Press Release: Solarthermalworld.org and IEA SHC Partnering to Promote Sustainable Heating, Cooling and Comfort (2 October 2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 2, 2014

Press Release 

(Brussels, 2 October 2014) Solarthermalworld.org, the global knowledge-based web portal on the international solar thermal industry, and the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) today started a collaboration to increase visibility of the valuable research carried out by the IEA SHC on solar thermal energy.  

India: Request for proposal: Development of Material and Component Specifications of Six Standards Concentrated Solar Technologies as Reference Document for Maintaining Quality in the Field (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 2, 2014

In its effort to rely more and more on solar thermal energy and increase the use of Concentrated Solar Technologies (CST), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has implemented a project, supported by the UNPD/GEF, which aims at developing material and component specifications of 6 standards CSTs as reference document for maintaining quality in the field by manufacturers.  The Ministry has launched a request for proposal and published a bid document.

Overview of Solar Thermal Process Heat & Cooling in India (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 2, 2014

This presentation was given by Dr. A.K. Singhal of the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy at the 3rd Indo-German Energy Symposium in Delhi in May 2012.  The speaker provides a detailed overview of the various solar thermal technologies already available or still under development in India.  The presentation focuses on Solar Water Heating (SWH), Solar Air Heating, Process Heat and Solar Cooling.   SHW is well developed in India and in 2012 5.10 million m² of collectors had already been installed, with the objective to reach 18.7 million by 2022.

Austria: “Heat networks must enable decentralised feed-in options”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2014
Roger Hackstock“Renewables have turned the world of electricity upside down,” the former Managing Director of Austria Solar, Roger Hackstock, writes in his book Energiewende - Die Revolution hat schon begonnen (roughly translated as Energy Transformation – The Revolution Has Already Begun) published at the beginning of this year. Hackstock’s words refer to the grid’s high share of renewable electricity supply, which has caused electricity prices to tumble on the European Energy Exchange (EEX). Solarthermalworld.org spoke with the book author about what impact the price turbulence at the exchange has had on the heating market.
 

Turkey: Three Vacuum Tube Manufacturers Eying Export Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2014
SolarsanTurkey‘s three vacuum tube manufacturers, which were set up in response to the high import taxes the government imposed on Chinese vacuum tubes in July 2011, have now become part of an export industry themselves. Lara Solar, Assolar and Solarsan all claim to have already been exporting vacuum tubes to different regions worldwide. The photo shows glass tube melting at Solarsan’s factory in the city of Nazilli in Aydın Province on Turkey’s west coast.
Photo: Solarsan
 

Italy: Plans to Simplify Conto Termico Administration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2014
CMG SolariNearly two years after the start of Italian incentive programme Conto Termico, some difficulties still persist: There are currently around 7,000 applications for the programme, most of them for solar thermal systems, but this is a really small number compared to the funding available. Nevertheless, the constant pressure that the associations have put on decision-makers over almost the past two years seems to finally pay off.
Photo: CMG Solari
 

Solar Heat Worldwide- 2014 edition (2014)

Submitted by Pam Murphy on October 1, 2014

The IEA SHC annual statistics report, Solar Heat Worldwide, provides data from 58 countries, representing more than 63% of the world's population and over 95% of the global solar thermal market. The 2014 edition reports on 2012 data.  With a growth of 9.4% in 2012, the installed capacity of solar collectors reached 269 GWth.

Forced Circulation Solar Thermal System for Single Family Houses (2013)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 1, 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

Germany: 2,200 m² Solar Thermal Installations on 22 Hamburg Mosques

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2014
mosque in HamburgAtherm Solartechnik, located in Oberhausen, Germany, has installed identical solar thermal plants, each of them with 100 m² of vacuum tube collector area, on 22 mosques and other buildings belonging to Hamburg’s Muslim community. The photo shows the city’s Centrum mosque, which has 1,500 members. The collector field on the photo was installed on the roof of the grocery shop, which is next to the mosque and is also run by German association Islamische Gemeinde Hamburg - Centrum-Moschee.
Photo: Atherm Solartechnik
 

China: SHC 2014 and Solar Thermal Industry Exhibition

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 30, 2014
SHC ChinaAfter San Francisco, USA, and Freiburg, Germany, this year’s venue for the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry is going to be the Chinese capital, Beijing. Researchers from all around the world have been invited to attend the annual scientific conference of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) between 13 and 15 October 2014. The three-day conference, which will be held at the China National Convention Center (see the photo above), will be jointly organised by German PSE and the China Academy of Building Research (CABR). 
Photo: SHC 2014
 

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