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In October last year, Hans-Joachim Bender was awarded a German Enterprise Medal ("Wirtschaftsmedaille") in recognition of his corporate merits and achievements as the managing partner of Robert Bürkle GmbH. The Black Forest plant manufacturer is bucking the recent economic trend by introducing new products and innovations and has aggressively opened up the photovoltaic market as a new business sector.PES: Welcome back to PES, for the benefit of our readers who might not be familiar with your company, can you explain how you serve the solar industry? Hans-Joachim Bender: It is good to be back again. The success story began in 2005. That was then year we built the first coating lines for the photovoltaic industry, and two years later we presented the first multi-opening laminator Ypsator for solar modules on the occasion of the EUPVSEC in Valencia.Since then, we have delivered more than 20 lines. However, we were not content with that and have been extending our product portfolio successively since then. For example, with the single-opening laminator e.a.sy-Lam, back ends for thin film modules, handling lines and foil cutting lines.PES: We hear that 2010 is set to be a watershed year for the growth of the company; can you

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China-based Upsolar is a global company, specialising in the design and manufacture of PV modules. It has always maintained that its strength lies in the development of strict quality control in the manufacturing process, to provide worldwide customers with reliable, excellent products. Here, PES talks to the company's Jerry Li, Supply Chain & Manufacturing Director.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company and outline the products and services you provide for the Solar/PV industry?Jerry Li: Thank you for giving us an opportunity to outline our core business. Upsolar is a dynamic, multinational group offering design, R&D and quality control, and providing PV modules for worldwide residential, commercial and utility-scale projects.Using top-quality module components from highly-qualified international manufacturers ensures the delivery of consistent product quality. Upsolar also aims to provide the most reliable and cost-competitive PV modules to its customers. Upsolar's mission, since the company's inception, has always been to provide the global PV market an opportunity to purchase a made-in-China product of market-leading quality, at a competitive price. The company has since developed its focus on providing an excellent product, meeting all international quality standards, while offering the most competitive prices available from a Chinese

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Bottero Group is a global player for the glass industry, with a focus on the design, production and installation of glass technologies and equipment that stretches back over more than 50 years.With the expertise of their 1200 people, seven Research and Development centres in Europe, production facilities in Italy and China, and a service and sales network in more than 90 countries, the Group is now also offering to the fast-growing PV sector their ‘global solution provider' approach - the goal being to improve quality and reduce costs of PV module manufacturing.HistoryThe Bottero Group was established in 1957 as a service workshop for the glass manufacturing companies of the Cuneo area of north western Italy. The company rapidly developed in the glass technology business, developed an ever-expanding customer-base and took a leading role in the glass production industry.Currently, Bottero is the only Group in the world that can offer equipment and technologies to the glass industry for both container and flat glass production and processing.The cutting-edge technologies of Bottero for E-IS machines in container glass or cutting systems for flat glass have been setting the standards of the glass industry for several years. Furthermore, ISO9001:200 and ISO14001 certifications guarantee the

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BrightView Systems, a leading provider of in-line metrology-based process control and optimization tools for thin-film solar cell manufacturing, hosted the Prime Minister Mathias Platzeck of Brandenburg, the Minister of Economic and European Affairs Ralf Christoffers, Klaus-Dieter Licht of ILB (State Investment Bank), and Hinrich Soehlke Director from the Brandenburg Economic Development Board at their facilities in Israel. Germany capital region, formed by Berlin and Brandenburg, has the highest concentration of solar energy R&D and manufacturing in Europe.As solar technology is one of the most innovative and fastest growing sectors in the Berlin-Brandenburg, production capacity is increasing rapidly and will soon exceed 800 Megawatt peak per year with the help of the region's new photovoltaic power plants. The industry has already created over 4000 jobs - with more to come. Berlin-Brandenburg is home to companies active in the entire value chain of the solar industry: factory planning, R&D, materials testing, glass and chemical suppliers, assembly and electrical components, silicone production, machine maintenance and overhaul, and solar module recycling."We are honored to have this opportunity to showcase our products and team," said Benny Shoham, CEO of BrightView. "As the Berlin-Brandenburg region is Europe's largest solar cluster, we are keen to explore ways to further cooperate with the dynamic companies set in the region and foster mutually

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Dow Jones & Company plans to construct a large-scale solar-power installation to generate clean energy for its corporate offices in central New Jersey.At 4.1 megawatts, the system is expected to be one of the largest installations for solar power at a single commercial site in the U.S."Investing in solar power confirms our commitment to environmental responsibility. Dow Jones wants to be one of the companies making a difference," said Les Hinton, chief executive of Dow Jones. "Solar power is a renewable reminder that clean energy is possible and that responsible businesses can make it happen."A publisher of news and business information around the globe, Dow Jones maintains a 200-acre campus on U.S. Route 1 in South Brunswick, N.J. Nearly 2,000 staff work at the facility, Dow Jones's largest.Stephen Daintith, chief operating officer for Dow Jones said, "What makes this investment attractive is that not only are there meaningful environmental benefits but we also will see significant tax incentives and a substantial reduction in our annual energy costs."The investment is part of parent company News Corp.'s Global Energy Initiative and is its largest commitment to onsite renewable power to date.The design calls for more than 13,000 solar panels covering nearly 230,000

