Europe: 10 Years of Solar Keymark – 1,600 Collector and 220 System Certificates

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 27, 2014
Solar Keymark statisticAt the beginning of June, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation celebrated the 10th anniversary of Solar Keymark at its Intersolar Europe booth in Munich, Germany. Solar Keymark is a well-established certification scheme and label all across Europe and has been viewed as an exemplary model by countries and regions outside Europe as well. Today, there are around 1,600 different certified collectors and about 220 solar thermal systems, all listed in an online database. The chart shows the countries with the highest number of certificates for locally produced or locally offered collectors. China ranks third with 162 Solar Keymark collectors, after Germany (425) and Austria (211). 16 % of the collectors come from outside the 28 EU countries and Switzerland. 
Figure: Solar Keymark 
 

Guatemala: Growth without Subsidies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 26, 2014
EnersolDespite the total lack of public incentives, the Guatemalan solar thermal market is growing at a steady rate. High electricity prices combined with a welcoming climate and market environment are turning solar thermal into an increasingly attractive technology. One of the country’s main solar thermal installers, Enersol, has been around for almost 30 years and installs both unglazed collector fields for swimming pools (left) and hot water systems for hotels and residential users (right).
Photos: Enersol
 

Romania: Former and Present Environmental Minister Brings Back Green House Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 25, 2014
KorodiIt looks like the Romanian solar thermal sector is benefitting from the frequent changes at the head of the country’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, MMSC. During a press conference on 20 May 2014, Attila Korodi, Minister for the Environment since the beginning of March 2014, announced the reactivation of the Green House Programme, Casa Verde, which was halted in 2011. As the former head of the same ministry, Korodi was responsible for the implementation of Casa Verde at the end of 2008. It took some time, however, until the programme could finally start in June 2011. During the press conference, Korodi said that he wanted to review the pending applications from 2011 and planned to subsidise 13,000 systems in 2014. 
Photo: MMSC
 

USA: Solar Hot Water System on Newest High-Rise in San Diego Central

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 24, 2014
CeladonUS-American company Adroit Solar is currently installing a solar hot water system on the newest high-rise in the city centre of San Diego. The 17-storey building called Celadon is scheduled to be completed in early 2015. The solar installation has been subsidised by the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and was one of 285 projects which had applied for subsidies under the category Multi-Family Residential - Low Income over the last 12 months. The picture, which was taken from the onsite crane, shows the solar panels installed on the roof.
Photo: Adroit Solar
 

India: Concentrating Solar Thermal Test Centre and Website

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2014
India test labTwo milestones were reached in the second quarter of 2014 within the initiative Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator Based Process Heat Applications. On 16 April, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) invited stakeholders to the stone-laying ceremony of a testing centre for concentrating solar thermal technology at the University of Pune (see photo). And on 19 May, Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary for Solar at the MNRE, launched www.cshindia.in, a website explaining the basics of concentrating solar thermal technologies and featuring videos of prominent installations for every possible application, i.e., for cooking, process heat and cooling. 
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

Lessons learnt from the first French Case Study on the Integration of a Solar Plant into existing District Heating (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on June 20, 2014

This presentation was given by Châteaubriant’s George Garnier and Tecsol’s Amandine Le Denn at the 2014 International Solar District Heating Conference, held from 3-4 June 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. The speakers outline their efforts to integrate a solar thermal plant into Châteaubriant’s existing district heating system.

Austria: Climate and Energy Fund's New Programme Subsidises Solar Houses

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2014
RupprechterOn 13 June 2014, the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund launched the subsidy scheme Demo Projects Solar House 2014 (in German: Demoprojekte Solarhaus 2014), a new incentive programme for private builders. The stated aim is to gain practical experience with buildings in which at least 70 % of the heat is supplied by solar thermal energy. The programme offers a total of EUR 700,000 in investment grants in 2014 to integrate solar thermal technology into about 40 houses during a first start-up phase. The complete application package must be submitted to Kommunalkredit Public Consulting by 5 pm on 25 September 2014. The photo shows Ingmar Höbarth (left), Managing Director of the Climate and Energy Fund, and Andrä Rupprechter, Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, at the kick-off event for the new funding programme.
Photo: Thomas Preiss / APA
 

Brazil/Israel: Long-Term Strategic Partnership in Marketing and Product Development

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 17, 2014
Magen SoletrolStart of an intercontinental cooperation: Michael Sessler (left), Vice President of Business Development at Israeli company Magen eco-Energy, signed an agreement with Luis Augusto Ferrari Mazzon (right), CEO of Brazilian collector manufacturer Soletrol during the Feicon trade fair in São Paulo in March 2014. The agreement will allow Soletrol to market Magen’s well-known unglazed Heliocol collector and the newly launched glazed eco-Spark collector – both designed to heat residential and public swimming pools. 
Photo: Magen Eco-Energy
 

Call for Submissions: Solarthermalworld.org 2014 Research Video Competition

Submitted by Chris Heron on June 16, 2014

For the second year in a row, Solarthermalworld.org is holding a video competition for researchers, supported by ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, and EUREC, the European Renewable Energy Research Centres Agency.

You’re a scientist specialised in solar thermal heating and cooling? Send us an up to 3 minute video or animation explaining your research project in an accessible and engaging way. All videos will be uploaded to a YouTube channel specifically created for this competition (www.youtube.com/user/solarthermalResearch), as well as to Solarthermalworld.org and its social media platforms.

Austria: Prototypes of Selective Electrothermal Coating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 16, 2014
CalusSometimes you happen to be in the right place at the right time - like Gerhard Pramer, who was at Munich’s Intersolar Europe at the beginning of June (photo on the left). The CEO of Austrian company Calus - Coated Aluminium Surface introduced his new selective coating pure.black just a few days after news of the merger between Alanod and Almeco broke. The exhibiting collector manufacturers listened carefully, given the fact that their new main supplier, Alanod-Almeco, will hold around three-fourth of the European absorber market. Calus has already begun pilot production and will be able to deliver prototypes of selectively coated aluminium sheets by July 2014. The company claims to start mass production in autumn of 2014. 
Photos: Calus
 

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