Category: Ask the Experts

New inverters exceed expectations

Andy Green has worked for Emerson Control Techniques for 25 years, holding various positions including those of Systems Sales Director and General Manager. For the past three years, in the position of Industry Development Manager – Solar Inverters, he has channelled his knowledge of grid tie inverter applications in support of Emerson’s goal of becoming… Read more »

Formula for growth

In pursuit of new business, manufacturers such as ACC Silicones Europe are increasingly turning their attention to the opportunities presented by the PV market. Marketing Manager Chris Dawson, Commercial Director Frank Geerdsen and R&D Manager Sean Stoodley spoke to PES… PES: Welcome to PES, can you begin by telling us a little about the company… Read more »

Forging bravely ahead in turbulent times

We’re delighted to once again speak to Air Liquide’s Olivier Blachier (VP Electronics Markets), who’s about to reveal a raft of new developments. For all the exclusive information, read on… PES: Welcome back to PES, could you begin by briefly reintroducing Air Liquide Group and its role in the electronics, and in particular, the PV… Read more »

A local approach to a global industry

With operations in over 40 countries, and a portfolio of products and services spanning numerous industries, Air Products Strategic Marketing Planning and New Business Development Director Andy Tuan speaks to PES about bringing 70 years of innovation to the worldwide PV market. PES: Welcome back to PES. When we last spoke, you were optimistic about… Read more »

Glass half full for PV

Benteler Mechanical Engineering is bringing its vast experience in the glass industry to the global PV market. Managing Director Martin Schnitker talks to PES about what they bring to the table… PES: Benteler Mechanical Engineering was originally focused on automotive and architectural glass processing machinery. Looking back, has your diversification into the solar/PV arena been… Read more »

BBC Chartering

A flexible, ocean-going carrier with a well-earned reputation in the wind industry, BBC Chartering operates more than 120 multipurpose vessels from a global administrative coverage of 24 local offices. The company is equipped to serve even the smallest of ports – perfect for the remote locations where wind turbines are employed – and as the… Read more »

Enabling a greener future

The promise of clean, unlimited wind energy presents many technical challenges for the components in the turbine nacelle. Reliability, remote monitoring, and ease of component maintenance are all critical concerns for manufacturers and operators of wind-energy-generating turbines. Nevertheless, Pall helps its wind power customers stay one step ahead through a range of innovative solutions. PES… Read more »

Commercial success fills vacuum at Pfeiffer

Dr Matthias Wiemer, Member of the Management Board and COO of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG tells PES about recent developments, including some major acquisitions, within the successful German-based company. PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you begin by explaining a little about the company and how you serve the PV industry?Matthias Wiemer: Founded in 1890,… Read more »

Capitalising on the ever-growing worldwide PV market

Andy Tuan was recently appointed General Manager of PV in Asia for Air Products, to enhance customer engagement and emphasise the company’s growing commitment to facilitate strong growth in the region. Here, PES speaks to Andy about the company and how its local operations dovetail into a global strategy. PES: Welcome back to PES. When… Read more »

Metallization still holds most promise for solar cell efficiency

In the complex series of processes that are undertaken to create a fully-functioning solar cell from an ingot of pure silicon, it is generally accepted that advances in the metallization process hold the key to greater cell efficiency. In this area DEK Solar focuses its talents exclusively on the process and is rapidly emerging as… Read more »

Enviable growth spurs on control technique specialists

Andy Green has worked for Emerson Control Techniques for 25 years, holding various positions including those of Systems Sales Director and General Manager. For the past three years, in the position of Industry Development Manager – Solar Inverters, he has channelled his knowledge of grid tie inverter applications in support of Emerson’s goal of becoming… Read more »

Setting the new supplier standard

Customer needs are continually evolving and business requirements are forever changing. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the renewable energy industry. For Luvata, an early pioneer in the photovoltaic (PV) industry, a lot has changed in just a few short years. In this frank interview, Jussi Helavirta, Executive Vice-President of Luvata’s Special Products division… Read more »

