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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 …
France: Solar District Heating with Energy Costs around 0.06 EUR/kWh

France: Solar District Heating with Energy Costs around 0.06 EUR/kWh

A new business and housing area in suburban Toulouse in southern France, called Balma-Gramont “eco-district”, will be connected to the country´s first solar-supported district heating network. Special vacuum tube collectors made in France and installed over a parking area are to provide 15 % of the heating in offices, ecologically …
Costa Rica: Training Course at Earth University

Costa Rica: Training Course at Earth University

An excellent campus, a highly motivated group of professionals and an abundantly sunny country: Martin Schnauss (third from right) is very satisfied with his Costa Rican training course, which took place in the middle of November at the international campus of the Earth University, a two-hour drive from the country’s …
Poland: Energy-Efficient Housing Subsidy Scheme Announced for 2013

Poland: Energy-Efficient Housing Subsidy Scheme Announced for 2013

High gas and coal prices – and the residential solar thermal subsidy scheme of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) – have so far been the main drivers of growth in the Polish solar thermal market. This, however, may change in 2013 when the new NFOŚiGW …
Germany: No Upturn in 2012

Germany: No Upturn in 2012

Despite a good start, 2012 has not seen any upturn in the German solar thermal industry, as latest figures show. Carsten Kuhlmann (in the middle) from the heating manufacturers association BDH expects a newly installed collector area of 1.2 million m², which would be 5 % less than in 2011 …
India: MNRE Releases Guidelines for High-Rise Buildings

India: MNRE Releases Guidelines for High-Rise Buildings

With a growing demand for all urban structures to fulfil solar bye-laws on hot water supply, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released guidelines on how to install solar water heating systems in high-rise and multi-storey buildings.These guidelines include recommendations for system sizes, as well as …
Turkey: High-quality Solar Hot Water Systems across Earthquake Area

Turkey: High-quality Solar Hot Water Systems across Earthquake Area

One year after the earthquake in the city of Van in the very east of Turkey, the government has built more than 15,000 new houses for those who lost their homes. The 15,323 new flats were constructed within twelve months. All of them are equipped with individual 120 litre thermosiphon …
Uruguay: FUCO Produces Flat Plate Collectors in Montevideo

Uruguay: FUCO Produces Flat Plate Collectors in Montevideo

It has been one year since FUCO (Fábrica Uruguaya de Colectores Solares Planos) started its production of flat plate collectors in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Right now, the monthly output is at 800 m² and can be increased if necessary, says Director Daniel Sztern. Sztern is also Director of …

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