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Kahl am Main, Germany / Singapore, May 25, 2018 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES) and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are entering a second phase in the joint research collaboration on developing cost-effective manufacturing tools with lower cost of ownership. After an initial phase proving that an inductively coupled PECVD (ICPECVD) plasma source concept works, a new agreement was signed in which both parties continue their joint research and development efforts to industrialize highly efficient solar cell concepts. The aim of the collaboration is to develop innovative, cost-effective processes on SINGULUS’ novel mass production tools for the fabrication of crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells. Dr Thomas MUELLER, SERIS’ Head of Heterojunction Cell Development, said: “SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is a strong industrial partner for SERIS with a proven track record in high-tech tool manufacturing sectors like high-capacity storage, semiconductor and solar, by implementing novel and effective manufacturing concepts in cost-effective packages. SERIS is adding its longstanding expertise in heterojunction device structures to develop the processes on the new platform, so that the PV manufacturing industry has a short learning curve when deploying the new platform”. Dr Marco Huber, Product manager PECVD at SINGULUS

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  Strategic sales partnership established with IMC, Mumbai   Strong potential for growth in emerging photovoltaics industry in Asia Wiesbaden, Germany, May 24 2018 – VITRONIC, a global leader in industrial machine vision, will expand its presence in the Indian photovoltaics market. At the start of 2018, the German SME with headquarters in Wiesbaden formed a strategic sales partnership with the Indian company IMC. This new partnership will strengthen VITRONIC's presence in Asia. Together the two companies will focus on marketing fully automatic optical inspection solutions for the entire spectrum of photovoltaics production. India has seen dynamic growth in recent years representing the third largest market for system installations in the world. IMC was founded in 1975 with headquarters in Mumbai, along with other locations in Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune. The company is well established in the market with 25 years of experience in the photovoltaics industry and has a broad customer base that includes all world-leading photovoltaics manufacturers. IMC offers high-tech solutions for the entire photovoltaics value chain and a comprehensive service portfolio that offers consultation, process integration, data management and training.

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Trina Solar, the Chinese leading supplier of global solutions for the photovoltaic sector, has reached an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Nclave. This agreement consolidates the strategic one signed this March between both companies; an engagement to jointly develop, commercialize and install integrated solutions for the photovoltaic sector with Nclave’s advanced photovoltaic tracker. This corporate transaction reinforces Nclave’s position in the photovoltaic tracker market; and boosts the company’s growth plans. This change will enhance Nclave’s strategic plan and global positioning by increasing its already wide client portfolio. Nclave bankability and financial backing also receive a huge boost with the entry of Trina Solar as the new controling share holder. Trina Solar Limited, founded in 1997, is one of the leading companies in the solar sector worldwide. Currently, the company is immersed in an ambitious transformation process with the aim of becoming one of the main suppliers of global solutions in the solar sector. The company´s leading position in the industry is based on innovation excellence, high quality products, vertically integrated capacities and an environmentally efficient, responsible management. This March, which marks the company’s twentieth anniversary, Trina Solar launched the TrinaPro solution; offering an optimized integration of modules-trackers-inverter, with the objective of reducing

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Table tennis legend will meet fans and share success principles at SNEC 2018 in Shanghai. SHANGHAI, China -May 23 2018- Heraeus Photovoltaics, which has helped customers achieve PERC efficiency world records five times in the past 18 months, announced today that table tennis star Timo Boll will meet fans at the Heraeus Booth (W3-510) at the 2018 SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation and Smart Energy Exhibition & Conference at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Boll will meet fans on May 29 for photos, autographs and a chance to play a few volleys with this legendary world champion. The partnership between Heraeus Photovoltaics and Timo Boll, ranked number one in 2018 for the fourth time in his career, centers around a shared commitment for peak performance and world records. For Heraeus, the most recent customer achievement occurred in China, where the company’s silver paste enabled a solar cell company to reach 23.95% photovoltaic conversion efficiency, establishing a new monocrystalline PERC cell conversion efficiency world record. The records were verified by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Photovoltaic and Wind Power System Quality Test Center. Andreas Liebheit, President of Heraeus Photovoltaics, noted that after company executives met with the legendary table tennis superstar, it became

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Ingeteam will once again be present at the world's leading event in the solar sector: Intersolar Europe. At its 150 m2 stand, the company will showcase its very latest products and technology for PV plants, as well as control, monitoring and automation systems and battery inverters. Ingeteam will also present its latest developments in predictive maintenance through its Ingeboards data analysis platform. Indeed, the company has established itself as a global leader in the operation and maintenance sector, with a contract portfolio of more than 12 GW of maintained power in renewable energy generation plants. Ingeteam currently maintains more than 25,000 PV inverters in more than 500 plants throughout the world. 1500 V central inverter At its stand, Ingeteam will showcase the latest version of its 1500 Vdc inverter, the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series, which can deliver a power output of 1800 kVA in a single power block at ambient temperatures of up to 30oC, thereby giving a power density of 317kW/m3. Thanks to this powerful inverter and to the possibility of connecting up to four inverters to the same transformer low voltage winding, Ingeteam achieves 7.2 MVA in a single Power Station with 1500 Vdc technology. One of the main innovations of this

