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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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  • How SHIP can compete with heat produced from natural gas in Europe

    How SHIP can compete with heat produced from natural gas in Europe

    Many studies have shown the huge potential solar thermal has for clean heat production in industry. But so far, there have been comparatively few attempts to tap into this potential, partly because of high investment costs and partly because of end...

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  • Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    In 2020, the German market for solar heat grew by 26 % – more than any other major solar thermal market around the globe, according to the new Solar Heat Worldwide 2021 report (see chart above). Speaking at an IEA SHC Solar Academy in June, Harald Drück, a researcher at German University of...
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  • IEA Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap: 400 milestones but very few for solar thermal

    IEA Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap: 400 milestones but very few for solar thermal

    At an online press conference in May, IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol made some surprisingly forceful statements about the global net-zero emission targets for 2050 – statements that have since been widely quoted in the media. “This is not a race between nations but a race against...
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  • Nuetech Solar renews Clean Development Mechanism

    Nuetech Solar renews Clean Development Mechanism

    Nuetech Solar – which in December 2012 became India’s first solar water heater manufacturer to register a Clean Development Mechanism Programme of Activities under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – is about to launch another seven-year component project activity (CPA) with...
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  • “Together with ABB Robotics we can speed up the roll-out”

    “Together with ABB Robotics we can speed up the roll-out”

    The Swedish company Absolicon Solar Collector has joined forces with ABB Robotics to sell complete automated production lines for parabolic trough collectors throughout the world. The company has so far signed 13 letters of interest with investors on various continents. The idea is to...
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  • Tigi’s IPO raised around USD 10 million

    Tigi’s IPO raised around USD 10 million

    The Israeli collector producer and project developer Tigi has joined the small group of solar heat companies worldwide that are stock market listed. Tigi’s IPO (initial public offering) was on 21st March at Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) in the cleantech sector. The company raised NIS 34...
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