Tokyo Gas launches balcony-integrated Collector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 24, 2009

solar system of Tokyo Gas ” Japan´s large natural gas company, Tokyo Gas, started producing a collector panel that can be integrated into balconies. The low-cost system is a combination of solar panels and a gas water heater. Photo: Tokyo Gas

Solar houses: Renewables to Make Up 50 % of the Annual Energy Demand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 24, 2009

solarhaus 50+ at Intersolar” There was no going around the huge Solarhaus 50+ sign in the centre of Hall B2 at the Intersolar, the international solar fair in Munich at the end of May. Solar Energy covers more than 50% of the heating demand of such a Solarhaus 50+. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Solar Cooking in Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 24, 2009

This document and website provide detailed information about the Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP), which promotes the construction and use of solar cookers in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The project has an environmental purpose - promoting the use of solar thermal energy for cooking – as well as a social function, empowering women, by helping them to develop other skills, through constructing and using solar cookers.

Strategic Partnerships for Turnkey Solar Collector Factories

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 24, 2009

Intersolar booth of SMI Sunrise” Premiere at the Intersolar fair in Munich, Germany: SMI from Italy and Sunrise from Greece publicly announced their strategic partnership, with the goal to offer turnkey machinery solutions to the solar thermal industry. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Theoretical Economic Potential of the Spanish Premium Tariff for Solar Thermal Power Plants (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 23, 2009

The Spanish legislation for the regulation of renewable energy (Royal Decree 661/2007) foresees two options for the plant operators to sell their electricity: either based on a flat-rate price or a premium tariff. The latter means that the operators will participate directly on the electricity market. This study from 2008 assesses the theoretical potentials of the premium tariff compared to the flat feed-in tariff.

Manufacturer Founds Air Collector Association SAHWIA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2009

solar air collectors of Solarwall” Air collector companies exist very much in the shadows of the manufacturers of water collectors. Therefore a Solar Air Heating World Industry Association (SAHWIA) is necessary. But not all manufacturers are pleased with the procedure that lead to the association’s founding. Photo: Solarwall

Basel-Country: At Least 50 % Solar Share in Domestic Hot Water in New Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2009

 Solar water heating systems in the city of Hedingen, Switzerland” More and more Swiss cantons approve mandatory laws or requirements for a solar share in the domestic hot water supply of residential, public or commercial buildings. These solar water heating systems were built on a voluntary basis.

“We Were Clearly in Need of the Incentive Programme”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 22, 2009

 Manuel Collares-Pereira from Aosol” Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Manuel Collares-Pereira,  R&D director of the Portuguese collector manufacturer Aosol, about the development of his company and the Portuguese solar thermal incentive programme. Photo: Aosol

Emerging Industry & Occupations Report (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2009

In 2008 the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a survey of 212 solar and solar-related businesses throughout California, which enabled to identify the regions within California that exhibited the greatest need for workers: the Bay Area; the Greater Sacramento area; Southern California; and Los Angeles County.

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