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SAMPLE SOLAR REPORT May 4, 2009

Source Reviewjournal.com

Title Energy chief launches $305 million plan on energy frontier

Date 03 May, 2009

Link http://budurl.com/rjREF

Category Industry News

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar launched a plan Saturday to spend $305 million for creating jobs on what he called the public lands' "renewable energy frontier" to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil while at the same time restoring landscapes and wildlife habitat. Standing in a sun-drenched parking lot at Red Rock Canyon's fire station with a solar panel behind him, Salazar said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "really believes that Nevada is going to be at the point of the spear in terms of moving this country forward with a whole new renewable energy agenda." In all, $41 million authorized under the stimulus act will be spent on 65 BLM projects to spur large-scale production of solar, wind and geothermal energy, in addition to siting transmission lines on public lands to support renewable energy development. After his announcement to a gathering of BLM employees, conservationists, some local officials and members of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Salazar said he met early Saturday with representatives from more than a dozen solar companies. There are 241 applications for wind projects and 199 for solar projects that are in various stages of processing. PV-Tech.org Prism Solar scores $5 million in bridge-round financing to buy, build out factory 01 May, 2009 http://budurl.com/pvtPrism Funding News

Holographic PV module developer Prism Solar Technologies said it has closed a $5 million bridge round of financing, which will be used to help fund the acquisition and buildout of its new manufacturing facility. The round was led by London-based I2BF Venture Capital, with Counter Point Venture Fund, Merrimaker, and other investors also participating. In March, Prism Solar purchased a 93,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility, located on 6.5 acres of land in Highland, NY, from a Panasonic subsidiary. The company said that the plant will ultimately produce 60 MW of holographic planar concentrator (HPC) solar modules for domestic markets and 1000 MW of its patented HPC film for sale to other module manufacturers. PV-Tech.org Evergreen Solar shifts manufacturing future to China, targets US$1/W 01 May, 2009 in 2012 http://budurl.com/pvtEvergreen Company News

String Ribbon solar cell manufacturer Evergreen Solar is planning future expansions in China, with the aim of reaching a manufacturing cost of US$1 per watt by the end of 2012. The aggressive goal is in tandem with ramping a new plant in China to 500MW in that time frame. This is being planned with another PV manufacturer, Jiawei Solar (Wuhan) Co., and the Wuhan Donghu New Technology Development Zone Management Committee, part of the Wuhan provincial government in Wuhan, China. The Wuhan government is expected to guarantee the financing required from banks and other potential lending agencies in China as well as provide yet-to-be-revealed incentives for locating the operation in the province. Triangle Business Journal Semprius raises $6.5M, focuses on power of sun 01 May, 2009 http://budurl.com/tbjSemprius Funding News

Semprius, a Durham semiconductor company, has raised $6.5 million in second round debt financing as it works to bring its technology to market – and it’s going green in the process. The company has targeted the solar energy market for the technology it has been developing to print semiconductors on a variety of surfaces. Semprius is working in the concentrated photovoltaic, or CPV, market, which uses lenses to intensify sunlight onto smaller solar cells. It’s a move that company CEO Joe Carr says will give Semprius “the highest value proposition.” Development of the new solar technology should take about 18 months, after which pilot testing would begin. Honolulu Advertiser.com Hawaii housing developer gets federal help to study solar power 01 May, 2009 http://budurl.com/haHawaii Industry News

A major housing developer in Hawai'i will receive technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy to determine whether it's feasible to incorporate photovoltaic power and smart-grid electricity distribution at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kane'ohe and a state-sponsored affordable housing project on the Big Island. The technical assistance award aims to help reduce energy consumption for 2,092 Marine Corps homes and 2,206 homes slated for construction in West Hawai'i by Forest City Residential Group Inc. Pacific Business Journal HECO files application with PUC to add more solar energy 01 May, 2009 http://budurl.com/pbjHeco Company News

