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Spanish SHIP market falters as deadlines and supply delays halt progress

Spanish SHIP market falters as deadlines and supply delays halt progress

Spain’s solar thermal industry is facing a setback as it struggles to deliver many of the projects awarded in the most recent call for commercial and industrial solar heat projects. The scheme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) allocated EUR 108 million to support 51 solar heat projects …
feasibility studies

Feasibility studies for large solar heat plants totalling almost 1 million m2 underway

Austria is one of the leading countries in the European Union in the use of renewable energies, ranking fifth with a 36 % share of final energy consumption in the year 2021. Is Austria – like most other EU countries – focusing almost exclusively on renewable electricity generation for decarbonising …
EU to extend emissions trading to private households and transport

EU to extend emissions trading to private households and transport

From 2027 onward, private households in the European Union will also have to pay a CO2 tax on the fossil fuels they use. This is envisaged by the reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), on which negotiators agreed in mid-December 2022 in the so-called Trilogue of the …
PVT Big Solar projects

PVT Big Solar projects for industrial clients in Austria

The Austrian planning team Simona Alexe – greenixcloud is now developing PVT Big Solar projects for industrial clients. Big Solar refers to solar heat systems that store surplus solar energy from the summer in seasonal storage to cover energy needs in winter. The term has previously been used for large …
Promising results from innovative solar district heating plants

Promising results from innovative solar district heating plants

In a webinar in mid-February, AMORCE, the French district heating association, described the successes of the French district heating sector and its growth strategy. It is a small sector covering only 5 % of the total heat demand – but is already decarbonised to a great extent. With more than …
German solar thermal market

The German solar thermal market only grew slightly in the energy crisis year 2022

The German industry associations BSW Solar and BDH have published the market statistics for the German solar thermal market in 2022. With 11 % growth, collector sales developed positively. The newly installed solar thermal capacity in 2022 amounted to 496 MW, up from 448 MW in the previous year (see …
What is in the Fit for 55 package for district heating?

What is in the Fit for 55 package for district heating?

With the Fit for 55 Package in July 2021 the European Commission started the revision of the EU´s core climate and energy directives. The revisions of two of them – the Renewable Energy Directive (RED III) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) – have already arrived in the trilogue meetings, …
speed up permission procedures

European Council speeds up permission procedures but only for solar systems on buildings

Following an EU Commission proposal, the Council of the European Union adopted its Council Regulation (EU) 2022/2577 on 19 December 2022 as a “framework to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy”. It came into force with its publication in the EU´s Official Journal on 29 December 2022. It obliges the …
Big Solar Pristina

Big Solar in Kosovo replaces coal-based electric heating

The way is clear for the construction of one of the largest solar district heating plants in Europe. The financing package for the EUR 80 million project was signed on 20 December in Pristina, Kosovo. The European Commission, the KfW banking group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development …
solar process heat plants

Welcome to a new year and another chance for solar heat to get big

Multi-megawatt solar process heat plants are on the increase. A new record-size system in France with 13 MW for a dairy is in the commissioning phase. Construction of a 28.5 MW field of parabolic trough collectors for a Heineken factory in Spain is progressing well. Belgium will see the largest …
Solar heat market Europe

Historically high growth in Europe’s solar heat market in 2021

Solar heat is on a growth path in Europe. The newly installed capacity grew by 8 % in 2021 to 1.45 GW in the EU27 plus Switzerland and Great Britain – a historically high percent growth. The countries with double-digit growth according to market statistics from Solar Heat Europe (SHE) …
operator models for solar district heating

Successful operator models for solar district heating in Germany

Around 50 large solar district heating systems are in operation in Germany, among them a growing number of energy community initiated projects. The three-year SolnetPlus project aims to popularise solar district heating especially among municipalities. On 24 November 2022, the project held a webinar on the topic of Successful operator …