Namibia: Solar Water Heaters Mandatory for Public Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 30, 2009

 solar water heaters in Namibia A recoupment period of two years: The University of Namibia in Windhoek replaced an oil boiler that had reached the end of its life cycle with 109 solar water heaters.
Photo: Namibian Engineering Cooperation/Solahart

Webinar - Solar Energy Assessment for Community Energy Planning

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on March 29, 2009

Date: Friday, March 20, 2009 - 15:00
Duration / timezone: 1 hour / Central European Time
(Brussels, Paris, Berlin) 
Moderators: Alexandre Pavlovski, Vladimir Kostylev
 

 

Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on March 27, 2009

This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets and identifies best practices which can be used by policy makers in both industrialised and developing countries.

Three barriers to diffusion are analysed in more detail:

(1) Technical barriers,

(2) Economic barriers and

Production line of Absorption Chillers in Spain

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 26, 2009

factory climatewell=Factory of Climatewell in the Spanish town of Soria: The Swedish company is setting up a production line of solar absorption chillers.
Photo: Climatewell

Ontario: Solar Home Systems on Lease

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2009

The financial obstacle of buying a solar water heating (SWH) system is an issue for almost every company or household. Reliance Home Comfort (RHC), based in Toronto, offers a special renting system for water heaters to overcome this issue. The Canadian supplier for water heaters responded last year to a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the federal government to direct the delivery channels for solar thermal systems.

Cape Town: Draft of Solar Water Heating Bye-law

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2009

Thermosiphon system in Cape townCurrently, solar water heating systems have hardly penetrated in Cape Town, South Africa. Only 2 % of city’s 906,000 households use solar energy. The planned bye-law should boost the market to 76,000 newly installed system in the next two years, but has been delayed due to continuous legal obstacles. Photo: Sustainable Energy Africa

Maharashtra State Leading the Way to Solar Bye-laws

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 18, 2009

Maharashtra state in IndiaMaharashtra state and its 35 districts: ten major cities approved solar bye-laws, others will follow soon

Fair Season in China: Three Major Trends

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 9, 2009

Different tube technologiesDifferent vacuum tube technologies in comparison: The full-glass vacuum tube can easily be recognised by the extended and closed top.
Photo: Sven Tetzlaff

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