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Big plans for heat pumps but not for solar hybrid systems in the Netherlands

Big plans for heat pumps but not for solar hybrid systems in the Netherlands

The Dutch association Holland Solar is disappointed about the latest proposal from the Ministry for Economic  Affairs and Climate regarding the national subsidy scheme ISDE for renewable energy solutions. In a letter dated 28th October the ministry announced plans to increase investment grants from 20 to 30 % by 1st …
Germany supports solar thermal in energy systems with cogeneration

Germany supports solar thermal in energy systems with cogeneration

The use of solar district heating is rapidly gaining momentum in Germany. One reason is that the first projects which have received state support under the Innovative Combined Heat and Power Programme are close to completion. An example of a local energy supplier that has profited from this is municipal …
Future role of solar heat in IEA’s Net Zero Roadmap

Future role of solar heat in IEA’s Net Zero Roadmap

In May the International Energy Agency challenged policy makers with a 224-page report titled Net Zero by 2050: a Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector including 400 milestones that governments have to realise to achieve the 1.5 °C target. Whereas for solar heat in buildings fairly progressive targets are set …
Bulgaria torn between support for coal and decarbonisation aims

Bulgaria torn between support for coal and decarbonisation aims

In Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, 1,698 kilometres from Brussels as the crow flies, politicians remain wary of the EU’s Green Deal plans, reports our long-time Sofia correspondent Frank Stier. A sun-rich country bordering on the Black Sea, Bulgaria became a member of the EU in 2007. But while 18 % of …
Low-temperature heat networks key to positive energy districts

Low-temperature heat networks key to positive energy districts

In Europe, positive energy districts are still in their early stages. But initial pilot projects have shown that low-temperature district heating grids play a central role in the design of these smart districts. So far, however, there has been little policy support for PEDs, noted the experts who attended the …
"Renewable heat generation should be privileged in the Building Regulations §35"

“Renewable heat generation should be privileged in the Building Regulations §35”

There is a lack of land available in Germany for solar district heating systems due to the complexity of the land-use plan procedure. Some local mayors who are active for climate protection have already given up on the idea of solar heating in their communities because the search for suitable …
“We have an increasing number of new large projects in the pipeline”

“We have an increasing number of new large projects in the pipeline”

The Finnish turnkey solar heat system provider Savosolar held an extraordinary general shareholder meeting on 1 October to discuss rights issues of approximately EUR 5.4 to 6.4 million with three warrant programmes. The assembly authorised  Savosolar’s Board of Directors to decide on issuance of shares, options and other rights up …
“Energy taxes and emission trading systems complement each other”

“Energy taxes and emission trading systems complement each other”

Internalizing the costs of pollution into energy prices – this has been one of the key objectives of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe for many years. In this context, two documents from the new Fit for 55 package are of major importance: the revision of the Energy Taxation Directive (ETD) and the …
10 MW solar plant heats air for malting plant in France

10 MW solar plant heats air for malting plant in France

A 10 MW flagship solar heat project was inaugurated on 20 September 2021 in Issoudun, Southern France, making it the largest solar industrial heat plant in France and the second largest in Europe. The 14,252 m2 solar collector fields now supply 10 % of the total heat requirement of the …
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 …
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 …
“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 …