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ENERGY INDABA 2011 AIMS TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

The mainstream media have confirmed what industry insiders have known for some time “ South Africa’s electricity supply is under pressure yet again, and business and consumers face another round of power cuts and further tariff hikes, necessitating the debate on the security of energy supply, a key topic to be addressed at the 2011 Energy Indaba.

An article on the front page of last week’s Business Times (SA dreads the lights going out yet again, Sunday Times, January 9 2011 at http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article838909.ece/SA-dreads-the-lights-going-out-yet-again) warns that mining will be one of the industries worst affected by possible power outages, while businesses that remain unprepared could face closure.

“This year’s Energy Indaba could not be more timeous,” says event MD Liz Hart. “Business urgently needs to explore solutions to the looming crisis as well as long-term solutions to bridging Africa’s energy gap.”

Energy Indaba 2011 takes place from March 1 to 3 at Sandton Convention Centre, combining both a conference and exhibition that will bring together the foremost experts in the world, as well as energy providers in both the traditional and alternative markets.

Eskom cannot prevent load shedding on its own and needs the support of all stakeholders. The Energy Indaba embraces the opportunity to identify and showcase companies and their products from the local, African and international marketplace with potential solutions to these challenges. Coupled to this is the need to understand how to become more energy efficient in today’s modern society, which is very energy reliant. Companies from China will be displaying products and services at the Energy Indaba exhibition which provide some of these answers and can assist in the reduction of energy usage. Africa needs to make energy efficiency a reality on this continent, as the investment required for the development of the energy sector is significant and as such is a challenge for many parts of Africa. Should Africa adopt an approach of becoming more energy efficient, this will reduce the investment required to power rural communities as well as keeping the lights on in other developed regions.

The Energy Indaba provides a platform to further promote energy efficiency in Africa, by increasing public awareness programmes showcasing energy efficienct technologies, exploring innovative financing mechanisms for funding energy efficiency projects and to enhance the message whereby Africans should try and entrench the principle of energy efficiency in their day-to-day activities so that energy efficiency consciousness becomes a way life.

We encourage business to participate at this forum to prepare their own organisations for the uncertainty in South Africa’s energy sector over the next few years, while contributing towards Africa realising its potential to emerge as a global player,â€? says Hart.

To secure your exhibition stand at this prestigious event and/or register as a delegate, please contact Candice Scorer on +27 11 463 9184, fax +27 11 463 8432, visit www.energyindaba.co.za or email info@siyenza.za.com.

ENDS
January 13, 2011
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Issued by: Siyenza Management- Celine de Canha
On behalf of: Energy Indaba
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About Siyenza Management

Siyenza Management is a multi-faceted communications company, well established within the South African business community, and well placed to co-ordinate an event of this stature. We are immensely proud of both our South Africa roots and ability to provide services to global standards, in the fields of brand architecture, communication, event management, marketing and publishing. Siyenza, meaning “we do� in Nguni, provides a platform to facilitate the bringing together of people. Renowned as a world-class service provider, with strong networks across South Africa, Africa and the world, Siyenza is highly regarded in the business community and has sound track record of delivery, as one of the top 15 event management companies in Africa.

Kind regards

Celine de Canha
PR Executive

The interest of South East Europe in Green Energy, Waste Management & Recycling is growing up

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The South-East European Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Eco Forum for Waste Management & Recycling  Save the Planet are great opportunities for the leading players in the sectors to bring modern technologies, products and services to the Region, to find new partners and clients. The events organized by Via Expo will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the period 13-15 April 2011.

EE & Renewable Financing, Energy Efficiency and Decentralized Energy, RES Electricity, Smart Grid Platform, Waste management and Recycling are the topics to be discussed at the three-day forums. For the fist time there will be held “Solar Business Forum for Balkans”. It will show the opportunities for investment and production of photovoltaic devices and plants in the region of South-East Europe.

Special accent will be put on the Waste-to-Energy session with 15 speakers from 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Japan, Canada, USA, UK, Serbia and Switzerland.

The presentaton of Barbel Birnstengel, Prognos AG, Germany, will focus on the potential of the waste it has a high material or energy value and thus could contribute to resource, environment and climate protection. How to produce useful fuels and electricity from biomass and waste resources? These questions will answer Kunio Yoshikawa from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, which is developing and commercializing total technologies to convert unutilized resources such as solid wastes and biomass into high value added energy resources.