Hawaiian Electric Co. and its Neighbor Island utilities want to increase the amount of solar-generated electricity in Hawaii. The company announced Friday that it has filed an application with the Public Utilities Commission for a program that would more than double the amount of solar energy used here. If approved by the PUC, the Photovoltaic Host pilot program could add up to 16 megawatts of new PV systems over a two-year period, Hawaiian Electric said. The proposal is aimed at government and commercial facilities. Solar Industry Mag KACO Presents Powador Inverter 01 May, 2009 http://budurl.com/simKaco Product News

Neckarsulm, Germany-based inverter manufacturer KACO new energy GmbH has introduced the Powador XP350-HV TL, a new modular large-scale inverter with a rated power of 350 kW. The company plans to showcase this product at Intersolar later this month. CO2-neutrally produced, the three-phase device has a maximum efficiency of 97.8% and can be supplied in a triple configuration as a megawatt power station. Its topology was deliberately conceived without a transformer, KACO says. PV system designers can choose a suitable transformer in accordance with their grid-connection conditions.
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SAMPLE SOLAR REPORT May 4, 2009

Source Semiconductor International

Title Applied, Disco to Develop Wafer Thinning Processes

Date 30 April, 2009

Link http://budurl.com/siApplied

Category Company News

Applied Materials Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Disco Corp. (Tokyo) will develop low-cost wafer-thinning processes for through-silicon vias (TSVs). The effort will combine Disco’s precision grinding equipment with Applied’s etch, dielectric deposition, physical vapor deposition (PVD) and chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) systems. The companies will develop wafer-thinning and post-thinning processes of wafers bonded to silicon and glass carriers, paying close attention to wafer edge integrity, handling, dimensional control, particle control, stress management and thermal profile control. The companies will validate complete process flows at Disco’s Santa Clara research laboratory and at the Applied Maydan Technology Center, giving the partners “a unique opportunity to exploit the advantages of thinned wafers in multiple TSV integration schemes,” said Nobukazu Dejima, president of Disco Hi-Tec America Inc. Solar Industry Mag Solyndra, Satcon Launch Partnership 30 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/simSolyndra Company News

Satcon, a provider of utility- and commercial-scale distributed power solutions for the renewable energy market, and Solyndra, a manufacturer of proprietary photovoltaic systems, have formed a strategic partnership to develop and deliver optimized system solutions for commercial rooftop solar power production. According to the companies, Satcon and Solyndra will both market Solyndra's commercial solar PV systems with Satcon's commercial solar PV inverters, as well as collaborate on new technologies that will further optimize design, implementation and return on investment of large commercial and industrial solar PV power plants. VCCircle Pangea Capital To Invest $30M In Deepak Puri's Cobol Technologies 30 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/vccPangea Funding News

Cobol, floated by the promoters of Moser Baer, is setting up a 5MW solar power project in Uttar Pradesh. Solar power firm Cobol Technologies (owned by Deepak and Ratul Puri of Moser Baer), has raised $30 million(Rs 151 crore) from Pangea Capital. Bermuda-based Pangea is a mid-sized fund house with total assets under management in excess of $100 million. The investment in Cobol has been made through Pangea Emerging Infrastructure Fund, which targets both listed and unlisted Indian infrastructure companies. It invests in companies engaged in sectors such as energy, oil & gas, roads, ports and telecom. Besides this Pangea also has an emerging markets focused fund called Pangea Emerging Markets Fund and Pangea Alternative Fund. The firm, started in August 2007, operates in the area of electricity generation and distribution and is currently setting up a 5 mega-watt (MW) solar power project in Uttar Pradesh. This marks an expansion of business in the non-conventional power sector for Deepak Puri and Ratul Puri whose flagship company Moser Baer has also branched out in solar photovoltaic business. Moser Baer has outlined plans to invest $3.2 billion in the solar business and is also setting up a solar power project in Rajasthan, which is expected to become the largest grid-connected solar farm in India. Solar Industry Mag Ocean Optics Offers Optical-Sensing Tools For Photovoltaics 30 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/simOOp Company News

