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.

Mongolia: Cost-Effective Solar Process Heat Collector for Harsh Climates

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 12, 2014
MongoliaWith an annual mean temperature of zero °C, Ulaanbaatar is considered the coldest capital in the world. This is not its only superlative, however, as the Mongolian city is also said to be the one with the worst air pollution worldwide. Around half of the country’s population of three million lives in the capital, where they get their electricity from outdated coal power plants and their heat from coal stoves. Because Mongolia is also known as the “Land of the Blue Sky” due to its more than 250 sunny days per year, setting up solar thermal systems seems to be an ideal measure to combat the high air pollution levels. Ordinary solar water heaters, however, would hardly be able withstand the extremely cold winter weather with daily temperatures of between minus 10 and 40°C. 
Photo: Mongolian National University (MNU)

Renewable Energies for Remote Areas and Islands (Remote) (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 11, 2014

The Renewable Energy Technology Deployment, a sub-group of the International Energy Agency with the mandate to accelerate the market introduction and deployment of renewable energy technologies, issued in 2012 a report on the possibility of deploying renewable energy technologies into remote islands and regions. The communities studied in the report live in different climate conditions and latitudes, from Alaska to Spain, from Japan to Ecuador, but face similar problems in terms of distance from more populated areas.

Solar-driven Water Treatment Experiences in India (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 5, 2014

This presentation on solar-driven water treatment was given by SolarSpring’s Dip.-Ing. Lorenz Bauer at Intersolar Europe in June 2014.  After a short introduction on SolarSprings’ products and activities, the speaker presented 4 different solar water treatment projects that were conducted in India. These 4 projects use specific solar disinfection systems and their aim is to provide sufficient safe drinking water to the communities’ populations and create an optimized municipal waste water treatment.

Germany: Dutch Solar Systems Set to Take Over Wagner

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 4, 2014
Dutch Solar Systems (DSS), located in Enschede, is negotiating with the insolvency administrator, Markus Plathner, to take over German collector manufacturer Wagner & Co Solartechnik, as the Managing Director of the Dutch wholesaler and project planning company for photovoltaic, solar thermal and heat recovery systems, Brigitte van Egten, confirmed to German newsletter Solarthemen. Wagner, which was founded in 1979, filed for bankruptcy on 22 April 2014. The details of the proposed deal are still sketchy: No contracts were signed until the editorial deadline on 4 September, although the takeover date had originally been set to 1 September. 

Denmark: Shows Yields of More Than 40 Solar District Heating Plants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 3, 2014
solvarmedata mapThe interactive map on, a website operated by agency Easynet, shows yield information entered by more than 40 solar district heating companies. The data also includes the irradiation figures and for most plants, even the hourly results of past years. The website was the brainchild of Per Kristensen, who came up with the idea when he was director of Braedstrup Fjernvarme. The screenshot shows the website’s first page.

Germany: Merger between Alanod and Almeco Fails

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 2, 2014
Alanod-AlmecoRarely has a press release by German coating specialist Alanod been this short: The statement to take the solar thermal industry by surprise was only three sentences long. “The shareholders of [Alanod Group and Almeco Group] have agreed to utilise the limited opt-out clause till the end of August. Regarding further details, both companies agreed to observe secrecy. For the future, Alanod and Almeco will be competitors again and are respecting each other, in order to continue supplying their customers as a reliable partner on a long-term basis,” it said on 14 August 2014. And rarely has the solar thermal industry had so little knowledge about why a merger failed. Alanod-Almeco, with headquarters in Ennepetal, had just been announced three months ago in June, right before the Intersolar Europe conference began.

Denmark: 37 MW Field with 180,000 m³ Storage Underway

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 30, 2014
Vojens Seasonal StorageConstruction has begun on another large-scale installation: This time, the new number one solar thermal plant in the world will be in Vojens, a small town in southern Denmark, near the city of Kolding. The customer is Vojens District, which signed a contract with Danish collector manufacturer Arcon Solar this May about delivering and installing a 37 MWth collector field (52,491 m²). The 4,166 collectors will all be produced in Arcon´s factory in Aalborg. At present, the seasonal pit heat storage with 180,000 m³ is underway: Vojens District is uploading pictures once a month and the ones from August show the lining of the huge water-filled basin with high-density polyethylene foil (see photo). The currently largest solar thermal plant, a 26 MWth installation with 61,700 m³ of seasonal storage, is located in the Danish town of Dronninglund.
Photo: Vojens District