John P. Foden president of Canadian Energy-from-Waste Coalition will speak how to get approved of w2e projects, how to manage and communicate with local communities and interest groups.

The parallel exhibitions will display state-of the-art products, solutions and services in the fields of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, waste management and recycling.

About 4 months before the events 2/3 of the area is already booked for Spanish National Participation and group participation from Austria, China, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, and the USA.
Among the exhibitors are well known names: Enercon, Global Wind Power, Fronius, Hyundai, voestalpine Krems, Phono Technologies Switzerland, Franki Grundbau, Eurosol, Siemens, Solea, PowerWind and many others.

For more info: www.viaexpo.com

Vesela Nikolova
Via Expo Ltd.

Energy Harvesting & Storage Conference expands By Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Energy Harvesting & Storage

The conference Energy Harvesting in Cambridge UK on June 3-4 has enhanced its first and second day line up with carefully chosen speakers giving the big picture, with a particular emphasis on commercialization. Energy harvesting – making electronic and electric devices self sufficient for decades – is rapidly moving from the laboratory into a plethora of new applications. The first day of this unique conference is dedicated to uses, potential uses and market sizes – the first time an energy harvesting conference has served this aspect. Latest to join the speaker list on the first day is Lockheed Martin subsidiary Savi airing their need for energy harvesting in military and heavy logistics RFID.
The second day covers all the important technologies and what is possible when. Latest addition here is Dr Steven Novack of Idaho National Laboratory. His flexible sheets of printable nano antennas promise to harvest light – and beyond – at up to double the efficiency of the best, highly expensive, photovoltaic solar cells yet be affordable and easily applied to any structure whatever its shape.

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of analysts IDTechEx staging the conference says, “The first day is when we hear Rolls Royce Aeroengines and many other major users and potential users. It is now well complemented by the full range of technologies being compared on the second day – piezoelectrics, electrodynamics, photovoltaics, nantennas and thermoelectrics with an emphasis on applications. For example, three very important aspects now receiving major attention are energy harvesting tolerant electronics -where we have three speakers – and use of several energy harvesting methods together to give greater security of supply. At the event, delegates specializing in one technology will be forming partnerships with those having complementary technologies. Then there is the fact that 90% of potential wireless sensor network applications are impossible without energy harvesting. Four speakers describe exciting advances in this aspect as well as other progress.”

There is an exhibition, Masterclasses and visits to local centres of excellence.  The Masterclasses are led by world class authorities from IDTechEx and elsewhere, an example being Dr Emma Kendrick of Fife Batteries with Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Harry Zervos of IDTechEx leading the Energy Storage Masterclass on the day after the conference. The visit to see Cambridge University CAPE research on batteries, piezoelectrics and photovoltaics will be hosted by Dr Andrew Flewitt at the University.

ENDS

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at p.harrop@IDTechEx.com  or to find out more about the Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Corinne Jennings at c.jennings@IDTechEx.com

IDTechEx Dates:
Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/eh
RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/RFIDeurope
Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan www.IDTechEx.com/peASIA
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/ehUSA
RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/wireless
Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA

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IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe increased attendance by 20%

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

760 attendees from 32 countries attended the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe event in Dresden earlier this month. The event, the largest in the World on the topic, grew by over 20% compared to the previous year. Attendees said of the show:

 ”An ideal introduction to the Printed Electronics Industry, excellent venue and great speakers.” UK Trade and Investment.

“The perfect networking environment.” Prelonic Technologies

 ”If you are involved in printed electronics in any way, this conference is a must for networking with academics, material suppliers, equipment suppliers, processors and even potential customers.” Conductive Inkjet Technology

 ”This conference was an excellent opportunity for us, as a spin-off company, to come into contact with key players in the field from the material and the equipment side.” NeoDec

 ”High concentration of Printed Electronics Companies in one place with lots of people from the PE industry here, learn, make contacts.”

Bayer Material Science.

