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innovative solar district heating

Innovations in the front-running solar district heating country Denmark

The Danish solar district heating sector is a role model for the world. Researchers from IEA SHC Task 68 Efficient Solar District Heating met in the Danish capital Copenhagen for a project meeting and visited two innovative solar district heating examples. he first visit was to the concentrating solar heat …
Spotlight on the South African solar thermal market

Spotlight on the South African solar thermal market

Over the last decade the South African solar thermal market has stagnated at around 140,000 m2 of newly installed collector area annually. On the one hand, South Africa is the largest national solar thermal market on the African continent. On the other hand, this is a surprisingly low volume in …
Euroheat & Power Congress

“2030 is tomorrow but we still do not have the whole picture”

The district heating sector is getting more and more attention. The first International Euroheat & Power Congress after four years was booked out – both in terms of participants and exhibition area. More than 450 experts met in the northern Italian town of Turin from 22 to 24 May and …
stricter binding targets for renewables

EED & RED III – two amended directives to lead the way to climate neutrality

The European institutions have agreed on stricter binding targets for renewables and stricter rules for energy efficiency. The European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council ended the so-called trilogue and agreed on amended versions of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED III). In …
Concentrating solar thermal

Advanced solutions for concentrating solar in extreme environments

Concentrating solar thermal is winning investors’ confidence in North America. The Canadian startup SolarSteam was nominated as one of the 50 most investable cleantech ventures by Foresight Canada in November 2022 (see photo above). SolarSteam has developed an enclosed ultra-lightweight parabolic trough collector. In collaboration with the Canadian company Scovan, …
ultra-low-temperature district heating

Pilot projects show promising results for ultra-low-temperature district heating

District heating systems have long been a key component of urban energy infrastructure, but they also come with significant heat losses and energy inefficiencies. Three pilot projects across Europe have been testing a new approach: ultra-low-temperature district heating – with promising results. By reducing heat losses and incorporating renewable energy …
Chinese solar thermal market

Zero-COVID policy in China hit solar thermal market

The pandemic is to blame for the fact that the Chinese solar thermal market shrank significantly in 2022, against expectations. The collector area produced in China last year was 12 % lower than in the previous year. The market volume was 16.5 GWth (23.73 million m2) according to the “2022 …
Solar Heat Europe strengthened team

“I see huge opportunities to shed more light on the benefits of solar heat”

Solar Heat Europe has strengthened its team. At the beginning of April, Valérie Séjourné (left) took over the Managing Director position from Pedro Dias. Séjourné comes with more than 25 years of experience in communication, sustainability and advocacy with industry association background. Dias, who led the Solar Heat Europe (SHE) …


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