Europe

  • Bulgaria torn between support for coal and decarbonisation aims

    Bulgaria torn between support for coal and decarbonisation aims

    In Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, 1,698 kilometres from Brussels as the crow flies, politicians remain wary of the EU’s Green Deal plans, reports our long-time Sofia correspondent Frank Stier. A sun-rich country bordering on the Black Sea, Bulgaria became a member of the EU in 2007. But while 18...
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  • Low-temperature heat networks key to positive energy districts

    Low-temperature heat networks key to positive energy districts

    In Europe, positive energy districts are still in their early stages. But initial pilot projects have shown that low-temperature district heating grids play a central role in the design of these smart districts. So far, however, there has been little policy support for PEDs, noted the...
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  • Fit for 55 package – numbers debate about to begin

    Fit for 55 package – numbers debate about to begin

    On 14 July, the European Commission fulfilled its promise and published the Fit for 55 package, which includes revisions to five of the EU’s core climate and energy directives and two new initiatives, ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime (see chart). The aim of the package is to bring the...
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  • Intersolar Europe Restart

    Intersolar Europe restarts after the pandemic in October 2021 at the fair in Munich. In 2021, ees Europe, Europe's largest and most international trade fair for batteries and energy storage systems, will take place parallel to Intersolar Europe. The organisers still claim to have solar heating and...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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  • “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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  • SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    According to the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, nearly half the energy consumed across Europe is used to heat residential, commercial and industrial buildings. On 15 October 2020, the then-...
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