Category: Misc

Shrinking America

PES looks at how seaways and rail networks are helping to speed up the continent’s bid for a more ecologically-sound future, based around wind farm technology. Picture the scene: you’re driving along a narrow road in small town America. It’s a like a scene from a Wim Wenders movie with maybe just a dash of… Read more »

Sway seeks concession for test turbine in Oygarden

SWAY AS has applied for a test concession from the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate for constructing a test turbine in Naturgassparken in Oygarden (West Coast of Norway). The construction of the prototype will be conditional on financial support from Enova. The wind turbine will have a capacity of 10 MW and a rotor… Read more »

Applied Materials Begins Shipments of World’s Largest, Fastest, Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Coating Systems

ALZENAU, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that it has begun shipping multiple Applied TopmetTM 4450 systems, the world’s largest and fastest, roll-to-roll thin film metal deposition machine, to a customer in Europe. {pagebreak} This latest model of Applied’s Topmet 4450 product line deposits ultra-thin aluminum films on 4.5m (15 feet) wide rolls of… Read more »

FIST SA publishes three new reports on the photovoltaic patents’ landscape

This three-part analysis – “Silicon cells”, “Thin film cells” and “Organic and hybrid cells” provides extensive information and rational analysis of the global photovoltaic cells patents’ landscape.  PARIS September 9, 2009 – “IP Overview Photovoltaic 2009” establishes a panorama of the worldwide patents claiming “silicon cells”, {pagebreak} “thin film cells” and “organic and hybrid cells”… Read more »

HyperSonic Ultrasonic Reciprocating System Provides a Proven Solution

HyperSonic Ultrasonic Reciprocating System Provides a Proven Solution for Scaling Up Solar Manufacturing Processes Sono-Tek Corporation – Milton, NY announces the immediate availability of its new HyperSonic ultrasonic reciprocating coating system designed for processes such as Phosphoric Doping, CIGS coatings, anti-reflection coatings and various nanosuspension coatings for thin film and silicon solar cell production. {pagebreak}… Read more »

Team of Fraunhofer ISE and BASF nominated for the German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis) 2009

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and BASF were nominated for the German Future Prize for the joint development of Micronal® PCM, a microencapsulated latent heat storage material for construction materials. This prize is awarded every year by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. {pagebreak} By awarding this prize for technology… Read more »

Europe-wide Standardised Outdoor Tests for PV Modules

The Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, Germany and the association DERlab e.V. are presenting for the first time Europe-wide standardised outdoor tests for PV modules at the world’s largest solar energy conference EU PVSEC Kassel, 22nd September 2009. {pagebreak} Module manufacturers sell their products all over the world. And yet, since unified standards are lacking, a… Read more »

Avanti equipment in wind turbine towers in Uruguay

The Danish company Avanti Wind Systems has just supplied service lifts and ladder fall safety equipment for five new 2 MW wind turbine towers in Uruguay. The wind turbine park in Cerro de los Caracoles was financed by Spain and is operated by UTE, the Uruguayan state-owned electricity company. {pagebreak} The new turbine towers, which… Read more »

Samskip flats moving into new geographical areas

Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics can draw upon 30 years of experience operating flatrack equipment between the Benelux, Germany, the UK and Ireland. Now that experience is being made available to a wider network of customers. {pagebreak} Since the beginning of 2009 Samskip has expanded its flatrack services to cover new trade lanes to include Italy,… Read more »

Offgrid specialist Phaesun teaches solar companies in Uganda

Memmingen, 18 September 2009. Phaesun GmbH, a systems provider based in Memmingen , Germany , has taught technical and economical details of solar technology to 60 Ugandan participants for one week. Working along with Phaesun were four German partner companies, the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and the GTZ. Representatives from 30 Ugandan solar companies,… Read more »

Gemini Energy Services Awarded $74,100 in Job Training Funds

Gemini Energy Services has been awarded $74,100 in job training funds from The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s Employment Training Panel’s Small Business Program. The funds will be used to train 19 of Gemini’s San Diego-based, all veteran team of technicians to provide operations and maintenance services to the Wind Industry, one of ETP’s… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG expands and extends framework agreement with KG Allgemeine Leasing

• Minimum investment volume through 2012 now EUR 525 million • Continuation of the successful cooperation in the power plant construction business Sulzemoos 16 September 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has for the second time extended the framework agreement, signed with KG Allgemeine Leasing GmbH & Co. (KGAL)… Read more »