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Photovoltaics (PV) is one of the key technologies of a sustainable energy supply based on renewable energy. Besides silicon-based photovoltaics, which presently dominates the market, there are other materials, such as perovskite, that also show great potential. Scientists are testing the proof of concept of these new types of solar cells. Very innovative is a new process for fabricating solar cells using sustainable and more resource-friendly methods. Hereby the number of production steps can be drastically reduced by reversing the manufacturing process. Such an in-situ concept for printed perovskite solar cells is being developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. With a record efficiency of 12.6 %, the researchers have now reached an important milestone in the field of printed photovoltaics. Today silicon solar cells dominate the global photovoltaic market.  They are produced using numerous processing steps starting with the synthesis of the photoactive material through to the solar cell fabrication then subsequently interconnected and encapsulated in a solar PV module. With the material perovskite and the goal of reducing the number of processing steps, the research group around Dr. Andreas Hinsch at Fraunhofer ISE asked the question: Why can’t we reverse the manufacturing process so that first

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Efficient storage solution for industry and commerce Wittenberg/Munich, 16 May 2018 – The Tesvolt high-voltage storage system has been shortlisted for the ees AWARD. The manufacturer from Wittenberg (Germany) has launched a storage system which is exceptionally economical: the TS HV 70. The levelized cost of storage (LCOS) is a mere 9 euro cents. With its outstanding total system efficiency of 92 percent and a lifespan of up to 30 years, this high-voltage storage system certainly pays off. The ees AWARD, which honours the most pioneering products for electricity storage each year, will be presented on 20 June at ees Europe, the continent’s largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems. Press photos are available here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/tesvolt-high-voltage-storage-system-has-been-nominated-for-the-ees-award__prr24.html “We are delighted about the nomination – after all, the ees AWARD is the Oscars of the storage industry,” says Daniel Hannemann, Tesvolt’s Managing Director. “Our high-voltage storage system shows the market that storage systems pay off for industry and commerce.” High overall efficiency equals economic efficiency “A storage system’s economic efficiency essentially depends on its overall energy efficiency. Many storage system manufacturers only state the battery efficiency, even though the overall efficiency of the storage system is what really counts,” explains Simon Schandert, Director of Engineering at

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New joint venture company ENcome Energy Performance France SAS Joint O&M portfolio in France increases to approximately 150 MWp ENcome France becomes one of the leading O&M providers in France Paris/Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (15.05.2018) – ENcome Energy Performance GmbH and Green Services Group have announced to merge their French O&M operations. Both partners will transfer their O&M activities and particularly the O&M business of KBE Energy, one of Green Services Group affiliates to the new joint venture company ENcome Energy Performance France SAS. Thereby ENcome France becomes one of the leading O&M providers in France with an O&M portfolio of approx. 150 MWp. “With Green Services Group & the KBE Energy team we have found highly competent and reliable partners who share our view of the O&M market as well as our service orientation and capacity for innovation. Together, we want to increase our French presence and continue to provide high service quality and value add to the benefit of our customers.” says Andreas Leimbach, Managing Director of ENcome. Guy Auger, Chief Executive Officer of Green Services Group adds: “We are really excited about the merge of our O&M activities with ENcome Energy, as together we will bring to the French market

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Company’s largest solar power plant repurposes abandoned golf course to provide equivalent power for approximately 12,000 average households Kyoto/London – May 14th, 2018. Kyocera and Tokyo Century Corporation (herein “Tokyo Century”) announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC (herein “Kyocera TCL Solar”) has completed construction of a 29.2 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. The solar modules were installed on 1.2km2 of land originally designated for a golf course and other purposes but subsequently abandoned. A ceremony was held on April 27 to commemorate completion of Kyocera TCL Solar’s largest solar power plant. 108,504 Kyocera solar modules will generate an estimated 36,080 megawatt hours (MWh) per year — enough electricity to power approximately 12,000 typical households[1]. All electricity generated at the plant will be sold to the local utility (The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.). Since Tottori Prefecture has a Japan Sea coastal climate with heavy snow and short hours of sunlight during the winter months, it is not always considered to be a suitable area for constructing a solar power plant. However, the company overcame such difficulties by optimizing installation methods to allow for weather conditions of the area and ensure sufficient power generation capacity. Kyocera

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced the successful conclusion of repeat orders from two existing customers for its versatile DS 261 wire saw equipment for slicing and wafering applications in the semiconductor industry. In response to the strong growing global demand for semi-wafers, the customers, global manufacturers in the semiconductor industry, are expanding their production capacity. The strategic selection of Meyer Burger’s DS 261 cutting equipment is based on their excellent experience with Meyer Burger’s technology from previous projects. It also underscores the customers’ confidence in Meyer Burger’s in-depth expertise in precision cutting technologies which enable the production of semiconductor wafers with outstanding surface qualities. The total contractual value of both orders is about CHF 17.5 million. The orders comprise the installation, on-site training and service of the DS 261 wire saw equipment. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2019.

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