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The PVE300 system has been developed in response to a growing demand for an integrated solution for PV device and material characterization. It provides direct determination of device spectral response (SR, A W-1), external quantum efficiency (EQE/IPCE, %) as well as internal quantum efficiency (IQE, %).{pagebreak}The system comprises a light-tight measurement chamber, chopped monochromatic probe, dual-source input, one or two variable intensity bias sources, lock-in detection electronics and temperature-controlled vacuum mount. This can be used with substrate, superstrate and packaged devices.The PVE300 is modular in nature and can be configured to cover the spectral range (from 250-2500nm) and device type of your choice. The system is available globally via Bentham Instruments UK, or through their specialist worldwide distributors.Contact:Bentham Instruments Ltd www.bentham.co.uk  

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Trina Solar, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, today announced that it has commenced shipment under a long-term supplier agreement with PROINSO (''Proyectos Integrales Solares S.L.''), a leading distributor for solar photovoltaic equipments and a specialist in engineering services in Spain. {pagebreak}Trina Solar is one of two suppliers to provide PROINSO with PV modules. Shipments for the second quarter of 2009 through 2010 are covered in the supplier agreement. The modules are expected to be used for solar projects in the United States and major European markets including Italy, Greece and Spain. Trina Solar expects to supply PROINSO with up to 25 MW and 50 MW of PV modules in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Prices and quarterly purchase volumes under this agreement are pre-determined through March of 2010. The Company made its first shipment in late June 2009.''Trina Solar is excited to enter into this agreement with PROINSO, whose renewable energy activities span across several key PV markets,'' said Mr. Arturo Herrero, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Trina Solar. ''This agreement will further strengthen our relationship with PROINSO and allow Trina Solar to

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In this illuminating despatch from the front line of the solar energy sector, Dr. Petri Konttinen, renewable energy expert for Luvata, argues that while President Obama's green stimulus measures are indeed a step in the right direction, there is still some way to go.President Obama's plans for a green stimulus in the US have thus far focused on energy effciency, an area in which the US has until now lagged behind the rest of the developed world.{pagebreak}America has enjoyed the benefts of low cost energy for a very long time, thanks inpart to favorable trade agreements with nearby neighbors Canada and Mexico, and so in energy terms it has never been forced to look seriously to the future. Only now as we compare the oil reserves of our neighbors with those in the Middle East, is it starting to register that oil won't last forever.The President's proposals include a $16bn spend on energy effciency measures including weatherization for homes, $11bn on upgrading electricity transmission grids, $4.5 billion for the refurbishment of federal buildings, and $9bn on making improvements to the Amtrak rail system and building new high-speed railways to link cities.These are all positive steps, but they can all be

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San Diego - July 2009 - KIC announces the release of the e-Clipse, a solar cell thermocouple (TC) attachment fixture.The e-Clipse promises fast and convenient TC attachment, as well as repeatable profile readings. It features four spring loaded TCs within a lightweight fixture that also holds the solar wafer.{pagebreak}The TCs have disk-shaped beads, rather than the traditional spherical shaped beads. These flattened TCs offer a more reliable contact to the surface of the solar wafer, as well as a repeatable profile readings.To operate, the user simply slides any relevant solar wafer into the fixture and the TCs seat themselves automatically. Today's solar wafers can break easily because they are very thin and brittle. The e-Clipse allows for quick replacement of broken wafers. Four standard type K TC connectors plug into the profiler.TC attachment has been a long-standing challenge for the production of solar cells. Traditional TC attachment methods have suffered from inaccurate and non-repeatable readings. The e-Clipse addresses this challenge and helps manufacturers advance toward better thermal process control, resulting in higher solar cell efficiencies.Based in San Diego, KIC is the industry leader in automated thermal management tools and systems. The company pioneered the development of oven profilers and

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Freiberg/Neckar, 15 July, 2009 - teamtechnik has selected Hamburg for the debut of its TT 1200 stringer, one of the world's fastest stringers for the production of high-quality solar cell strings. teamtechnik will be hosting live production displays at their exhibition stand.Being an international company, teamtechnik has specialized on high-throughput stringer machines for the global photovoltaic industry. These high-performance production tools are designed to combine reliable large-scale series production with unexcelled levels of string quality.{pagebreak}The standard stringers TT 900 and TT 1200 operate at respective rates of 900 and 1200 cycles per hour. The two units are the offspring of a singular modular construction system. Thus two TT 1200 stringers will operate at 2400 cycles per hour in a 50 MW system.teamtechnik will be hosting a live production display at its exhibition stand in Hamburg. The TT 1200 stringer will be applying its laser-based technology to solder high-quality solar cell strings every other hour, starting at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. A moderator will be describing the individual process steps and presenting the concepts main features.All TT stringers feature contactless, controlled soldering technology. teamtechnik specializes in soldering techniques that rely on infrared light or laser.