Solarion powers Volkswagen E-Up! with solar energy

Solarion AG, based in Leipzig (Germany), is involved in the development of the electric automobile E-Up! which was presented as a world premiere by the CEO of Volkswagen AG Martin Winterkorn at the 63rd Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), currently taking place in Frankfurt (Germany).  The roof of the concept car E-Up! with an area of about… Read more »

Fraunhofer ISE participates in "Online Master Photovoltaics"

PV Branch profits from new extra-occupational master’s program The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE plays a significant part in setting up and carrying out a new master degree course “Master Online Photovoltaics” at the University of Freiburg. The goal of this course program is the extra-occupational education and vocational training of specialists for… Read more »

PES New issue – PV comes of age

PES is proud to announce the publication of its latest issue, subtitled: PV comes of age – solar power and the push for mainstream acceptance. Has the PV industry finally come of age? Well, the statistics certainly look good, even if the economic downturn has – temporarily, perhaps – slightly dented the industry’s image as… Read more »

Eu Pvsec

Industry executives attending the 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg will be able to pick up their latest copy of PES magazine at the show, where we are once again media partners. {pagebreak} This year, we’ll be meeting the demand of the record-breaking number of visitors with a massively-increased circulation, and… Read more »

GMR Solar Tropic is the worlds first Special Economic Zone dedicated to Solar Industry

Situated on the Chennai – Bangalore growth corridor, the 312 acre Zone would be an ecosystem for solar goods, providing world class infrastructure and utilities to house all activities across R&D, Manufacturing, Services and Trading. This is the first phase of the 3700 acre development of the multi-product GMR Krishnagiri SEZ. Located just off Bangalore,… Read more »

Challenges and solutions for recruitment and training ..

Despite the current economic gloom, the green energy sector is looking towards a future of exponential growth. But how can we capitalise on this, if we can’t attract the necessary workforce?Tens of thousands of new jobs are expected to be created across Europe by the expansion of wind farms alone.   {pagebreak}  Indeed, Lord Hunt,… Read more »

My vision

Matias Setälä, Director of Silvasti Logistics, talks to PES about his personal ambitions and puts forward his thoughts about a brighter renewables industry.How did you come to be involved in the renewables industry?Some years ago our company was asked to participate in a tender for wind turbine project transports – that was the first time… Read more »

Together with our customers, we race..

A globally-renowned company with headquarters in Belgium, Bekaert group is a market leader in drawn steel wire products and applications, and a technological leader in its two core competences: advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and coatings. The group is also very active in the PV sector, and has become the world’s biggest supplier of… Read more »

Nokia Smart Home Knowledge and the Vaasa energy cluster meet in a new company – There Corporation

The combination of the Nokia Smart Home team know-how and the Comsel team knowledge of energy grid and metering create an unique and strong basis to start developing new generation energy solutions HELSINKI 10 September 2009 – There corporation will focus on energy saving and efficiency. The energy saving solutions of the company are based… Read more »

Avanti Wind Systems Opens Office in Australia

The world’s leading producer of safety equipment for service technicians in wind turbine towers, the Danish company Avanti Wind Systems, is opening a sales office and centres for installation, service, maintenance and training in Brisbane on the east coast of Australia. John Chinn, 43, has been hired as general manager of Avanti Australia. He has… Read more »

Sage Oil Vac adds flush capability to Gear Oil Exchange System

AMARILLO, Tex. – Sage Oil Vac’s Gear Oil Exchange System for wind turbines now features a flush system that improves fluid changes on gearboxes hundreds of feet above the ground. Gearbox flushes are becoming more common to remove sludge and varnish when performing oil changes. {pagebreak} Featuring a 120 gallon (454 liter) tank with a… Read more »

Beyond optical inspection – Dr Schenk 2 Steps ahead with the brand new I-V curve tracer

Dr. Schenk launches brand new product at their booth B6/6 during the 24th EU PVSEC in Hamburg (21-24. September, 2009) The I-V Curve Tracer from the SolarMeasure family enables correlation of optical inspection and efficiency tests (I-V curve) {pagebreak} Currently, Dr. Schenk GmbH is the only “total-solution provider” of metrology systems for PV thin-film modules… Read more »

"e" is more than a prefix! New Protean "Practical Guide" takes the complexity out of e-marketing

