Category: Solar

Fred Clark: Clean energy grows green jobs in state

While the housing market begins what will likely be a long, slow, recovery, homeowners looking to make investments in energy efficiency are providing one of the few bright spots for local contractors. On January 30, for example, an array of area businesses will fill the basement of the West Square Building during Sustain Sauk County’s… Read more »

Oerlikon Solar on Track to Drive Down Cost by 30% in 2010

Oerlikon Solar today announced it will be presenting its technology at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Oerlikon Solar leads the thin film silicon solar equipment sector with nearly half a gigawatt of production equipment ramped globally and more than 1 million panels produced by its customers to date. With the company’s Micromorph… Read more »

German Solar Industry Could Face Subsidy Cuts Close To 30% Sources

Germany’s photovoltaic-solar-energy industry faces a reduction in state subsidies that could be close to 30%, people familiar with the matter said Thursday. Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen next week plans to present a proposal that foresees cutting solar subsidies by a double-digit percentage, the people within the industry told Dow Jones newsletter Energy Daily. The cuts… Read more »

Gazoo Energy Group, Inc. Looks to Add Solar Energy to the Company’s Product Line

Gazoo Energy Group (OTCBB:GAZU) ( announced today that it has entered into discussions with several solar energy companies regarding new investment opportunities. Gazoo Energy Group is exploring the potential for extensive growth in advancing technologies capable of maximizing energy production, while utilizing smaller footprints of land. The company also believes it can maximize the land… Read more »

Solar energy in Oklahoma could have hot future

In the heat of an Oklahoma summer, it often seems like the sun never stops shining. That is likely the reason Oklahoma is among the states with the highest potential for harnessing solar energy.The same is true for wind, which is why western Oklahoma is awash with towering turbines, but it’s hard to find signs… Read more »

Major Climate and Energy Bill This Year? Don’t Bet On It

It wasn’t that long ago when candidate Obama wooed us with pledges to get the country on track with an aggressive renewable energy program and serious carbon emissions controls. Times have changed. Now, we don’t think anyone really expects to see an extensive climate and energy bill from Congress this year. At best, advocates are… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG founds subsidiary in Oman

Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has founded Phoenix Solar L.L.C. in Muscat which is the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. Phoenix Solar AG holds 70 percent and Silver Circle Overseas L.L.C. (SCO), its local partner in Oman, 30 percent in Phoenix Solar L.L.C. The newly founded… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG builds Germany’s largest photovoltaic power plant on a carport

Phoenix Solar AG, a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has been building Germany’s largest photovoltaic power plant on a carport in Berlin over the last weeks. Moreover, this is currently Berlin’s largest photovoltaic power plant. The carport, the roof of which is covered with solar modules, is located on property belonging… Read more »

Sputnik Engineering, a Swiss manufacturer of solar system inverters, has a new managing director for its French subsidiary

Didier Jeannelle is the new managing director of Sputnik’s French subsidiary Sputnik Engineering France S.A.R.L. Today, at the Energaia Trade Fair in Montpellier, he will take over from Daniel Freudiger, who has headed the French subsidiary since its founding last year. Freudiger will now move to Sputnik’s Swiss headquarters to become head of sales and… Read more »

Philipp Muller leaves Sputnik Engineering AG

Company boss Philipp Müller left the Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik at the end of November. Henceforth, Christoph von Bergen is the sole managing director and also takes over the company shares of Müller. For Sputnik will continue to rely on the strength of a company led by its owners. Company structure and organisation fundamentally remain… Read more »

Meyer Burger and Oerlikon Systems enter strategic cooperation

Meyer Burger (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) and Oerlikon Systems signed a strategic distribution, cooperation & license agreement for the SOLARIS thin-film coating equipment. As part of the agreement, Meyer Burger’s sales & service organization will represent the SOLARIS equipment for crystalline Silicon PV application in most regions, such as China, Taiwan, Europe, Middle East, India… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG with strong year-end rally

