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US LAW FIRM REPRESENTS INDIA CLEANTECH COMPANY IN LANDMARK SOLAR ENERGY DEALBrown Rudnick, an international law firm, has represented the ACME Group, a provider of energy, environmental, and telecommunications infrastructure solutions in India, in the company's solar energy deal with eSolar.{pagebreak}Under the agreement, eSolar signed an exclusive license agreement with ACME to build up to 1,000 MW of solar thermal power plants in India over the next ten years. The deal specifies that ACME will use eSolar's modular, scalable solar power technology for the project, and that ACME is open to work with other companies looking to build solar plants using eSolar's technology.Additionally, ACME will make a multi-million dollar equity investment in eSolar. Led by Brown Rudnick's India Practice Leader, Rahoul Roy, the Firm represented ACME throughout the cross-border transaction, advising both on the equity investment and licensing agreement.This is the second international cleantech deal for which Brown Rudnick has represented ACME. In October 2008, the Firm advised ACME in connection with a high-volume fuel cell supply agreement with IdaTech plc ("IdaTech") and Ballard Power Solutions, Inc ("Ballard"). The three-party contract and joint venture resulted in the world's largest PEM fuel cell supply agreement and will deliver "green" telecom backup

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ENN Solar Energy Co., Ltd. has just announced that it has produced China's first 5.7m2 high-efficiency, tandem junction thin film photovoltaic panels using a SunFabTM Thin Film Line, rated at 60 megawatts per year, supplied by Applied Materials, Inc.{pagebreak}Working together at ENN's leading-edge facility in Langfang, China, ENN and Applied achieved this milestone just five months after equipment installation. These ultra-large PV panels are nearly four times larger than conventional modules on the market and use Applied's innovative tandem junction technology to deliver significantly higher conversion efficiencies at competitive costs."By combining the high efficiency of tandem junction technology with ultra-large 5.7m2 substrates, we're able to deliver modules that dramatically reduce installed cost per watt," said Dr. Rick Wan, General Manager of ENN Solar. "Our close association with Applied Materials has enabled ENN to build a winning platform, combining our next-generation solar technology with our world-class manufacturing capability.""We are committed to delivering the highest level of technology innovation and manufacturing excellence to our customers," said Dr. Randhir Thakur, senior vice president and general manager of Applied Materials' SunFab Thin Film Solar and Display Business Group. "ENN's rapid ramp from equipment installation to producing tandem junction panels is an example of the

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Japanese consumer electronics giants Toshiba and Sharp are in talks on a possible tie-up in the solar power generation field, the companies admitted last week. "It is true that we are holding talks on the solar cell business with other companies, including Toshiba," Sharp Corp. spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama said, declining to give further details.{pagebreak}Sharp wants to enhance its solar business further, with its solar cell revenue expected to reach 170 billion yen (1.7 billion dollars) globally in the year to March 31, up 12 percent from last year, Nakayama said.Toshiba, which announced its full entry into solar power in January, said the company was also seeking a supply source of solar or photovoltaic cell panels that convert sunlight into electricity. "We are mulling where to procure panels as we do not make them

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In the city of Moers near Duisburg, 120 project partners, customers and suppliers have inaugurated Germany 's largest photovoltaic plant using thin-film technology on a pitched roof.24 March 2009. The system provider Solaxis GmbH and Solardach GmbH have jointly developed a solar power plant on the roof of Riedel Recycling.{pagebreak}The solar modules have a total output of 837 kilowatts. The latest addition to the Riedel family - Jamain Riedel -symbolically flipped the switch, putting the solar power plant in operation, at the official inauguration on 21 March. Afterwards, some 120 visitors celebrated a spring festival to the music of the Ruhr River Jazz Band, drove a hydraulic platform 30 metres high to the solar modules and took a close look at the inverters. Among the participants were - in addition to the project partners, customers and suppliers -bank representatives and the mayor of the city of Moers , Norbert Ballhaus.The technical support came from the German subsidiary of the Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering. For the record-setting project, the company delivered four SolarMax central inverters. "The co-operation worked very well. We are very pleased at this particularly nice reference project", explains Markus Thoms, sales engineer at Sputnik Engineering GmbH in

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Tactile pressure indicating film provides a simple cost-effective method for process control and monitoring of solar module production equipmentSensor Products Inc. introduces Pressurex®, a surface pressure indicating film that reveals pressure magnitude and distribution between any two contacting or mating surfaces. In the Photovoltaics industry,{pagebreak}the need to reduce peripheral cracks on solar cells has received much attention. Pressurex® surface pressure indicating film directly fits this bill by providing a low-cost solution for quality control checks during equipment setup, calibration, as well as re-qualification of a solar module production line. The film is so sensitive that it picks up defects that can't be seen visually, such as micro cracks and surface aberrations. At least three specific assembly steps would benefit from the use of Pressurex® sensors: lamination, the frame press stage, and attachment of junction boxes. Pressurex® assures proper pressure magnitude to cause polymerization and securely bond multiple layers together during EVA and PVB lamination. During the frame press stage, Pressurex® sensor film helps verify adequate frame-to-module edge sealing.This unique Mylar-based sensor film reveals surface pressure from 2 - 43,000 PSI (0.14 - 3,000 kg/cm²). Pressurex® film is actually placed at the interface of

