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  • Optimising life-cycle costs in the construction industry

    Optimising life-cycle costs in the construction industry

    A facade to capture solar energy is a particularly appealing option if a solar thermal system is to be integrated into an office or a multi-family building, as the available roof area is often relatively small compared to how much floor space needs to be heated or cooled. An international...
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  • GGF funds 1,400 solar thermal systems in 10 years

    GGF funds 1,400 solar thermal systems in 10 years

    The Luxembourg-based Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has recently entered its 11th year in operation. A pioneering public-private partnership, it was launched by the European Investment Bank and the German KfW bank in December 2009 and supports energy efficiency and renewable energy projects...
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  • Kazakh start-up grows its collector manufacturing business

    Kazakh start-up grows its collector manufacturing business

    Kuntech, a Kazakhstan-based startup originally founded with the aim of designing solar thermal products, is growing its business. Its CEO and founder, Diaz Baiseitov said, the company sold 300 m2 of collector area each in both 2018 and 2019. About 70 % of the materials used to...
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  • Solar requirement dropped from building regulations in Spain

    Solar requirement dropped from building regulations in Spain

    During the last 8 years, the Spanish market for solar water heating was fairly stable, with capacity additions ranging between 200,000 and 250,000 m2 annually (see chart). In 2019, the total was 207,000 m2 (145 WMth), 1 % above the prior year. Much of...
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  • Global perspective on solar heating and cooling

    Global perspective on solar heating and cooling

    Solar thermal is increasingly used to provide district heat around the world. In 2019, the market grew by about 170 % in Denmark but also expanded in other countries, such as China and Germany, mainly because the technology became more cost-competitive. Another factor driving growth was...
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  •  Webinar: Strategies in the digital world

    Webinar: Strategies in the digital world

    Social media channels gained further importance over the last years. Politicians all around the world are tweeting to get their messages out. Lobbyists are networking via digital media, LinkedIn groups are discussing new trends in research and technology, Facebook is replacing company...
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  • Round robins improve TCM testing

    Round robins improve TCM testing

    Thermochemical storage materials (TCMs) offer much higher storage capacities by mass or volume than sensible or latent heat storage and can store heat for an infinite amount of time almost without losses. However, none of them are very advanced so that a common standard for characterising...
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  •  Austrian solar initiative to benefit from Covid-19 recovery plan

    Austrian solar initiative to benefit from Covid-19 recovery plan

    Solar thermal manufacturers and resellers based in Austria are coping well with the economic crisis brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic. A survey Austria Solar conducted among its members found that more than half of the 16 businesses that responded had gained new orders under these...
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  • Shareholders force Glasspoint into liquidation

    Shareholders force Glasspoint into liquidation

    Since Danish manufacturer Arcon-Sunmark closed its doors at the end of March 2020, the solar thermal sector has been hit with another piece of bad news. According to reports published in mid-May, Glasspoint was forced into liquidation after investors agreed to halt additional funding for...
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  • Solar hybrid system heats hostel in Russia’s far east

    Solar hybrid system heats hostel in Russia’s far east

    After more than a year in operation, the solar hot water and space heating system put up at St Timon’s Mountain Shelter in Russia’s Kamchatka region has proved to be both reliable and eco-friendly. Run together with a biomass boiler and a PV system, the 30 m2 field of vacuum tube...
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  • Lessons learned from first IEA SHC online meetings

    Lessons learned from first IEA SHC online meetings

    “It worked very, very well and we saved a lot of emissions,” said one of the participants in the two-day online workshop organised by research platform Solar Neighborhood Planning, also known as Task 63. On 11 and 12 March, 42 people based in 10 different countries, ranging from Canada and...
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  • Sunny prospects for Cyprus

    Sunny prospects for Cyprus

    Homeowners and businesses in Cyprus showed growing interest in solar thermal technology over the last two years. Collector area additions on the island increased by 5 % in 2018 and by 24 % in 2019 after a small decline in 2017. The growth in collector capacity was the result of an overall...
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