Australia

  • Renewable Energies for Remote Areas and Islands (2012)

    The Renewable Energy Technology Deployment, a sub-group of the International Energy Agency with the mandate to accelerate the market introduction and deployment of renewable energy technologies, issued in 2012 a report on the possibility of deploying renewable energy technologies into remote...

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  • Australia: Ken Guthrie Appointed as New Chairman of IEA SHC Programme

    Australia: Ken Guthrie Appointed as New Chairman of IEA SHC Programme

    It was the second time an Australian was chosen to head the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA SHC Programme): In June, Ken Guthrie was elected Chair of the Executive Committee for the next two years. Guthrie founder and Director of Sustainable...
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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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  • 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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  • Australia: Country to Publish First Solar Air Conditioning Standard

    Australia: Country to Publish First Solar Air Conditioning Standard

    In April, two workshops for solar cooling took place in Asia. At the beginning of the month, a workshop in Singapore focused on the use of solar cooling in tropical regions and gathered around 70 participants from research and industry (see photo). The workshop took place at Cleantech...

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  • USA: California Solar Initiative to Add Technologies to Eligibility List

    USA: California Solar Initiative to Add Technologies to Eligibility List

    The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is further extending the number of system types eligible for its CSI – Solar Thermal programme. Already in December 2012, California’s Governor, Edmund Brown, signed a law stipulating that solar heating of commercial pools is to be incorporated into...

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  • Germany: Design Award for Integrated Storage Collector

    Germany: Design Award for Integrated Storage Collector

    The ISH 2013 Design Plus Award goes to: Austrian Kioto Group’s Solcrafte Style. Out of the nearly 200 submissions from 15 countries, the jury recognised 34 as particularly outstanding, including Kioto’s integrated storage collector, the only solar thermal product among the winners. The...

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  • Australia: Setbacks in Residential Solar Water Heater Market

    Australia: Setbacks in Residential Solar Water Heater Market

    The residential solar thermal market in Australia has experienced two setbacks over the last 12 months. The first one was the sudden and unexpected stop of the federal Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme in February 2012, which was planned to run until June 2012. The second setback followed at...

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  • Australian Solar Hot Water Market (2010)

    This presentation was delivered by Solahart at Australian Solar Energy Society 2010, and gives an overview of Australia’s Solar Water Heating (SWH) market over the past decade. At present, it estimates that 660,000 solar water heaters are installed across Australia,...

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  • India: New Solar-Biomass Cold Storage and Power Generation System

    India: New Solar-Biomass Cold Storage and Power Generation System

    One of the leading solar solution providers in India, Thermax, has just implemented a so-called solar-biomass hybrid demonstration project at the Solar Energy Centre in northern India. The cold storage and power generation system is the first of its kind worldwide. It comprises of a 15...

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  • EN ISO 9806: Upcoming Global Collector Standard

    EN ISO 9806: Upcoming Global Collector Standard

    In February, Ulrich Fritzsche took the collector manufacturers that were gathered at the SMEThermal 2012 conference on a special tour around the globe. His presentation in Berlin, Germany, listed the collector standards and quality guidelines across the world’s key solar thermal markets:...

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  • Solar Water Hater and Heat Pump Study (2011)

    This study reviews the current status and future trends of Australia’s Solar Water Heater and Heat Pump Industry. In recent years, solar water heaters in Australia have progressed from a niche market to become a mainstream high volume, low margin product. In 2010, it was estimated that over 10%...

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