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  • The opportunities and risks of stock market financing for young solar thermal companies

    The opportunities and risks of stock market financing for young solar thermal companies

    More and more solar thermal companies are financing their growth by issuing shares. The most recent example is Tigi from Israel with its IPO on 21st March 2021. Some Scandinavian project developers such as Absolicon, Savosolar and Clean Industry Solutions Holding Europe as well as the...
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  • IRENA report highlights falling solar heat project costs

    IRENA report highlights falling solar heat project costs

    The Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2020 report illustrates how the competitiveness of solar and wind power improved dramatically in the decade 2010 to 2020. Written by Michael Taylor and his team at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), it shows how even existing coal...
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  • Global PVT market on track for more growth

    Global PVT market on track for more growth

    PVT collectors – which use solar radiation to produce both heat and electricity – have been gaining in popularity in a rising number of markets around the world. In 2019, the Netherlands, France and Spain claimed the top spots for the most PVT capacity added in a year. In 2020, they were...
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  • Develop stable and reliable compact thermal energy storages

    Develop stable and reliable compact thermal energy storages

    The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme has redoubled its efforts to develop and test compact thermal energy storage (CTES), saying the technology can play an important role in transforming the energy market. At its meeting in June, the IEA SHC Executive Committee approved the start of...
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  • Workflow stories describe use of solar neighbourhood planning tools

    Workflow stories describe use of solar neighbourhood planning tools

    Experts working on the Solar Neighborhood Planning project have created workflow stories to find out which tools urban planners use and what problems they encounter while doing so. The image above is taken from a Norwegian workflow story. It shows a simulation of sunlight patterns...
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  • German university offers new tool to display factory heat loads

    German university offers new tool to display factory heat loads

    To simplify the design of industrial solar heat systems in Europe, the German University of Kassel has developed an Excel tool that can be used to create standardised heat load profiles in multiple industrial subsectors. The amount of heat that industrial businesses use each day is a very...
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  • New chair for IEA SHC Programme on growth path

    New chair for IEA SHC Programme on growth path

    The new Chair of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, also known as IEA SHC, is Tomas Olejniczak, an all-around energy transition and renewable energy expert at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO),  part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. He was elected for a...
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  • Multinationals strive to add more clean heat solutions

    Multinationals strive to add more clean heat solutions

    The latest SHIP Supplier World Map shows detailed information on 75 solar technology suppliers from 23 different countries. Together, they completed around 1,000 solar industrial heat plants until the end of 2020. The global hubs of the SHIP supply chain were Mexico and Germany, both with...
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  • Germany’s biggest solar-heated house nears completion

    Germany’s biggest solar-heated house nears completion

    This summer, the first families will be able to move into Solardomizil III, Germany’s soon-to-be-largest showcase of residential solar thermal design. The multi-family property is being put up by FASA, a solar thermal-only construction firm founded in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall...
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  • Energy Community aims for 0.01 % to 3 % solar share in heating sector

    Energy Community aims for 0.01 % to 3 % solar share in heating sector

    Vienna-based Energy Community’s launch of a Heating and Cooling Network in September 2020 was a clear indication that it wants to move beyond its current focus on renewable electricity and support sustainable heating and cooling. In early May, it published a discussion paper on district...
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  • Dutch green heat tariff prompts record-size SHIP plant

    Dutch green heat tariff prompts record-size SHIP plant

    Flower farmers and brothers Jeroen and Marco Mol have saved about 875,000 m3 of gas a year since starting up a new 10.5 MWth collector field in April 2020 in Nibbixwoud in the Netherlands. To implement the project, they partnered with G2 Energy, a Dutch company that...
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