Europe

  • Construction of Solar Collectors for Warm Water – Practical Guide (2014)

    WECF,  Women of Europe for a Common Future, has published a practical guide explaining how to build a cheap and efficient solar water heating system, using local knowledge and materials and which can be used all year long. The document provides information on the different parts of a solar...

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  • New Report on Heat Rejection Systems for Solar Cooling (2015)

    This report presents an overview of existing and novel concepts for heat rejection devices in solar cooling systems and recommends which heat rejection measures should be used under different boundary conditions (climate, system concept, etc.). Several components include a performance...

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  • POLYSOL Report Summary (2014)

    POLYSOL is an EU-funded project, which started in 2011 under the 7th Framework Programme for Research for SME’s, with the aim to develop a modular all-polymer solar thermal collector for domestic hot water preparation and space heating which could be an alternative to conventional...

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  • Europe: Online Database on Large-Scale Solar Heating Plants

    Europe: Online Database on Large-Scale Solar Heating Plants

    The database on Europe’s largest solar heating plants, which can be found on the EU project SDHplus website, dates back to 1997. In the meantime, it has grown to 131 solar heating plants totalling a collector area of 586,000 m² (410 MWth). The first plants included...
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  • Solar Thermal and Concentrated Solar Power Barometer (2014)

    This report published by the French organization EurObserv’ER provides an overview of the Solar Thermal and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) markets in Europe in 2013.  The first section of the report is dedicated to CSP. After analyzing the global and European markets, the barometer...

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  • REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    According to REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, which was published at the UN-hosted Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York at the beginning of June, solar thermal technologies contribute significantly to hot water production in many countries and increasingly to...
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  • Europe: 1.19 GW and 15,000 Jobs Lost Since Boom Year of 2008

    Europe: 1.19 GW and 15,000 Jobs Lost Since Boom Year of 2008

    It’s a disaster. There is not much more to say about the statistics of the solar thermal market in Europe. The newly installed capacity dropped again, this time by 11% compared to the previous year, down to 2.14 GWth (see the attached document).  All large markets were...
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