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Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

In July, French NewHeat was revealed to be among the 32 organisations whose applications were approved by the new EU Innovation Fund for small-scale projects. The EUR 4.5 million the company will receive from the fund will cover more than half of the total investment in a 20 MWth industrial …
IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

US project developer ergSol is a true pioneer. The company is not only putting up large commercial solar heat systems in California but also supports the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme by heading the Demonstration subtask of global research network Task 65 – Solar Cooling for the Sunbelt Regions …
Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

Many times during winter, Skopje in North Macedonia holds the unfortunate record of being the capital with the worst air quality in Europe. One reason for this is that some of the city’s public buildings – even hospitals and schools – burn heavy fuel oil to provide hot water and …
IEA SHC workshop to create "Smart Solar Water Heating for 2030" research platform

IEA SHC workshop to create ‘Smart Solar Water Heating for 2030’ research platform

With 57 % of the total solar heating capacity in operation globally, thermosiphon systems top the list of the world’s most used solar thermal technologies. At the same time, photovoltaic systems are also emerging as a real player for getting heat from the sun. Both technologies are rapidly evolving to …
“German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

“German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

Under the leadership of Christoph Bühler, Ritter XL, a division of Germany’s Ritter Energie company, has risen to become the market leader for solar district heating (SDH) in Germany. His team successfully bid for seven of the last 10 SDH plants exceeding 1,000 m2 to be put out to tender …
Fit for 55 package – numbers debate about to begin

Fit for 55 package – numbers debate about to begin

On 14 July, the European Commission fulfilled its promise and published the Fit for 55 package, which includes revisions to five of the EU’s core climate and energy directives and two new initiatives, ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime (see chart). The aim of the package is to bring the legal …
PVT provides 3 times more energy than same-size PV system

PVT provides 3 times more energy than same-size PV system

Historic building stock and solar energy are not mutually exclusive, as illustrated by La Marseillaise in Nantes, western France. A block of 39 student flats, this 1930s building has no gas or oil boilers but PV-thermal collectors and photovoltaic panels for the on-site production of solar heat and electricity. Hot …
SICA countries join IEA SHC with some flagship projects

SICA countries join IEA SHC with some flagship projects

In its current Solar Update Newsletter August 2021 the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme welcomes what is already the sixth Regional Sustainable Energy Centre to join as a sponsor. The most recent new member is SICREEE, which opened its doors at the beginning of 2021 and represents the eight …
Growing interest in concentrating solar heat in central Europe

Growing interest in concentrating solar heat in central Europe

Concentrating collectors that provide heat or steam for large energy consumers are still far and few between. In 2020, 35 projects with a total aperture area of 16,300 m2 (11 MWth) were put up around the globe, with the most capacity added in China and Turkey, However, according to the …
SolarThermal+ project sets new standard for green tourism in China

SolarThermal+ project sets new standard for green tourism in China

One year after the ground-breaking ceremony in May 2020, construction on the all-weather eco-tourism resort Water World in Handan, Hebei, northern China, is in full swing. Photos posted to weixin.qq.com on 19 April reveal a huge construction site bustling with activity (see photo below). The multi-storey building in the middle …
Start-ups develop new high-temperature storage solutions

Start-ups develop new high-temperature storage solutions

At the end of May, representatives for Norwegian EnergyNest, Swedish Azelio and US Malta joined a webinar organised by Spanish agency ATA Insights to talk about their companies’ innovative, cost-competitive thermal storage systems. The three tech start-ups offer clients intraday solutions that store clean, surplus solar heat or electricity generated …
Large prefab SDH collectors: design and yields

Large prefab SDH collectors: design and yields

Collector size is key when designing solar thermal systems for use in district heating and industry. Roughly speaking, the larger the individual collectors, the easier it will be to install a system by crane and configure it to provide temperatures outside the usual range. In all, nine companies based in …

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