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Newsletter July 2018

EU labelling: “Solar devices to be classified as heaters”

Labels and trademarks should provide consumers with clear information about product quality and performance. Currently, there are three labels for solar and solar-assisted heating systems in Europe. Two of them, Solergy and Solar Keymark, are put on collectors and are voluntary. The third, the EU Energy Efficiency label, has been a legal requirement for water, space and combi heaters since September 2015. A news article published this month explains all three. As the European Union’s labelling system is currently under revision, we also listed some of the disadvantages of the current framework and how those can be overcome (Photo: Solar Heating Initiative).
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Europe’s first-ever renewable heating and cooling target
by Bärbel Epp

The European Parliament and Council have reached an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive on 14 June. One of the directive’s heavily debated figures can be found in Article 23, which requires member states to increase their proportion of renewable heat by 1.3 percentage points each year up to 2030.
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Land secured for Big Solar Graz
by Bärbel Epp

Big Solar Graz has reached a significant milestone by purchasing the land on which to construct a solar field and a seasonal storage system. In mid-June, the project partners told the local press that they had bought 55 hectares in the south of Graz, in the Austrian state of Styria.

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Optimised control strategy for SDH in Italy
by Riccardo Battisti

Despite its small size, the solar district heating system in Lodi, close to Milan, is one of few in Italy to feed surplus heat into a local network. Researchers from the Politecnico di Milano have suggested using a new approach to reduce the supply temperature in the solar circuit to increase performance.  

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Daniel Mugnier is new IEA SHC chairman
by Bärbel Epp

The new chair of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme will be Daniel Mugnier, a leading expert in solar cooling. Mugnier, who heads the R&D department at French-based Tecsol, aims at strengthening partnership with international organisations such as UNEP, REN21 and IRENA.

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India needs massive awareness-raising campaign
by Jaideep Malaviya

India’s challenges around solar process heat for industry were the central topic of a session at the 3rd Solar India Expo in May. Representatives for both currently running support schemes, Solar Payback and UNIDO, listed the key requirements for successfully developing the SHIP market.

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