Solar Cooling Kits for Europe

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

Solar Cooling in MaltaSolar cooling for an office building in Kordin, Malta: The Chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 uses 30.5 m² flat plate and 7 m² of vacuum tube collectors to generate 10 kW of cold in an ammonia/water absorption chiller. Photo: Solarnext

 

India: Vacuum Tube Collector on the Balcony

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

windows collector of Hykon IndiaHorizontally installed vacuum tube collectors for flat owners and residents of high-rise apartments in India. Security standards for overhead mounted vacuum tubes have not yet been developed.

Photo: Hykon

 

Energy Directive Adopted by European Parliament

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

It's a great step forward acknowledging solar heating and cooling to be a key factor for climate protection: For the first time, heating and cooling is covered by an European Directive. The new Energy Directive was adopted with 634 votes in favour and only 25 against and 25 absent in the European Parliament at the 17th December 2008.

Overall Cap for Tax Reductions in Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

Dark clouds are beginning to appear over the prospects of the solar thermal market in Italy. On the 29th November 2008, the Italian government published a temporary law for modifying the 55% tax reduction that has driven the solar thermal market in recent years. The temporary law has to be approved by the Italian parliament within 60 days, otherwise it expires.

Canada Committed to Solar Thermal Energy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 22, 2008

The first solar seasonal storage facility on the North American continent: Since September 2007, 52 single-family homes at the Drake Landing Solar Community in Okotoks near Calgary have been heated using 800 collectors of the Canadian manufacturer Enerworks and a ground reservoir with 140 boreholes. Photo: Enerworks

Olivier Drücke: New ESTIF President

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 21, 2008

ESTIF president Olivier DrueckeOlivier Drücke has been working in the solar thermal sector since 1990 and is head of sales and marketing at the KBB Kollektorbau GmbH, a Berlin-based collector manufacturer, since September 2005. Photo: ESTIF

Uttar Pradesh: Extraordinary Subsidy Programme in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 15, 2008

Uttar Pradesh IndiaUttar Pradesh is the fifth largest and the most populous state in India and possesses one of the most attractive subsidy programmes for residents buying solar water heaters Photo: Wikipedia

Portugal: Solar Obligation since 2006

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 12, 2008

To increase the use of renewable energy sources is one of three goals in the Portuguese National Strategy for Energy. One instrument is a solar thermal obligation which entered into force in 2006. Its introduction has been prepared by a market stimulation programme.

Slow down after Boom in Germany?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

The crises of the financial markets did not seem to harm the speedy growth of the solar thermal market in Germany. Industry insiders at the conference Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin on the 20th/21st November agreed that the collector area installed in Germany will reach 1.7 to 1.9 million m2 (1.2 to 1.3 GW). This is almost a doubling of the 2007 market volume of 950,000 m2 (665 MW).

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