In Germany, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will build a photovoltaics facility for its research and energy needs. In cooperation with the module manufacturer Solarwatt of Dresden, researchers will use the new facility to study how service life and grid compatibility of photovoltaic systems can be enhanced. “The photovoltaics facility for own consumption does not only represent a research project of KIT; it also marks the start of the energy turnaround for KIT’s own power supply,” said KIT president Eberhard Umbach. In its first phase, KIT will install and commission photovoltaics modules of about 1 MW on the school grounds by the fall. Over one year, 2 percent of KIT’s power supply will be covered by the facility. Photo courtesy of M. Lober/KIT. Intelligent-robots provider Adept Technology Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., has officially opened its East Coast application and demonstration center in Amherst, N.H. The 5000-sq-ft facility allows customers and integrators to prove out advanced robotic packaging, handling, dispensing or assembling applications in real time using Adept robots and vision guidance and conveyor controls, the company said. Konica Minolta Sensing Americas (KMSA) Inc. of Ramsey, N.J., is now selling Munich-based Instrument Systems GmbH’s light-measurement products in North America. The arrangement results from Konica Minolta Optics Inc.’s 2012 acquisition of Instrument Systems. The latter company makes optical test and measurement instruments including spectrometers, imaging photometers and colorimeters, goniophotometers and integrating spheres. The additional products further expand KMSA’s measurement capabilities from the UV to the near-IR. Fitchburg, Mass.-based Headwall Photonics has teamed up with Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS) of Australia for distribution of Headwall’s sensors there and in New Zealand. The deal reflects the growing interest of the remote- sensing industry in both ground-based and airborne hyperspectral sensors, Headwall said. PAS, which has 20 years of experience in instrumentation, has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Laser diode supplier Frankfurt Laser Co. of Friedrichsdorf, Germany, announced an exclusive partnership in Europe with diode maker Elite Optoelectronics of China. “Elite Optoelectronics’ product line complements our line of machine vision and defense laser diode modules, and will help us to serve customers that envisage large-volume price-sensitive projects which require a combination of high quality and reliability, and aggressive prices,” said Dr. Vsevolod Mazo, Frankfurt Laser general manager and founder. Elite Optoelectronics supplies OEM laser diode modules for military, industrial, medical and research applications. Agilent Technologies Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., has opened a $25 million center in Mulgrave, Australia, for cutting-edge spectroscopy research, laboratory testing and training. “The [center’s] open-plan areas for project teams have been designed to foster interaction and to help improve customer and field linkages,” said Mike McMullen, president of the Chemical Analysis Group. The facility also provides advanced communications technology to facilitate collaboration between Agilent divisions, research partners and global customers. Photo courtesy of Agilent.