Dunedin, Fla.-based Ocean Optics, a supplier of solutions for optical sensing, has introduced a complete line of optical-sensing systems and components that address the photovoltaic solar cell market - from the characterization of thin films to the measurement of the spectral output of solar simulators. The company says its line of low-cost, small-footprint modular spectrometers and accessories can be configured for millions of different UV-Vis-NIR applications. In particular, users can mix and match spectrometers and accessories to monitor photovoltaic thin films used in the manufacture and assembly of solar panels and to measure the spectral output of both the sun and radiant sources such as solar simulators. For solar cell production, Ocean Optics spectrometers can be configured for thin-film thickness measurement and endpoint detection. According to the company, these measurements are important quality control parameters that, if managed well, can help manufacturers reduce waste, eliminate off-specification product and increase yield. Ocean Optics spectrometers, including the company's flagship USB4000-series spectrometers and the new Jaz modular sensing suite, are also appropriate for monitoring the absolute and relative spectral irradiance of both the sun and artificial sunlight sources. Solar Industry Mag SEIA Seeks Solar Carve-out In Energy Bill 30 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/simSEIAeb Industry News

As energy legislation circulates in the U.S. Congress, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is urging lawmakers to include a carve-out for solar energy if a national renewable portfolio standard (RPS) is approved. The desired carve-out is said to be as high as 25%, according to the Wall Street Journal. SEIA is also reportedly asking Congress to require that 20% of required renewable energy generation be set aside for distributed generation rather than large power plants. In addition, some larger solar firms are seeking to receive a portion of revenue generated from the purchases of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances if legislation related to a GHG program is passed. Venture Beat SmartSynch ups utility control with smart grid box 30 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/vbSmartSynch Company News

Smart meter provider SmartSynch has announced it’s developed a new smart grid communication box that will transmit energy use data to and from utilities via public wireless networks. Called the Universal Communications Module (UCM), this new technology is intended to enhance smart meters, allowing utilities to wirelessly deploy smart grid programs like energy load control, realtime pricing applications, stand-by generator control and more detailed monitoring capabilities.
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SAMPLE SOLAR REPORT May 4, 2009

Source Solar Industry Mag

Title Survey: Most Texans Favor Renewable Energy Development

Date 30 April, 2009

Link http://budurl.com/simTexas

Category Study News

A new survey shows that a vast majority of Texas residents believe it is important for the state to develop and use renewable energy - even if it costs them more on their monthly electric bills. The survey of 993 registered voters (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2%) was conducted in April by Baselice & Associates Inc. The findings show 85% of those polled believe Texas should increase the production and use of renewable energy sources like solar power. Of those, 59% "strongly" favor increasing production of renewable energy. Currently, about 90% of the energy Texas produces comes from nonrenewable sources. Additionally, more than 79% of Texans - including 71% of Republicans and 73% of self-identified conservatives - support financial incentives, such as loans, subsidies and temporary tax reductions to recruit renewable energy businesses and associated jobs to Texas. According to the survey, a full 61% of respondents agreed that the state should require a certain percentage of the state's electricity to be generated from solar power. PVWorld Mature and emerging markets: Photovoltaics at APEX 29 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/pvwApex Industry News

