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Record sales in November in the Components & Systems segment 16 photovoltaic power plants under construction Phoenix Solar AG's largest solar park to date being built on a military land for redevelopmentSulzemoos, 3rd December 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is experiencing a strong year-end rally, following a weak third quarter. The Components & Systems segment was very successful in October and November, generating around EUR 65 million in the month of November alone, which is the highest monthly revenue recorded in the history of the company. Phoenix Solar is currently building 16 solar parks in its Power Plants segment. The outlook for the first quarter of 2010 is also positive: preparations are already under way for solar parks in Germany and abroad with a total peak output of more than 30 megawatts (MWp).Among the solar parks currently under construction is the largest solar power plant ever built by Phoenix Solar with a peak power output of 8 MW. The photovoltaic power plant is being built in Jocksdorf near Cottbus on military land earmarked for redevelopment. The assembly teams are in the process of installing approximately 105,000 solar modules of First Solar

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On December 2, 2009, the first solar thermal plant for warm water supply and central heating on Palestinian territory has gone into operation near Beit Jala. The solar plant has been realized by MAN Ferrostaal AG and the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - the German Energy Agency - within the framework of the "dena Solar Roofs Programme for Foreign Market Development" with support of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).The solar plant has a total collector surface of over 200 square metres and was a donation made by MAN Ferrostaal to a Palestinian school with an excellent regional reputation for its multi-religious pupil body and the equal opportunity education of girls and boys.In the past, high utility costs of about 80,000 EUR per year have put a great burden on the budget of the institution, which relies on financial contributions. The utility expenses will now be decreased by the new solar plant to a large extent. About 21,000 litres of diesel fuel, which were required before, are about to be saved. This lowers CO2 emissions by 57,000 kilograms every year, roughly equal to the emissions of 24 middle-class passenger cars with an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometres

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With effect from today, Hans-Georg Schweikardt is the new manager in charge of Sputnik’s product management department at the company’s headquarters in Biel . Schweikardt has been employed at the German branch of the Swiss solar inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering GmbH since 2004, first as a sales engineer, then as head of sales. “Through moving to the company’s headquarters, I can now have a greater influence on product developments and can contribute my many years of market experience,” says the 30-year-old, who is looking forward to the new challenge. International product management was already his area of specialisation during his studies to become an industrial engineer.Until now, Sputnik’s product management department has always been under the control of the marketing department. Now that Schweikardt is beginning his new position, Sputnik is separating off this division and giving it more weight. In future, the product management department will report directly to the management board. “With a strong product management department we will be able to continue to expand our market position,” explains Sputnik’s Managing Director Christoph von Bergen. “Hans-Georg Schweikardt brings with him his excellent knowledge of the market and products. I am confident that as head of our product management

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Adopts Linde's on-site generated fluorine to eliminate use of greenhouse gasesMunich, Germany, 1st December 2009 – Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, and Masdar PV GmbH, a manufacturer of large-scale thin-film solar modules, have signed an agreement to qualify and adopt Linde's on-site generated fluorine – a zero global warming solution for photovoltaic (PV) module process chamber cleaning.  This extension of the collaboration between the two companies is a key element of Linde's drive to help accelerate the PV industry from grid parity to green parity.Masdar PV will eliminate the use of the greenhouse gas nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), which has a global warming potential 17,200 times that of CO2, from their state-of-the-art thin-film production facility in Ichtershausen, near Erfurt (Germany). Masdar's philosophy of sustainable development and deployment of renewable energy and low carbon technologies is fully supported by Linde's mature fluorine generation technology, which provides a more productive and energy efficient alternative to the use of Per-Fluoro-Compound (PFC) gases, including NF3, for chemical vapour deposition chamber cleaning."Fluorine cleaning is a win-win choice for thin-film solar cell manufacturers," said Ian Travis, Manager of Linde's on-site Fluorine business. "In addition to removing any risk of unabated emissions, Fluorine reduces non-productive cleaning time and improves throughput.  This

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Nobility Solar Projects a.s. plans to build PV plants with a total output of 40 megawatts next year. For its plants, the Czech company relies solely on SolarMax inverters from the Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering AG. Biel , 25. November 2009. By the end of 2010 the company Nobility Solar Projects plans to more than double the amount of PC output it has already installed. “Since 2008 we have constructed solar power plants with a total output of 18 megawatts”, says Roman Kočí, commercial director at Nobility Solar Projects and then adds, “in 2010 this number will rise to 40 megawatts. We think the market will develop quickly next year if the feed-in tariffs sink by only five percent, as planned”. In all of its projects, Kočí wants to use SolarMax inverters. “Only in this way can we ensure that we provide the best service. Sputnik Engineering has an excellent reputation and exclusively manufactures products with the renowned Swiss quality, which we also recommend to our partners.” Among Nobility’s current projects count numerous large plants, for example two 3.2 megawatt systems that the company commissioned in June and November near Brno, around 200 kilometres south-east of Prague. In each

