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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 …
Canada: Total Collector Sales Drop by 29%

Canada: Total Collector Sales Drop by 29%

After the really good year of 2010, the Canadian solar thermal industry was facing a difficult market situation in 2011. According to the annual Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets in Canada 2011, the total sold collector area decreased by 29%, dropping from 252,146 m² in 2010 …
India: Flat Plate vs Vacuum Tube Technology

India: Flat Plate vs Vacuum Tube Technology

Until now, the Indian solar thermal market has been dominated by flat plate collectors (FPCs). FPCs have several advantages, with the main being robust and long-lasting. In a price-sensitive market such as the Indian one, however, vacuum tube collectors (VTCs) have gained a foothold over the last years because the …
Poland: Combi Systems on the Rise

Poland: Combi Systems on the Rise

The Polish population is becoming more and more interested in combi solar thermal systems: The share of residential combi systems for hot water and space heating which are subsidised by the grant scheme of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, NFOŚiGW, increased from 13 % at the …
Italy: Conference Highlights Installers’ Key Qualification Issues

Italy: Conference Highlights Installers’ Key Qualification Issues

Held in Rome in September 2012, the conference “Qualification and Certification of Skills for Those Working in the Energy Sector” was the ideal platform to outline and debate which qualifications and certifications are necessary for installers of small-scale renewable energy systems, including solar thermal. The Italian National Agency for New …
Serbia: “Conditions for Solar Thermal Continue to Improve”

Serbia: “Conditions for Solar Thermal Continue to Improve”

The solar thermal market in Serbia has grown noticeably over the last two years. Most solar thermal projects are realised in the public sector, in which installations have been subsidised for a few years now. solarthermalworld.org spoke with Miroslav Lambic, Chairman of the Serbian Solar Association Srbija Solar, about the …
Afghanistan: German Manufacturer Supplies Solar Thermal to Kabul Multi-Family House

Afghanistan: German Manufacturer Supplies Solar Thermal to Kabul Multi-Family House

Many sunny hours at low temperatures: The Afghan winter is predestined for solar heat use. German collector manufacturer REM GmbH has just delivered the first solar thermal system to a block of flats in Kabul – the first of a series of 21 installations which are to be set up …
Europe: 3,000 m² Collector Area at Three STACCATO Projects

Europe: 3,000 m² Collector Area at Three STACCATO Projects

What do the European capitals Amsterdam, Budapest and Sofia have in common? Not much, except that they have all been participating in the STACCATO project since November 2007. The project is a sub-programme of the European Commission’s CONCERTO initiative to promote energy efficiency and renewable energies. The STACCATO retrofit projects …

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