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  • Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

    Innovation Fund approves EUR 4.5 million for Croatian SHIP plant

    In July, French NewHeat was revealed to be among the 32 organisations whose applications were approved by the new EU Innovation Fund for small-scale projects. The EUR 4.5 million the company will receive from the fund will cover more than half of the total investment in a 20 MWth...
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  • IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    US project developer ergSol is a true pioneer. The company is not only putting up large commercial solar heat systems in California but also supports the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme by heading the Demonstration subtask of global research network...
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  • Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

    Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

    Many times during winter, Skopje in North Macedonia holds the unfortunate record of being the capital with the worst air quality in Europe. One reason for this is that some of the city’s public buildings – even hospitals and schools – burn heavy fuel oil to provide hot water and space...
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  • “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    Under the leadership of Christoph Bühler, Ritter XL, a division of Germany’s Ritter Energie company, has risen to become the market leader for solar district heating (SDH) in Germany. His team successfully bid for seven of the last 10 SDH plants exceeding 1,000 m2 to be put out...
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  • Fit for 55 package – numbers debate about to begin

    Fit for 55 package – numbers debate about to begin

    On 14 July, the European Commission fulfilled its promise and published the Fit for 55 package, which includes revisions to five of the EU’s core climate and energy directives and two new initiatives, ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime (see chart). The aim of the package is to bring the...
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  • PVT provides 3 times more energy than same-size PV system

    PVT provides 3 times more energy than same-size PV system

    Historic building stock and solar energy are not mutually exclusive, as illustrated by La Marseillaise in Nantes, western France. A block of 39 student flats, this 1930s building has no gas or oil boilers but PV-thermal collectors and photovoltaic panels for the on-site production of solar...
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  • SICA countries join IEA SHC with some flagship projects

    SICA countries join IEA SHC with some flagship projects

    In its current Solar Update Newsletter August 2021 the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme welcomes what is already the sixth Regional Sustainable Energy Centre to join as a sponsor. The most recent new member is SICREEE, which opened its doors at the beginning of 2021 and represents...
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  • Growing interest in concentrating solar heat in central Europe

    Growing interest in concentrating solar heat in central Europe

    Concentrating collectors that provide heat or steam for large energy consumers are still far and few between. In 2020, 35 projects with a total aperture area of 16,300 m2 (11 MWth) were put up around the globe, with the most capacity added in China and Turkey, However...
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  • SolarThermal+ project sets new standard for green tourism in China

    SolarThermal+ project sets new standard for green tourism in China

    One year after the ground-breaking ceremony in May 2020, construction on the all-weather eco-tourism resort Water World in Handan, Hebei, northern China, is in full swing. Photos posted to weixin.qq.com on 19 April reveal a huge construction site bustling with activity (see photo...
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  • Start-ups develop new high-temperature storage solutions

    Start-ups develop new high-temperature storage solutions

    At the end of May, representatives for Norwegian EnergyNest, Swedish Azelio and US Malta joined a webinar organised by Spanish agency ATA Insights to talk about their companies’ innovative, cost-competitive thermal storage systems. The three tech start-ups offer clients intraday solutions...
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  • Large prefab SDH collectors: design and yields

    Large prefab SDH collectors: design and yields

    Collector size is key when designing solar thermal systems for use in district heating and industry. Roughly speaking, the larger the individual collectors, the easier it will be to install a system by crane and configure it to provide temperatures outside the usual range. In all, nine...
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