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Newsletter August 2018

Insights into the work of 400 SHC researchers 

Four years ago, solarthermalworld.org started cooperating with the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, also known as IEA SHC, to share the findings of about 400 researchers from around the globe. In the meantime, the associated IEA SHC subpage has grown to more than 110 news articles. The most recent news report on the page describes a new research platform, Solar energy in industrial water and waste water management, launched by IEA SHC in June, and the goals of new IEA SHC Chairman Daniel Mugnier. Likewise, it highlights the lessons learned from 34 urban solar projects in 10 countries around the world. “Our aim is to give solar energy a more prominent role in winning the challenge of a far greater share of renewables in the massive heating and cooling demand worldwide,” Mugnier said. IEA SHC is one of the agency’s 10 renewable research programmes and was one of its earliest, having been set up in 1977. 
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Evaluating 20 quotations in hotels
by Marisol Oropeza

The pilot phase of the support scheme MiSol - Solar Heat for Hotels on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico was successful. On 3 May, the first MiSol-supported system was inaugurated. MiSol has been promoting the use of solar thermal among 80 hotels since last June. 
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Solar Keymark Network gets new chairman
by Riccardo Battisti

The Solar Keymark Network (SKN) meeting held in Spain this March saw a new chairman, Andreas Bohren, leading a reshaped organisation. From now on, SKN will have a physical meeting in spring, an online one in autumn and votes can be held in between. 

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1 million m² collectors produced in Turkey
by Bärbel Epp

Solimpeks announced to have produced 1 million m² of collector area in its 17 years of company history and to export to 70 countries across the globe. The photo shows the largest installation ever installed: 4,575 m² collector field at a prison in Ankara.

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Vacuum tubes with CPCs dominate SHIP market
by Jaideep Malaviya

Concentrating technologies continue to flourish in India. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has reported to have received concentrating solar thermal applications worth more than 10,000 m² since the national subsidy scheme was extended in February 2018. Most applications were about SHIP and cooling.

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Combining the strengths of collector technologies
by Riccardo Battisti

Task 55 of the IEA SHC Programme is currently studying the benefits of systems equipped with both flat plate and parabolic trough collectors to supply thermal energy to district heating networks. Preliminary results from a project in Taars, Denmark, have been encouraging.

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SDH potential of small towns in Europe
by Bärbel Epp

Most small European towns connected to a district heating network have enough land available for a solar field to meet 20 % of heat demand. 2,480 DH networks in 22 countries were analysed. In all, 93 % of the identified solar heat potential can be produced at a price of less than 50 EUR/MWh. 

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