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India: 90 Process Heat Projects with Concentrating Collectors in Five Years

Uruguay: Solar Plan Includes Grants and Low-interest Loans for Households

China: Solar Process Heat at "Green" Tannery Quiz: All-rounder Win Prizes

Hungary: Great Interest in Expired Residential Subsidy Scheme

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Intersolar Award 2012: Efficiency Wins
Intersolar Award 2012: Efficiency Wins

Dear Reader,

On 13th June, it was time for the fifth Intersolar Award at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The solar industry’s international prize pays tribute to innovative companies, products and services, among others, in the category of Solar Thermal Technologies. The lucky winners in this category are Shimon and Zvika Klier from Tigi Ltd, Israel, Pierro Abbate and Vittorio Palmieri from TVP Solar, Switzerland, and Francesco and Vittorio Orioli from Soltigua – Laterizi Gambettola SRL, Italy (from left to right). The jury was impressed by the high efficiency and material durability of the award-winning collector panels.

Sunny regards,

The Team

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India: 90 Process Heat Projects with Concentrating Collectors in Five Years
by Jaideep Malaviya

The Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Tarun Kapoor, announced the official launch of the initiative “Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator based Process Heat Applications” in mid May 2012. In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the MNRE will support 30 demonstration projects with a total of 15,000 m² and 60 replication projects with altogether 30,000 m² of process heat applications with concentrating solar thermal collectors across at least five different sectors between 2012 and 2017. The budget with a total of USD 23.75 million will be spent on supporting measures, not on direct investment subsidies. 

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Uruguay: Solar Plan Includes Grants and Low-interest Loans for Households
by Eliseo Cabrera and Carlos Faria Café
The Uruguay Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining came up with a new Solar Plan in March 2012 in order to more effectively campaign for the use of solar water heaters and facilitate financing of the technology in the residential sector. With the new approach, the government hopes to save electricity, which has, so far, been the most widespread source for heating water in the house. The country’s electricity distribution network is managed by state-run utility company UTE. It reduces the energy bill of any end consumer which purchases a solar water heater of a monthly Uruguayan Peso 350 over the first 12 months. This corresponds to an investment subsidy of around 11% for a simple system kit. Of a total of 1.2 million households, 130,000 homes are thought to be served in this first phase.
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China: Solar Process Heat at "Green" Tannery
by Yaping Zhang

Tannery Heshan Bestway Leather, a German joint venture in the People’s Republic of China, inaugurated its new Chinese factory in Heshan on 9th June in the presence of around 300 visitors from all over the world. The factory houses a solar thermal process heat installation with 630 m² of collector area. Heshan Bestway Leather is one of the leading manufacturers in leather products on a highly environmentally friendly basis. The non-pressurised collector field preheats water for the retanning drums and vacuum dryers at 70°C.

Read more» Quiz: All-Rounders Win Prizes
by Bärbel Epp
Quiz Winners
Solar thermal professionals from all around the world took part in the third round of the quiz at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The three winners, who were announced at the third day of the fair, come from three different countries as well. Daniel Mugnier (center), researcher at French company Tecsol SA, and the German Uwe Trenkner (right), from Trenkner Consulting in Brussels, scored best in the 10-question quiz. The best quiz participant from outside Europe was Chris Beebe (left), CEO of Beam Engineering, a company located in Boston, Massachusetts. The first prize went to Daniel Mugnier, who won a conference ticket. Trenkner and Beebe each received a one-year subscription to international magazine Sun & Wind Energy – sponsored by German publishing company BVA.
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Hungary: Great Interest in Expired Residential Subsidy Scheme
by Frank Stier

The Hungarian Ministry of National Development reported a high interest in one of its recently halted support programmes. According to the ministry’s statement from 17th May, it received 5,686 applications for the "Sub programme to set up solar collector systems that facilitate the use of renewable energies, generate residential hot water and provide space heating". The ministry also stated that 2,300 of these applications have already been approved. The sub programme was launched at the beginning of October 2011 and expired - after several extensions - on 15th May 2012.

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China: Several Thousand Dollar Prizes for Best Solar Thermal Shots
Great Britain: Insolvency of Collector Manufacturer after the PV Crash
Great Britain: Second Phase of the Interim Payment for Residential Clients
China: More than 50,000 Solar Shops
USA: Massachusetts Supports Solar Thermal in Low-income Housing
Austria: Third Incentive Year for Large-scale Solar Thermal Plants