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As the leading global supplier of materials to the PV industry, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions knows how much materials matter towards ensuring long-term system reliability. That's why we are completing extensive testing to determine how material performance relates to and can ultimately benefit module performance.To date, DuPont has tested a broad range of commercially available backsheet constructions, including several that contain Tedlar® and many competitive backsheets that do not. Each was evaluated on a range of critical properties, exposure tests, and a visual inspection, using the same structure and same conditions for a true side-by-side comparison.The results speak for themselves: Under normal, as well as extreme UV and damp heat exposure, Tedlar® resists delamination, yellowing and degradation that compromise other backsheet materials.Find out more about the detailed test results and background.

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The SOLON Blue 230/07 has been awarded an overall rating of "very good" by Germany's Öko-Test consumer magazine. SOLON's product is one of six winners in the test having received the top grade. A total of 17 solar modules from manufacturers in Germany and abroad were tested. Seven other modules received a rating of "good," one received "satisfactory," another "fair," and yet two others were awarded a rating of "poor." The test results for SOLON will be published in the May issue of Öko-Test. The solar modules were evaluated in an extensive series of performance tests. The modules were subjected to a range of irradiance values and temperatures, and electroluminescent and thermal imaging cameras were used to inspect for cracking and soiling. The SOLON module passed the test with flying colors and received an overall rating of "very good." "The fact that we did so well in this testing only confirms the fact that SOLON is and remains the No. 1 address for customers looking for premium quality, no matter if it is a solar energy system on the roof, a turnkey project for a large-scale solar power plant, or a financial product using solar energy," states Stefan Säuberlich, CEO

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Phoenix Solar AG's largest photovoltaic power plant to date of 15.8 megawatts . Two solar parks of 5 megawatts in total in Italy . Contract volume of approximately EUR 55 millionPhoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, is currently to build three photovoltaic power plants with a peak power totalling around 21 megawatts (MWp) for KGAL GmbH & Co. KG (KGAL), a company based in Grünwald near Munich. This includes the largest solar park of 15.8 megawatts ever built by Phoenix Solar in Moos near Würzburg, as well as two other solar parks of 2.3 and 2.7 MWp respectively in the regions of Molise and Latium in Italy. The contract volume of all three solar parks comes to around EUR 55 million.Phoenix Solar has been building photovoltaic power plants for KGAL since 2005. Under a framework agreement, signed in 2007 and extended in 2009, the two contractual parties agreed to realise solar projects with a minimum investment volume of EUR 525 million in the period from 2009 to 2012. As part of this agreement, Phoenix Solar is

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GreenHunter Energy, Inc. A diversified renewable energy company focused on biomass power generation, the production of biodiesel, wind and solar energy projects, announced today financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2010.Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2010 were $0.2 million, a decrease of $3.0 million compared to revenues of $3.2 million reported in the first quarter of 2009. Net loss to common shareholders, including one-time items, was $2.7 million ($0.12 loss per common share) compared to a net loss of $8.7 million ($0.45 loss per common share), from continuing operations, in the first quarter of 2009.KEY INITIATIVESSince the beginning of 2010, GreenHunter Energy management has been focused on three key initiatives. These include (i) engineering, permitting and financing the 18 MW Mesquite Lake biomass plant located in Imperial County, California; (ii) assembling a pipeline of growth projects and acquisition candidates predominantly focused in the power sector; and, (iii) restructuring the non-recourse credit agreement with the senior secured lender related to the biodiesel refinery located in Houston.As announced last year, the power purchase agreement with Imperial Irrigation District (IID) specifies a commercial operation date for Mesquite Lake by the end of June 2011 --

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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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