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Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, today announced a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Rietech Solar, a China-based manufacturer of silicon wafers for solar cells. Under the agreement, Rietech Solar will upgrade its manufacturing process to use HeraGlaze®, the new high-purity SiO2 diffusion barrier coating from Heraeus, for mass production of it multi-crystalline wafers. For Heraeus, the agreement represents a major step to expand its presence upstream in the solar photovoltaic value chain. Developed in 2017, HeraGlaze® represents a breakthrough innovation the very first step of the of the solar cell manufacturing process, when poly- crystalline silicon blocks are melted into a single silicon ingot. To deliver the highest quality of the ingot and the eventual end product, the solar wafer, HeraGlaze® is applied as a slurry on the porous surface of the crucibles. HeraGlaze® acts as a barrier and prevents thermally-induced impurities, such as iron, from transferring from the crucible to the silicon ingot during the melting and crystallization of silicon. By increasing the usable section of the silicon ingot, Heraeus will be able to increase Rietech’s wafer output yield by 3% and its customers’ cell efficiency by 0.05%. This will enable Rietech’s multi-crystalline

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BELECTRIC has signed an EPC (Engineering-Procurement-Construction) Contract for a solar project in Israel with a capacity of 120 MWp. BELECTRIC, in corporation with Solel Boneh Ltd., will provide a turnkey system for the large-scale PV plant, which will be built near the village of Zeélim. Construction works are planned to start in the upcoming months. Commissioning is anticipated in 2019. The owner of the plant is Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy Ltd., which is the renewable arm of Israel’s leading infrastructure and real estate group Shikun & Binui. “Zeélim is the largest single PV project in our company history outside of Germany. We are very proud that this EPC contract has been awarded to us. This is in line with our strategy to significantly grow our business in key solar markets like Israel”, explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. “As Israel’s largest solar plant, this project marks an important step to provide eco and grid-friendly electricity to Israel and help the country to reach their target of a ten percent share of renewables in its energy mix by 2020.” Prior to the new project Zeélim, BELECTRIC has already realized 17 projects in Israel with a total capacity

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Today ENGIE, Heliatek and the Department of Charentes-Maritimes officially inaugurated the world's largest BiOPV installation on a roof.  In the southwestern port of La Rochelle, France, 500 m² of Heliatek's solar films were installed on the roof of the "Pierre Mendes France" middle school. With 3 different lengths of 2, 4 and 5,7 meters, nearly 400 films were applied in record time. They were installed on two different roof surfaces. The result is the largest BiOPV - Building integrated Organic PhotoVoltaic - roof installation, worldwide to date, and the living proof of the ease and speed at which these solar films can be installed on a building. First time use of HeliaSol® - installation in record time The HeliaSol® "ready-to-use" film solution was used on a roof installation for the first time. With self-adhesive backside, as well as preconfigured wiring, HeliaSol® is mounted directly onto existing roof surfaces and only needs to be electrically connected. This 500 m² installation took very little time. Taking into account the preparation time, a team of 6 people needed only 8 hours to install 500m² of HeliaSol® as deployment took just over 2 minutes per film. With an installed power of 22.5 kWp, about 23.8 MWh

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Intersolar India, a unique platform for the solar industry has been proudly associated with the Indian solar industry since 2009. The conference has been successfully providing a platform for all the stakeholders to meet, exchange information and ideas, discuss challenges and solutions and promoting the interest of the solar industry. In the Intersolar exhibition, domestic and global companies would exhibit their wares and solutions and reach out to new customers and to further bond with their existing customers. The three days of exciting proceedings open on December 5, 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC). Over 100 industry experts from Indian and global solar and energy storage industries and policymakers will share their insights. Over 500 delegates are expected to participate in the conference. This year’s exhibition is certified by the US Department of Commerce and has US and German pavilions besides an exclusive pavilion for Electrical Energy Storage. Approx. 260 domestic and foreign exhibitors are showcasing their latest products and solutions and over 12,000 national and international visitors are expected to visit and benefit from the event. Conference Highlights Global installed PV capacity grew sevenfold between 2010 and 2016, from 40 GW to more than 300 GW. In 2017, an additional 100

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The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has created a subsidiary based in Delhi, India. In one of the most important markets worldwide for photovoltaics, there is particularly high demand for PI Berlin’s services, such as laboratory tests for modules and quality assurance in the planning, construction and operation of photovoltaic plants. The newly created company can now offer these services directly from a local base. It will be managed by Steven Xuereb, Head of the PV Systems Business Unit at PI Berlin, together with Dr Saurabh Kumar, who will act as local coordinator for sales and customer service. Press photos are available at:  http://www.pi-berlin.com/en/pi-india-subsidiary Great potential in the Indian market “India is a young solar market experiencing dynamic growth. We see great potential here for the provision of services and consultation relating to the planning, construction and operation of solar power plants,” says Saurabh Kumar. The Indian government has announced its goal to have 100 gigawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity by the year 2022. “This long-term goal gives the players in the market the security they need to make investments,” says Kumar. To protect investments in photovoltaic plants as feed-in tariffs continue to fall, it’s crucial to inspect plant components at every stage along the

