Solar District Heating: Experiences from Denmark (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 24, 2014

This presentation, given by Jan Erik Nielsen of PlanEnergy  at an Energy Platform Workshop in Zurich, gives an overview of the solar district heating market in Denmark and its evolution until 2050.  The objective of Denmark is to phase out fossil fuels by 2050 and to only rely on renewable energy for heating and electricity by 2035.

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Great Britain: Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives with Extensive Rules

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 23, 2014
The domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (dRHI) for England, Wales and Scotland has been launched on 9 April 2014. For solar thermal, the dRHI will pay the end-user tariff at a rate of 0.192 Pound Sterling (GBP)/kWh for 7 years. The existing non-domestic RHI scheme continues at a new rate adjusted for inflation of 0.094 GBP/kWh for 20 years. The dRHI applies to biomass boilers & stoves, ground-source & air-source heat pumps heating and solar thermal DHW for single homes. The subsidy is for properties capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which confirms the property is a domestic dwelling. The recipient of the subsidy is the owner of the heating system. So this can be the person owning and living in the home, a private landlord or a registered social landlord. In general it is not applicable to a new home unless this has been self-built. Other requirements are that the property should also have a Green Deal Assessment (GDA) and where the GDA recommends installing loft and cavity wall insulation, these must first be fitted before applying for the dRHI. New self-built house can be exempt from the GDA requirement, as these will be assumed to have adequate building insulation. There are initial costs to the user to first obtain the EPC and GDA. 
 
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Fresnel Collectors for Industrial Process Heat Applications, Solar Cooling and Polygeneration (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 18, 2014

This presentation was given by Christian Zahler of Industrial Solar during a ISES Webinar on Medium to High Temperature Solar Heat for Industrial Processes.  It gives an overview of the industrial process heat market and technologies worldwide.  It appears that 19% of the total energy demand accounts for industrial process heat.

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Solar Thermal Policy in the U.S.: A Review of Best Practices in Leading States (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 17, 2014

This report, written by the Center for Energy and Environment Policy (CEEP) of the University of Delaware, analyses the solar thermal market in the United States and provides a review of best practices in leading states.

It gives information on the different solar thermal technologies and their applications as well as on the status of installation and the costs of solar thermal systems.  A chapter is also dedicated to the federal policies and incentives in place.  

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Solar Heat for Industrial Applications – Design Study Part II (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 17, 2014

This presentation on solar heat for industrial applications was given at a SOLTRAIN training course in Pretoria, by Franz Mauthner of the AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies.  The first chapter of the presentation summarizes the results of part I of the design study which focused on process optimization and solar thermal integration.  Part II covers the design of solar thermal systems. This section of the presentation provides an overview of the different solar thermal collector technologies and their efficiency.

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Puerto Rico: New Solar Thermal Programme to Benefit Low-Income Families

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 16, 2014
Puerto RicoThe Senate of Puerto Rico has passed a bill that will allow low-income families to replace conventional water heaters with solar thermal ones. The programme will cover all equipment and installation costs, although the size of the available funds and the target groups has not been defined yet. The law is on its way to the House of Representatives and will give priority to locally manufactured collectors. Puerto Rico is a US territory with commonwealth status and 3.7 million inhabitants. It is located in the eastern part of the Caribbean. 
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Germany: Alanod Purchases Bluetec and Closes Down Its Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 15, 2014
AlanodSince the end of March, the absorber production industry in Europe has had a fairly different look: As of 28 March 2014, Alanod has been the new owner of Bluetec. Both companies are well-known specialists for highly selective absorber coatings for the solar thermal collector industry. Besides providing coated aluminium and copper sheets, they also manufacture and supply highly reflective aluminium for the lighting industry.
Photo: Alanod
 
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Europe: Pedro Dias Appointed New ESTIF Secretary General

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 9, 2014
Pedro DiasESTIF’s Board of Directors has appointed Pedro Dias to serve as new Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation. The former deputy general follows in the footsteps of Xavier Noyon, who left ESTIF at the end of March. Accordingly, the association has reduced its staff from four to three permanent employees – a result of the persistent sales crisis in the European solar thermal industry and the decrease in the number of ESTIF members. However, the association will soon engage two interns to complement the workforce.
Photo: ESTIF
 
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Austria: European Buildings Directive Demands Better Interaction of Building Technologies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 2, 2014
WelsThe coming years will see a sharp increase in the market uptake of highly energy-efficient buildings across Europe: According to the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, 2010/31/EU), all new buildings must be Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings by 2020 - public buildings already by 2018. The European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference, which took place in Wels, Austria, from 27 to 28 February 2014, was dedicated to buildings that fulfil these high efficiency standards and are supplied by renewable energy sources. It was part of the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED), one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in the field of sustainable energy. The Wels conference had more than 750 participants from 59 countries this year.
Photo: WSED
 
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Switzerland: Process Heat Collector Performance Testing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 1, 2014

Elimar Frank 1Process heat collectors in the range of 100 to 250 °C represent a rather new type of technology, and test institutes are facing some challenges when trying to test these collectors. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Dr Elimar Frank, Research Director at the Swiss Institute for Solar Technology, SPF, in Rapperswil. Frank is also Subtask Leader for Process Heat Collector Development and Process Heat Collector Testing in Task 49 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. The chart shows the efficiency curves of different collector types.
Charts: SPF

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