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
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.
The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation has launched an evaluation procedure for companies involved in the solar water heater market. The purpose of this evaluation is to further develop the solar thermal market in the country, while ensuring that manufacturers, suppliers and installers deliver high quality work. The document provides information on the general requirements and conditions to submit an application and the type of products that are targeted. The next rounds of evaluation will take place in September and December 2014.
This presentation was given by Franz Mauthner of AEE INTEC at the 2nd international Solar District Heating Conference in Hamburg on 3 – 4 June 2014. It outlines the evolution of District Heating in Austria since the 1950’s with an emphasis on solar district heating (SDH). In 2013, there were 25 SDH plants of over 500 m², representing 35.000 m² of collector area. The presentation also provides information on national funding programmes, which cover 50% of the additional costs a solar thermal application require.