Certification

  • Large prefab SDH collectors: design and yields

    Large prefab SDH collectors: design and yields

    Collector size is key when designing solar thermal systems for use in district heating and industry. Roughly speaking, the larger the individual collectors, the easier it will be to install a system by crane and configure it to provide temperatures outside the usual range. In all, nine...
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  • SRCC revises standards to enforce labelling and PVT testing

    SRCC revises standards to enforce labelling and PVT testing

    In early December 2020, three revised Solar Rating & Certification Corporation standards cleared an important hurdle, receiving the Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee’s stamp of approval. Following final submission to US ANSI, they were made available on the...
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  • Photo: CRES

    SKN approves remote factory inspections, launches new certificate database

    In January 2019, Dr Vassiliki Drosou, Director of the Solar Thermal Systems Department at the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES), was appointed head of the Solar Keymark certification scheme. At the time, Dr Drosou, a dedicated expert on solar standards and certification, had...
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  • Map: National Energy Strategy 2030

    Morocco, a quality-oriented market

    The COP 22 conference held in November 2016 in Marrakesh showed why Morocco is considered the leader in renewable energies in the region. At the conference, its energy ministry announced that the country would work towards adding 3,000,000 m² of solar collector area (2,100 MWth)...
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  • Photo: matters.mx

    The multiple ways to promote solar heat

    The first-ever Intersolar Mexico, which took place in early September, offered a platform to promote solar heat in more ways than one. On the third of this month, a Solar Heat Workshop drew in over 40 industry professionals (see photo). Furthermore, the Heat Changer Challenge was kick...
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  • SWH performance label proposed in India

    SWH performance label proposed in India

    In mid-August, the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency hosted a debate with stakeholders in Bengaluru to discuss its proposed Standards and Labelling (S&L) rules on solar water heaters. The primary objective of the S&L programme will be to allow consumers to make informed choices...

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  • Production line for Solar Keymark-certified parabolic trough collectors

    Production line for Solar Keymark-certified parabolic trough collectors

    At the beginning of May, parabolic trough collector manufacturer Absolicon inaugurated a new, automated production line at its headquarters in Härnösand, Sweden. After the town’s mayor, Andreas Sjölander, had cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, attendees watched as a glass cover was...
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  • New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    The Solar Keymark Network has expanded its range of options by including in situ testing. At a meeting in March 2019, a revised version of the Solar Keymark (SK) Scheme Rules was approved to allow collector efficiency tests in a real-life environment. It is now possible to create efficiency...
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  • Big solar plans in Mexico City

    Big solar plans in Mexico City

    On 25 May, the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced plans to turn the capital into a solar city based on a new Energy Sustainability Strategy for the years 2019 to 2024. The goal is to install 787,000 m² of collector area by the end of 2024, some at residential units, some at...
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  • New U.S. standard for solar pool and spa heaters

    New U.S. standard for solar pool and spa heaters

    The solar thermal industry in the United States can now rely on a new standard for solar thermal systems for pools and spas. The new standard will be published in the 2021 International Swimming Pool, and Spa Code (ISPSC), and will be released in 2020. The ISPSC is used and...
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  • Mexican quality standard published but not yet in force

    Mexican quality standard published but not yet in force

    The implementation of Mexico’s new NOM-027-ENER/SCFI-2018 standard on solar water heaters has been postponed. Following its publication in the Official Journal of the Federation on 28 August 2018, it was expected to take effect 120 days later. Last December, however, the government...
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  • Concentrating solar heat may be vital to Lebanese energy policy

    Concentrating solar heat may be vital to Lebanese energy policy

    Concentrating solar heat could be a pillar of national energy strategies, particularly in countries such as Lebanon, which is blessed with generous amounts of direct solar radiation. The country, situated on the Arabian Peninsula, has made CSH an eligible technology in its National Energy...
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