The most-uttered phrases at APEX this year including the expected “electronics manufacturer” and “surface mount,” and the like, but another vocabulary set is rapidly gaining traction with exhibitors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) attendees. “Solar cells” and “photovoltaics” were on many people’s minds, as the mature SMT industry reaches into the emerging markets available to exchange information and develop processes. Solder suppliers, printing companies, chemists, and oven manufacturers are a few of the companies promoting solar manufacturing technology for the electronics manufacturing crowd. Electronic Trend Publications (ETP) reports that capacity of photovoltaic modules (panels) sold in 2008 exceeded 4.9 gigawatts, a nearly 25% increase over 2007. The market is expected to grow to more than 15 gigawatts in 2013 and 44 gigawatts by 2023, and be a leading vertical market for product assembly for both OEMs and CMs, ETP notes. The factory cost of producing photovoltaic modules was $9.8 billion in 2008 and will grow to $52 billion in 2023, a compound annual growth rate of 11.8%. Photovoltaic cell producers are looking to outsource module assembly to capable industry suppliers and EMS providers. Outsourcing will grow to 4% in 2013 and 25% in 2023, as OEMs seek a competitive cost advantage, ETP predicts. PVWorld Net metering: The civil rights movement for solar energy 29 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/pvwNetMetering Industry News

The California State Legislature has just begun consideration of a little-noticed piece of legislation that figures prominently in the future of solar power in America. California's current netmetering legislation limits the total amount of rooftop solar power that can be connected to the electric grid to no more than 2.5% of the state's total electric load. AB 560, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), seeks to raise this net-metering cap and unshackle the solar industry from an arbitrary cap. Thanks to the $3 billion California Solar Initiative and net metering, the Golden State's solar industry has installed more solar power in the last two years than the previous 25 years combined. Because of these policies, California today represents 60% of the solar market in the United States. But with 50,000 solar energy systems now providing clean power in the state, California is expected to hit the 2.5% cap as soon as next year, which could undermine this burgeoning market. Net metering should be understood as the civil rights legislation for customer-owned solar energy, ensuring that clean power generated by customers is treated equally to conventional electricity from the grid. Nevada Appeal Senator proposes renewable energy plan 29 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/naREP Industry News

An initiative aimed at attracting large-scale renewable-energy industries and promoting small-scale projects such as rooftop solar systems in Nevada was outlined Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford. Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, asked the Senate Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee to amend his plan into SB358, a Gibbons administration bill aimed at reducing energy use in state buildings. The panel will discuss the proposal again next Tuesday. Under Horsford’s plan, a “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Authority” would be created within the state Public Utilities Commission. The authority would be advised by two panels, one made up of state and local officials involved in energy issues and the other made up of representatives of the renewable industry, trade organizations and contractors. Horsford said the new authority would help channel federal funds “to ensure Nevada meets its goal of establishing itself as the renewable energy capital of the West.” He added that his proposal calls for incentives such as tax breaks to encourage renewable energy development and policies aimed at developing a workforce of Nevadans trained to handle various renewable energy projects. PV-Tech.org Malvern Instruments particle image analyzer enables recycling of abrasive slurry 29 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/pvtMalvern Product News

Product Briefing Outline: The Sysmex Flow Particle Image Analyzer FPIA-3000 from Malvern Instruments is used for monitoring the deterioration of abrasive slurries used in the wire saw cutting process in solar cell production. Fast, efficient quantitative particle analysis provided by the Sysmex FPIA-3000 enables manufacturers to recycle slurry without compromising final product quality. Problem: In solar cell production for the photovoltaic, semiconductor and microelectronics industries, the main technique for slicing silicon blocks into wafers is multi wire sawing. In order to improve efficiency, reduce production costs and reduce waste, the industry is moving towards recycling of the abrasive slurry used in the wire saw cutting process. Solution: The Sysmex Flow Particle Image Analyzer FPIA-3000 allows particle analysis of slurry samples in real-time. Images of up to 360,000 particles are captured by a CCD camera and statistical results presented in terms of particle size, shape, distributions and particle count. Applications: With the ability to measure materials from 0.8 µm to 300 µm in size and to produce high quality particle images, the Sysmex FPIA-3000 is used for characterizing emulsions and suspensions.
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SAMPLE SOLAR REPORT May 4, 2009