 Building on this success, IDTechEx is focussing on its third annual prestigious Printed Electronics Asia event which will be held in Tokyo, Japan on Sept 30th to Oct 1st 2009. In addition to a 2 day conference and exhibition, there will also be exclusive tours to major Japanese organisations working on printed electronics and thin film photovoltaics. This is your chance to meet, learn from and forge new relationships with your counterparts in Asia. There is an exclusive 40% early bird discount off the registration price until May 31st. See www.IDTechEx.com/peAsia for details.

 The sixth annual Printed Electronics USA 2009 event will be held in the heart of Silicon Valley at San Jose, CA on December 2nd-3rd 2009. We are co-locating our Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon show alongside Printed Electronics USA creating the focal point for the industry and the must attend networking event of the year.

See www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA for details.

 If you require any further information on attending, presenting or exhibiting at these events, please contact Chris Clare at c.clare@idtechex.com

Record Attendance at IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

In the current recession, there are few sectors which are growing rapidly, but one of those is printed electronics. Pre-registered attendance at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference, which will be held in Dresden, Germany, on April 7-8, is 20% higher than at the same time before the event last year. Over 700 attendees from 32 countries have registered so far, with a record 66 exhibitors.

Many world first exclusives will be announced, including a breakthrough in thin film memory printing from Thin Film Electronics and Inktec, new low cost copper inks and room temperature sintering from NovaCentrix, and the launch of inkjet printers and materials from Samsung Electromechanics, among others. Dirk Hilbert, the mayor of Dresden, will be opening the prestigious IDTechEx Printed Electronics Awards ceremony, held in a beautiful ballroom in Dresden.

Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, says “We are delighted to bring together world leading end users from many different sectors, including consumer packaged goods, healthcare, automotive and transit, aerospace, advertising and games companies. These companies seek new products and new electronics solutions, and our exhibitors and attendees from industry will have the opportunity to learn of their needs and meet them.” To see examples of end user attendees, go to www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope.

Printed Electronics Europe is the only event in Europe to give you the big picture – covering organics to printed inorganics and their application, from toys to energy harvesters. Don’t miss the world’s largest event on the topic – see www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope for full details.


About IDTechEx, host of Printed Electronics Europe

IDTechEx is a knowledge-based consulting company providing research and analysis on Printed and Thin Film Electronics, RFID, and Energy Harvesting.  Since 1999, IDTechEx has given independent marketing, technical and business advice and services on these subjects in three forms – consulting, research and events.  In 2006, IDTechEx was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, after serving customers in more than 50 countries.  With locations in three countries, United Kingdom, United States, and Germany, IDTechEx provides truly global coverage of developments in all of their subject areas.  For more information, visit www.IDTechEx.com. The IDTechEx Printed Electronics series of events are held in Europe, USA and Asia annually.

For more information on Printed Electronics Europe 2009 please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com.

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEUROPE

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEUROPE

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/eh

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/RFIDeurope

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan www.IDTechEx.com/peASIA

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/ehUSA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/wireless

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
www.IDTechEx.com/pvUSA

Breakthrough in Producing Printed Memory – an interview

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

By Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Ltd. with Johan Carlsson, President and CEO of Thinfilm, and Kwang-Choon Chung, President and CEO of InkTec.

Thin Film Electronics, an Oslo, Norway, based Company with R&D facilities in Linkoping, Sweden, known as Thinfilm, and InkTec Co. Ltd, known as InkTec, have together made a breakthrough in producing printed memory on flexible substrates. Here Dr Peter Harrop of analyst’s IDTechEx, interviews Johan Carlsson, President and CEO of Thinfilm and Kwang-Choon Chung, President and CEO of InkTec, about the latest development.

PH: For a long time, IDTechEx has been advocating more effort on printed memory, one of the missing parts of the printed electronics toolkit that is vital for progress. Can you tell us about this latest breakthrough and the history of your company please?

Johan Carlsson
: Our latest development concerns a joint Thinfilm and InkTec project with the aim of demonstrating R2R high volume manufacturing of printed memories. The project has been a huge success with the realization of a R2R production worthy printing process capable of realizing printed memory cells with a yield in the 96-97 % range for the best device structure. Up to now more than 100 meters of roll has been produced with a total of 5 printing steps. This is to our knowledge one of the world first established R2R processes capable of producing electronic components other than conductors and antennas with high yield. It is especially impressive given that the printed memory film thickness is only about 200 nm.

