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Worldwide: Final Draft of New Collector Standard

Worldwide: Final Draft of New Collector Standard

The draft of the EN ISO 9806 was submitted to the CEN/TC 312 in January 2013. This means that all technical debates are concluded and only minor editorial changes may still find their way into the latest version. The formal voting will take place in June and August 2013, and …
Europe: Grid Integration Poses Challenge for Solar District Heating

Europe: Grid Integration Poses Challenge for Solar District Heating

The first conference “Solar District Heating – Technical solutions, urban planning and business models” took place in the Swedish town of Malmö on 9 and 10 April 2013. It brought together 120 participants from 19 countries: manufacturers, district heating companies, scientists and industry associations. Examples from Sweden made clear that …
UK: More Good than Bad News from the British Islands

Great Britain: Zero Carbon or Nearly Zero Carbon?

In December 2006, the UK Government set a new policy that all new homes in England would be ‘zero carbon’ from 2016 and introduced an initiative called the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH), which would allow ratings to measure different levels of compliance. Although initially confusing, the term ‘Carbon’ in …
UK: More Good than Bad News from the British Islands

Great Britain: RHI Delays Blamed for 35% Drop Solar Thermal Sales

Quarterly solar thermal statistics from the UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA) covering 80 % of the total market volume show that solar thermal sales have decreased by 35% in the first quarter of 2013 when measured against the same period in 2012 (see chart on the left and attached document). This …
France: Third Player to Launch PVT Panel on Market

France: Third Player to Launch PVT Panel on Market

In February 2013, French manufacturer Dualsun launched its hybrid solar panel, also called PVT, a technology which produces electricity and heat simultaneously. Dualsun has been the third French company after solar specialists Sillia and ABCD International to introduce this new technology to the French market. “We are really at the …
Portugal: Solar Companies Struggle to Keep Business Running

Portugal: Solar Companies Struggle to Keep Business Running

The Portuguese solar thermal market has dropped significantly for the second year in a row. In 2012, the national solar industry association APISOLAR counted only 90,896 m2 of newly installed area, 29 % below the previous year, although the result was better than APISOLAR had predicted. In the 3rd quarter …
India: Industry Shifts to Vacuum Tube Collectors

India: Industry Shifts to Vacuum Tube Collectors

The renewed growth of the Indian solar thermal market has existing manufacturers expanding their production capacities and integrating vertically. Solar water heaters based on vacuum tube collectors are a popular product, already covering around 40 % of the newly installed 1 million m2 collector area in 2011/2012, according to estimations …
Zimbabwe: “Installing 100 locally produced storage tanks in 2013 would be a big success”

Zimbabwe: “Installing 100 locally produced storage tanks in 2013 would be a big success”

At the beginning of December last year, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) entered its second phase. The aim of the project is to support the African partner countries Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in developing an energy supply based on renewable energy in general …

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