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Solar energy capacity in the United States grew by 17 percent in 2008, according to a preliminary report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association. But Rhone Resch, the president of the solar group, warned that the financial crisis has hit the industry hard, since financing for projects has largely dried up.{pagebreak}"We're not immune to the recession at all," he said at a briefing for journalists in Washington. "This first quarter has been brutal." Of the four types of solar power surveyed, photovoltaic capacity grew especially quickly, at 44 percent over total installed capacity through 2007. Solar hot water installations also showed strong growth.Solar pool heating, already the largest solar sector, added slightly less capacity last year than in 2007, and no new concentrating solar power projects - large, utility-scale projects that use mirrors to harness the sun's energy - came online last year.The industry got an enormous boost from provisions in last year's bailout bill and also this year's stimulus, which, according to Mr. Resch, contained 19 different provisions for aiding solar power. But Mr. Resch also said that solar developers and manufacturers were hoping that Congress would soon pass more policies to help the industry.At the top of

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High-speed, reliable, and affordable metrology solutions for every class of thin-film photovoltaic material used in today's industrySan Diego CA, March 2009. Filmetrics announces the launch of its thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) dedicated measurement systems.{pagebreak}With the release of the F10-PV and the F37-PV Filmetrics now offers commercially available tabletop and in-line metrology solutions for industries utilizing all classes of TFPV materials. Typically built on or under transparent conductive oxides (TCO) on glass, plastics, or metal substrates, the properties of TFPV films are notoriously difficult to measure due to their special optical properties. Filmetrics has SOLVED this problem for all classes of films used in today's industry.The Filmetrics F10-PV and F37-PV products are capable of monitoring the film thickness of active layers such as amorphous Si, CdS, CdTe, copper-indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), TCOs, and buffer layers. These types of devices are intentionally designed to absorb rather than reflect light creating many unique challenges for performing metrology on these layers. Surmounting these challenges the F10-PV and the F37-PV can accurately measure the thickness and optical properties of even the most complex structures on TCOs adding unrivalled value in terms of production quality, efficiency, and cost control for TFPV

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If domestic solar panels become as common on the plains and rooftops of the United States as they are abroad, it may be because the financing technique that gave Europe an early lead in renewable energy is starting to cross the Atlantic.{pagebreak}The idea is to pay homeowners and businesses cash for producing green energy. In Germany, for example, a homeowner with a rooftop solar system may be paid four times more to produce electricity than the rate paid to a coal-fired power plant.Earlier this month, Gainesville became the first city in the United States to introduce higher payments for solar power, which is otherwise too expensive for many families or businesses to install. City leaders, who control their electric utility, unanimously approved the policy after studying Germany's solar-power expansion.Furthermore, Hawaii, where sky-high prices for electricity have stirred interest in alternative energy, hopes to have a similar policy in place before the end of the year. The mayor of Los Angeles wants to introduce higher payouts for solar power. California is considering a stronger policy as well, and bills have also been introduced in other states, including Washington and Oregon."I'm seeing it with my own eyes - it's really having a

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The Mediterranean Solar Plan - a necessity, not an optionBenita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, makes an impassioned plea for the diversification of solar initiatives in Europe.{pagebreak}When Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine in 2006, European supplies were not seriously affected. When it did so this year, European households suffered. This was another wake-up call - if one were needed - that enhancing energy security in Europe is an increasingly pressing concern, and one that needs a European, rather than national, response.The events earlier this year underscored the importance of diversifying our energy imports in terms of energy mix, origin and transportation routes. All of this we are seeking to do. If we are to meet our 20/20/20 targets, it is clear that this energy diversification strategy must include a significant shift to renewable energies and in particular solar.Solar presents significant potential advantages, if we make the right investment in research to ensure that it becomes commercially viable and cost effective as soon as possible. As diversification into renewable energy becomes no longer a matter of choice - but of necessity - it abundantly clear that we must make these investments. 

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Gases and chemicals contribute a significant part of the bill of materials for PV cells, and as the industry grows, material suppliers will face a number of key challenges to meet demand. Kaytie Lilley of Linde Electronics offers PES an illuminating view of the sector. The production of photovoltaic (PV) electricity has doubled every two years since 2002, with a CAGR of 48 percent, making it the world's fastest-growing power generation technology.{pagebreak}At the end of 2008, according to industry data, cumulative global solar module production capacity was pegged at approximately 8000 megawatts. While actual production has been hampered by lack of poly silicon, this shortage is expected to ease from 2009 onwards.Demand through 2008 has been strong driven by financial incentives, such as preferential feed-in tariffs for solar-generated electricity and net metering, in many countries including Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and parts of the United States. There has been a transition from mostly residential rooftop installations to more commercial and utility scale projects.While the recent financial conditions have tempered the growth, cell production capacity is still expected to grow to over 30GW by 2012 according to several market analysts. New technologies based on thin film silicon, Cadmium Telluride and CIGS are

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