Thinfilm is a public research and development company founded in 1997 with aim to commercialize its polymer memory technology. The most promising aspect of Thinfilm’s polymer technology lies in the fact that it is possibly the only nonvolatile memory technology that can be fabricated entirely by printing. Thinfilm´s technology is based on development that we initially performed together with Intel for the production of so called hybrid high density silicon-polymer memories. Together we produced working 512 MB chip modules in 0.25 µm technology and that was 5 years ago using Thinfilm´s unique polymer memory technology.

PH: That is extremely exciting and significant. How does the partnership with InkTec operate and what other partnerships are in place with Thinfilm?

Johan Carlsson: The partnership with InkTec is characterized by mutual trust, transparency, efficient and professional exchange of information. This has enabled us to quickly resolve technical issues. We are moreover very impressed by InkTec’s facilities at the second factory in Pyoungtaek just outside of Seoul which are entirely dedicated to printed electronics with class 10 000 clean room in general areas and class 1000 around production equipment.

Other important partnerships that are in place are with the like of Xaar plc, OTB (print equipment vendors), Solvay (polymer vendor), Soligie Inc. (Printed Electronic Manufacturer and Integrator), AGFA (conductive polymer vendor), DuPont Teijin Films (substrate vendor) and Cartamundi (Card manufacturer) and Weyerhaeuser (printed RFID developer) for the commercial production and marketing of printed memories.

PH: What is your roadmap for commercialisation of printed memory? Can you give us any dates and product specifications that will be achieved?

Johan Carlsson: Given our business model i.e. licensing technology to partners for them to do the end user sales and manufacturing, makes it hard for us to give any dates as we don’t control the entire value chain. But as we do work closely with all of our partners we know of some very exciting products that are in the final stage of design, and should if everything will be on plan, they will be introduced in the market sometime early next year. The results achieved with InkTec are a major milestone in meeting the schedule.

PH: One area of printed electronics starting to get great attention is transparent electronics with flexible transparent batteries, photovoltaics, lighting, transistors and so on being demonstrated. Clearly transparent electronic film will not detract from branding on packaging and it can go in many places where electronics cannot currently be applied. Will there be a transparent Thinfilm memory?

Johan Carlsson
: Thinfilm’s memory polymer is in itself transparent which means that a transparent memory cell can be made with any transparent electrode material. This means that transparent cells can easily be made as soon as integration with a suitable transparent electrode can be achieved. We have for example already in 2005 demonstrated printed memories using the conductive polymer PEDOT/PSS as electrode material which is nearly transparent.

PH: One other dream for printed electronics is printing many components on top of each other. This will save space and eliminate the wiring needed by conventional silicon chips, displays and so on. Will Thinfilm memory be layered with other components one day?

Johan Carlsson: Certainly, this in fact one of the basic ideas behind Thinfilm´s hybrid memory technology where multiple layers of memory were used in order to increase memory capacity / unit area. All of the drive electronics was situated below the stacked polymer memories. When it comes to printed electronics this is all dependent on the solubility of various layers (electronics polymers) and/or development of via processes through separation layers. So by using the right set of materials one can envision that our memory could be printed on top or below other components.

PH: What types of electronic device are going to be most suitable to adopt Thinfilm memory in the near future?

Johan Carlsson
: We are currently aiming at the game cards and toys industry for our so called stand alone memories (contact). These memories are also suitable for brand protection type applications. We are also working on integration of our memory technology with logic and we hope to soon be able to draw benefit of this work in terms of applications like fully printed RFID tags.

PH: What do you see as your main competition?

Johan Carlsson: To our knowledge there is no competing printed re-writable memory technology that is sufficiently mature to be of any near term threat. On the other hand, there are a number of companies and research groups that publish results on novel memory technologies that seem promising – one never knows what might appear and therefore we keep a close eye on the development and are open to cooperation.

PH: We are very excited that you are presenting at the forthcoming IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe conference in Dresden and this announcement will be one of the most important firsts. What will you cover in your presentation?

Johan Carlsson: We will cover our latest results on volume production of printed memories. We will in particular share some important details as well as show video clips from the production.

PH: have you anything else to report at this stage?