Record sales in November in the Components & Systems segment 16 photovoltaic power plants under construction Phoenix Solar AG’s largest solar park to date being built on a military land for redevelopment Sulzemoos, 3rd December 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is experiencing a strong year-end rally,… Read more »

Ferrostaal inaugurates the first Palestinian solar thermal plant

On December 2, 2009, the first solar thermal plant for warm water supply and central heating on Palestinian territory has gone into operation near Beit Jala. The solar plant has been realized by MAN Ferrostaal AG and the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – within the framework of the “dena Solar… Read more »

Hans-Georg Schweikardt is the new Head of Product Management of the Sputnik Engineering AG

With effect from today, Hans-Georg Schweikardt is the new manager in charge of Sputnik’s product management department at the company’s headquarters in Biel . Schweikardt has been employed at the German branch of the Swiss solar inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering GmbH since 2004, first as a sales engineer, then as head of sales. “Through moving… Read more »

Masdar selects Linde to reduce carbon footprint of solar modules

Adopts Linde’s on-site generated fluorine to eliminate use of greenhouse gases Munich, Germany, 1st December 2009 – Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, and Masdar PV GmbH, a manufacturer of large-scale thin-film solar modules, have signed an agreement to qualify and adopt Linde’s on-site generated fluorine – a zero global warming solution for photovoltaic (PV) module… Read more »

400 Megawatts for the Czech Republic

Nobility Solar Projects a.s. plans to build PV plants with a total output of 40 megawatts next year. For its plants, the Czech company relies solely on SolarMax inverters from the Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering AG. Biel , 25. November 2009. By the end of 2010 the company Nobility Solar Projects plans to more… Read more »

SGS Sponsors Conference on Project Lifecycle Risk for Offshore Renewables

SGS is sponsoring the Conference on Project Lifecycle Risk for Offshore Renewables, which will take place from January 26 – 27, 2010 in London. It has become increasingly important to identify and mitigate project lifecycle risks for wind energy investments. Jale Cairney, Business Development Manager of SGS Wind Energy Services, will hold a presentation on… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG presents its figures for the third quarter and adjusts its revenue guidance to changed boundary conditions

Sulzemoos 12 November 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is today releasing its figures as per 30 September 2009. Seen from an operational standpoint, the two segments of “Power Plants” and “Components & Systems” developed in very different directions in the third quarter of 2009… Read more »

SANYO to Mass Produce New Large-capacity High-voltage Lithium-ion Battery Systems

Tokyo, November 13, 2009 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to announce that it has developed two new large-capacity high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems, and will begin mass production of the new products in March 2010. In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in electric vehicle technology as a replacement for… Read more »

Only the strong will survive the next 12-18 months intact

Trina Solar boasts a proud and successful history as a solar photovoltaic manufacturer since its inception in 1997. Here, PES speaks to Ben Hill about the company’s success story and hears it is far from complacent about its future. PES: Can you tell us a little about the history of Trina Solar and how it… Read more »

Zero Defects International and Viscom to Host Solar Test Open House

Zero Defects International and Viscom, Inc. have announced a day long event featuring demonstrations of inspection equipment utilized in the solar industry. This will be held at the Viscom Technical Center located at 1968 Junction Road in San Jose. The date is Friday, November 20th. Doors will open at 9:30 AM and demonstrations will continue… Read more »

DEK Solar adds new Project Manager to the team

Following the recent launch of the PV3000 solar metallization line, DEK Solar has extended its team even further with the addition of new Solar Project Manager, George Foot. Designed to support the growing demand for the company’s services, the new role is focused on the development of next-generation solar solutions. The new DEK Solar Project… Read more »

DEK Solar thinks beyond equipment to deliver PV process, support and service solutions

Following the widespread success of the award-winning PVP1200 platform and the recent European launch of the highly anticipated PV3000 metallization line, DEK Solar is consolidating its position as a major force on the solar stage. Talking recently about the company’s success in the sector, Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, attributed the trend to DEK’s… Read more »

