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
 

Cyprus: Solar Thermal Industry Off to New Frontiers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 14, 2014
CyprusIslands with no network connections to any mainland and a strong dependence on expensive fuel imports face special challenges in terms of their energy supply. That is why at the beginning of last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched the Global Renewable Energy Islands Network (GREIN) as a platform to share best practices for an “uptake of clean and cost-effective renewable energy technologies on islands.” At the end of May, GREIN held its two-day conference Renewable Energy Applications for Island Tourism in the Cyprian coastal town of Paphos. “Hotels and resorts depend on either utility power or onsite diesel generators for air conditioning, water heating, lighting and other services to create an attractive destination,” Adnan Z Amin, IRENA Director-General, was quoted by pv magazine as explaining the basic problem during his opening speech. “Most renewable energy technologies are now cost-competitive or even the cheapest option in many countries,” he emphasised. 
Picture: NASA
 

Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings: “Smart integration of home automation with heating technology”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 13, 2014
Koebbemann-RengersAccording to the regulation on the overall energy efficiency of buildings, the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2010/31/EU) passed on 19 May 2010, EU Member States must ensure that all new builds are nearly zero-energy houses from 2021 on – in the public sector, the directive will even apply two years earlier. With its energy-plus house designs, Bosch Thermotechnik has already been offering such solutions which not only meet but go below the future building standards. Already realised energy-plus houses mostly rely on combinations of PV system and electric heat pump. Many building designs also incorporate a solar thermal system for domestic hot water. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Ralf Köbbemann-Rengers, Vice President Engineering Solar Thermal Systems and Storage Tanks at Bosch Thermotechnik.
Photo: Bosch Thermotechnik
 

Solar Water Heating Systems in Libya (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on June 12, 2014

This presentation on solar water heating (SWH) systems was given by Dr. Mohamed Erhouma, Head of Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Department at CSERS (Center for Solar Energy Research and Studies) at a workshop on “Promoting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency in Libya” organized jointly by  REAOL (the Renewable Energy Authority of Libya) and the World Bank.

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