Johan Carlsson: As I mentioned earlier, are we working with a number of partners in different areas. These projects are also progressing very well, why I foresee further announcements once we reach good technical results or commercial success. Just stay tuned it’s more to come!

PH: We understand and are very impressed that you now can print memories in a production facility. How do you foresee that this will impact printed electronics in general and specifically your own activities in this field?

Kwang-Choon Chung: We are very excited and particularly with the achievement of being able to produce the memories which rely on the integrity of a thin polymer film where the slightest defect will lead to a short. This is a real confidence booster both for printed electronics in general and in particular for us. This proves that our investment of a dedicated printed electronics factory was the right thing to do and this also opens up the opportunity for integration with other technologies such as transistors. Our prototype line is equipped with screen, gravure, flexo printing stations, a microgravure coating station as well as an inline 12 m oven with 5 independent zones for thermal treatment – we are thus well equipped to do any kind of development. Thinfilm’s unique memory technology will also add yet another market segment for our ink products and in addition another application to our successful Print Services business, which both will contribute to the continued growth of our company.

PH
: We understand that you also develop and produce silver inks for the printed electronics industry. Can you tell us a little bit more about the characteristics and their role in this project?

Kwang-Choon Chung
: Our ink is based on a proprietary silver complex compound and is thus non-particle based. This has been crucial, in particular, for roughness control and integrity of the printed memory film. Another important aspect of our silver complex compound is that most suitable solvents for the production of inks are entirely compatible with the printed memory film thereby avoiding shorts and the use of protection layers.

PH: What is your production capacity? Any plans of expansion?

Kwang-Choon Chung: Our printing lines are optimized for mass production. We have currently three Roll to Roll lines equipped with screen, gravure and flexo printing stations as well as microgravure coating stations. Our annual capacity is around 10 million sqm at each line. We will consider both further facility expansion and dedicated lines for printed electronic applications.

PH: What other printed electronics components are you working on/producing?

Kwang-Choon Chung
: We have recently got a printed flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) product approved for mass production by a local partner. We have also focused on printing antennas which gives the highest volume and lowest cost by using flexible substrates and electronic materials. The antennas can be applied in the packaging, textiles and smart card industries. InkTec has also developed various functional films such as reflective film, EMI shielding and transparent conductive films etc. by using our own electronic materials and printing facilities. These films are used by the display, signage and architectural industries as a decoration or functional parts.

About Thinfilm:

Thin Film Electronics, an Oslo, Norway-based Company with R&D facilities in Linkoping, Sweden, is the pioneer in the use of functional polymer materials for non-volatile memory applications. Dense functional memories have been demonstrated using both traditional processing for silicon-based chips and more recently printing. Thinfilm delivers printed memory today and, with partners like InkTec, will deliver integrated printed electronics tomorrow. Thin Film Electronics ASA is listed on the Oslo Axess list at the Oslo stock exchange, Norway.

For more information on Thinfilm, visit www.thinfilm.se.

About InkTec:
InkTec Co., Ltd. is a leading edge Korean company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of commercial and electronic inks. It has successfully designed and manufactured wide format UV-curable flatbed inkjet printers and numerous lines of ink products for large format printing applications, digital textile printing, as well as refill kits for consumer inkjet and laser printers. Most recently, electronic inks have been introduced through InkTec’s successful research and development efforts. Extensive process innovation methods of ink production are yielding lower costs of manufacturing as well as higher standards of quality. In the printed electronic industry, InkTec is determined to reach greater heights by merging printed applications and electronic ink, a combination that could see the creation of 21st century products. InkTec Co., Ltd. is listed on the Korea stock exchange market and for more information on InkTec, visit http://www.inktec.com/english/


For more information on Printed Electronics Europe 2009 please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com or to find out more about Printed Electronics technologies please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at p.harrop@IDTechEx.com

IDTechEx Event Dates:
Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope09
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEurope

IDTechEx – Commercialise Innovation Two Weeks until Printed Electronics Europe 2009 By Dr. Harry Zervos, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Less than two weeks remain until IDTechEx conferences Printed Electronics Europe 2009 and Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon 2009 take place, in Dresden, Germany on the 7th and 8th of April.

