India: Bhagyanagar Captures Solar Energy and the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 20, 2014
VenkateshwaraAt a time when vacuum tube technology is capturing larger shares of India’s solar collector market, one company has been successfully challenging the import competition: Bhagyanagar India Limited (BIL), India’s biggest fin-tube absorber manufacturer. According to the company’s Managing Director, Devendra Surana, the firm increased production volume by 50 % over the last two years, from 149,000 m² of absorber area in 2011 to 225,000 m² in 2013. BIL boasts 4 coating lines and 11 welding machines, and it has recently added a collector assembly site. The photo shows N. Venkateshwara Rao, Vice President of BIL, inspecting an ultrasonic-welding machine.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya
 

Design and Implementation of New Financing Mechanisms and Instruments for Promotion of Solar Water Heating Systems in India (2010)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 17, 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 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was written by ABPS Infrastructure Advisory Private Limited under mandate of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

China: Export Duties Push Up Vacuum Tube Prices

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 16, 2014
Vacuum tubesWhoever is purchasing vacuum tube collectors from China these days can certainly not complain about getting contradictory information: There are those suppliers which are already charging their clients 17 % more for vacuum tubes because of altered export taxation, whereas others sell their vacuum tubes at the same price as they did in the past. The notable price differences result from a decision by some Chinese provinces to change their HS code for vacuum tubes. The tubes used to be under HS code 84199010, as a part of solar water heaters, and as such, they were exempt from export duty. For example, the authority in Zhejiang province changed the classification to HS code 7020009990 for glassware, which stipulates a 17 % export duty. 
Photo: Bärbel Epp
 

Solar Thermal Integration into a District Heated Small House (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 14, 2014

The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland presented a study on solar thermal integration into a district heated small house at the 14th International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling which took place in Stockholm from 7 to 9 September.  The purpose of this study is to analyse the results of a simulation model of a district heating substation on the energy savings in Domestic Hot Water (DHW) heating and space heating.  For this project, researchers used the energy simulation software IDA-ICE .

Guidebook for the Development of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action for Solar Water Heaters (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 13, 2014

This guidebook was written by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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 the UNEP.

Know More about Solar Water Heating System (2012)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 9, 2014

This document provides basic information on solar water heating systems. It has been developed by the Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Service Department to foster the use of solar thermal system for hot water production in the framework of an increased use of renewable energies in that region.

SHAAMS WP 4: The Regional State of the Art in Jordan Region

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 8, 2014

This report, published by SHAAMS, the Strategic Hubs for the Analysis and Acceleration of the Mediterranean Solar Sector, provides a general picture of the solar energy sector in Jordan and makes a SWOT analyses.  It shares information on the regional solar policies and strategies already in place, on R&D projects and awareness campaigns.  With regards to solar thermal energy, the report indicates that  

Guidelines for Determining the Tax Credit for Investing in Renewable Energy Property (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 7, 2014

This document provides information and guidelines on tax credits resulting from investing in renewable energies in North Carolina. It provides a legislative background of the issue dating back to 1999 as well as punctual information on credit ceilings, definitions, eligibility, requirements, frequently asked questions and tax credit amount for each type of renewable energy considered.

A Method for Water Disinfection with Solar Pasteurisation for Rural Areas of Bangladesh (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 3, 2014

This Master thesis has been written by Erika Lundgren as part of the Masters Programme in Environmental and Water Engineering at Uppsala University, Sweden. It was financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) on behalf of International Science Programme (ISP) at Uppsala University, involving also the department of Biomedical and Physics at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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