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The fifth EM Asia Innovation Awards recently honoured DEK Solar for the technology breakthrough represented by its PV3000 photovoltaic metallization solution. Celebrating the highest standards in manufacturing technologies, the prestigious industry accolade recognises the significant role played by DEK Solar in the field of solar cell production. Presented to the DEK team at a ceremony in Shanghai, the industry accolade saw the PV3000 top the hotly-contested Alternative Energy Production Equipment category. Judged by an independent panel of industry experts in relation to innovation, challenging objectives and outstanding achievements, the PV3000 impressed high profile representatives from business, trade associations and academia with its capacity to deliver advanced levels of throughput. A breakthrough photovoltaic metallization solution, the PV3000 optimises solar cell manufacturing productivity by deploying multiple print heads in parallel. If one head halts for operator attention, the others will continue to print - virtually eliminating downtime.Commenting on the award win, DEK Solar Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, explains: "It's obviously an honour to be recognised by the EM Asia Awards since this really highlights our commitment to advancing commercial solar cell production in Asia and indeed, around the world. The PV3000 was born out of our drive to meet

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SGS is one of the exhibitors at the Intersolar Europe 2010, at stand no. 279, Hall B. The exhibition will take place from June 9-11, 2010 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. Under the guiding principle "connecting solar business", the international photovoltaic industry has the unique chance to learn more about the latest industry innovations. This three-day event offers SGS an excellent opportunity to showcase its inspection, verification, testing and certification services for the photovoltaic industry. For ensuring your entrance ticket, please register at our webpage.About the SGS Solar Test HouseThe SGS Solar Test House is a relatively new solar testing lab, located near Dresden, Germany, where solar modules are submitted to intensive testing as part of the module certification process. Holding a DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, the SGS Solar Test House can cover the entire quality control and analysis needs of these industry innovators, from raw materials to solar cells and modules.SGS can perform failure analyses (e.g. for silicon wafers) down to microscopic levels thanks to the nearby SGS Institute Fresenius, a microelectronics expertise center that employs high precision equipment to perform atom-level surface analyses, element depth profiles and identification of impurities and contact

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Tokyo, May 13, 2010 - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) to supply lithium-ion battery systems for plug-in hybrid vehicles* (PHVs) "Swift Plug-in Hybrid". Suzuki has already announced its intention to start manufacturing the vehicles. The "Swift Plug-in Hybrid" will serve as a model supported by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The new model will serve as a demonstration experiment and the experiment will be implemented at Suzuki dealers from this autumn. With increasing awareness of the environtment, SANYO is strengthening its rechargeable battery business and is developing rechargeable batteries for environmentally friendly vehicles, which are expected to see a rapid increase in demand in the future. The company has been supplying nickel-metal hydride batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to Honda and Ford since 2004. SANYO has also been carrying out joint development with the Volkswagen Group for next-generation nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion battery systems, as well as with PSA Peugeot Citroën for a nickel-metal hydride battery system. SANYO sees this new partnership as a way to further enhance its relationship with Suzuki and further appeal its strengths in next-generation

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SOLON S.p.A., a subsidiary of Berlin-based SOLON SE with registered offices in the Northern Italian city of Carmignano di Brenta has been awarded the contract for construction of 16 greenfield installations in the Northern Italian provinces of Friuli and Veneto with a total capacity of about 12.5 MWp. The project is one of the invitations to tender announced throughout the EU last year by SunTergrid S.p.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rome-based Terna S.p.A., one of Europe's largest independent power grid operator. Solar power plants with a total capacity of 100 MWp are planned to be implemented in 2010. They will be awarded by additional invitations to tender. The power plants of the current tender have a capacity of between 200 kWp and 2MWp and will be constructed in the provinces of Padova, Vicenza, Verona, Rovigo, Treviso, Belluno, Venezia, Udine and Triest. SOLON S.p.A. will assume the role of general contractor for engineering and project management as well as the turn-key implementation of the installations. About SOLON SE:SOLON SE is one of the largest manufacturers of solar modules in Europe as well as a supplier of solar system technology for large-scale rooftop and greenfield installations. The SOLON Group has subsidiaries in

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Phaesun GmbH of Memmingen / Germany have installed off-grid solar power plants for police barracks in Liberia in West Africa and trained Liberian electricians on site. The last of five complete 12 volt systems went into service last week. The solar plants installed in the Lofa region in the northernmost part of the country generate one, or two kilowatts peak depending on their respective design. This is sufficient for the lighting, water supply and the operation of charging stations for mobile phones. All components including the solar modules, charge controllers, batteries, motion sensors, water pumps, energy saving lamps and charging stations have been supplied by Phaesun GmbH.In order to ensure system integrity and avoid users misusing the systems, the customer preferred to do without inverters installing exclusively 12 volt systems instead", Phaesun-Trainer Francis Hillman explains. „Thus, the cabling was more extensive, however, the electricians we have trained mastered this task perfectly." The Liberian electricians installed the solar modules at 15 meters height on the water tower roofs. In addition to the practical instructions, Hillman also conveyed the theoretical basics on photovoltaic systems and their components.The five police barracks, three of which have neighbouring depots were built by the Association for