International speakers from major research and technology hubs around the globe, as well as integrators and end-users of innovative technologies, will be there, to exchange opinions, network, present recent results and progress in their respective fields. In addition, they will be expressing needs, discussing challenges faced and obstacles overcome in the efforts to commercialise innovation.

Companies presenting at the conference range in size and scope to give a broad overview on the subject of growth of the industry sectors addressed. Together with end-user input, the conference provides the grounds and the opportunities for immediate interaction between the providers of innovative technologies and those who will implement and use it for their and their products’ benefit.

End Users

Examples include presentations from car manufacturers such as FIAT and Daimler, toy manufacturers Ravensburger and government agencies such as NASA, providing insight into their needs from these new technologies, allowing attendees to gain firsthand knowledge of what their potential customers require. The range of end-users involved with the conference is very wide, with attendees registered from companies that have become household names such as Nestle, BMW, Braun, Hallmark and Procter & Gamble.

TFT and Displays developments

Delving more into the technology advances that will be presented at the event, display giants such as Samsung and SONY will be talking about their development of thin film transistors and their achievements in making better performing and more robust devices and manufacturing techniques. Other approaches covered at the event include QD Vision’s development of quantum dot light emitting devices for displays and lighting applications as well as Texas Instruments’ approach towards powering innovative displays such as flexible organic light emitting displays (OLEDs).

Electronic Paper developments are also attracting a lot of attention so the latest development from “spotlight startup” Plastic Logic as well as Prime View International and Bridgestone Corporation will cover development and commercialisation efforts.

Wearable Electronics

Electronic functionality is being made possible in areas where it wasn’t possible before as electronics are characterised by new properties such as stretchability, wearability, etc. Wearable electronics are being further investigated at Printed Electronics Europe, with companies like Sefar discussing the bridging of the gap between electronics and fabrics as well as opportunities for printed electronics presented by Interactive Wear’s CEO Mr. Andreas Roepert. Research at PHILIPS or the Embedded Systems Lab at University Passau is also highlighted, giving an overview of the current status of efforts in the field.

Conductive Materials

Graphene and copper inks are attracting a lot of attention as well, especially with instability in the pricing of silver or issues with its disposal (let’s not forget that silver is a biocide, making it the last thing you would want to have ending up in a landfill), should electronics become ubiquitous and disposable. Applied Nanotech is presenting on its proposition for replacing silver inks: a highly conductive inkjet printable copper nanoparticle ink that could potentially be a solution to the issues of silver. Graphene research and development will also be presented by Vorbeck Materials as well as Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of the biggest gathering of technologists and end-users in Europe this April. For more information on Printed Electronics Europe visit www.IDTechEx.com/peEurope.

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Harry Zervos at h.zervos@IDTechEx.com or to find out more about the Printed Electronics Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com.>

IDTechEx Dates:

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEUROPE

Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEUROPE

Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/eh

RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/RFIDeurope

Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan www.IDTechEx.com/peASIA

Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/ehUSA

RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA www.IDTechEx.com/wireless

Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
www.IDTechEx.com/pvUSA

Solar Cells – More Applications Emerging IDTechEx, Cambridge, UK By Dr. Harry Zervos, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Solar Gadgets

Solar cells are not only about big solar farms or rooftop installations. Green initiatives are taking over the world of gadgets as well and here are a few examples of integration of solar cell technology into products that have been around for a long time and will benefit from the kind of independence solar technology can provide (on a sunny day…)

Hands Free

The Vero ENB-100 Bluetooth kit is apparently the world’s first solar powered Bluetooth hands-free car kit. But since its introduction, a few more offerings have become available such as the Prestigio Solar Bluetooth Hands Free. Bluetooth technology leaves both hands free to drive and its solar battery means you are free of cables in the car. It solves the problems of safe talking in the car and recharging without energy sources.

The R1 Solar Bluetooth Handsfree Kit is a portable car speakerphone equipped with a solar panel — eight hours in the sun will give you 60 hours of talk time. Users can control the device and their phone via voice prompts and conduct a conference call from anywhere. The dual microphones are designed to pick up voices from as far as 30 feet away with their 360 degree array. Users can also choose Isolation Mode, which will only pick up voice in one microphone.

