District Heating

  • Lessons learned from three years promoting SDH in the Western Balkans

    Lessons learned from three years promoting SDH in the Western Balkans

    The interest in solar district heating has increased significantly in Serbia since the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) started to finance prefeasibility studies for SDH plants in January 2019. Furthermore, Serbia adopted a...
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  • Feasibility studies on 13 SDH plants underway in Austria

    Feasibility studies on 13 solar heat plants underway in Austria

    Solar district heating has turned around the steadily declining solar thermal market in Austria. As reported at the Austria Solar organisation’s annual meeting in December, solar heat was in high demand all over the country last year. Of particular note was the second quarter, in which...
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  • Spain: Solar district heating in den Startlöchern

    Spain: Solar district heating on the starting blocks

    The Spanish solar district heating market is still in its infancy. Among the 500 district heating networks in operation across the country totalling more than 1.6 GWth only seven use solar heat, according to the Association of District Heating and Cooling Companies (ADHAC)....
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  • Founders of Clean Heat Forum contemplate a variety of strategies

    Founders of Clean Heat Forum contemplate a variety of strategies

    During last week’s COP26 in Glasgow, the UK government launched a Clean Heat Forum to accelerate the decarbonisation of heat used in buildings. The platform will be managed under the umbrella of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), founded at COP21 in Paris in...
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  • Launch of Solar Thermal Yearbook 2021

    Launch of Solar Thermal Yearbook 2021

    Solar thermal energy is indispensable for the energy transition, but just as indispensable is informing the interested public about the state of the art and the wide range of possible solar heat applications. This is the motivation of the editorial team for launching the first English...
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  • Germany supports solar thermal in energy systems with cogeneration

    Germany supports solar thermal in energy systems with cogeneration

    The use of solar district heating is rapidly gaining momentum in Germany. One reason is that the first projects which have received state support under the Innovative Combined Heat and Power Programme are close to completion. An example of a local energy supplier that has profited from this...
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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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  • “We have an increasing number of new large projects in the pipeline”

    “We have an increasing number of new large projects in the pipeline”

    The Finnish turnkey solar heat system provider Savosolar held an extraordinary general shareholder meeting on 1 October to discuss rights issues of approximately EUR 5.4 to 6.4 million with three warrant programmes. The assembly authorised  Savosolar’s Board of Directors to decide on...
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  • China’s future role in the IEA SHC Programme

    China’s future role in the IEA SHC Programme

    The Chinese solar thermal market shows a varied picture of demand. While subsectors such as solar space heating are booming, total market volume continues to decline. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with two professors at the China Academy of Building Research, He Tao (see above) and...
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  • Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

    Skopje’s Green City Action Plan favours district heating

    Many times during winter, Skopje in North Macedonia holds the unfortunate record of being the capital with the worst air quality in Europe. One reason for this is that some of the city’s public buildings – even hospitals and schools – burn heavy fuel oil to provide hot water and space...
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  • “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    “German SDH market could be bigger, if there was enough space”

    Under the leadership of Christoph Bühler, Ritter XL, a division of Germany’s Ritter Energie company, has risen to become the market leader for solar district heating (SDH) in Germany. His team successfully bid for seven of the last 10 SDH plants exceeding 1,000 m2 to be put out...
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