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  • Water-energy nexus in wastewater management

    Water-energy nexus in wastewater management

    Solar-powered water treatment can significantly reduce industrial manufacturers’ water and energy footprints and turn municipal water treatment plants into energy distributors. An example of this, a demo plant in Spain producing renewably sourced hydrogen and oxygen from wastewater, was...
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  • Hydrogen-ready – the new buzzword in the heating industry

    Hydrogen-ready – the new buzzword in the heating industry

    At the ISH digital, held from 22 to 26 March, Germany’s major heating companies offered attendees plenty of new event formats, including moderated board panels, professional film inserts, and live broadcasts of their exhibits. But as those businesses presented their new products, it became...
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  • “Develop a business case for thermal energy storage”

    “Develop a business case for thermal energy storage”

    Thermal energy storage will undoubtedly play a key role in linking the electricity with the heat sector and in decarbonising buildings and industry. It should come as no surprise then that thermal energy storage (TES) technologies are the focus of the latest Innovation Outlook report...
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  • Mixed performance of world's largest flat plate producers in COVID year

    Mixed performance of world's largest flat plate producers in COVID year 2020

    Last year’s outbreak of Covid-19 around the globe reduced sales of most of the largest flat plate collector manufacturers not based in China. Only a small number of non-Chinese businesses saw an increase in sales, the result of a new support policy in Germany. Chinese flat plate collector...
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  • “7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

    “7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

    Viessmann, a major German provider of climate solutions for living spaces, strengthened its project development team last year, hiring Christian Stadler and four of his ex-colleagues in June 2020, after their former employer, Danish-based Arcon-Sunmark, stopped operation. As part of...
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  • Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Europe’s solar thermal industry has achieved quite significant cost reductions since 2014, with economies of scale at the project level helping to drive down costs, Michael Taylor, of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said at a 9 March webinar titled Cheaper than...
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  • Improving SDH efficiency

    Improving the efficiency of SDH

    Since the end of IEA SHC Task 55 – Large Solar District Heating and Cooling Systems last December, there have been multiple calls for continuing the work of this successful research platform in some fashion. In response, Viktor Unterberger, a senior researcher at the Austrian BEST –...
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  • SDH plant performs well in Swiss winter conditions

    SDH plant performs well in Swiss winter conditions

    A new solar district heating plant in Geneva, Switzerland, is basking in the limelight of Swiss politics, with environmental minister Simonetta Sommaruga personally attending the start-up of the system at the end of February. The 816 m2 solar field consists of special high-vacuum...
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  • Air collectors from Saint Petersburg

    Air collectors from Saint Petersburg

    Solar Fox, a solar air collector manufacturer founded in 2018 by a private investor in Saint Petersburg, northern Russia, has announced plans to expand its dealer network and production capacity this year. Its collectors, which come in several sizes, are used for space heating and...
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  • Rush on industrial solar heat in Germany

    Rush on industrial solar heat in Germany

    In Germany, demand for high-temperature solar process heat is growing rapidly. In the past months, Soliterm, a western German provider of turnkey solar process heat (SHIP) solutions, has conducted an ever-greater number of prefeasibility studies in several sectors, especially in the food...
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  • “RHC becomes far cheaper than fossil energy in every way”

    “RHC becomes far cheaper than fossil energy in every way”

    Which research and innovation priorities need to be set for buildings, industry, cities and districts to boost the renewable heating and cooling market? The new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Climate-Neutral Heating and Cooling (SRIA) aims to answer this question by outlining...
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  • #SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

    #SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

    Every day, women around the world work hard to promote solar thermal technology and solutions. But a clear gender gap persists. And the few women who have made it to the top often do not get the visibility they deserve. To shine a light on their successes, solarthermalworld.org has launched...
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