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India: “The industry is one of the biggest energy consumers in the country”

India: “The industry is one of the biggest energy consumers in the country”

Indian company Clique Solar was among the award winners at this year’s Intersolar India in November 2012. For the first time, the international fair presented its Intersolar Award in the category of Solar Projects. The three awards went to outstanding projects in the categories of Industrial and Commercial Use, Off-Grid …
Germany: Time to Upload Abstracts for SHC 2013 Conference

Germany: Time to Upload Abstracts for SHC 2013 Conference

After the successful launch of the SHC 2012 in San Francisco, the SHC 2013 will be the second event in this new series of annual scientific conferences on solar heating and cooling. The SHC 2013, the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, is going to …
France: Influence of New Building Standards in 2013

France: Influence of New Building Standards in 2013

The solar thermal industry in France looks with mixed feelings to next year. Certain system suppliers are convinced that the French building regulation RT2012 will push solar water heaters in the residential segment in 2013. In contrast, others are afraid that hot water heat pumps will make the race because …
Portugal: Small Residential Grant Scheme, but “Big” Requirements

Portugal: Small Residential Grant Scheme, but “Big” Requirements

Portugal has seen the launch of a new incentive scheme – Edifício Eficiente 2012 (Efficient Building 2012) – for installing solar thermal systems on existing residential buildings. Launched on 30 November, the programme has been equipped with a EUR 1 million budget for solar thermal by the national Energy Efficiency …
Germany: Schüco Closes Bielefeld Collector Factory

Germany: Schüco Closes Bielefeld Collector Factory

It was the beginning of December when German collector manufacturer Schüco International KG officially announced to close its collector factory in the German town of Bielefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia. The announcement ended the speculations that had already circulated among German industry players since summer 2012. At the beginning of August, …
Cuba: 15 Years GERA Solar Thermal R&D and Testing

Cuba: 15 Years GERA Solar Thermal R&D and Testing

The Cuban Applied Renewable Energy Group, GERA, can look back at 15 years of successful research and development projects. Together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Orient University of Santiago de Cuba, GERA has formed a team of specialists from several disciplines, including renewable energy specialists, physicists, mechanical …
Serbia: Technology Transfer to Make Sun Rise in Western Balkans

Serbia: Technology Transfer to Make Sun Rise in Western Balkans

If there is a region in Europe across which conditions for solar thermal use are favourable but the power of the sun has not been much utilised, it´s surely South-East Europe. The insolation from Croatia in the west to Bulgaria in the east, from Romania in the north to Albania …
Cyprus: System Replacements Increase Efficiency

Cyprus: System Replacements Increase Efficiency

The Cyprus solar thermal market is shifting from “newly built” to “retrofitted” – a trend supported by the subsidy scheme of the Fund for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This year, the fund run by the Cyprus Institute of Energy (CIE) offered more generous grants for residential solar water heater …

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