Source Solar Industry Mag

Title CSP To Reach 25 GW By 2020

Date 29 April, 2009

Link http://budurl.com/simCSP

Category Study News

The concentrated solar power (CSP) industry is scaling rapidly and is expected to reach 25 GW by 2020, according to a recent study by Cambridge, Mass.-headquartered Emerging Energy Research (EER). This surge will be led by development in Spain and potential in the U.S. The CSP industry currently has 1.2 GW under construction as of April 2009 and another 13.9 GW announced globally through 2014. Spain is the epicenter of CSP development, with 22 projects for 1,037 MW under construction, all of which are projected to come online by the end of 2010. While parabolic trough represents more than 96% of all CSP projects currently under construction in Spain, the technology accounts for only 40% of the U.S. CSP pipeline, EER adds. Spain and the U.S. will continue to lead CSP project development activity for the next decade due to a combination of resource and policy support. The rest of southern Europe has yet to catch neighboring Spain's solar CSP fever, primarily due to a lack of government incentives. According to the EER's study, CSP activity is also gaining momentum in the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia Pacific regions. CleanTech Brief Quebec To Invest $680 Million In Innovative VC Funds 29 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/cbQuebec Funding News

Venture capital funds supporting innovative Quebec companies – including cleantech ventures – will receive a cash injection of CAD 825 million ($682 million) from the newly formed Teralys Capital fund. The fund has been created by the Quebec Federation of Labor’s Solidarity Fund and the provincial government. It will invest in more than a dozen private funds that invest in companies in the life sciences, information technology, energy and cleantech sectors, starting in May. The Caisse and the Solidarity Fund will contribute CAD 250 million each ($207 million); Investissement Québec is providing CAD 200 million ($165 million). Teralys also hopes to raise an additional CAD 125 million ($103 million) from private investors. PV-Tech.org GEROLD automates edge trimming of PV modules 29 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/pvtGerold Product Highlight

Product Briefing Outline: Maschinenbau GEROLD GmbH & Co. KG has launched a production cell for automated edge trimming of PV modules. The company claims that the new automated system has less than a 1-year investment payback, solving many of the defect problems associated with manual trimming processes. Problem: In traditional production lines, trimming laminated PVmodules is manually performed. Hence, it is a time-consuming operation and a source of defects which cannot all be adequately eliminated. Solution: GEROLD's production cell completely automates this operation with module finishing. The compact cell-concept with minimum footprint, features a versatile industrial robot and an efficient trimming tool. Typically, labour is reduced by four people with 24/7-operation, the company claims. An easily integrated inspection station is also offered, which is claimed to reduce manufacturing costs. Applications: Whether glass-glass- or glass-foil-module, thin-film or crystalline, the robot ensures force-controlled trimming of all module edges within seconds. VCCircle Olympus Capital Raising $250 Mn Cleantech Fund; IFC To Put $25 Mn 29 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/vccOlympus

Source: PV-Tech.org

Funding News

IFC, the private investment arm of World Bank is expected to invest $25 M in the fund. Private equity firm Olympus Capital is raising Asia Environmental Partners LP, a fund targeting $250 million to invest in renewable energy and environmental services companies in Asia. This will be the first clean environment fund by Olympus and will have a major focus on India and China. Olympus Capital has an India office in New Delhi headed by Gaurav Malik, Managing Director. He refused to comment when VCCircle contacted him as the "fund is under a silence period." The fund has approached International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private investment arm of World Bank, which is expected to invest $25 million in the fund. Olympus is expected to formally announce the fund in next couple of months. Olympus has started making investments from this fund in India. In November last year, it invested $35 million in renewable energy company Orient Green Power Ltd, promoted by PE firm Bessemer Venture Partners and Shriram EPC. Solar Industry Mag NRDC Introduces Renewables Map 28 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/simNRDC Industry News

