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  • Some good news from COVID-plagued Brazil

    Some good news from COVID-plagued Brazil

    Brazil’s solar thermal market continued to grow in 2020 despite the pandemic taking a heavy toll on the country. According to annual statistics compiled by national solar thermal association ABRASOL, the newly installed glazed and unglazed collector area increased by 7.2 %, to 992 MWth...
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  • Winners named in Helsinki Energy Challenge for carbon-neutral district heat

    Winners named in Helsinki Energy Challenge for carbon-neutral district heat

    An expert panel has now picked four winning ideas from the 252 submitted for the Helsinki Energy Challenge, which gave stakeholders in the energy market a chance to put forward their solutions for carbon-neutral district heating in Finland’s capital by 2035. One award went to the HIVE...
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  • New SDH factsheet database goes online

    New SDH factsheet database goes online

    The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme has just launched a database containing a substantial number of fact sheets about solar district heating technologies, best practices and markets. The 29 documents were written by the most experienced SDH researchers and practitioners from China...
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  • Europe holds top spot for SHIP incentives

    Europe holds top spot for SHIP incentives

    Spain has recently launched an investment grant scheme focused on industrial solar heat, joining an already long list of European countries – including Austria, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands – that have created similar programmes. In the last three months of 2020, Spain’s...
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  • Uncapped funding for large solar heat plants in Austria

    Uncapped funding for large solar heat plants in Austria

    The Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has increased the budget of its grant scheme for large solar thermal plants and is now offering EUR 45 million in 2021 and 2022 for conducting feasibility studies, putting up new systems as well as monitoring them. If the budget is exhausted, the...
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  • IKEA to invest EUR 4 billion in clean energy

    IKEA to invest EUR 4 billion in clean energy

    By 2030, furniture retail giant Inter IKEA Group intends to minimise its carbon footprint and even get climate-positive while continuing to grow its business. The goals set by IKEA’s sustainability strategy People & Planet Positive published in August 2020 include the aim to generate...
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  • China keeps top spot for industrial solar heat

    China keeps top spot for industrial solar heat

    Most suppliers of industrial solar heat systems had to delay the closing of contracts and the installation of projects in 2020 because of the global outbreak of Covid-19. The pandemic became one of the main reasons for the sharp drop in the number of new solar process heat (SHIP) systems,...
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  • SBE21 conference spotlights historic NZEBs

    SBE21 conference spotlights historic NZEBs

    The SBE21 Heritage conference in mid-April involved a deep exchange of ideas between researchers, architects and practitioners about how to reduce the energy consumption of historic buildings while retaining their aesthetic features and cultural significance. The main contributors to the...
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  • In Denmark, large heat pumps take DH market by storm

    In Denmark, large heat pumps take DH market by storm

    United in their drive to get rid of fossil fuel-fired heating, Denmark’s district energy providers spent years putting up a network of solar thermal systems, large ones in particular. But lately, priorities seem to have changed, with the focus now being put on heat pumps instead. Sales of...
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  • How to design an 85 % solar-heated and 100 % solar air-conditioned house

    How to design an 85 % solar-heated and 100 % solar air-conditioned house

    During an online meeting from 1 to 2 July, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme will launch a new global research platform called Task 66 Solar Energy Buildings. The researchers participating in the new task intend to develop and popularise a building standard focused on...
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  • Opposing trends on India’s solar thermal market 2020

    Opposing trends in India’s solar thermal market 2020

    In 2020, hopes for growth in India’s solar thermal market were dashed when Covid-19 spread like wildfire around the globe, causing a 10 % drop in annual capacity additions. A survey conducted by Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy indicates 1.15 GWth (1.64 million m2) of...
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