India: Loan-Cum-Capital Subsidy Scheme for Installation of Solar Water Heating and Solar Lighting Equipments in Homes (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 31, 2014

This document, published by the Indian National Housing Bank, provides information on the Solar Capital Subsidy Scheme launched by the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy of the Government of India, under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.  The purpose of this scheme is to encourage the use of solar energy by granting incentives when purchasing and installing solar water heaters or solar lighting equipments.  For solar water heaters, the capital subsidy will cover 30% of the benchmark cost. The scheme started in April 2014 and will end on 31 December 2015. 

Czech Republic: “Low financial support and high administrative burden”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 31, 2014
czech republic diagrammAlmost a year after the first call for applications for Czech support scheme Nová Zelená Úsporám (New Green Savings programme) in August 2013, the same negative attitude still pervades the solar system supplier segment. Companies have especially criticised the low financial support and the high administrative burden. The second call of the programme started on 1 April 2014 under the same dissatisfying conditions for solar water heating systems. The Czech Republic’s market volume saw another drop in 2013, this time by 11 %, as can be seen on the chart from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. “Although the sales of domestic companies are shrinking at an alarming rate each year, there are new companies, including online-only shops, which import collectors from China,” Aleš Bufka, who is responsible for the national solar statistics at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, explains. “The customs statistics show many small units by private persons. It seems that people purchase imported collectors to cover their personal demand.” 
Source: Ministry of Industry and Trade
 

Solar Air-Conditioning System Using Single-Double Effect Combined Absorption Chiller (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 30, 2014

This presentation on solar air-conditioning system was given by Kawasaki’s Hajime Yabase, together with Kiyoshi Saito of the Waseda University and Muhammad Idrus Alhamid of the University of Indonesia, at the ATMOsphere conference which took place in Tokyo from 3 to 5 February 2014.  The speakers outlined the numerous advantages of using double-effect absorption chillers in solar air-conditioning system.

India: Five-Year Operational Warranty Protects Ladakh Region Clients

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 29, 2014
Jigmet TakpaLadakh - the land of high passes - is a high-mountain area in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Devoid of fossil fuels, the region receives its fuel wood and timber from Kashmir, while diesel and kerosene come from other parts of India at triple cost. But with 2,190 to 2550 kWh/m², Ladakh has also the highest annual solar radiation across the country, which is why solar energy is rapidly becoming a way of life. The region has commissioned close to 12,000 m² of collector area in recent years and has about 4,500 solar dish cookers, 10 solar steam cooking systems and more than 500 solar thermal dryers for food processing. All of this has been made possible by Jigmet Takpa (see photo), Project Director at the Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency (LREDA). Takpa is working together with the Indian government under its solar mission programme, and its agency received Indian Rupee (INR) 4.73 billion (EUR 60 million) of special funds from the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) development scheme.
Photos (2): Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

Denmark: 23 MWth Cover 55 % of Heat Demand of 1,500 Households

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 28, 2014
MarstalThe new seasonal pit heat storage Sunstore 4 is at the heart of Marstal´s extended solar district heating network. The town on the Danish island of Aeroe receives 55 % of its heat from the 33,000 m² of solar collectors. The pit heat storage installation, the first of its kind, was a difficult undertaking - the team had to cope with heavy rainfalls in the summer and a thick layer of ice in the winter of 2012, when the underground storage was still not covered. June 2014 was the official end of EU project Sunstore4, which contributed EUR 6.1 million to the extension and the monitoring of Marstal´s district heating plant, but work will go on. Marstal Fjernvarme now hopes to receive support from the Danish government. 
Photos: Marstal District Heating
 

SHAAMS report: WP 4: The Regional State of the Art in Crete Region (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 25, 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 Crete 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 says it is mainly used for hot water production in household buildings and in hotels.  There are very few applications in industry and agriculture.  New technologies, like solar thermal cooling and space

Cost-Effective Use of Solar Energy in East African Horticulture (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 25, 2014

This brochure was published by the Consortium Green Farming, which consists of 25 Dutch companies active in  horticulture technologies and provides support to development projects in East Africa, mainly Kenya and Ethiopia. The brochure is focusing on the demonstration project “Green Dutch Energy Solution; solar-powered greenhouse” whose aim is to analyze the cost savings made by using solar energy in greenhouses in Kenya over a period of 2 years.  

Brazil: Solar Thermal Market Diversifies in 2013

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 25, 2014
Brazil Market Statistics 1In 2013, the Brazilian solar thermal market grew significantly in both the unglazed segment of swimming pool absorbers and the glazed collector segment of solar hot water systems. According to the annual market statistics gathered in February 2014 by DASOL, the Solar Heating Department of the Brazilian Association of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Heating, ABRAVA, the glazed collector market continued its steep increase with another 20 % of growth last year. Regarding the unglazed market segment, the anonymous survey of the Brazilian market reveals that 2013 was a strong year, showing a growth rate of 18 % after two stagnating years (see the chart on the left). The total newly installed solar collector area was 1.38 million m2 – 20 % more than in 2012 (see 2012 market statistics). The share of glazed collectors was again at around 55 %. 
Source: DASOL / ABRAVA
 

Liechtenstein: New and Innovative Collector Model

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 24, 2014
goinnovateExceptional cooperation begins in unusual situations. Dr Richard Senti, Chief Financial Officer of the Hoval Group, was part of the jury that evaluated the projects presented at the University of Liechtenstein’s annual business plan competition, and Christian Goritschnig, Managing Director of goinnovate, was at the very same competition to show his ideas for an efficient, optimised solar collector model. This was back in 2010 and it became the starting point of three-and-a-half years of cooperation, which have come to a successful close with the new collector model produced at the headquarters of Hoval in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, and offered by both companies. Hoval markets the new collector under the brand name Ultrasol, whereas goinnovate sells it under the name Radius and purchases the units from Hoval. The photo shows the goinnovate booth at Intersolar 2014 in Munich, Germany in June.
Photo: goinnovate
 

Belgium: Commercial Customers Can Choose among Several Solar System Variants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 22, 2014
SunoptimoIn Wallonia, Belgium’s southern region, the favourable incentives make it quite a joy to calculate solar heat prices for retirement homes. The home with 110 flats or rooms described in the case study below achieves solar heat prices of 20 EUR/MWh over 20 years, with a solar fraction of 76.5 % in domestic hot water demand. If the net collector area is at least 2 m² per flat or room, subsidy scheme Soltherm grants EUR 1,500 for each housing unit. “We benefit from an incentive that can be as much as 75 % of the investment costs of the solar thermal system,” Bertrand Fontaine, CEO of Sunoptimo, explains. The Belgium solar thermal system supplier specialises in commercial solar hot water systems with drainback technology and of sizes above 100 m². According to Sunoptimo, drainback systems can reach higher solar thermal shares because larger collector fields do not run the risk of stagnation temperatures in summer. 
Photo: Sunoptimo
 

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