Samsung Blue Earth

The Blue Earth is the first such phone to the market and charges up via the solar panel on the back of the phone, apparently generating enough electronic power to make a call anytime. Adding to those green credentials, the Blue Earth is made from a recycled plastic called PCM, which is extracted from water bottles.

The packaging for Blue Earth is designed to be both small and light, made from recycled paper, and comes with a 5 star energy efficient charger which uses standby power lower than 0.03W.

… and the wild card…

Lingerie maker Triumph International presented its “Photovoltaic-Powered Bra” during an unveiling in Tokyo in May 2008. The camisole bra, which the company calls “earth and human friendly”, features a solar panel which can display messages on the removable small electric board when the cell generates electricity. The bra is also equipped with pads designed to hold beverages so that the usage of cans and plastic bottles can be reduced, the company said.

IDTechEx Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon in Dresden, on the 7th and 8th of April 2009 might not feature more news on the solar bra, but its focus on end user adoption of innovation will guarantee fruitful interaction with the people who are ready to implement solar solutions in their product ranges, from automotive manufacturers like FIAT all the way to small device producers such as SOLARC with products such as cocktail stirrers and solar powered milk frothers. Small scale or large, solar cells are here to stay.

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009

Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009, co-located with Printed Electronics Europe, is in Dresden, Germany on 7th and 8th April. This conference maps the launch of many forms of flexible solar cell designed for replacing everything from power stations to batteries, but also making totally new things possible in e-packaging, skin patches delivering drugs and mobile phones and laptops that will never have flat batteries. With over 50 exhibitors and over 700 attendees, this is set to be the biggest event of its kind. For more information on the conference, visit www.IDTechEx.com/pvEurope.

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Harry Zervos at h.zervos@IDTechEx.com or to find out more about the Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Chris Clare at c.clare@IDTechEx.com

IDTechEx Dates:
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon Europe 2009| April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/pvEUROPE
Printed Electronics Europe 2009 | April 7-8 | Dresden, Germany www.IDTechEx.com/peEUROPE
Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/eh
RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK www.IDTechEx.com/RFIDeurope
Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan www.IDTechEx.com/peASIA
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA www.IDTechEx.com/peUSA
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
www.IDTechEx.com/pvUSA

Photovoltaics Summit 2009 Final program confirmed: Assessing Markets and Advances in Solar Technologies

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

PORTLANDIntertechPira, a leading conference and research organization is pleased to announce the final program for the 4th annual Photovoltaics Summit conference set for June 1 – 3, 2009 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA, US.

Last year’s 3rd annual Photovoltaics Summit grew by more than 35% since its previous year and has become well known in the industry for the high quality of the presentations and conference experience. This year’s program will provide an updated, in-depth forum for new developments to be shared and is designed for those with a background in the technology as well as relative newcomers to the field. Speakers from AltaTerra Research, Enphase Energy, EuPD Research, Global Market Consultants, GP Solar GmbH, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Harvard University, IntertechPira, KV Architects, Moser Baer, Navigant Consulting, NREL, Oerlikon Solar, PG&E, Recurrent Energy, Rofin-Sinar, Safeway, Signet Solar, Solaicx, SolFocus, Solaria, Spire Solar, Suniva, Sun Works LLC, Thornton Solar Consulting, Tioga Energy, United Solar Ovonic, University of Vermont and Whole Foods will present and address the opportunities and most critical challenges for the commercialization of PV technologies. Also featured in the program include two parallel tracks for a deeper understanding of materials and manufacturing and utility-scale solar initiatives; one panel discussion with corporate solar consumers; two half-day seminars and numerous networking functions.

This is an exciting time for alternative energy, and for solar in particular, “said Senior Conference Producer, Jessica Johnson. A new administration focused on developing new solar projects could mean new opportunities for novel technologies and innovative companies. I’m optimistic that this year’s Photovoltaics Summit is going to be the best yet, with an expanded program and almost twice the number of speakers from last year!

Co-Chaired by Dr Jean Posbic, Director of Projects of BP Solar and Dr Tom Surek, PV Consultant and former PV Program Manager of NREL, Photovoltaics Summit 2009 is a key industry event, providing the opportunity to network with leading experts and gain the necessary knowledge in this growing field. Two pre-conference seminars, An Introduction to Photovoltaics Technology: Research, Development, Systems and Applications and PV Markets and Supply Chains: A Global Outlook will be held prior to the conference on Monday, June 1.

