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Germany’s biggest solar-heated house nears completion

Germany’s biggest solar-heated house nears completion

This summer, the first families will be able to move into Solardomizil III, Germany’s soon-to-be-largest showcase of residential solar thermal design. The multi-family property is being put up by FASA, a solar thermal-only construction firm founded in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The core component of the …
Energy Community aims for 0.01 % to 3 % solar share in heating sector

Energy Community aims for 0.01 % to 3 % solar share in heating sector

Vienna-based Energy Community’s launch of a Heating and Cooling Network in September 2020 was a clear indication that it wants to move beyond its current focus on renewable electricity and support sustainable heating and cooling. In early May, it published a discussion paper on district heat tariffs, in which its …
Dutch green heat tariff prompts record-size SHIP plant

Dutch green heat tariff prompts record-size SHIP plant

Flower farmers and brothers Jeroen and Marco Mol have saved about 875,000 m3 of gas a year since starting up a new 10.5 MWth collector field in April 2020 in Nibbixwoud in the Netherlands. To implement the project, they partnered with G2 Energy, a Dutch company that provided them with …
Winners named in Helsinki Energy Challenge for carbon-neutral district heat

Winners named in Helsinki Energy Challenge for carbon-neutral district heat

An expert panel has now picked four winning ideas from the 252 submitted for the Helsinki Energy Challenge, which gave stakeholders in the energy market a chance to put forward their solutions for carbon-neutral district heating in Finland’s capital by 2035. One award went to the HIVE consortium, which was …
Uncapped funding for large solar heat plants in Austria

Uncapped funding for large solar heat plants in Austria

The Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has increased the budget of its grant scheme for large solar thermal plants and is now offering EUR 45 million in 2021 and 2022 for conducting feasibility studies, putting up new systems as well as monitoring them. If the budget is exhausted, the government …
IKEA to invest EUR 4 billion in clean energy

IKEA to invest EUR 4 billion in clean energy

By 2030, furniture retail giant Inter IKEA Group intends to minimise its carbon footprint and even get climate-positive while continuing to grow its business. The goals set by IKEA’s sustainability strategy People & Planet Positive published in August 2020 include the aim to generate more renewable energy than will be …
In Denmark, large heat pumps take DH market by storm

In Denmark, large heat pumps take DH market by storm

United in their drive to get rid of fossil fuel-fired heating, Denmark’s district energy providers spent years putting up a network of solar thermal systems, large ones in particular. But lately, priorities seem to have changed, with the focus now being put on heat pumps instead. Sales of pumps have …
Serbia’s first big online conference on solar energy draws 2,000 attendees

Serbia’s first big online conference on solar energy draws 2,000 attendees

Serbia would very soon take a significant step forward by approving a new Renewable Energy Act, Zorana Mihajlović, the country’s deputy PM and mining and energy minister, said at the First Big Conference on Solar Energy in Serbia on 14 April 2021 in Belgrade. The now-passed law includes the announcement …
Hydrogen-ready – the new buzzword in the heating industry

Hydrogen-ready – the new buzzword in the heating industry

At the ISH digital, held from 22 to 26 March, Germany’s major heating companies offered attendees plenty of new event formats, including moderated board panels, professional film inserts, and live broadcasts of their exhibits. But as those businesses presented their new products, it became obvious that the focus of this …
“7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

“7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

Viessmann, a major German provider of climate solutions for living spaces, strengthened its project development team last year, hiring Christian Stadler and four of his ex-colleagues in June 2020, after their former employer, Danish-based Arcon-Sunmark, stopped operation. As part of Viessmann, Stadler and his team are now responding to district …
SDH plant performs well in Swiss winter conditions

SDH plant performs well in Swiss winter conditions

A new solar district heating plant in Geneva, Switzerland, is basking in the limelight of Swiss politics, with environmental minister Simonetta Sommaruga personally attending the start-up of the system at the end of February. The 816 m2 solar field consists of special high-vacuum flat panels supplying heat to Geneva’s district …
Rush on industrial solar heat in Germany

Rush on industrial solar heat in Germany

In Germany, demand for high-temperature solar process heat is growing rapidly. In the past months, Soliterm, a western German provider of turnkey solar process heat (SHIP) solutions, has conducted an ever-greater number of prefeasibility studies in several sectors, especially in the food industry. Interest grew as the government introduced a …