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Newsletter December 2018

Commercial & Industrial (C&I): the future of solar heat

Solar energy is growing into a more and more popular source of heat for large commercial and industrial (C&I) projects. In recent weeks, solar thermal companies in all corners of the globe have announced new megawatt-size systems, eager to show how sunlight can help meet people’s and business’s heating needs. At the end of December, 15.6 MW of flat plate collectors will come online in Langkazi, Tibet, and supply  90 % of the thermal energy required around town. In the Netherlands,  a 7 MW plant is being constructed at a freesia farm and will replace all gas boilers heating greenhouses on site. Additionally, US-based Glasspoint  has signed an agreement to construct its third solar steam-producing plant for enhanced oil recovery. This 2 GW installation will be built in Oman, where the business has so far started up 100 MW for another one of its clients. The photo shows an 0.8 MW solar field that was installed at Al Bashir Hospital , Jordan. It has a payback period of 4.4 years.
Industrial Solar to debut on Swedish stock exchange
by Bärbel Epp

Industrial Solar Holding Europe AB, the parent company of Industrial Solar, a German-based supplier of turnkey solar thermal systems, will soon be listed on Swedish stock exchange Spotlight, following the Swedish manufacturer of parabolic trough collectors, Absolicon Solar Collector AB. 
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Solar thermal cooling and hot water at hotel in California
by Bärbel Epp

US-based company Energy Concepts has been offering absorption chillers for more than 20 years. In August 2016, it started up a solar-heated Helisorber chiller to demonstrate the use of air conditioning and simultaneous production of heat-pumped hot water at a hotel in California.

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California between PV mandate and buildings ready for solar heat
by Riccardo Battisti

This year, California´s energy policy has been clearly focused on pushing PV. In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill committing the Golden State to zero-carbon electricity supply by 2045. Likewise, revised Building Energy Efficiency Standards will require PV systems on new residential buildings from January 2020 onwards.

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PVT and seasonal storage: innovations from Spain
by Riccardo Battisti

Local production of PVT panels and systems which achieve high solar fractions by using seasonal storage: This is the main objective of Spanish start-up company Abora, based in Saragossa. Four more installations are in the pipeline and each consists of a PVT system, seasonal storage and a heat pump.

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What simulation tools to use for SHIP? 
by Bärbel Epp

As use of industrial solar heat is still at an early stage, planners require tools to model and compare differently sized systems and ideas for process integration. In August 2015, researchers working on SHC Task 49 published a list of suitable simulation software. Since then, the developers of these programs have added new features.

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Solar Academy: Solar Standards and Certification

The four speakers of this webinar will introduce perspectives for solar standards and certification. You will hear how the Global Solar Certification Network supports the collector industry via mutual recognition of test reports. The 1.5-hour event will be held from 1 to 2.30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Wednesday, 12 December 2018. Click here to register online.

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