For complete program details and registering options, please visit:
www.photovoltaicssummit.com

To expand upon the alternative energy market, the week will continue with Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2009 set for June 4-5, 2009 at the Hotel Kabuki. Co-Chaired by Rainer Aringhoff, Solar Millennium and Fred Morse, Abengoa Solar, this two day conference and exhibition will address the current issues in the utility scale solar arena. Attendees will hear the latest updates and developments from leading power purchasers and project developers and receive insight into the latest public and private funding activities. Additional topics to be discussed include transmission, onsite planning and the latest technology and systems. Visit www.cstpower-conference for complete program details.

About IntertechPira

IntertechPira provides events, training, online information and publications across a wide range of contemporary issues and technologies affecting industry. Our 100% independent products are provided globally 24/7 and delivered by teams of independent experts at sites in Portland, ME, US and London, UK through 20 specialized industrial platforms. Our core competencies are information on: research and product development, globalization and new markets; production methods; regulatory and compliance.

Press Contact:
Sheri Bonnell, Press Officer
sheri.bonnell@pira-international.com
207.781.9637
www.intertechpira.com
www.photovoltaicssummit.com
www.cstpower-conference.com

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Photovoltaics Summit 2009

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


Director of BP Solar and Former PV Program Manager of NREL to Co-Chair two-day event

PORTLAND, Maine IntertechPira, a leading conference and research organization is pleased to announce Dr Jean Posbic, Director of Projects of BP Solar and Dr Tom Surek, PV Consultant and former PV Program Manager of NREL as Co-Chairs for the two-day conference and exhibition.

Set for June 1 – 3, 2009 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA, US, speakers from Suniva, Solaicx, EuPD Research, SolFocus, Safeway, Moser Baer, AltaTerra Research, Global Market Consultants, Tioga Energy, Spire Solar, Rofin-Sinar, KV Architects, Recurrent Energy, Signet Solar, Steve Ransome Consulting, Harvard University and Unisolar will present the latest market trends and developments, efficiency and lifetime challenges and production technologies and applications to engage in comprehensive discussions with key innovators and decision makers from the technical and business sides of the PV, OPV and organic and printed electronics industries.

This is an exciting time for alternative energy, and for solar in particular, “said Senior Conference Producer, Jessica Johnson. A new administration focused on developing new solar projects could mean new opportunities for novel technologies and innovative companies. I’m optimistic that this year’s Photovoltaics Summit is going to be the best yet, with an expanded program and almost twice the number of speakers from last year!

To expand upon the alternative energy market, the week will continue with Concentrating Solar Thermal Power 2009 set for June 4 – 5, 2009 at the Hotel Kabuki. Co-Chaired by Rainer Aringhoff, Solar Millennium and Fred Morse, Abengoa Solar, this two day conference and exhibition will address the current issues in the utility scale solar arena. Attendees will hear the latest updates and developments from leading power purchasers and project developers and receive insight into the latest public and private funding activities. Additional topics to be discussed include transmission, onsite planning and the latest technology and systems. Confirmed speakers include: APS, PG&E, Nevada Power Company, Skyfuel, SolarReserve, Emerging Energy Research, Navigant, Milbank, Chadbourne & Parke and Stirling Energy Systems Terrafore.

With alternative energy on the rise, these conferences provide exclusive platforms for anyone interested in learning how the US market is ready to move forward with the times.

For program details and registering options, please visit:
www.photovoltaicssummit.com and www.cstpower-conference.com

About IntertechPira

IntertechPira provides events, training, online information and publications across a wide range of zeitgeist issues and disruptive technologies affecting industry. Our 100% independent products are provided globally 24/7 and delivered by teams of independent experts at sites in Portland, ME, US and London, UK through 20 specialized industrial platforms. Our core competencies are information on: research and product development, globalization and new markets; production methods; regulatory and compliance.


Press Contact:
Sheri Bonnell, Press Officer
sheri.bonnell@pira-international.com
207.781.9637
www.intertechpira.com
www.photovoltaicssummit.com
www.cstpower-conference.com