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has unveiled on its Web site a new map (http://budurl.com/NRDCEnergyMap) designed to show the suitability of various renewable energy installations, such as solar systems, at specific locations in the U.S. "You can find your county on the appropriate map, select the different map layers to see current renewable energy sites and resource potential, and then read about the latest technologies to see which mix of energy opportunities might work for you and your community," explains Nathanael Greene, director of renewable energy policy at NRDC, in the NRDC blog. Florida, Ohio, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee are presented with extended details on the map. NRDC says these states represent "key battlegrounds" in the energy debate and plans to include additional details for more states in the future.
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SAMPLE SOLAR REPORT May 4, 2009

Source Contra Costa Times

Title Map outlines facts about Berkeley solar energy

Date 28 April, 2009

Link http://budurl.com/cctBSM

Category Industry News

A new free service for Berkeley homeowners and businesses answers those questions as part of the SmartSolar program launched Tuesday with the help of the federal Department of Energy. The program includes an Internet-based solar satellite map (http://budurl.com/BerkeleySolarMap) that allows anyone to type in an address in the city and find out the square footage available on their roof for solar panels, how much electricity or hot water solar panels could produce and the projected carbon-emissions savings. DeSnoo said the solar map shows every rooftop in the city. Taken from two different satellite images, the map calculates the slant of each roof, how much sun and shade they receive and the angle of the sun. There are 626 solar panel installations in Berkeley, which save $538,000 a year in energy costs and prevent the emission of 2,300 tons of carbon each year, according to the map's Berkeley Solar Facts section. Steve Palmeri, project officer with the Department of Energy, said the SmartSolar program was developed so that other cities across the country can duplicate what Berkeley is doing. "The ultimate goal is so that cities can develop a sustainable cookbook," Palmeri said. peHUB Chint Solar Raises $50 Million 28 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/pehChint Funding News

Chint Solar announced that it has successfully closed a US$50 million round of fundraising – in the worst global financial conditions in decades – from a syndicate of global investors. Cybernaut and Shanghai Alliance Investment Limited were lead investors in this round. A number of notable overseas and domestic funds formed the rest of the syndicate. Founded in 2006 as a subsidiary of the Chint Group, China’s leading electrical and power conglomerate, Chint Solar reached 100 MW of production capacity in July 2008, and is on track to increase exponentially to 1,100 MW production capacity by 2012. Chint Solar’s main product line features both thin film and crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules. The company has made an aggressive push to focus its business on amorphous microcrystalline (a-Si/µc-Si) tandem junction thin film, a next-generation solar technology with dramatically lower costs-per-watt than conventional crystalline silicon. Through a-Si/µc-Si thin film, Chint Solar expects to be among the first companies in the world to reduce PV module cost to below US$1 per watt, and total PV system cost to below US$2 per watt, a critical industry benchmark known as “grid parity”. Venture Beat European cleantech feels the pinch — looks to distinguish itself from 28 April, 2009 U.S. http://budurl.com/vbEuropeCT Industry News

European cleantech is finally feeling the funding crunch. Market analysts at the Cleantech Group released a report today showing that investment in the sector during the first quarter fell to $281 million, an 11 percent drop from the previous quarter and 31 percent drop from last year. Fourth quarter figures for 2008 were also down from the previous quarter. Given this grim outlook, opinion is split on where green industry in Europe is headed in the next year. One camp believes that European startups will continue to lose out as capital migrates to companies in the U.S.hastened along by the economic stimulus bill. Bart Diels, cleantech investment director for Belgian private equity firm Gimv and adherent of this viewpoint, estimates that investment has grown faster in the U.S. to date, with the average American cleantech VC deal dwarfing the average European deal two to one last year. The opposing camp says there are still opportunities on the continent for cleantech companies to get a bigger slice of the VC pie. Europe and Israel’s share of the total cleantech market could rise as high as 30 percent in 2009, according to Andrew Thomson, a senior analyst with the Cleantech Group in London. This boost would be driven by declining valuations and waning emphasis on the U.S.-centric megadeals (especially in solar) that defined the sector in 2008, he says. Another observation in favor of the second camp: There is more diversity in the global cleantech market than ever before — meaning more points of entry for European startups. Last year, 71 percent of cleantech investment went to energy generation companies. But in the first quarter of 2009, energy generation fell to 55 percent, making room for investments in energy storage at 12 percent, energy efficiency at 8 percent, recycling and waste at 6 percent, and so on. Greentech Media Solar Thermal: Which Technology Is Best? 28 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/gmSolarThermal Industry News