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SGS is sponsoring the Conference on Project Lifecycle Risk for Offshore Renewables, which will take place from January 26 - 27, 2010 in London. It has become increasingly important to identify and mitigate project lifecycle risks for wind energy investments. Jale Cairney, Business Development Manager of SGS Wind Energy Services, will hold a presentation on "Exploring Challenges Around Aggregated Risk."The United Kingdom is Europe's windiest country, estimated to have one third of the EU's wind resources. In 2009, the UK became the leading global wind market, having the largest number of installed wind facilities. With the boom in offshore wind farms and the Crown Estate Round 3 Zone announcements, it becomes even more important that Project Managers are able to identify, manage and mitigate the risks of projects throughout the entire lifecycle.The Conference on Project Lifecycle Risk for Offshore Renewables, which will take place from January 26 - 27, 2010, at the Grosvenor Victoria Hotel in London, aims to address this concern. Priority objective of this event is the sharing of knowledge and experience about the risks throughout the entire project lifecycle - from consent to development and construction, through to operations and maintenance. By presenting comparable experience in the

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Sulzemoos 12 November 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is today releasing its figures as per 30 September 2009. Seen from an operational standpoint, the two segments of "Power Plants" and "Components & Systems" developed in very different directions in the third quarter of 2009 and generally fell short of own expectations.In the three months from 1 July to 30 September 2009, domestic business in the Components & Systems segment was the dominant factor. Despite sharp declines in modules prices, revenues in this segment climbed by 11.4 percent to EUR 76.2 million (Q3/2008: EUR 68.4 million). Business in the Power Plants segment remained difficult. The implementation of large-scale power plants continued to suffer from delays in financing and the granting of approvals. Revenues of this segment came to EUR 13.5 million, which is 83.3 percent below the previous year's quarter (Q3/2008: EUR 80.9 million) during which high revenues and profits were generated, above all in the Spanish market.Reflecting the development of the segments, consolidated revenues stood at EUR 89.7 million in the reporting period, which is around 40 percent short of the year-earlier level (Q3/2008: EUR 149.8 million). Earnings before

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Tokyo, November 13, 2009 - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce that it has developed two new large-capacity high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems, and will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010. In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in electric vehicle technology as a replacement for the internal combustion engine, as part of a move towards better efficiency and the use of clean energy in order to achieve a low-carbon society. With features including high energy density, superior safety, and high voltage, SANYO has been leading the way in the market for lithium-ion batteries used in information devices such as laptop computers and mobile phones. Since around 2004, SANYO has been using its technologies to develop large-scale lithium-ion battery systems in order to help contribute towards the realization of a low-carbon society. After extensive verification testing and trial application in and outside the company, SANYO now has large lithium-ion battery systems that are ready for the market. SANYO will launch a lineup of two large lithium-ion battery system models. The Standard Battery System for Energy Storage (DCB-101) can be easily incorporated into existing systems as part of hybrid schemes using solar

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Trina Solar boasts a proud and successful history as a solar photovoltaic manufacturer since its inception in 1997. Here, PES speaks to Ben Hill about the company's success story and hears it is far from complacent about its future.PES: Can you tell us a little about the history of Trina Solar and how it works within the PV industry?{pagebreak}Ben Hill: Trina Solar is a well-recognised manufacturer of PV modules with a long history as a solar photovoltaic pioneer since it was founded in 1997. Basically, the growth Trina Solar has undergone since its foundation can be divided into three differentiated phases. The first stage focused on research in the PV field, including the creation of the Trina Solar Research Centre at a time where only a few companies were investing in renewable energies. A second phase of development started around 2001 and was marked by the installation of 39 PV plants in Tibet, solidifying the company's position as a well-recognised installer.The third and more decisive period in the history of Trina Solar was defined by the Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange and the internationalisation of the company in 2006. The IPO allowed Trina Solar to

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Zero Defects International and Viscom, Inc. have announced a day long event featuring demonstrations of inspection equipment utilized in the solar industry. This will be held at the Viscom Technical Center located at 1968 Junction Road in San Jose. The date is Friday, November 20th. Doors will open at 9:30 AM and demonstrations will continue until 4:30 PM.{pagebreak}Technologies to be showcased include AXI [automated X-Ray inspection], as well as a newly developed infrared inspection system. Visitors to this open house are encouraged to bring samples of products which they would like to see inspected on one or both of these technologies. Additionally, those interested in AOI [automated optical inspection] solutions are invited to attend in order to discuss current and anticipated requirements for this equipment.Viscom is a world leading manufacturer of inspection equipment for the PCBA, solar, MEMS and wafer  industries. Zero Defects International provides test and inspection services to these same industries and  represents several equipment manufacturers, including Viscom.Further Information: PaulBenke@ZDefects.com , www.zdefects.comPaul Benkewww.zdefects.com Ph: 408/986-8522 

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