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The first hybrid lagre-scale energy storage system sun | systemizer was successfully connected to the power grid. It will in future stabilize the European Interconnected Network (ENTSO-E). Further major orders have already been received as the HOPPECKE battery system series is now available in a wide range of scalable capacities. “With this solution of lead and lithium storage, which can be individually combined for specific applications, we meet our customers' requirements exactly. We are currently already planning further large-scale storage facilities in power classes up to 100 MWh. For example, to ensure grid stability at other locations in Germany. But also for large photovoltaic systems in Asia. Our customers get the best cost-benefit ratio through our custom-fit solutions. We have noticed a great deal of interest in the sun | systemizer for several months now," says Michael Entrup, Head of the Stationary Energy Storage Division in the HOPPECKE Group, about the relevance of the large storage tanks for international markets. HOPPECKE hybrid storage system buffers load peaks and enables climate-neutral e-mobility In addition to stabilizing the power grid, there is already strong demand for the hybrid large-scale storage system for other applications. Small and medium-sized industrial companies can use the sun | systemizer

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First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that its high-performance thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules would power two utility-scale photovoltaic solar power plants in the Netherlands, developed by Denmark’s Obton. Obton broke ground on the first project, a 13.92-megawatt (MWDC) facility today, while a second, 4.4MWDC, project is expected to come online in mid-2018. Both projects are located in Stadskanaal and have secured licenses under the country’s SDE+ renewable energy program. The plants are part of a growing wave of solar PV projects that have successfully competed against other technologies, including wind, in recent SDE+ procurement rounds. They also mark Obton’s entry into the Dutch market as an independent power producer. “Our projects allow us to play a role in the Netherlands’ plans to decarbonize its energy mix. They demonstrate that solar PV can effectively compete against any other renewable energy technology when powered by bankable module technology,” said Anders Marcus, CEO of Obton.  “Importantly, the fact that we’re using First Solar’s eco-efficient modules ensures that we’re also delivering the lowest carbon solar in the country.” Over 156,000 First Solar Series 4 modules, which have the lowest environmental impact of all solar technologies, will power the two projects. With a carbon footprint that

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On 1 March 2017, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced its decision to discontinue the proprietary wire production for diamond wire at Diamond Materials Tech Inc. (DMT) in Colorado Springs, USA. Meyer Burger has signed a binding asset purchase agreement with Thermocompact Group now, which will acquire the remaining DMT business for an amount of about USD 6 million in cash. The closing of the transaction is expected by mid-December 2017. As a result of this transaction, about 25 employees will be transferred to Thermocompact Group. The diamond wire business previously serving PV-related applications has already been closed by Meyer Burger during the first half-year of 2017.  Thermocompact Group has dedicated expertise in precious metals coating, high technology wire for EDM applications and fixed abrasive highly technical engineered wires for photovoltaic, electronic and LED industries. The company serves various fields of industries such as automotive, aeronautics, space, connectors, medical and precision cutting.  www.thermocompact.com In 2013, Meyer Burger changed its financial reporting from IFRS to Swiss GAAP FER. In accordance with Swiss GAAP FER 30, Meyer Burger decided to offset goodwill resulting from acquisitions against equity. In case of a divestment of an entity, Swiss GAAP FER accounting standards require

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Leading industrial measurement provider turns on first units of its OptimusTM Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) Monitors for Transformers for clients around the world. Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, is working with power utilities, maintenance providers and asset owners to bring the first commercial units of its OptimusTM DGA Monitor for Transformers online. In recent months, Vaisala has delivered Optimus units to various customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Americas and Asia. Vaisala looks to keep pace with demand and an expected increase in production in 2018. As transformer fleets continue to age, the likelihood of faults and failure increases accordingly. Real-time condition monitoring enables asset owners to identify and address potential issues before they result in costly failure, reducing maintenance costs and boosting production and performance. While various DGA methods are widely used in the international power generation and transmission sector for these very reasons, the OptimusTM DGA Monitor brings a number of practical, time- and cost-saving benefits to the table that will dramatically improve transformer maintenance and minimize power plant disruption. A More Practical Approach to Condition Monitoring Vaisala’s Optimus monitors transformer oil for the presence of moisture and seven different gases. By tracking real-time levels

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Group revenue (January through September 2017) at € 63.5 million, EBIT: € -9.3 million Both the weighted global project pipeline at 608 MWp and the free order backlog at € 225.3 million are at record levels – sound basis for new growth in 2018 Tenure of Group CEO Tim P. Ryan extended 2017 full year guidance lowered: sales revenue now expected in the range of € 90 million to € 110 million and EBIT in the range of € -10.0 million and € -8.0 million Sulzemoos, November 9th, 2017 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the official market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, today published its financial report for the third quarter and the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Performance in the first nine months In the first nine months of fiscal 2017, Phoenix Solar AG generated consolidated revenues of € 63.5 million, a decrease of 41.4 per cent vs. the first nine months of fiscal 2016 (9 months/2016: € 108.3 million). Sales revenues in the third quarter of € 21.1 million came in 61.6 percent lower than in the third quarter of 2016, when revenues of € 55.0 million were

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