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  • Germany: World Map of Solar Process Heat Collector Industry 2014

    Germany: World Map of Solar Process Heat Collector Industry 2014

    There is enormous demand for industrial heat in the temperature range between 100 and 250 °C all around the world, and solar thermal technologies are said to play an important role in covering this demand over the next decades. A joint project by magazine Sun & Wind Energy and German...
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  • SMEThermal 2014: “The challenge is the energy storage”

    SMEThermal 2014: “The challenge is the energy storage”

    Large storage capacity, modular design, high storage density and low heat losses: These are the current requirements for solar thermal heat storage. The result is that hot water storage products are often stretched to their limits. Alternatives could be phase change materials (PCMs) or...
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  • Germany: Icy Solar Heat Storage

    Germany: Icy Solar Heat Storage

    German engineering company Ökoplan has built a 1,586 m³ ice storage in one of Hamburg’s residential areas to save solar heat from summer for winter. Parts of the heating system have already begun operating; the start of the ice storage is scheduled for October 2014. The chiller with a...
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  • Switzerland: The Advantages of Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Combinations

    Switzerland: The Advantages of Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Combinations

    Combining a heat pump and a solar thermal system increases overall system efficiency and substantially reduces the heat pump’s electricity consumption. The various possibilities of using both technologies together were illustrated by Dr Michel Haller’s presentation entitled "Solar and...

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  • Switzerland: New Factory for Large Storage Tanks

    Switzerland: New Factory for Large Storage Tanks

    Swiss tank manufacturer Jenni Energietechnik is about to complete its new production line for large solar tanks in the Swiss town of Oberburg. The company invested Swiss Franc (CHF) 14 million in machinery and a four-storey building. The first tanks are said to leave the factory at the...

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  • Embedded thumbnail for Maria Christina Munar, Solar Energy Laboratory Laussane, at SHC 2013

    Maria Christina Munar, Solar Energy Laboratory Laussane, at SHC 2013

    This is an interview with Maria Christina Munar Probst, of the Solar Energy Laboratory Laussange, at SHC 2013 in Freibug in September 2013. Munar Probst discusses her research as part of a European project on the development and design of an unglazed coloured facade collector system.

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  • SHC 2013: “Be transparent about the performance”

    SHC 2013: “Be transparent about the performance”

    Europe’s first International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, the SHC 2013, has been a success. Between 23 and 25 September, around 400 participants from 37 different countries met in Freiburg in the south of Germany to discuss research, technology and...

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  • Switzerland: Unexpected Growth but Little Optimism

    Switzerland: Unexpected Growth but Little Optimism

    Instead of the 12% decline expected by the Swiss Solar Industry Association, Swissolar, in December 2012, the Swiss market for glazed solar thermal collectors grew by 3.1 % in 2012 compared to 2011, increasing to 99.4 MWth(142,000 m2) of newly installed...

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  • Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Sometimes, it takes a while until good ideas are copied. This has been the case with solar/renewable building codes, which were invented in Israel more than 30 years ago. It has just been over the last ten years, however, that this political instrument reached all five continents....

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  • Germany: Almeco Solar Presents Absorber Tube for Process Heat Collectors

    Germany: Almeco Solar Presents Absorber Tube for Process Heat Collectors

    German coating manufacturer Almeco Solar has designed a new absorber tube: Small in size with a working temperature around 200 °C and no vacuum. The company wants to beat both the performance and the current price of black chrome absorber tubes. The solution is called Tinox tube 2.0 and...

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  • Europe: Solar Thermal Energy Expands to Industrial Processes

    Europe: Solar Thermal Energy Expands to Industrial Processes

    During a Technology Workshop on Solar Process Heat for Industry organised by the Solar Thermal Technology Panel of the RHC-Platform, the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling, European experts presented the latest developments and insights into collector...

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