WECF, Women of Europe for a Common Future, has published a practical guide explaining how to build a cheap and efficient solar water heating system, using local knowledge and materials and which can be used all year long. The document provides information on the different parts of a solar water heater, on how to build solar collectors and a heat exchanger tank. It also gives further information on other solar water heater models.
This presentation was given by F. Mauthner of AEE INTEC at the 2nd international Solar District Heating Conference in Hamburg on 3 – 4 June 2014. It outlines the evolution of District Heating in Austria since the 1950’s with an emphasis on solar district heating (SDH). In 2013, there were 25 SDH plants of over 500 m², representing 35.000 m² of collector area. The presentation also provides information on national funding programmes, which cover 50% of the additional costs a solar thermal application require. Up until now, approximately 90 Mio Euro funding has been provided.
ADEME, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, has published a guidance document on the requirements needed to benefit from state aids for the installation of collective solar thermal systems in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. The programme grants financial aids for feasibility studies and for solar thermal installation in buildings with high domestic hot water needs, such as social housing, hospitals, hotels, swimming pools.
This brochure was published by the Consortium Green Farming, which consists of 25 Dutch companies active in the horticulture technologies and provides support to development projects in East Africa.