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MAG recently formed a new Renewable Energy business unit providing automation solutions for solar panel and wind turbine manufacturing. The company announces over 20 million Euro in recent industry orders. More than 30 solar-panel production systems were delivered in the last five years.MAG is powering up on green energy, announcing the formation of a new Renewable Energy business unit to design and build automated manufacturing systems for solar panels and wind turbine components. The new business's operations are based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and Hebron, Kentucky, and are headed by Dr. Siegfried Schmalzried in Europe/Asia and Joe Jones in the Americas. According to Schmalzried, the renewable energy business is off to a strong start. "In recent months, we have secured more than 20 million in contracts, which represents an approximate 30 percent share of our targeted market," he stated."While our business unit is new, MAG itself is already firmly established in the renewable energy sector, having quietly built a worldwide leadership position in automated manufacturing systems for solar panels, Schmalzried added. "MAG has supplied more than 30 automated production lines for solar panels in all regions of the world in the last five years, and our systems have reduced manufacturing costs

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ZhongHang Huiteng Windpower Equipment Co, China's largest maker of wind turbine blades, has targeted growth abroad, primarily in the United States, as it positions itself for a planned IPO in Shanghai, a top executive told Reuters.The Baoding-based manufacturer, which recorded about 3 billion yuan in revenue yearly ($439 million), aims to list shares on the Shanghai bourse, said Yih-Min Jan general manager at Tang Energy, a Dallas-based project developer which owns 25 percent of the wind company."We're looking at helping the company build its business in the U.S. and develop its network in the North American markets," Jan told Reuters, adding that the listing could help boost the company's profile.The company has yet to decide on the schedule and size of the planned listing, though the planned share sale could happen in the next two years. Jan said. Analysts have predicted that the company could aim for a $500 million listing.Strong government policies supporting wind energy development have made the United States the world's biggest market for wind energy.The United States has installed the most wind power in the last two years, though wind represents just over 2 percent of total installed power capacity.The United States has set a goal

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Broadwind Energy, Inc. today announced the appointment of David P. Reiland as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Mr. Reiland, 56, has served as a member of the Company's Board of Directors since April of 2008.Mr. Reiland joined Magnetek in 1986 and served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Magnetek from 2006 to 2008, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Magnetek develops, manufactures and markets power and motion control systems, including systems that deliver power from renewable energy sources, including wind turbines, to the utility grid. Mr. Reiland currently chairs Broadwind's Finance Committee and serves on the Audit and Executive Committees.Broadwind CEO J. Cameron Drecoll stated, "We are delighted to announce Dave's appointment as Chairman of the Board. He has played a key role since joining the Board two years ago, and has been instrumental in helping the Company navigate through the economic downturn and position itself for the recovering markets. Broadwind will further benefit from Dave's financial acumen, manufacturing experience and wind energy knowledge."Mr. Reiland succeeds James M. Lindstrom as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Lindstrom is an employee of Tontine Associates, LLC, an investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut that is

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Gemini Energy Services, a division of Orion International, has been awarded a $200,000 Workforce Development grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, to create a tailored training curriculum for military veterans that will translate their military skill set into a Technical career within the Wind Industry. Orion International has committed an additional $154,000 to the grant award for training, tools and equipment costs, and will oversee the continuation of the program once the grant funding has been exhausted."Veterans are ideally suited for the Wind Industry due to their leadership experience, technical skill, and proven performance under the most difficult of situations, and yet a lack of wind-specific training can present a barrier to entry," said Mike Starich, President of Orion International. "We are pleased to have been awarded this grant by the DOE, which will allow us to develop an industry leading military-specific training curriculum to eliminate this barrier."The program will create an intensive multi-phase training curriculum, combining OSHA, industry-specific, and OEM training segments, as well as on-the-job practical work experience. Participants will be hired as employees of Gemini Energy Services, and will be supplied with all tools and equipment necessary to begin their career as Wind Technicians.Upon

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Among the many promises President Obama made on taking office in January 2009 was one to create some five million jobs in the US renewables industry over a decade. But more than a year on, a new report claims those plans may be on hold with little or no actual movement on the jobs front. Worse, it claims many of the jobs may actually go overseas. ‘Not so', says the American Wind Energy Association. So what is going on? PES takes an in-depth look at the state of the industry and examines the ongoing controversy

