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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Applied Materials, Inc., the leading supplier of equipment and services to the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, announced today that it has acquired substantially all the assets, including the intellectual property, of Advent Solar, Inc. for an undisclosed cash amount. Advent Solar is a developer of advanced technology for crystalline silicon (c-Si) PVs. This acquisition is expected to complement Applied's portfolio of solar PV technologies and enhance its leadership in the c-Si equipment market.Advent Solar has pioneered several innovations for producing c-Si cells and modules, including technology for streamlining module assembly processes and advanced efficiency device architectures. The company, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico."We believe the acquisition of Advent Solar will increase our opportunities to provide innovative solutions for reducing module production costs," said Dr. Mark Pinto, chief technology officer and general manager of Applied's Energy and Environmental Solutions Group. "Combining Advent Solar's PV technology with Applied's expertise in automated wafering and cell production equipment, we expect to deliver systems that will enhance customers' c-Si roadmaps and accelerate the reduction in cost per watt of solar electricity."After the close of this transaction, Advent Solar's assets will be integrated with Applied's Energy and Environmental

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Following the recent launch of the PV3000 solar metallization line, DEK Solar has extended its team even further with the addition of new Solar Project Manager, George Foot. Designed to support the growing demand for the company's services, the new role is focused on the development of next-generation solar solutions.The new DEK Solar Project Manager will assume a customer-focused role, concentrating on developing the company's award-winning commitment to service excellence. George's responsibilities will include working closely with DEK's global engineering presence to help bring solar products from development, through to customer Beta, final production and beyond. The new position will reinforce the department's efforts in ensuring DEK technologies are optimised, both technically and competitively, throughout product lifetime.Building on the company's reputation as a technology leader following the release of the very high throughput PV3000 platform, the new role will also reinforce DEK's dedication to thinking beyond equipment. DEK Solar Programme Manager, Richard Willshere, explains: "Here at DEK, we take pride in delivering our customers a true solar solution. This means utilising our dedicated engineers, unprecedented production capabilities and global infrastructure to deliver the technologies end customers and line integrators need to move from concept to final production. But above

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The Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) Wind Energy Conference in Berlin was a great opportunity for SGS to present its Wind Energy Technology Center(WETC). The presentation held by Torsten Muuß, Global Technical Manager for Wind Energy from SGS, proved to be a success as participants showed great interest in the services provided by the Center.{pagebreak}The Asia-Pacific Weeks Wind Energy Conference which took place on October 12, 2009 in Berlin, Germany, was a unique opportunity for the main German, Chinese and Asian players to participate in a high profile meeting concerning the expanding industry of wind energy. Governments and ministries, business and cultural associations, companies, universities and research institutions, foundations and non-governmental organizations took part in a series of official meetings and conferences to discuss the latest developments in the wind energy sector.The presentations and workshops during the conference primarily dealt with the market growth in China and its corresponding challenges. Manufacturing concepts were presented and strategies for entering the market and investing in wind energy equipment were discussed.Torsten Muuß, Global Technical Manager for Wind Energy from SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, was one of the main speakers during this conference presenting the new SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China.The SGS Wind Energy Technology Center in China mainly focuses on Rotor

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Following the widespread success of the award-winning PVP1200 platform and the recent European launch of the highly anticipated PV3000 metallization line, DEK Solar is consolidating its position as a major force on the solar stage. Talking recently about the company's success in the sector, Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, attributed the trend to DEK's ability to "think beyond equipment."{pagebreak}"The breakthrough accuracy, throughput and repeatability of our PV1200 and PV3000 is obviously a major part of our success - but this is only half the story," he explains. "Thanks to our 40+ year history in the SMT and Semiconductor industries, we're able to think beyond equipment to provide our customers with real-world solar manufacturing solutions. Having spoken to customers in the field, we know that the main challenge in this industry has not been finding the right equipment but rather, finding the right equipment backed by the right level of process support, knowledge and service. Here at DEK, we're able to harness our strengths in engineering and production, along with our global infrastructure, to deliver what our solar customers need to get ahead - and stay there."With a dominant market share in the screen printer sector for electronics circuit board

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Commenting on the setting up of an EU-US Energy Council, Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of the European Wind Energy Association said: "That an EU-US Summit decides to establish a trans-Atlantic Energy Council shows the growing importance of energy in international relations. Energy security and climate change will have an ever greater role in global politics."{pagebreak}"It is clearly important to improve dialogue between the EU and US on energy issues and to boost scientific cooperation. If they are serious about tackling climate change, they need to act fast in reducing global CO2 emissions and radically change the way energy is produced." "The focus of this new cooperation has to be on the technology that is ready to be deployed and deliver CO2 reductions targets in the short term - by 2015 according to the IPCC. This means that wind energy has to be a key element of the new cooperation and top of the new Council's agenda. "For more information contact:Paolo Berrino, EWEApaolo.berrino@ewea.org+32 2 400 10 55