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A solar refrigeration container is one of the particular highlights presented at Phaesun GmbH's fair booth. It has been designed by ILK Dresden for the use in hospitals, medical supply depots and food storage centres in regions with insecure, or unavailable energy supply. The system has a modular structure, including integrated solar modules with a capacity of 1.7, or 3.6 kilowatts depending on the respective design. The larger system consists of a single cooling chamber for the storage of up to 400 kilogrammes of meat or vegetables at a temperature of 0 to 10 degrees Celsius. The smaller container includes three separate chambers for the storage of drugs at temperatures from 0 to 8, 10 to 15 and 22 to 25 degrees Celsius. The maximum ambient temperature amounts to 52 degrees Celsius. The containers can be also flexibly adjusted to customer requirements. In addition to refrigeration container solutions, solutions for energy supply and telecommunication are also available. ILK Dresden, for which Phaesun distributes the container solutions on an international scale has designed the storage capacity for a reserve of three consecutive days without noteworthy solar irradiation. The standard container can be easily transported per truck, railway, or helicopter and is

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The Spanish company PROINSO- specialized in the distribution of modules, inverters, trackers and fixed structures for photovoltaic systems, has been awarded the supply of various solar photovoltaic farms in Greece that will all together amount to more than 7.54 MW of installed capacity. The agreements include the supply of 2.65 MW of 2-axis trackers from MECASOLAR, a company who together with PROINSO forms part of Grupo OPDE. These agreements in the Greek market are in addition to the contracts signed in early 2010 in Greece. In the first quarter of the year, PROINSO Hellas had already signed the supply for 10.54 MW of modules and invertors in the country, which already represents 23% of the expected activity in the Greek market for 2010 and which is situated at 40 MW, according to initial estimates from the Spanish multinational. Similarly, it will supply 3.45 MW of MECASOLAR 2-axis trackers, which will be supplied from MECASOLAR Hellas, the manufacturing subsidiary located in Thessaloniki. This figure represents 35% of all the trackers (12 MW) which are planned to be installed in Greece during the current year. By signing these new agreements, PROINSO and MECASOLAR consolidate their leadership position in the Greek market, where

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In the hot desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia, finding fresh drinking water has always been a great challenge. For decades now, the state has been providing clean water by converting millions of gallons of seawater via desalination plants that remove salts and minerals from the water. Now the country plans to use one of its most abundant resources to counter its fresh-water shortage: sunshine .Working on a joint project with IBM, Saudi Arabia's national research group King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has announced that it will open the world's largest solar-powered desalination plant by 2012 in the city of Al-Khafji. The pilot plant will not just supply 30,000 cubic meters of clean water per day to 100,000 people, but will also reduce operating costs in the long run by harvesting energy from sunshine.Saudi Arabia, the top desalinated water producer in the world, uses 1.5 million barrels of oil per day at its plants, according to Arab News.In the new desalination plant, the Saudis hope to slash energy costs by deploying a new kind of concentrated photovoltaic technology, which uses lenses or mirrors to focus the sun's rays onto solar panels. The technology will concentrate the sun 1,500

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The French subsidiary of the Swiss manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic systems Sputnik Engineering AG is moving today from Paris to Saint Priest near Lyon . "In the south-east of France there are the largest number of solar plants, especially in the Rhône-Alpes region. Lyon has also become a magnet for the solar industry. Roughly half of all French PV installation companies have their headquarters in this region", says Didier Jeannelle, head of Sputnik's French subsidiary. The managing director plans to continue to expand the sales and service of SolarMax products in France , improve responsiveness to customer needs, and expand the training program. The company's new building, already equipped with a heat pump, which will soon have a solar system as well, is located only 20 minutes from central Lyon and the Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport. Jeannelle plans to increase his staff in the short-term to six. He is currently already supported by the key account managers Denis Ferra and Jocelyn Rogron, who work from Grenoble and Nantes , and two sales representatives based at the new location in Saint Priest. "The expansion of our French subsidiary and the move to Lyon comes at exactly the right time," says

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Singapore based Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of TecDAX listed Phoenix Solar AG, Germany, has completed Singapore's largest photovoltaic plant built with thin-film modules with a peak output of 380 kilowatts (kWp) on the new company building of Applied Materials Inc. in Singapore. The thin-film modules used in construction are the world's largest, with a surface area of 5.7 square metres. In addition to the 380 kWp large-scale tandem modules, the Phoenix team also used 4.8 kWp of semi-transparent thin-film modules along with 14.4 kWp multi-crystalline modules, which brings the plant's peak output to around 400 kilowatts in total.Applied Materials' 32,000 square metre operations centre serves as a hub for the company's activities throughout Asia. The building has been rated Green Mark Platinum by Singapore's Building & Construction Authority and will be inaugurated today, 13 April 2010.The photovoltaic modules were manufactured in Germany and China using the so-called "SunFab Thin Film Line TM", a production line developed by Applied Materials. This fully integrated thin-film production line is suitable for either single junction or tandem junction thin-film modules and, with modules measuring 2.2 m x 2.6 metres, can produce the world's largest and most powerful mass-produced thin film solar modules. These large modules lower the installation costs as assembly is swifter and save on mounting materials."At approximately 105 kg

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