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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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French farmer commissions the second largest solar power plant in Bretagne 6 July 2009. On 1 July, Rémy Bresteaux, a farmer in Lassay-les-Chateaux, a village in the northwest of France , commissioned a solar power plant with a capacity of 205 kilowatts - the second largest in Bretagne . Bresteaux ordered the plant from the French system supplier Solar Diffusion. The company integrated more than a thousand solar modules on the farm's two chicken-stall roofs.{pagebreak}In France systems which are integrated into buildings earn an especially high feed-in tariffs. The tariff currently paid for power fed into the grid is 60 euro-cents for every kilowatt hour (see table). To finance and operate the solar plant Bresteaux and his wife founded the company Solar Production Lassay together with Solar Diffusion. "For investments of roughly 100,000 euros and more it is more attractive in France for farmers to operate their solar power plants as corporate entities," explained Michel Milhavet a Solar Diffusion employee. SolarMax: Quality and Service Central converters made by Sputnik Engineering AG convert the power of the solar modules into alternating current for the grid. Solar Diffusion was already installing SolarMax converters back in 2007. "Sputnik is our main converter supplier.

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At ADES new website you will discover videos, animations of ADES trackers and ADES future products as well as a presentation of company activities.Also, you will find the shadow SOLARFARM program for free download. The objective of the program is to facilitate the tasks of engineering design, customers and installers who want to implant the ADES solar trackers into their projects.{pagebreak}SOLARFARM provides a graphical 3D space that allows analyzing and optimizing photovoltaic parks designed with ADES Solar Trackers. The optimization process helps to obtain higher production facing lower occupancy of the land.The application lets you introduce the actual state of the topography of the land giving the higher accuracy in the shadows prediction.The program simulates a model which gives projections of shadows in real time, calculating all possible interferences of the sun beams and the different elements (ADES Solar Trackers, buildings or obstacles existing in the installation).These interferences are treated in a very visual way, through a series of colours and geometric shapes. SOLARFARM marks exactly where the problem is.On the other hand, the program allows you to study the daily behaviour of the shadows of each individual tracker. With this information you will predict with extreme detail which trackers

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• Photovoltaic power plants with a peak output of around 600 kilowatts• "Solar Pioneer Award" for two projectsSulzemoos 18 June 2009 / Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd in Singapore, a subsidiary of TecDAX listed Phoenix Solar AG, has during the last few months acquired a number of significant solar projects with a peak output totalling 600 kilowatts.{pagebreak}A photovoltaic power plant with a peak output of 300 kilowatts is currently being built on a factory building in Singapore. Construc-tion work on the power plant began in May 2009 using poly-crystalline solar modules from REC and inverters from SMA. The expected annual energy yield of the photovoltaic plant comes to around 330,000 kilowatt hours. The completion of what will be Singapore's largest photovoltaic plant has been scheduled for September 2009.Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd's second project, the largest building-integrated thin-film photovoltaic power plant in Singapore, erected on the Tampines Grande building, was completed in May 2009. The turnkey photovoltaic power plant, planned and built by Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, comprises a façade-integrated array built with modules from Schott Solar and a roof-mounted system with modules from Suntech, together totalling a peak output of 107 kilowatts. The power plant generates electricity for the multi-level car park of the energy-efficient office building. The annual energy yield has been estimated at approximately 120,000 kilowatt hours. The owner

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Phoenix Solar AG to build photovoltaic power plants with a peak output ofmore than ten megawatts in the District of Furstenfeldbruck• Sparkasse Furstenfeldbruck to finance two solar parks for the first time • Major German bank to finance the third solar power plant{pagebreak}Sulzemoos 26 May 2009 / In the past few weeks, Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, started construction work on three photovoltaic power plants in Turkenfeld, Hohenzell and Malching, all located in the District of Furstenfeldbruck. The financing of the first two power plants has been secured through Sparkasse Fürstenfeldbruck, and the solar plant in Malching will be financed by a major German bank.Upon its completion in June 2009, the Turkenfeld power plant, with a peak output of more than three megawatts (MWp), will supply around 900 households with environmentally compatible electricity. The Malching power plant with 4.7 MWp will supply more than 1,300 households and the ground-mounted power plant in Hohenzell with 2.7 MWp around 750 households. With these three solar parks the District of Fürstenfeldbruck will have come a good bit closer to achieving its goal of generating 100 percent of its energy supply from renewable energy sources by 2030.Investors of the Turkenfeld and Hohenzell power plants are Solarpark Turkenfeld GmbH & Co. KG and

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• Cooperation agreement extended to include the years 2010 and 2011• Plans for photovoltaic projects with a volume of around EUR 100 millionSulzemoos 04.06.2009 / Phoenix Solar Energy Investments AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX,{pagebreak} signed a cooperation agreement for another two years with Trier-based Bürgerservice GmbH on 28 May 2009 at the Intersolar trade fair in Munich. The contractual content is the project development of photovoltaic power plants with a volume totalling some EUR 100 million in the years 2010 and 2011.Burgerservice's task in this cooperation is to develop large photovoltaic projects initially in Germany, with the focus on Trier and its environs, and in France. The projects, developed through to the construction commencement stage, are to be offered exclusively to Phoenix Solar. Upon successful acceptance, Phoenix Solar will offer the solar parks to financial investors and build them in its capacity as general contractor. Once they have been commissioned, Phoenix Solar will take over the operation and remote monitoring of the plants for the buyer. Bürgerservice will be responsible for site maintenance and local technical support.Phoenix Solar and Burgerservice have already successfully completed a number of projects. In February 2008, the two contractual partners signed their first cooperation agreement on the project development of

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