Following the success of its recent guide to social media, Protean Marketing has released the latest in its series of free ‘Practical Guide’ downloads. The next in the series tackles the subject of e-marketing, highlighting its status as a powerful CRM and prospecting tool. Aimed at the electronics industry, the new guide is already being… Read more »

Oxford-based Conduit Partners and Isis Innovation join the Carbon Trust to boost start-up support to fuel clean tech boom

£1.75m business support for next generation of UK clean tech pioneers 4th September 2009 – The Carbon Trust is expanding its business Incubation scheme in response to a growing need for critical business support to spawn the next generation of commercial clean tech innovators in the UK. {pagebreak} Oxford-based, early-stage business growth consultancies Conduit Partners… Read more »

PES Europe Offshore Special

PES is proud to announce the publication of its latest issue, which focuses on the offshore wind business, and features all the latest news and developments from across the world of wind power. The issue incorporates comment from all industry’s essential decision-makers as well as going behind the scenes of Europe’s growing offshore wind industry…. Read more »

eIQ Energy Launches Parallel Solar Technology To Reduce System Costs and Boost Energy Output for Solar Arrays

eIQ Energy’s Parallux system eliminates design constraints of traditional series architecture while providing distributed MPPT control and real-time monitoring SAN JOSE, Calif., September 1, 2009 – New technology from eIQ Energy Inc., which today marked its official launch, will lower the installed cost and improve the performance of solar power systems, while also eliminating the… Read more »

Announcement of media partnership with windfair.net

Power and Energy Solutions (PES) is delighted to announce a major industry link-up with www.windfair.net. PES, the now-essential publication for executives within the wind sector, boasts a substantial readership throughout Europe and North America. Our aim, as ever, remains to bring up-to-date analysis and essential information on the renewables industry through our publications and on… Read more »

Trina Solar Records Excellent Performance Results at Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre

Trina Solar, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, today announced that its monocrystalline modules recorded one of the highest average outputs in terms of actual electricity generated at Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre (“Desert Knowledge”) in Alice Springs, Australia. … Read more »

DEK Solar Taps Andy Ure to Spearhead Americas Business Development

DEK Solar today announced the appointment of Andy Ure to the position of Alternative Energies Business Development Manager for the Americas, further underscoring the company’s commitment to support customers with unmatched expertise and broad process knowledge. {pagebreak} Ure, whose career spans more than 20 years at DEK, has held numerous roles within the company and… Read more »

Intertape Polymer Group Announces Additional New Product Development

Intertape Polymer Group Announces Additional New Product Development For Alternative Energy Industry MONTREAL, QUEBEC and BRADENTON, FLORIDA (August 20, 2009) – Intertape Polymer Group (“Intertape”, “IPG” or the “Company”) today reaffirmed its commitment to the alternative energy industry by announcing plans to develop additional products for its current portfolio designed for wind, solar, geothermal and… Read more »

Rehm Thermal Systems Visu2 software brings new Best-in-class capabilities to Solar Cell Metallization

Rehm Thermal Systems recently announced the launch of an advanced new series of firing systems for solar cell metallization to complement their recently updated line of drying systems. The RFS and RFS-D Fast Firing Systems and the RDS 2100 and 3000 drying ovens feature Rehm’s Visu2 software which drives a range of advanced process features… Read more »

BTU International Obtains ISO 9001 Certification for its Shanghai Manufacturing Operations

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Aug. 25, 2009 – BTU International (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced the successful completion of ISO 9001:2008 certification for the company’s Shanghai manufacturing operations. {pagebreak} Boris Mathiszik, BTU’s managing director for Asia Pacific, explained that BTU’s Shanghai… Read more »

MSR165 3-axis shock datalogger for long-term measurements up to 6 months

Henggart, summer 2009 – Swiss Technology company MSR Electronics GmbH is launching its new MSR165 mini-datalogger with high resolution 3-axis digital accelerometer. The rugged MSR165 datalogger is capable of making 1600 acceleration (shock, vibrations) measurements per second in all three axes, up to 6 months. {pagebreak} Surely a candidate for the record! At the same… Read more »

Obama’s Greener Dollar creates a State lottery

North America’s Leading Utility bosses meet at the NGU Summit to talk about real solutions Recent reports have shown that the Utilities industry in America is struggling. Profits in the second quarter have fallen and experts say it may not be until 2011 that any improvements can be seen. Consumer demand has decreased dramatically since… Read more »