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
 

Germany: Asset Deal Finalised – Wagner Brand Lives On

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 30, 2014
On 6 September 2014, the Dutch Sanderink Holding acquired the assets of German collector manufacturer Wagner & Co Solartechnik. In a press release, the insolvency administrator, Dr Jan Markus Plathner from Brinkmann & Partner, confirmed that the investor took over all three core business divisions of Wagner Solartechnik - collector manufacturing, photovoltaic wholesale and support system production – and all assets would be transferred to a subsidiary of Sanderink Holding called Wagner Solar GmbH with headquarters in Cölbe, Germany. The brand name Wagner will continue.
 

Egypt: Aiming at High-Quality Supply Chain

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 29, 2014
Egypt TrainingSolar energy is becoming an increasingly attractive and feasible option for many applications in Egypt against a backdrop of rising energy prices across the country. In July 2014, the long-announced first step of reducing fossil fuel and electricity subsidies resulted in a new energy price hike. According to the Chairman of the Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA), Khaled Gasser, diesel prices have jumped by 70%, the ones for petrol by, on average, around 40%, whereas natural gas prices have risen by 30 to 70 %, and electricity is now 25 % more expensive. The next challenge is to develop a high-quality solar thermal supply chain from system providers to certified installers
Photo: RENAC 
 

Germany: Excel-Based IRR Commercial Project Calculations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 25, 2014
IRR cash flow diagrammeGerman Fresnel collector manufacturer Industrial Solar is experiencing an increasing demand from clients all around the world: “Five years ago, we received two requests per month. Now, we receive around 50 each month and the requests are more serious,” Tobias Schwind, who is one of the Managing Directors of the company founded in 2009, confirms. Schwind has begun to notice a shift in the industry: “Whereas payback times of three to four years have, so far, been commonplace, the industry is steering towards five- to six-year periods,” he says and adds: “We, however, try to explain to our clients that they are investing in their infrastructure, and payback time is therefore not really the best criterion.” Industrial Solar offers potential clients a calculation of the Net Present Value (NPV) and the Internal Rate of Return (IRR). According to the managing director, an economic analysis based on these parameters often shows that solar process heat is worth further consideration.
 

Solar Water Heating Systems in the Tourist Industry (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 25, 2014

This document was presented at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) event on Renewable Energy Applications for Island Tourism, held in Cyprus on 29-30 June 2014. A link to the event’s summary, agenda and documents is available here. The presentation was made by Tassos Frantzis, owner of Vesta Solar Heaters Ltd., a manufacturing company of solar thermal systems and member of ΕΒΗΕΚ (Cyprus Union Of Solar Energy Industrialists).

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

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