Solar Heat Used Rarely in Industrial Processes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 14, 2008

If solar heat likes to gain more importance in the future, it should not ignore the industrial sector. Task 33 of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Solar Heating & Cooling programme performed an analysis of industrial energy needs and looked for the potential of solar heat within the sector. The Task’s scientists found a huge potential for energy from the sun. The industrial sector makes up about 28 % of total primary energy consumption in the European Union. A significant share of the heat used in industrial processes is used at low or medium temperatures.

Canada: Solar Thermal Energy Competitive with Natural Gas

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 14, 2008

biggest installation in CanadaCanada’s biggest solar thermal installation with 223 kW (319 m²) pumps heat to Wood Green Community Services in Toronto. Photo: Mondial Energy

The Agenda for Solar Thermal in SEIA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 28, 2008

The solar thermal division of SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association in the USA, should be strengthened. This is the decision of a meeting of solar thermal stakeholders during the conference and exhibition Solar Power in San Diego in the middle of October. Representatives of the solar thermal industry as well as of the Solar Rating and Certification Cooperation (SRCC) discussed two different options.

USA: Solar Heating and Vacuum Tube Collectors are catching up

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 27, 2008

The US-American domestic solar heating and cooling market grew by 31 % in 2007, after the rapid climb of 77 % in 2006. These are figures from the annual statistics of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which publishes the official energy statistics of the U.S. Government. In total 150,000 m2 of collector area was shipped last year (against 111,000 m2 in 2006). The EIA assumes that only 2 % of the total shipment was exported last year; the home market volume was thus 147,000 m2.

Heat Transfer Fluid from Corn

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 24, 2008

The US-American based renewable system supplier Solar Panels Plus LLC (SPP) has launched an alternative to petroleum-based propylene glycol. The new heat transfer fluid made from corn is completely renewable and biodegradable. “The underlying corn glycol product is made by chemical giant DuPont and we developed our own formula for the production of an efficient heat transfer liquid”, says SPP COO John Williams.

Mature European Market: More than € 2 billion and More than 30,000 Jobs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 23, 2008

The solar thermal market in Europe is by far a mature sector with a substantial total turnover of more than € 2 billion and more than 30,000 jobs. This is shown by the Solar thermal barometer published in October by the French-based organization Observ´ER. These figures result from some simple assumptions.

Zero Emission Collector Factory in Germany

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 17, 2008

Inauguration wagnerInauguration of the new flat plate collector factory of Wagner & Co. in Kirchhain, Germany Photo: Wagner & Co

Solar Cooling System for Metro Cash & Carry in Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 17, 2008

solar cooling in ItalySolar cooling for a department store in Rome, Italy: The 3,000 m2 of collector area run a 700 kW chiller.

Photo: Metro Cash & Carry

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