Rehm Thermal Oxidation Process safeguards PV metallization yields

A new thermal oxidation process from Rehm Thermal Systems has eliminated the challenge of residue contamination from photovoltaic metallization. In order to minimise maintenance and provide a cleaner process chamber, Rehm has innovatively implemented a proven method of thermal oxidation to enhance the performance of its RDS Drying Systems. {pagebreak} During the 200°C to 350°C… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG to build photovoltaic power plant in France

• E.ON Climate & Renewables to commission Phoenix Solar with the construction of a 1.5 megawatts solar park • France to become important market for large-scale photovoltaic power plants Sulzemoos, 20th October 2009 / Phoenix Solar AG, a leading, TecDAX-listed international photovoltaic system integrator has been commissioned by E.ON Climate & Renewables GmbH to plan and build a solar… Read more »

PROINSO awarded the supply of the largest solar photovoltaic plant in Belgium with a 3 MW output

*The Spanish company will also provide advice on engineering and design optimization of the 3 MW plant, located in Ivarem. *The new plant will represent 3% of the Belgian solar photovoltaic market, whose facilities represent 100 MW of the total output installed in the country. *In this its first significant inroad into the solar photovoltaic… Read more »

Rehm Thermal Systems will highlight advanced soldering & solar solutions

Rehm Thermal Systems will highlight advanced soldering & solar solutions at Productronica, booth A4.341 As the world’s leading exhibition for electronics manufacturing, Productronica 2009 delivers an ideal platform for Rehm Thermal Systems to showcase its range of Convection and Condensation as well as Vacuum Condensation Systems, along with a live demonstration of its popular Pyrolysis… Read more »

U International to Feature Leading Technologies at Solar Power International 2009

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 30, 2009 – BTU International (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, announces that it will highlight leading technologies in booth 189 at the upcoming Solar Power International 2009 expo, scheduled to take place October 27-29, 2009 in Anaheim, Calif…. Read more »

OPDE Group to build 17 solar facilities producing 75 MW of power in the region of Piedmont (Italy)

The new OPDE Group Centre will be located in Turin Italy · The Spanish solar photovoltaic multinational, The OPDE Group – comprising the companies OPDE, MECASOLAR, PROINSO and RIOS- will sign next Friday, October 8th, an agreement with the regional government of Piedmont (Italy) for: The construction of 17 solar facilities in the period 2009-2010;… Read more »

Sputnik commissions the first solar power plant with a new megawatt station

Biel , 23. September 2009. Today in Hemau, in the district of Regensburg, will see the commissioning of the first megawatt station built by Sputnik Engineering, a Swiss inverter manufacturer. The 632 photovoltaic (PV) plant was installed on open land by SolaStrom Systems GmbH, a system integrator based in Augsburg. At this site the usual… Read more »

Global industrial gas company with a growing presence ..

Air Products has more than 35 years’ experience of supplying essential gases and chemicals to the semiconductor industry. PES spoke to Jeff Handelman. General Manager, Photovoltaics about the company’s success story and about its commitment to the environment. Welcome to PES magazine. Can you first explain a little about the background of your company and… Read more »

Meeting even the most critical quality …

The Carl Zeiss brand is well known in a variety of global consumer sectors, and yet it is also one of the PV industry’s leading lights. Here, Jürgen Gobel tells PES about the company, its future goals and its broad spectrum of applications within the sector.Can you tell us a little bit about the history… Read more »

Reaping the rewards of teamwork

A vertically-integrated manufacturer of ingots, wafers, cells, solar modules and custom-designed solar power applications, Canadian Solar delivers solar power products of uncompromising quality to customers worldwide. We talk to President Gregory E. Spanoudakis about the firm’s meteoric rise and its plans for future expansion. {pagebreak}  PES: Welcome to PES. Can you explain a little about… Read more »