(This article is in French) ADEME, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, has published a guidance document on the requirements needed to benefit from state aids for the installation of collective solar thermal systems in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. The programme grants financial aids for feasibility studies and for solar thermal installation in buildings with high domestic hot water needs, such as social housing, hospitals, hotels, swimming pools.
This presentation was given by the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) during a conference on “Sustainable Solutions in an Era of Climate Variability”, organized by the Multi-State Salinity Coalition, in Las Vegas in February 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.
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.
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