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation's subsidiary BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.BNSF Railway is well positioned to transport imported or domestically manufactured wind turbine components. With over six years of experience in the wind energy market, BNSF is well qualified to transport wind components safely and efficiently across the United States.{pagebreak}BNSF provides customized shipping solutions to fit shippers' exact needs, including collaboration with shippers on everything from pre-planning to final delivery.For more, visit www.bnsf.com/wind 

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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the research project "New materials for OLEDs from solutions" (NEMO)Merck KGaA is leading the consortium of 11 partners Darmstadt, November 2, 2009 - Merck KGaA announced today that it has launched a project called "New materials for OLEDs from solutions" (NEMO) together with renowned partners from industry and science.{pagebreak}The objective of this project, which is being co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is to develop innovative, soluble materials for use in large-area organic light-emitting diode (OLED) components for devices such as televisions, electronic traffic signs or lighting systems. The total budget amounts to around € 32 million."OLEDs have tremendous future potential as a cost- and energy-efficient lighting technology," said Dr. Udo Heider, Vice President responsible for the OLED unit at Merck. "We want to provide industry with customized OLED materials, thus enabling cost-effective manufacturing processes from the liquid phase."The NEMO project, which is being funded until the end of July 2012, involves four industrial companies and seven academic partners. Merck, with its wealth of experience in the field of OLEDs and in other display technologies, is leading the consortium. The three other participating companies are H.C. Starck

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SANYO to Enter the Energy Solutions MarketOctober 29, 2009 --- SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. (SANYO) will be entering the energy solutions business with system proposals to reduce running costs and CO2 emissions for factories, schools, stores and other facilities.{pagebreak}The company will offer systems that combine SANYO's technologies for energy creation (solar cell), energy storage (rechargeable battery), and energy saving (commercial equipment).The objective of SANYO's energy solution business will be to provide Sanyo smart energy systems (SanyoSES) that reduce running costs by saving energy while greatly reducing CO2 emissions. With an SES, electricity from solar panels or from the grid, drawn late at night when power rates are cheaper, is stored in rechargeable batteries. Power conditioners are then utilized to ensure the most efficient use of power for refrigerated showcases, air conditioning, and lighting. SANYO will develop this business area by maximizing its strengths, including commercial equipment, which has secured a large market share due to energy-saving features based on heating and cooling technologies developed over many years. SANYO will also use its strength in high-quality rechargeable batteries, drawing on a wide range of technology developed for public and commercial applications, as well as HIT solar cells, which offer the world's

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. Applied Materials, Inc. announced today that it has significantly lowered the cost for customers to manufacture solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on its SunFabTM Thin Film Line using its next-generation module technology. Executing on its aggressive cost-cutting roadmap, Applied has leveraged economies of scale with leading suppliers and has introduced key process efficiencies that reduce the cost of materials by 22%.{pagebreak}In addition, SunFab panels using these new materials and processes have received IEC* certification for aperture area conversion efficiencies of up to 9.7%, enabling customers to advance panel performance to this level without requiring additional certification."This achievement demonstrates Applied's ongoing commitment to reducing the cost of manufacturing panels with our SunFab Thin Film Line to $1/watt and below," said Tom Lacey, vice president and general manager of Applied Materials' SunFab Thin Film Solar Group. "Applied Materials has a unique ability to accelerate solar PV through its 5.7m2 panel size standard, innovative technology and line performance improvements, and also through its expanding global SunFab footprint that enables economies of scale by aggregating the needs of multiple customers."In order to achieve these cost reductions, Applied worked with leading, high-quality materials suppliers on behalf of its customers to secure lower pricing

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Rehm Thermal Systems has reduced the cost-of-ownership of the formation of reliable solder joints for customers around the world. Driven by a commitment to energy efficiency that characterises products such as the VisionXP reflow system, Rehm's cost-of-ownership advantage is the direct result of low energy consumption values.{pagebreak}The VisionXP Convection Soldering System incorporates a series of advanced features designed to enhance energy efficiency - from optimised heat transfer and precise profiling, to a ‘thermally invisible' conveyor system and high quality insulation. Unlocking operational benefits such as process reliability and ease of use, VisionXP is also equipped to cut maintenance by up to 50% through Pyrolysis, Rehm's pioneering residue management system. Shortening long molecular chains to reduce the amount of condensable waste within the process chamber, Pyrolysis operates at approximately 500°C to ensure a clean and dry reflow system for efficient, environmentally-friendly disposal of contamination."Although every system manufacturer promises low consumption values, in most cases, manufacturer-specific data cannot be compared from one oven to the next," explains Rehm Chief Commercial Officer Marc Dalderup. "That's because data is calculated to make the system look good - with no concern for yield and ongoing productivity. But here at Rehm, we do things differently. We

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