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For SID Display Week in Seattle (May 23-28, 2010), Merck KGaA has selected the heading green³ to denote the extent to which its materials help the environment. Specifically, green³ stands for producing eco-friendly materials, enabling eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and reducing the energy consumption of the devices that contain them.Merck will be presenting its advanced PS-VA materials for high-quality LCDs at SID Display Week, the prestigious annual information display event. PS-VA (Polymer Stabilized Vertical Alignment) is a novel premium LC technology that offers better contrast, faster switching speed and reduces power consumption in LCD televisions. It is an innovation based on VA, the leading LCD television technology besides IPS (in plane switching). Merck PS-VA materials, which are part of the company's innovative licristal® portfolio, are based on a combination of liquid crystals with specially designed reactive mesogens produced in a sophisticated production process.Furthermore, Merck will be providing information on its liquid crystal materials for a switchable Blue Phase, which is seen as a future technology for fast switching, high contrast ratio and wide viewing angle. Cost effective production is predicted due to the cell layout without alignment layers and no constant cell gap required.Merck will also be showing the top quality

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Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, is today releasing its consolidated financial statements as per 31 March 2010.Best start to the year despite winter weather "In terms of sales and earnings, this was the best quarter in the history of the company. Our flexible business model and our sustainable corporate strategy enables us to respond appropriately to the market situation", commented Dr. Andreas Hänel, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Solar AG, in reference to the pleasing business development. The course of business during the reporting period was greatly affected by the political discussion about the amendment to the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG). The anticipated additional lowering of the feed-in tariffs at mid-year triggered upfront buying effects in the first half-year. Despite a long winter with heavy snowfall, the first quarter was dominated by significantly brisker installation activities compared with a year ago.Power plant and international business expands swiftly In the period from 1 January to 31 March 2010, the Phoenix Solar Group lifted total revenues by 118.5 percent to EUR 80.4 million, up from EUR 36.7 million in the first quarter of 2009. Total revenues were attributable as follows: 66.9 percent to the Components & Systems segment and 33.1 percent to the Power Plants segment. The share of

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Berlin, May 6, 2010. SOLON SE closed a project deal with the Greek company NRG-ORION for the delivery of solar modules with a total capacity of 1.5MWp. NRG-ORION is one of the largest system integrators for solar power plants in Greece. The SOLON modules will be used to construct a ground-mounted PV system at the headquarters of Kronos SA, Europe's largest producer of canned peaches, which will be Greece's largest single axis tracking solar power plant so far.{pagebreak}The power plant is already scheduled to be finished and connected to the grid in August.Including the current contract, SOLON SE has delivered solar modules with a total capacity of 3MWp to Greece since 2008. This corresponds to a market share of about 6% of the total PV output installed in Greece, which SOLON currently estimates to be around 50MWp."Thanks to its geographic conditions Greece has a great potential for solar energy. The successful conclusion of the contract confirms our opinion that this country is a market with good future prospects," says Stefan Säuberlich, CEO of SOLON SE. "We are happy to be able to offer our customers premium-quality solar modules by SOLON and to confirm our leading position in the Greece solar

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Applied Materials Sees Strong Demand for Esatto Double Print Technology for Manufacturing Higher Efficiency, Lower Cost Solar CellsSHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Applied Materials, Inc. today announced at the SNEC 2010 PV Power Expo* that its Esatto TechnologyTM is expected to be used in more than 2 gigawatts of annual cell manufacturing capacity in the next few months at customer sites in China, Taiwan and Europe. Customers have demonstrated 0.46% absolute cell efficiency gains with Esatto Technology, and up to a 14% reduction in consumption of silver printing paste.{pagebreak}This combination of higher efficiency and reduced material expense is projected to lower manufacturing cost by over 3 cents-per-watt and deliver a return on investment in as little as 8 months.Esatto Technology is a high precision, multi-step printing capability for Applied's market-leading BacciniTM back-end solar cell processing systems. This production-proven screen printing technology is used to fabricate advanced contact structures in crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar photovoltaic (PV) cells."Our Esatto Technology demonstrates Applied's unmatched ability to overcome the challenges in integrating new cell technologies and to provide easy-to-implement, cost-effective solutions to our customers," said Davide Spotti, vice president and general manager of Applied's Baccini Cell Systems division. "We're seeing an enthusiastic response from cell makers because

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Underwriters Laboratories Announces Applied Materials' SunFab Line Modules First to Meet Master Certification Program Requirements for the Solar IndustryNORTHBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in safety testing and certification, announced today that photovoltaic modules produced by an Applied Materials SunFab Thin Film LineTM are the first to qualify for UL's Master Certification Program for the solar industry.{pagebreak}The program, introduced in 2009, is an enhanced service offering with streamlined testing and certification procedures intended to help photovoltaic (PV) module and production equipment manufacturers get products to market faster.With this qualification under the Master Certification program, Applied Materials' customers who produce modules on a SunFabTM production line are candidates for UL's Fast Track Certification Program. The Fast Track program allows manufacturers to greatly reduce the time and cost to certify the modules produced on their SunFab lines. The SunFab Thin Film Line, which produces one of the world's largest and most powerful solar panels available today at 5.7 square meters, is an automated, glass-in/panel-out manufacturing line for amorphous and microcrystalline silicon-based thin film PV manufacturing."The Master and Fast Track Programs and UL certification are critical to SunFab line customers working in the U.S. solar market, which is expected to

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