Solar thermal technology is the other white meat, according to Fred Morse, president of Morse and Associates and a senior advisor to Spanish power giant Abengoa. It doesn't get the same amount of attention that solar panels do, but thermal – particularly the large-scale solar thermal plants slated for North Africa or the Southwest in the U.S. – will likely become a large component of renewable portfolios in sunbelts. Solar thermal technology is the other white meat, according to Fred Morse, president of Morse and Associates and a senior advisor to Spanish power giant Abengoa. Solar thermal is also an incredibly reliable source of power, because the plants are put into areas that enjoy uninterrupted sunshine more than 320 days a year and can be supplemented with gas turbines. The two decades-old solar thermal plants in California's Mojave desert "have not missed one hour of peak output in their lifetime," Morse said. "When Mt. Pinatubo blew ash into the sky, they just burned a little more gas." Last year, California experienced six days of peak demand. The solar thermal plants produced at 110 percent capacity at that time. Wind turbines produced a measly 3 percent. There are currently plans for 6 gigawatts worth of solar power plants in the U.S. Construction and power production will begin at various sites over the next three years. Another 6 gigawatts to 10 gigawatts could begin in 2010 through 2012 and another 12 to 20 gigawatts of projects could commence in by 2015. Potentially, that's 35 gigawatts of solar thermal by 2020 in the U.S. Typically, it takes four to six years to go from a boardroom decision to the production of power.
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SAMPLE SOLAR REPORT May 4, 2009

Source Veeco

Title Veeco Introduces "FastLine" Glass Coating Platform for Production of CIGS Thin Film Solar Cells

Date 27 April, 2009

Link http://budurl.com/veecoFL

Category Product Highlight

Veeco Instruments Inc., announced the introduction of its FastLine™ platform of Glass Coating Systems, leveraging Veeco’s proven PV-Series™ Thermal Deposition Sources. Veeco’s new FastLine platform is designed for high throughput, low cost of ownership production of CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) solar cells. Piero Sferlazzo, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Veeco’s Solar Equipment business, commented, “Veeco is now the only equipment company offering integrated production-scale solutions for CIGS manufacturing on glass using thermal evaporation sources for the CIGS/absorber layer. Thermal evaporation, as compared to other deposition methods, produces the highest efficiency thin film solar cells and has the lowest materials costs with high material utilization driving down the manufacturing cost per watt. Veeco’s FastLine systems can handle up to thirty 1.1m x 1.4m glass panels/hour. The modular architecture of the system allows customers to scale their output according to their needs. ScienceDaily.com Polymer Solar Cell Plant Hooked Up To Grid In Denmark 27 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/sdPolSC

Source: Veeco Instruments Inc.,

Industry News

Danish researchers have connected a polymer solar cell plant to an electrical grid in a successful world-first demonstration of how the promising renewable energy technology can be integrated into power systems. Risø's solar energy programme has been conducting research into polymer solar cells, a cheap alternative to existing silicon-based solar cells. Research is now at such an advanced stage that a demonstration plant has been built at Risø DTU. From the beginning Risø's research into solar cells based on polymer materials has had a strong focus on production, demonstration and application. As part of an experiment made in cooperation with the companies Mekoprint A/S and Gaia Solar A/S the polymer solar cells have now been connected to the grid at Risø. Semiconductor International S. Korean scientists develop highly efficient plastic-based solar cell 27 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/siPbSC Industry News

