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With growth in the photovoltaic industry gathering speed, new players are claiming their stake in the market. And the only way to keep ahead of the game, says Max Göldi, Industrial Product Unit Manager for Huber+Suhner, is to offer faultless performance, value for money and unbeatable customer care.{pagebreak}PES: Can you explain a little about your company and what you offer the renewable energy industry? Max Göldi: The Huber+Suhner Group is a leading global supplier of components and systems for electrical and optical connectivity to the communications, transport and industrial markets. One of our core competences is material, connector and cable technology.More than 20 years ago Huber+Suhner developed the first cable for PV solar installations. Thanks to its high quality and long-term performance, RADOX became a widely respected brand name. Today, we offer high-quality module-to-inverter connectivity solutions. By using junction boxes, cables and connectors we can ensure smooth and reliable performance for the complete life. PES: How do your products assist the photovoltaic sector? MG: We help to ensure the faultless on installed PV systems, due to an extended, maintenance-free service life.PES: How much does the solar power sector contribute to your overall business, and can you see it making up

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We are focussing on strengthening our market position by employing best technological practiceHans-Jörgen Stangl, CEO of Stangl AG, has helmed the company through a fantastically successful year, one that has seen a link-up with Singulus Technologies and an increase in PV revenue. Here he talks to PES about the company, their goals for the future and further bullish growth into international markets

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Detlev Koch, Head of Solar Thin Film, Oerlikon Solar.For the PV industry, this is a time of optimism, historic economic potential and technological progress - and unprecedented challenges. But governments and the private sector alike are betting on our industry to meet the challenges and supply an increasingly larger share of the world's future electricity needs.{pagebreak}We are at the very beginning of a revolution in the energy market, similar to the dawn of the new age experienced about 30 years ago in the semiconductor industry with the adoption of the integrated circuitsays Oerlikon Solar CEO Jeannine Sargent.Government incentives and the infusion of capital into the photovoltaic (PV) industry from private investors, with their own set of hopes and expectations, stem from the realisation that PV energy production will be a critical factor in lowering the world's dependence on fossil fuels and ameliorating climate change

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Solarfun Power Holdings (Nasdaq: SOLF) has again moved up among the top-tier solar manufacturers, while increasing its capacity to an impressive 240MW. Since its establishment in 2004, the company has contributed to the global transition to a sustainable energy future one PV cell at a time.{pagebreak}Building a trusted brand on the foundation of quality products is Solarfun's proud tradition. This tradition began over 10 years ago through Linyang Electronics, the founder of Solarfun. Linyang Electronics grew from 16 employees to become the number one electric meter manufacturer in China and a trusted brand worldwide, by consistently delivering high-quality products and service. Solarfun has continued this endeavor for perfection since its founding in 2004 and has achieved impressive results.Consistently delivering qualityA quality product is only as good as the sum of its parts. With this philosophy, not only is the quality of Solarfun modules ensured by a complete visual inspection and simulator testing, but also guaranteed from an established quality control process focused on the raw materials and Solarfun cells that form a finished Solarfun module.Solarfun cells undergo a process of continuous quality control, starting with rigorous material testing followed by the careful inspection of each PV cell for current reversion,

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Since founding in 2001, Suntech has grown rapidly to become one of the largest solar companies in the world. In fact, Suntech was the fourth largest manufacturer of PV cells in the world at the end of 2006, up from eighth position one year earlier. This startling growth and success in the solar industry is largely as a result of Suntech's unswerving commitment to delivering the highest quality and most cost-effective solar solutions to customers worldwide.{pagebreak}The History of Suntech - The Road to Success in SolarSuntech's swift evolution was brought about by the strong leadership and clear vision of Dr. Zhengrong Shi. After completing a master's degree in laser physics from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Dr. Shi moved to Australia to pursue further studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). It was there that Dr. Shi received his PhD in electrical engineering under the tutelage of Dr. Martin Green, a preeminent academic in solar research and director of the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Engineering. Dr. Shi excelled at his research and is now considered a global authority on solar technology with multiple patents to his name. After completing his PhD, Dr. Shi became

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Silicon. Solar. Sustainability. Solar energy - is it a sound business proposition? This question has been asked for decades by business leaders. At Dow Corning, we believe the answer is a resounding "yes," and we are committed to helping solar energy become an accessible, economically viable and self-sustaining energy alternative around the world.{pagebreak}Dow Corning has a unique "from sand to sun*" position as the only supplier to the PV industry to be fully integrated on the silicon-based material value chain - from the basic building blocks of silicon feedstock used to make ingots and wafers, to sealing materials used to assemble solar modules. "We are using our unique position of providing solar solutions from sand to sun to accelerate the journey to making solar energy a sustainable, viable energy alternative. Our commitment to solar energy is a prime example of our commitment to sustainable development." says Marie Eckstein, Vice President and General Manager of Dow Corning's Advanced Technologies and Ventures Business."We are using our in-depth knowledge of the 'silicon chemistry set' to drive toward grid parity so that solar-generated electricity can serve diverse regions - from outlying areas that are currently off the electrical grid to urban centres. Solar energy

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The advantages of vertical integration With the solar marketplace becoming increasingly competitive, some manufacturers and suppliers are reformulating their business strategies to strengthen their footing in the industry. And, for solar photovoltaic specialist Trina Solar, a vertically integrated model is now paying dividends in terms of profit and investor confidence.{pagebreak}Since its debut on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on December 19, 2006, Trina Solar Ltd has achieved some important milestones in terms of sales and marketing, with particular focus in the European market.The company has diversified its customer base and established itself as a key figure in European PV markets such as Germany, Spain, and Italy, where it offers an accessible approach to customers, with local offices and sales managers. This means Trina Solar can ensure good service and respond quickly to customer needs. In Germany and Spain, two of most important European PV markets, Trina Solar has signed several major long-term contracts, which will help to accelerate expansion and Trina Solar brand-building across Europe.Trina Solar recently announced new sales contracts and initial shipments involving three Italian companies and one of Germany's largest PV suppliers, equal to around 99 MW in total. The company has also expanded its business

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A 'Total Fab Solution' for Thin Film Solar Modules End-to-End (E2E) Fab Solutions for Thin Film Silicon Solar Modules are the latest of Oerlikon Solar's offerings to the solar market. This package - which has been specifically tailored to customers with a turn-key requirement - has generated a lot of interest.{pagebreak}Business growth at Oerlikon Solar continues to exceed all expectations. Founded in 2005, the company has already booked major orders from well-known manufacturers like CSG, SCHOTT Solar, ErSol Thin Film and API. The total production volume of these orders to date exceeds 200 MWp and the new capability to offer tailored E2E mass production solutions for thin film silicon solar modules will add even more potential.The rapid expansion at Oerlikon Solar reflects the excitement over the potential of this new technology in the global renewable energy market, and adds to the wave of new generation solar plants coming online.

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