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EU fund allocates EUR 108 million for C&I renewable heat projects

The first call for renewable heat projects for the industry and service sectors in Spain resulted in awarded grants of EUR 108 million. This budget will be used to support 51 solar heat projects totalling 62 MW. Within this funding line Thermal Energy Production beneficiaries receive non-repayable grants co-financed by …
EuroSun 2022 in Germany: Call for papers

EuroSun 2022 in Germany: Call for papers

The University of Kassel will host EuroSun 2022 in Germany between 25 and 29 September. The conference will be jointly organised by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (IEA SHC) Programme. Monday to Wednesday are reserved for technology, market and policy-related sessions on …
“Support joint marketing efforts for solar district heating”

“Support joint marketing efforts for solar district heating”

At a workshop set to take place on 4 and 5 April in Graz, Austria, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme will launch a new research platform about Efficient Solar District Heating Systems, also called Task 68. About 30 mostly European solar heat experts have worked 12 months on …
Heliogen successfully raises equity capital

Heliogen successfully raises equity capital

Solar tower supplier Heliogen started 2022 with full bank accounts. At the end of December the US-based company first received a USD 39 million award from the Department of Energy for the deployment of Heliogen’s so-called Al-Enabled Concentrated Solar Technology. And just a week later on the last day of …
Unfavourable stop and go policy in England

Unfavourable stop and go policy in England

The Green Homes Grant scheme in England “underperformed badly”. The Public Accounts Committee came to this conclusion when reporting that only about 47,500 families upgraded their homes out of the 600,000 originally envisaged and the scheme caused GBP 50 million of administration costs – more than GBP 1,000 per home …
Cities united for climate action

Cities united for climate action

Cities drive climate action – that much is clear when looking at the numbers presented in last November’s 2021 Global Covenant of Mayors Impact Report. The signatories to the covenant announced a total of 222,034 actions, committing themselves to a reduction of 76 gigatons of CO2 by 2050, an amount …
Greenpeace Bulgaria campaigns for sunny future of heating

Greenpeace Bulgaria campaigns for sunny future of heating

Greenpeace Bulgaria is actively campaigning to promote solar energy for heating purposes. The Bulgarian branch of the global environmental organisation has not only published promotional material but Greenpeace also donated two solar laboratories to schools to educate students about a decarbonised economy. At the beginning of this school year in …
Solar heat to save Switzerland several CHF 100 million a year

Solar heat to save Switzerland several CHF 100 million a year

A new roadmap called SolTherm2050 shows how much of a role solar heat combined with thermal storage could play in Switzerland in 2050. Using the Swiss EnergyScope tool, the developers of the roadmap simulated a variety of scenarios with and without solar thermal. In addition, over half of their 117-page …
Key SHIP markets are Germany, Chile, Spain and France

Key SHIP markets are Germany, Chile, Spain and France

There are opportunities for solar industrial heat in a large number of countries globally. Among the key markets are Germany, Chile, Spain and France, which were named most by turnkey SHIP suppliers when asked for “the three most important SHIP export markets in the coming years”. Additionally, several countries were …
Global Solar Certification Network and Solar Heating Initiative join forces

Global Solar Certification Network and Solar Heating Initiative join forces

“Unite for solar heat” is the idea behind a new alliance forged between the Global Solar Certification Network and the Solar Heating Initiative. “Our plan is to develop joint marketing and communication campaigns, and the relaunch of the GSCN website will be the first output from this new alliance,” GSCN …
Lessons learned from three years promoting SDH in the Western Balkans

Lessons learned from three years promoting SDH in the Western Balkans

The interest in solar district heating has increased significantly in Serbia since the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) started to finance prefeasibility studies for SDH plants in January 2019. Furthermore, Serbia adopted a Renewable Energy Law in April 2021 which includes an ambitious mechanism to support the implementation of renewable …
Feasibility studies on 13 solar heat plants underway in Austria

Feasibility studies on 13 solar heat plants underway in Austria

Solar district heating has turned around the steadily declining solar thermal market in Austria. As reported at the Austria Solar organisation’s annual meeting in December, solar heat was in high demand all over the country last year. Of particular note was the second quarter, in which capacity additions made a …

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