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DEK Solar continues its commitment to illuminating the solar energy sector following the announcement that Robin Bancroft has joined its team. Newly appointed as Alternative Energies Business Development Manager for Western Europe, Robin's extensive experience will reinforce DEK's proven photovoltaic expertise as it meets the fast-growing demand for its services in this region.{pagebreak}Robin joins DEK on the back of a highly successful career to date selling capital equipment to the electronics industry, where he most recently worked as the European Agent for Baccini's solar and thick film products. As such, DEK Solar's new recruit brings considerable knowledge and experience to the post, an impressive skills set that will benefit the solar specialist's customers in Western Europe and beyond.Commenting on the new appointment, DEK's Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, explains: "I'm delighted to welcome Robin to the team and am confident that his experience in the solar energy sector will prove invaluable at DEK. With the advance of progressive process technologies such as print-on-print for example, customers around the world are realising the importance of printing with both accuracy and repeatability. Here at DEK, our PV1200 and PV3000 solar metallization solutions are the enabling platforms manufacturers need to achieve this

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Biel, 16 July 2009. The Swiss manufacturer of solar inverters, Sputnik Engineering AG, is launching a new central inverter in October. The device with the name SolarMax 330C-SV (SV stands for special voltage) has a rated capacity of 330 kilowatts and works in the MPP range between 450 and 800 volts. As many as three SolarMax 330C-SVs can be combined in one megawatt station which can then be directly fed into the medium-voltage grid.{pagebreak} With the service package MaxControl plant operators can extend their standard warranty agreement and be sure that Sputnik will immediately recognize and fix plant failures for 20 years. The megawatt station will be unveiled for the first time at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition EU PV SEC which will take place in Hamburg at the end of September. In the new central inverter SolarMax 330C-SV Sputnik has eliminated the transformer. This technology has already proven itself in all of the Swiss manufacturer's string inverters and in the new SolarMax S series of central inverters. Michael Ernst, the head of central inverter development at Sputnik, explains, "Transformerless engineering has enabled us to reduce the device's size and weight by more than half and to cut

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Rehm Thermal Systems recently announced the launch of an advanced new series of drying systems for solar cell metallization. The RDS 2100 and RDS 3000 offer a variety of advanced process features and thermal control that enable PV manufacturers to move their processes to an entirely new level of efficiency and yield. {pagebreak}The drying process consists of a combination of either five or seven IR zones and one central convection zone. This design combination offers temperature profiling that can be adjusted for both precision and flexibility. These horizontal throughput systems guarantee a safe transport through the oven either via mesh belt or with pin chain up to 3 lanes. In the mesh belt systems, the conveyor of the heating zone can be separated from that of the cooling zone. Consequently, no latent heat is carried into the cooling area which offers a higher cooling gradient and a shorter oven. And at belt speeds up to 6m/minute, the RDS Series provides high throughputs of up to 5700 wph. The new systems are also available with Rehm's Condensate Residue Management System, a process that controls the buildup of unwanted paste solvent and vehicle residue in the process chamber and

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DEK Solar has confirmed plans to showcase its latest breakthrough photovoltaic metallization solutions at the 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition. Being held from September 21st - 25th in Hamburg, Germany, show highlights will include DEK's recently launched PV3000 high throughput metallization platform, along with its pioneering print-on-print capabilities.{pagebreak}Being demonstrated live on EU PVSEC Stand B5/73, DEK's PV3000 screen printing platform is a very high throughput complete metallization solution. Deploying multiple print heads operating in parallel, the display will show visitors how, if one head halts for operator attention, the others will continue to print - virtually eliminating downtime. Delivering six-sigma repeatability for capability in advance of current solar cell requirements, the platform's inherent accuracy and repeatability is ideal for demanding technologies such as selective emitter and progressive techniques such as print-on-print. Indeed, with these processes fast-becoming industry standard, the PV3000 achieves print-on-print capability (PoP) - +/- 12.5 microns at 2 Cpk.Visitors to Stand B5/73 will also be able to find out more about the company's ability to provide solutions for print-on-print to substantially extend productivity and end-of-line yield. Ideal for solar manufacturers looking to enhance cell efficiency and drive down cost-per-watt, print-on-print is designed to give finer

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Ningbo Solar has purchased eight metallization lines from DEK Solar in a bid to extend its capacity to deliver high quality solar cells to the global marketplace. One of the world's leading photovoltaic manufacturers, Ningbo Solar decided to implement the DEK PV1200 lines following an extensive evaluation period which yielded impressive results.{pagebreak}Ningbo Solar purchased its first PV1200 line in Q2 2008 for installation in Q3. In fact, led by DEK's China Service Manager Speed Yan with the backing of the company's global engineering team, installation was so efficient that DEK was able to hand over the line in the second week. Soon after the first line installation, Ningbo Solar placed an order for a further seven lines which were delivered later in the year.Commenting on the company's decision to partner with DEK Solar, Ningbo Solar President Zhou Jianhong explained: "Having looked at several options to support production expansion, our decision to purchase eight solar lines from DEK was based on a number of compelling factors. Importantly, DEK was able to offer us a complete metallization solution backed by lead times of weeks, rather than months, a major productivity driver that obviously appealed to our team. Plus, offering six-sigma process

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