BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 23 -- Spire Corp. is expanding Spire Solar Europe to support its increased activities in Germany and other European countries. Spire Solar Europe has added technical staff at its headquarters in Schopfheim, Germany, to improve support to its European customers as they expand their production capacity for manufacturing solar electric modules. New orders for Spire's manufacturing equipment have recently been received from a number of German and Portuguese companies. Many European governments are aggressively supporting the use of solar electric systems to provide clean, renewable, solar electric energy to their citizens. Germany is one of the leading markets in the world for Spire's photovoltaic module manufacturing equipment.