To stay ahead of the PV pack, select the right vacuum

A venerable German company with a longstanding reputation for the development of application- and customer-specific systems for the creation of vacuums and extraction of processing gases, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum is well-known throughout the industry. Here, PES speaks to Kavreet Bhangu, Global Head of Market Segment Solar / SEMI / Coating, about how the company has… Read more »

Sunny future for solar camera applications

Germany-based PCO was founded in 1987 to develop and produce specialised fast and sensitive video camera systems, mainly for scientific applications. Nowadays the company’s extensive product range covers digital camera systems with high dynamic range, high resolution, high speed and low noise, which are sold in the scientific and industrial market all over the world…. Read more »

Producing Tomorrows Solar Technology Today

ROFIN is an acknowledged worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial lasers. With over 35 years’ experience in laser material processing the Switzerland-based company uses this invaluable knowledge to develop solutions for almost any laser application in solar cell manufacturing. PES spoke to Richard Hendel: Contacts Sales Manager Photovoltaic, about the company and… Read more »

Staying ahead of the solar game

Since its formation in 2005 Sovello has distinguished itself through technological innovation, as well as demonstrating its forthright vision and its desire to be the world’s most sustainable solar company. Here, PES catches up with the company’s Konrad Sell, Specialist Corporate Communications manager … PES: Welcome to the magazine. We note you produce string ribbon… Read more »

Onshore foundations – with a turnkey responsibility

One of the industry’s most recognisable and trusted companies, Peikko Group has built its name on innovation and service. We caught-up with Markku Koponen, Director, Energy Industry, for the inside-track on the firm’s seemingly boundless endeavours. PES: Welcome to PES. Could you begin by telling us what your company does, when and how it was established and a little… Read more »

Diversity proves key to success for German

German-based BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH was founded by the three engineers who remain in control of its day-to-day operations and after whom the company is named. Providing one-stop logistical support solutions to the wind industry among others, the company has built an enviable reputation for stealth and reliability. PES spoke to founding director Joachim Binotsch about… Read more »

Setting a clear course for the wind market

PES speaks to Meriaura’s Xavier De Meulder about the Finnish shipping company’s wind power credentials and aspirations, the state of the European market, and delivering on promises whatever the weather… PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you begin by giving us a brief overview of your company and outline how you serve the wind industry?… Read more »

Mega weight movement proves plain sailing for Heavy Lift specialists

SAL Heavy Lift Shipping boasts a fleet of 15 heavy lift vessels, providing customised and reliable sea transportation solutions for all types of project cargoes, including heavy machinery, equipment for the oil and gas industry, (offshore) wind energy, cranes and floating cargo. The German-based specialists have developed an enviable reputation, largely as a result of… Read more »

German specialists keep turbines efficient and profitable

With a formula for success which includes combining years of practical experience with enviable scientific know-how in all areas of wind energy utilisation, Deutsche WindGuard Consulting GmbH has built an enviable reputation among the wind farms of Europe. The company, based near Hamburg in Germany, offers its customers engineering services of the highest standards in… Read more »

A head for heights and a nose for business

As the Managing Director of world-renowned ladder manufacturer Hailo, Winfried Czilwa has a knack for spotting commercial opportunities in a diverse range of business sectors. Here, he talks to PES about the company’s operations in the wind power arena. PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you begin by giving us an overview of your company… Read more »

When the message is mixed, so are the results

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the GWEC, will be instantly recognisable to most within the industry. His unique experience on the international policy stage coupled with an in-depth understanding of climate change and renewable energy represent a real step change for GWEC’s global lobbying efforts. Here, he talks to PES about the strength of the industry and gives us an insider’s… Read more »

Collaboratively solving unsolved problems for the continuous advancement of the wind industry

