China: “There is close cooperation between the provincial government, the association and the industry in Shandong”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 30, 2014
ChenWhen it comes to which Chinese region has the highest number of solar thermal manufacturers, Shandong is second only to Zhejiang. Both are coastal provinces in Eastern China. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Anxiang Chen, Deputy Secretary-General of the Shandong Solar Energy Industry Association and CEO of solar water heater manufacturer Auhua Clean Energy, about the market development in Shandong. The development and implementation of energy-efficient and renewable water heating solutions is the core business of Auhua Clean Energy, a company whose 300 employees work in two factories in Jinan and Rushan, both located in Shandong province. The pie chart below was published by the Chinese Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF) in the Report on the Development of China’s Solar Thermal Industry (2008-2010) and shows the share of solar thermal manufacturers by province (2,800 in total).
Photo: Auhua Clean Energy
 

Poland: Four Reasons Why Prosument is Off to a Bad Start

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 29, 2014
On 25 May, the new Polish incentive programme Prosument began to accept applications from municipalities. By August 2014, the same will be true for residential homeowners. Prosument offers grants worth 20 % of the investment costs, grants which can be combined with a 1 % interest loan to finance the remaining investment. The latest changes by the programme’s administrator, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, NFOŚiGW, have been met with strong criticism. Grzegorz Wiśniewski, President of the Institute for Renewable Energy (EC BREC IEO), has said that the current conditions of the programme would lead to a drastic drop in sales.
 

Sweden: High Internal Rates of Return Attract Investors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 28, 2014
Absolicon CalculatorSwedish company Absolicon Solar Concentrator has developed a Solar Energy Calculator to enable commercial clients to determine the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) when purchasing and operating solar thermal systems with collector areas of between 500 and 5,000 m². “We were influenced by the PV sector, where customers are much more used to assessing solar investments based on the cash flow over the economic life of the system than based on the payback period,” CEO Joakim Byström explains. Byström founded Absolicon, a producer of concentrating process heat collectors. According to Byström’s experiences, many projects with long payback periods fare much better if you calculate the IRR. The Solar Energy Calculator, which is available online on the company´s website, has already been used by 70 potential clients from all around the world over the last 10 months.
 

Applications of UNEP’s Strategy: Engaging Local Bank for Lending (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 27, 2014

During an event organized earlier this year by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency,   Myriem Touhami, Program Manager, at the Energy Unit of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economic, presented the applications of UNEP’s strategy to engage local bank for lending.

India: Sales Volume in 2013/2014 Far Below Expectations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 27, 2014
India VTCThe collector area sold in India during financial year April 2013 to March 2014 was obviously far below expectations: The relevant 65 channel partners achieved sales of 0.85 million m² collector area in these 12 months, almost half of what the companies had planned and reported to the MNRE at the beginning of the last financial year in April 2013. This is the result of the latest study carried out by Pune-based Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy. Its team contacted all 65 MNRE-registered channel partners and asked them for both their planned and their actual sales figures in 2013/2014. 
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

Austria: Another EUR 5 Million for Large-Scale Solar Plants Subsidy Scheme in 2014

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2014
Berger FleischwarenThe Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has again allocated a budget of EUR 5 million to the Large-Scale Solar Thermal Plants Subsidy Scheme in 2014. Applications can be filed until 25 September 2014 (see the attached call for proposals in German). Based on last year's average incentives per m2, the amount will be enough to subsidise 15,000 m² of new collector area. Dr Stephan Pernkopf, member of Lower Austria’s state government, and the solar energy association Austria Solar met at the solar thermal process heat plant of Fleischwaren Berger in Sieghartskirchen to discuss how to push the market segment. The photo shows (from left) Doris Hammermüller, Managing Director of Austria Solar, Gerhard Franz Roth, Managing Director of AEE Working Group Renewable Energy Lower Austria – Vienna, Dr Stephan Pernkopf and Rudolf Berger, Managing Director of Fleischwaren Berger.
Photo: NLK J.Burchhart
 

Germany: Strong Decrease in Retrofit Market for Solar Combi Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 24, 2014
Staffelstein 2014According to the German solar industry association, BSW Solar, and the German heating industry association, BDH, the country saw an 11 % decrease in newly installed solar collector area in 2013, bringing market volume down to 735 MWth (1.05 million m²). The analysis presented by BSW Solar Managing Director, Jörg Mayer, at the Solar Thermal Energy Symposium in Bad Staffelstein pointed most of all to a slump in the German market segment of solar combi systems for domestic hot water and space heating in existing buildings. The symposium, which took place at the end of May, is now in its 24th year and gathered 333 scientists and solar thermal industry representatives from the German-speaking region. 
Photo: East-Bavarian Institute for Technology Transfer, OTTI
 

Solar Process Heat in Breweries (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 22, 2014

This presentation was given by AEE INTEC at a SOLTRAIN training in Pretoria, South Africa, in April 2014.  It provides an overview of the EU-funded FP7 project SolarBrew.  This project aims at developing the use of solar process heat in the brewing industry. 3 breweries are part of this project.  The Brewery Goess in Austria is using solar energy for its mashing process, relying on a 1.500m² flat plate collector field and a 200m³ storage tank.

India: First Stakeholder Workshop for Solar Thermal Roadmap

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 17, 2014
Greentech RoadmapWhereas India shows enormous demand for thermal energy in the industry and for cooking, solar thermal has so far only covered 0.2 % of the total heating and cooling need. Therefore it is urgent to scale up the use of decentralised solar thermal technologies. Supported by the Shakti Foundation, consultancy Greentech Knowledge Solutions (GKSPL), located in New Delhi, will prepare a roadmap for scaling up deployment of decentralised solar thermal technologies in India. With plans to publish the roadmap by October 2014, GKSPL organised the first stakeholder workshop in Pune at the end of April, gathering around 40 experts mainly from the solar thermal manufacturing business.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya
 

ENGS-44 Sustainable Design: Active Solar Systems (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 16, 2014

This presentation on active solar systems was given during a course on sustainable design by Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Professor of Engineering Science and Director of the Master of Engineering Management Degree Program at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in New Hampshire.

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