what everyone in the business knows is absolutely essential - a European offshore grid to integrate 150 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. This grid is essential for improving European energy security, reducing costs for consumers and meeting Europe's emissions reduction and renewable energy targets. An effective pan-European offshore grid requires investments of €20-30 billion to 2030. The €300m from the EIB sends a very positive signal to future investors." For more information on today's decision, please see the European Commission press release.For more information on EWEA's position on a European offshore grid, please click here. For more information contact:Paolo Berrino, EWEApaolo.berrino@ewea.org+32 2 400 10 55

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Commenting on the political declaration signed by nine countries to cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid today, Justin Wilkes, EWEA Policy Director, said:"These nine countries have taken a step in the right direction. The building of a supergrid in the North Sea is vital for fully exploiting Europe's biggest energy source - offshore wind. More than 100 GW of offshore wind projects are at various stages of planning, which could provide more than 10% of the EU's electricity. A new multi-billion Euro European industry is emerging; one that will create thousands of jobs, provide affordable electricity, boost Europe's energy security and help fight climate change." For more information please see the Irish government press release. For more information contact:Paolo Berrino, EWEApaolo.berrino@ewea.org+32 2 400 10 55

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Rickmers-Linie, the breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist headquartered in Hamburg, has appointed Zurich based O Brunoni SA as its Swiss agent with effect from 1 January 2010. Brunoni will take over the agency activities for Rickmers-Linie from Cargonautic AG, which had been acting as Rickmers' agency since 1998 but unfortunately will close down its business at the end of this year. "We are delighted to announce our new association with Brunoni. With this company, we have found a partner who is highly committed and we are looking forward to working with Brunoni in the future", explains Gerhard Janssen, Director Marketing & Sales, Rickmers-Linie. "We would like to thank Cargonautic and its employees for the excellent cooperation and are confident to be able to continue our work with Brunoni in the same way." Peter Furian, Managing Director, Brunoni SA points out: "We are very proud to have been awarded this contract. We are looking forward to offering our services to this highly regarded and traditional shipping line and to be working with renowned customers in the interesting environment that is the breakbulk and project market. We will do our utmost to be a worthy successor to Cargonautic." The contact details

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Introducing Rehm Pyrolysis The most effective Residue Management solution for your Reflow Soldering ProcessPyrolysis from Rehm delivers these production benefits:12 month maintenance intervalsRemoval of unpleasant odors Clean and dry process chamber Lower energy costsHigher process stability and reduced downtimeRehm Pyrolysis in the pre-heating and peak area eliminates crystalline residues. Condensate Management in the cooling section removes the remaining liquid residues. Combined together in the Vision VXP Rehm delivers the most advanced and effective Reflow Soldering Process in the world.Learn more about the Power of Pyrolysis! 

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Company boss Philipp Müller left the Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik at the end of November. Henceforth, Christoph von Bergen is the sole managing director and also takes over the company shares of Müller. For Sputnik will continue to rely on the strength of a company led by its owners. Company structure and organisation fundamentally remain the same. For a smooth change of command, Sputnik already created several new positions in the Spring: Jürg Zehnder has been head of the new department Supply Chain Management in Sputnik’s headquarters in Biel since April. To his responsibilities count process planning, logistics and production planning, alongside purchasing. In addition, Andreas Mader has been leading Sputnik’s development department since July, which was also one of Müller’s responsibilities. “I have decided to leave the company in this phase of its success, in order to take on new responsibilities in a smaller environment”, explains Müller. Together with Christoph von Bergen, Müller founded Sputnik Engineering AG in 1991 and led the company from a small start up to one of the most successful manufacturers for inverters in solar power plants. “We and our entire managment team are convinced that we will master this new challenge and will continue

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Use of Wind Energy – Future DevelopmentThe share of renewable energy sources in total energy consumption is to be increased to 20 % in 2020. To achieve this extremely ambitious target, the share of renewable energy sources in electricity generation in the European Union has to be increased to approximately 34 % by 2020. The continuing expansion of renewables in Europe and also in Germany will be characterised mainly by the use of wind energy. 20,301 wind turbines with a total capacity of 23,903 MW have been installed in Germany at the end of 2008. 40.2 TWh of wind electricity was generated during this year. At this time the installed capacity in Europe amounted to 65,946 MW and worldwide to 120,798 MW.{pagebreak}Maintenance of Wind TurbinesThe most expensive components of a wind turbine, beside tower and blades, are gearbox and bearings requiring about 13 % of the total costs. The average lifetime of these important components is between five to seven years in Western Europe and about two to three years in Asian countries. To replace the main gear multiplier of a 1.5 MW wind turbine after an unexpected damage costs about 250,000 Euros including crane costs. It also has to

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In the run-up to the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has published a league table showing which EU countries are best at exploiting CO2-cutting wind energy.Top of the table is Denmark, with the highest amount of wind energy capacity per square kilometre of national territory. Germany comes a close second and the Netherlands third. Spain, in fourth place, has half the wind power density of Germany. Portugal and Ireland are above the EU average wind power density. Italy is not far below average, while France and the UK each have less than half of the EU's average density of wind power capacity. Romania, Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus are floundering at the bottom of the league with next to zero wind power generation per km2. The density of wind power per km2 is the best means of measuring and comparing the extent to which different countries exploit their wind power potential. The future of wind power in Denmark looks bright as, according to an August 2009 survey carried out by an independent market research institute, 91% of Danes support the further development of wind power in their country. If the eight geographically largest Member

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