A unique, non-political, national organization that is a think-tank and project manager, The Wind Alliance is currently gaining momentum in the US. With a raft of organizations coming on-board to further the goals and perceptions of the wind industry, it looks set to shift perceptions and drive change. PES is proud to put some questions… Read more »

Keeping those turbines turning

Finding clean energy is one of the biggest concerns of our times. Global warming and the limited availability of fossil fuels are just two factors in the hunt for alternative energy solutions. One key player in the battle to solve the world’s energy problems is wind power. Lately wind power turbines have become state-of-the-art power… Read more »

Accuracy Traceability Endurance A Winning Combination

For Frank Scheuch, Managing Director of Intellifast GmbH, the success of a company relies on many interconnecting ingredients. PES picks up once again with the engaging wind power executive to discuss how his company is constantly evolving with the times to meet the demands of the market. PES: Welcome back to PES magazine. For the… Read more »

To Maximise Wind Turbine Productivity Start With The Right Lubricants

Wind turbines are extremely sophisticated pieces of machinery and require an application-specific expertise to maximise their life and profitability. The main gearbox is a particularly critical component of the wind turbine that needs careful consideration from a lubrication perspective. Recently, PES had the opportunity to speak with Michael Hawkins, Global Brand Manager for Mobil SHC… Read more »

Manage the present without ever losing sight of the future

As head of one of the ‘greenest companies’ in America, Pall’s Keith Webb has a duty not only to his stakeholders, but also to the global community as a whole. It’s a responsibility he ably administers, driven by a zeal for innovation and corporate success. Here, he tells PES about the company’s rapid growth, its… Read more »

Steering a steady course through choppy waters

A 176 year-old-operation, Rickmers-Linie is a member of the Hamburg-based Rickmers Group and provides a worldwide network of liner services for the transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes such as transformers, generators, railway locomotives – and of course, wind turbines. PES once again caught up with the company’s Director of Marketing and Sales, Gerhard… Read more »

Breeding continued success in a challenging and volatile market

Upsolar is a global company, specialising in the design, engineering and manfacture of solar photovoltaic modules. It adheres to a policy of strict quality control in its manufacturing process to provide itsworldwide customers with reliable, excellent products for all residential and commercial projects. Here PES speaks to Adrien Pellarin the company’s Technical Support Manager …… Read more »

A clear target of improving yield and throughput while maintaining quality

As Director of Sales and Marketing of the Optical Sensor Systems Group forCarl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH, Jürgen Gobel is at the beating heart of the PV industry. Having witnessed several revolutionary changes, he’s upbeat about the future of the industry and the technical progress his company continues to make. Welcome back to PES. How has… Read more »

A pioneering spirit in a pioneering industry

As any manufacturer of wind turbine components will testify, the handling of their precious cargo is of critical importance. PES caught up with John Fricker, General Manager of RoRo/Special Projects, Europe, for Atlantic Container Line (ACL), to discover how his company smoothes the transportation process. PES: Welcome to PES. Firstly, can you tell us a… Read more »

Progress is good, but more needs to be done

One of the executives who took part in this issue’s roundtable interview was Kurt E. Thomsen, of Advanced Offshore Solutions Aps. Here, he goes into greater depth about a few of the more pressing issues facing the wind industry. PES: What are the obstacles to the development of wind energy?Kurt E. Thomsen: Personnel, equipment, knowledge… Read more »

Massive investment in R&D reaps rewards

Investment into Research and Development is important for many global operators within the wind energy sector, but for The Dow Chemical Company, it’s the cornerstone of its operations. Ram Ramachandran, Director of End Use Marketing for Dow Wire & Cable, discusses his company’s $1 billion annual R&D outlay, its commitment to collaboration, and his thoughts… Read more »

Cameras under the spotlight

PCO AG was founded in 1987 with the objective of developing and producing specialised fast and sensitive video camera systems, mainly for scientific applications. Nowadays the product range of PCO cameras covers digital camera systems with high dynamic range, high resolution, high speed and low noise, which are sold in the scientific and industrial market… Read more »