South Korean scientists said Monday that they have created a highly efficient plastic-based power cell that can speed up commercial use of solar energy. The team led by Lee Kwang-hee at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), said the solar cells are designed to mimic the photovoltaic activities of plants, and reached an unprecedented energy efficiency rate of 6.2 percent. This is the highest number reached by any single-layer plastic, organic photovoltaic solar cell created in the world to date and should greatly help commercial use of power generation using sunlight, the material science professor at the state-run laboratory said. If fully developed the solar cells, which can easily bend, could be attached to coats, bags, various electronic appliances and building windows. The breakthrough has been confirmed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory and published in the latest on-line international journal of Nature Photonics. Energy efficiency indicates the percentage of sunshine that solar cells turn into electricity. Lee's team's said they used a new material that have quot;open circuit voltagequot; properties and titanium oxide to bring about high efficiency. He added that under so-called green light conditions, the energy efficiency of the new plastic power cells reached 17 percent, which is more than enough to start commercial power generation. Experts said an efficiency rate of 7 percent must be reached for plastic solar cells to become commercially viable. Conventional inorganic silicon-based solar cells used in homes have an efficiency rate of 7 to 8 percent, while very expensive panels placed on satellites have numbers reaching 15 percent. The technology, developed jointly with U.S. researchers led by Alan Heeger of the University of California, Santa Barbara, is an extension of cutting edge research carried out in the past. Venture Beat CPower snags $10.7M to reduce corporate energy use 27 April, 2009 http://budurl.com/vbCPower Funding News

Energy management firm CPower, which helps businesses optimize their operations while reducing their energy use (and glean financial rewards for doing so), has raised $10.68 million in a second round of capital from Mayfield Fund (in its first energy investment), among others. The New York-based company will use the fresh financing to develop its technology offerings and expand to other regions. CPower specializes in turn-key energy solutions, meaning that businesses can adopt its systems and practices fairly easily and see quick results, the company says. Specifically, it offers ways for businesses to cut down on the amount of energy they use overall, meet regulations, manage energy loads at peak times and obtain white certificates, which can then be used to compensate for future overages or sold to other businesses that miss their energy targets. For the most part, the firm works with companies looking to limit their energy footprints. CPower counts big names like Wal-Mart, Sears, NYU Medical Center, Cushman Wakefield and Kmart among its clients. It’s got a strong presence in New England, New York, Texas, California and Ontario but is looking to expand from there. It competes with companies like EnerNOC and Comverge, which run demand response programs of their own. Bessemer Venture Partners, Expansion Capital Partners, Schneider Electric Ventures, New York City Investment Fund and Consensus Business Group also participated in the recent round of funding. CPower raised a $17 million first round of funding in 2007.
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SAMPLE SOLAR REPORT May 4, 2009

Source Solar Industry Mag

Title KUKA Introduces New Wafer-Gripping Tech

Date 27 April, 2009

Link http://budurl.com/simKuka

Category Product News

KUKA Systems says it has designed a new line of wafer-gripping products based in on its KR Sixx and Scara robots. These new technologies are slated for introduction this year and were developed in response to the use of increasingly thinner wafers in the PV industry. KUKA's new technologies include the High Speed Ultra Thin gripper, which is made of carbon fiber to allow simultaneous high-speed gripping and precise position. Integrated multiple vacuum channels ensure firm gripping of the wafers for fast movement and soft holding for accurate positioning, the company notes. Additionally, a special configuration allows an easy rotation through the center of the cells for placing in cell carriers for wet benches, chemical vapor deposition applications or other settings. KUKA has also introduced touchless gripping and transport technology for its grippers. An ultrasonic cushion ensures non-contact gripping and avoids wafer warp and vibration. The company says its Ultrasound Air-Bearing-Technology allows different substrate sizes in one machine and high distances during the picking process. It features low energy consumption as well as a high throughput, as cycle time is less than one second per wafer.

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