Call for Submissions: Solarthermalworld.org 2014 Research Video Competition

Submitted by Chris Heron on June 16, 2014

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2014

For the second year in a row, Solarthermalworld.org is holding a video competition for researchers, supported by ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, and EUREC, the European Renewable Energy Research Centres Agency.

You’re a scientist specialised in solar thermal heating and cooling? Send us an up to 3 minute video or animation explaining your research project in an accessible and engaging way. All videos will be uploaded to a YouTube channel specifically created for this competition (www.youtube.com/user/solarthermalResearch), as well as to Solarthermalworld.org and its social media platforms.

Good Practices for Solar Water Heating in Multifamily Housing (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 22, 2014

This document is the synthesis of a 2011 manual created in the framework of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH), which is the result of a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the International Copper Association and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is part of the of the GSWH country program of Mexico.

Germany: Feed-in Tariff Changes May Benefit Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 22, 2014
Whereas Germany’s total collector sales are dropping, solar thermal companies see a glimmer of hope for big projects because of changed feed-in tariffs in the renewable electricity sector. So far, the cogeneration of heat and power has been the strongest competitor of large-scale solar heat for district heating and industrial projects. Because cogeneration had been a very attractive solution in terms of electricity prices, even a subsidy recovering all costs of a solar thermal investment wouldn’t have tipped the scales in favour of solar heat, a study by Fichtner stated in autumn of 2013. Now, however, cogeneration is starting to lose ground. 
 

Switzerland: Parabolic Trough Collectors Produce Heat for Dairy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 22, 2014
LESAewz’s latest solar project as an energy service company (ESCO) is the solar plant at dairy company Lataria Engiadinaisa SA (LESA), which is located at an altitude of 1,700 m in the Swiss Alps. With its 115 m² of parabolic trough collectors by NEP Solar, the solar plant heats thermo-oil up to a temperature of 180 °C in order to provide heat for steam production. The investment of Swiss Franc (CHF) 500,000 was jointly financed by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and ewz. The heat is sold to LESA at the same full cost as steam production by the dairy´s installed oil boiler. The project won the Swiss Solar Prize in 2012. 
Photo: ewz
 

India: Chinese Manufacturers Dominate Solar Business at REI Expo 2014

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 20, 2014
REI Expo 2014Solar energy played a very prominent role during the 8th edition of the Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo 2014, which took place in the National Capital Region at the beginning of September: Close to 60 % of the nearly 375 booths presented solar PV and solar thermal technology, whereas the share had been a mere 15 to 20 % a few years ago. This year’s trade fair also saw an increasing interest in low-temperature solar thermal products. Most of the 50 exhibitors offering goods in this segment were vacuum tube and collector manufacturers from China. Donthi Manjunatha, Managing Director of Emmvee, whose company has been a regular exhibitor since the first expo, says “that fairs are the best opportunity to meet commercial clients searching for customised large-scale project solutions.” The conference organisers, however, failed to find any speaker from the solar thermal industry, despite the technology’s maturity and national importance.
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

Centralized Solar Thermal System for Multi-Family Houses (2013)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 19, 2014

This guide was written as part of the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, which is the result of a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the International Copper Association and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of

Study on Mexican Legislation on Renewable Energy Impacting the Solar Water Heating Market (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 17, 2014

This document is a synthesis of the analysis of Mexican laws on renewables developed with the financial support of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH), which is the result of a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the International Copper Association and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Lebanon NEEAP 2011-2015 (2012)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 16, 2014

This document illustrates the Lebanese National Energy Efficiency Action Plan, developed with the financial support of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative(GSWH), which is the result of a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the International Copper Association and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

India: Solar Energy Equipment Exempt from Central Excise and Customs Duty

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 15, 2014
Machinery equipment which is imported to India and used to manufacture solar thermal components has been exempt from customs duty since July 2014. The products’ exempt status was announced by the new Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on 11 July 2014 during his presentation on the annual Union budget for 2014-15. It is an amendment to the Central Excise Notification No. 15/2010 dated 27 February 2010. This notification had exempted importers of machinery equipment from paying excise and basic customs duty for solar electricity projects (see page 9 of the attached notification). As a result, only the photovoltaic segment reaped the benefits. In the July amendment, the word “power” was replaced by “energy”, which means that machinery equipment for solar water heater production now qualifies as well (see the attached amendment). 
 

Thermosiphon System for Single Family Houses (2013)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 15, 2014

This guide was written as part of the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, which is the result of a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is also part of the Chilean Solar Programme, which support the sustainable growth of solar thermal collectors market in Chile.

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