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The PowerFLEX module is rolled onto and adhered to the roof membrane, requiring no mounting hardware. The roof membrane is not perforated, and no additional wind load is created. The look of the building is not altered. The PowerFLEX module has a large format (5.75m x 0.5m) and a high power density (300W). It is around 50% more efficient than flexible silicone solar cells.


OPEL Solar to propose name change to OPEL Technologies


The name change should provide more focus and a clear framework for the two distinct divisions of the Company. OPEL Solar has its HCPV and solar tracker technologies, and ODIS possesses the GaAs POET technology.


OPEL Solar International has announced that proxy materials were recently mailed to shareholders with respect to the Annual and Special Meeting of shareholders to be held in Toronto on June 21, 2011 (the Meeting”) and PDF copies of the said material has been filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).


In addition to the usual matters to be determined at the Meeting, including the appointment of auditors and election of directors, shareholders will be asked to consider a special resolution authorizing, subject to regulatory approval, the proposed change in the name of the Company to ‘OPEL Technologies Inc.’


The Name Change provides more focus and a clear framework for the two distinct divisions of the Company. OPEL Solar has its HCPV and solar tracker technologies, and ODIS has the extraordinary GaAs POET technology. With each division having such significant technologies in their own right, the Company and its shareholders are best served to take a name that is more descriptive to encompass the broadening universe that is OPEL today.


Shareholders will also be asked, at the meeting, to approve Amendments to the Company’s Stock Option Plan in order to increase the Number of Shares Reserved for Issuances under the Option Plan.


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The Directors have approved these matters, as they believe they are in the best interests of the shareholders. Management’s focus is on its efforts to grow the Company to its next level of success, to build on the strong foundation already in place, to provide increased brand recognition and to increase investor awareness, which should eventually yield added shareholder value. The Company’s business outlook continues to be extremely positive, and shareholders will be presented with an update on the Company at the Meeting.


Sofradir’s MCT detectors to power Sentinel-5-Precursor space mission


Over the last 12 years, Sofradir has optimised the design of the focal plane array (FPA) used in its detectors and is presently offering two versions of packaging, one with an active cooler and one with passive cooling in the satellite.


Sofradir, a developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors for military, space and industrial applications, has been awarded the contract to provide shortwave infrared (SWIR) arrays for the TROPOMI/S5 - (Sentinel 5 Precursor) mission, as part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) space initiative. GMES is a joint undertaking of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA).


Under the contract, Sofradir will deliver to SSTL (UK), a worldwide supplier of satellite and space equipment, off-the-shelf 1000x256 SWIR arrays, based on its MCT/HgCdTe technology. Selecting an off-the-shelf model that has proven its performance and reliability has eliminated the need for Sofradir to go through a preliminary design phase, which can involve extensive screening and qualification. This translates into an 18-month saving in delivery time of the flight models. As a result, all deliveries will be completed within 24 months.


“This new contract shows that Sofradir has the right infrared products for the space community,” said Philippe Bensussan, chairman and CEO at Sofradir. “Repeat orders of our off-the-shelf space-qualified MCT detectors allow us to offer IR products to our space customers at affordable prices with short lead


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