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In July 2009, SGS was awarded a contract to conduct Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) Management for the Belwind Bligh Bank Offshore Wind Farm in Belgium. The key objective of QHSE Management is to optimize the revenue generated by any wind farm project over it's life span, by assuring high quality standards and safe project execution during the development and realization phase. ---In July 2009, SGS was awarded a contract to conduct Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) Management for the Belwind Bligh Bank Offshore Wind Farm in Belgium. The key objective of QHSE Management is to optimize the revenue generated by any wind farm project over it's life span, by assuring high quality standards and safe project execution during the development and realization phase.Offshore wind farms involve many risks and challenges due to a variety of climactic factors such as wind, the location's water depth, soil, wave, current and icey conditions. To assure high quality and safe practice during the project development and realization phase, owners, investors, operators and insurance companies look for an independent third party company, which can optimize the generated revenue by conducting Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Management.Due to SGS' specialized competency and quality

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AWEA member company, Firetrace International, is showcasing its self-contained FIRETRACE® automatic fire suppression system at the 2010 Windpower conference and exhibition in Dallas. The solution was specifically developed for the fast and reliable protection of critical component parts of onshore and offshore wind turbines. Significantly, FIRETRACE systems operate without the need for any external power, activate automatically around-the-clock without requiring manual activation or monitoring, and demand virtually no maintenance.FIRETRACE comprises an extinguishing agent cylinder that is attached to proprietary Firetrace Detection Tubing via a custom-engineered valve. This leak-resistant polymer tubing is a linear pneumatic heat and flame detector that is immune to vibration and shocks, and was developed to deliver the desired temperature-sensitive detection and delivery characteristics in wind turbine environments. When the tubing is exposed to heat and radiant energy from a fire, it bursts and instantly directs the suppression agent at the source of the fire, precisely where it starts and before it can take hold and do extensive damage to the $ multi-million turbine.Instead of attempting to provide protection for the turbine as a whole, individual FIRETRACE systems protect critical areas that are most prone to fire. Typically these include: electrical enclosures; near

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As Vice President of Industrial Products Sales for BNSF Railway, Katie Farmer has witnessed railroad's evolution into a 21st century transport provider for 21st century industries such as wind power. PES talks to Katie about the company's growing influence and its ‘total transportation package'.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company and outline the services you provide for the wind industry?Katie Farmer: BNSF Railway is a freight railroad company that plays a key role in the global supply chain. We operate along a network of more than 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. But broader than that, we serve as a transportation provider for many commodities that are imported and exported through our US ports. Our focus is on using speed, agility and resourcefulness to help expand the global marketplace for goods and services.All of this is accomplished by a team of individuals who are progressive, resourceful and approachable. We take great pride in providing an easy, relevant choice for all types of shippers in a wide variety of locations.We're committed to meeting the needs of this emerging market. We realize that transporting oversized wind turbine components from the factories or

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French fur traders first visited Nebraska in the 17th Century and the state was later explored by pioneers Lewis and Clark from 1804-1806. A few years later, Robert Stuart pioneered the Oregon Trail across Nebraska in 1812-1813 and the first permanent white settlement was established at Bellevue in 1823. Now a new report says Nebraska could obtain 40 per cent of its electricity from wind energy. PES examines the report and finds the new LB1048 legislation could help put the state at the vanguard of the US wind generation business

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PES last spoke to Emerson Network Power's Jeky Li Gang (International Sales Manager, Department Of Wind Power Product) in 2009, just after the company had posted a record trading year. We caught up with him once more to find out how the Chinese company has evolved and to discover what they've planned for the coming 12 months.PES: Welcome back to PES. For the benefit of new readers perhaps unfamiliar with your company, could you briefly outline your contribution to the wind industry?Jeky Li Gang: Well, Emerson is a company who always focus on green energy and Emerson is the first China-based manufacturer to supply these converters, and we are working with three of the nation's largest wind turbine companies.With global installed wind power expected to increase at an average annual rate of 20 percent over the next five years, there is a great opportunity to collaborate across Emerson businesses to provide additional green energy solutions. In 2010, we expect to supply more than 1500M capability converter products to the rapidly-growing Chinese market.PES: To what extent does the wind industry contribute towards your overall business? Is this sector of your business growing?JLG: The Copenhagen climate change conference was an important event

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