Italy: Plans to Simplify Conto Termico Administration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2014
CMG SolariNearly two years after the start of Italian incentive programme Conto Termico, some difficulties still persist: There are currently around 7,000 applications for the programme, most of them for solar thermal systems, but this is a really small number compared to the funding available. Nevertheless, the constant pressure that the associations have put on decision-makers over almost the past two years seems to finally pay off.
Photo: CMG Solari
 

Solar Heat Worldwide- 2014 edition (2014)

Submitted by Pam Murphy on October 1, 2014

The IEA SHC annual statistics report, Solar Heat Worldwide, provides data from 58 countries, representing more than 63% of the world's population and over 95% of the global solar thermal market. The 2014 edition reports on 2012 data.  With a growth of 9.4% in 2012, the installed capacity of solar collectors reached 269 GWth.

Forced Circulation Solar Thermal System for Single Family Houses (2013)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 1, 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

Germany: 2,200 m² Solar Thermal Installations on 22 Hamburg Mosques

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2014
mosque in HamburgAtherm Solartechnik, located in Oberhausen, Germany, has installed identical solar thermal plants, each of them with 100 m² of vacuum tube collector area, on 22 mosques and other buildings belonging to Hamburg’s Muslim community. The photo shows the city’s Centrum mosque, which has 1,500 members. The collector field on the photo was installed on the roof of the grocery shop, which is next to the mosque and is also run by German association Islamische Gemeinde Hamburg - Centrum-Moschee.
Photo: Atherm Solartechnik
 

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.

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