3,300 m² for sports club in Brazil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 8, 2018
Photo: EhSolA 3,300 m² solar field is currently being built at one of Minas Tênis Clube’s four locations in Brazil. The system at the sports club in Belo Horizonte, in the province of Minas Gerais, is planned to meet 70 % of the water heating demand for five pools, including an Olympic one, and three large changing rooms. Commissioning is scheduled for the end of August. Minas Tênis Clube is private non-profit organisations and one of the biggest sports clubs in the country. At its facilities, open seven days a week, it provides services to around 73,000 members with 1,000 employees. 
Photo: EhSol

Solar Keymark Network gets new chairman

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 7, 2018
Andreas BohrenThe Solar Keymark Network meeting held in Spain this March saw a new chairman, Andreas Bohren (see photo), leading a reshaped organisation. From now on, the members of the network, also known as SKN, will have a physical meeting in spring and an online one in autumn. Votes can be held in between and in 2019, the former head of the CEN/TC 312 committee, Vassiliki Drosou from Greece, will replace Jan Erik Nielsen from Denmark as the manager of SKN. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Bohren, who works at the Swiss-based SPF – Institute of Solar Technology, to learn more about his objectives.
Photo: Solar Heat Europe

Evaluating 20 quotations for solar systems in hotels

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 6, 2018
The pilot phase of the support scheme MiSol - Solar Heat for Hotels on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico was successful. On 3 May, the first MiSol-supported solar system at a La Quinta Inns & Suites Hotel was inaugurated. MiSol has been promoting the use of solar thermal among 80 hotels on the peninsula close to Cuba since last June.

Serious economic uncertainties by Brexit in UK

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 2, 2018
Chris Hewett, STA Chief ExecutiveIn 1978, the UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA) was formed to focus on solar water heating. This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary with a chance to reflect the progress made and the future ahead. Over 200,000 solar thermal systems have been installed in the UK during its operation and there are now around 140 STA members, 57 of which are working in the solar thermal sector. “But Brexit moves closer and causes uncertainties as well for the solar thermal industry”, says Chris Hewett, STA Chief Executive (see photo).

Entirely solar-heated blocks of flats in Switzerland

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2018

Switzerland’s solar thermal market showed a slight increase last year, thanks to growing demand for solar hot water systems in multi-family houses. According to a press release from Switzerland’s solar industry association Swissolar on 11 July, glazed and unglazed collector area increased by 69,331 m2, a rise of 4 % compared to a year earlier. The area used to heat water in multi-family buildings jumped as much as 35 %. Every year, the association conducts a survey among suppliers of the technology on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.
Photo: Jenni Energietechnik

Lessons learned from urban solar projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 25, 2018
Task 51Cities and municipalities are thought to play a decisive role in transforming energy systems. Urban planners, municipal stakeholders and consulting firms need case studies to demonstrate that solar energy can be integrated successfully into new and existing urban neighbourhoods. It is why Solar Energy in Urban Planning, an international research group, has compiled data on 34 showcases in 10 countries for its latest lessons learned report (see link at the end of the news article), created under the aegis of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.
 

Raising funds on the stock market for large-scale solar

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 23, 2018
 
Photo: Grenaa VarmevaerkOn 18 June, work on a new solar field for district heating started in the Danish town of Grenaa, on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula. The municipality said the existing 12,000 m2, or 8.4 MWth, system had been running to everyone’s satisfaction since 2014. In May, it inked a deal for another solar field measuring nearly 21,000 m2, or 14.7 MWth, to be delivered by Finnish-based flat plate collector manufacturer Savosolar as a turnkey installation. The aim of the expansion is to use solar thermal energy to meet demand for district heating between May and July, so that the wood chip boilers can be turned off during the same period. 
Photo: Grenaa Varmevaerk

Combining the strengths of collector technologies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 20, 2018
Task 55 of the IEA SHC Programme is currently studying the benefits of systems equipped with both flat plate and parabolic trough collectors to supply thermal energy to district heating networks. Preliminary results from a project in Taars, Denmark, have been encouraging, indicating how their combined strength can be an asset across a wide range of solar district heating applications. The research is being conducted as part of the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme, supported by the Danish Energy Agency.
Photo: Aalborg CSP

Sector coupling still at an early stage

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 18, 2018
‘Sector coupling’ has become one of the most well-known terms to describe the transformation of energy markets. It had originally been created for models that use surplus renewables, such as wind and solar electricity, to provide heat and power new means of transport. International organisations – for example, REN21 and IEA – have since established more general definitions and charts to illustrate the process. The figure on the left-hand side is taken from a presentation given by Paolo Frankl, Head of the IEA’s Renewable Energy Division, at the Mexirec Conference in Mexico last September. 
Chart: IEA 

Vacuum tubes with CPCs dominate SHIP market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2018
Concentrating solar thermal technologies continue to flourish in India. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has reported to have received concentrating solar thermal applications worth more than 10,000 m2 since the national subsidy scheme was extended in February 2018. Most applications were about solar heat for industrial processes, also known as SHIP, and cooling. Vacuum tube collectors with CPCs, short for compound parabolic concentrators, are one of the technologies eligible for the scheme and took the lion’s share at nearly 80 %.
Photo: Thermax

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