May in Europe: Four Solar Thermal Events Within One Month Alone

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2009

There are a lot of places in Europe during the month of May where you can listen to highly regarded solar thermal speakers. Four solar thermal conferences will then take place in three different countries: Germany, Italy and Poland.

Solar thermal symposium

6th to 8th of May 2009 in Staffelstein, Southern Germany

Hawaii's Solar Obligation: Frontrunner in the USA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 2, 2009

 Helemano Army Family Housing project in Hawaii” Solar is everywhere in Hawaii: This is the Helemano Army Family Housing project of the U.S. army near the city of Wahiawa. It possesses more than 400 solar water heaters. Photo: Sunearth

50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 1, 2009

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates in its latest publication, “U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review 2008”, that the solar thermal market in the United States has grown by 50 % last year, to almost 229,000 m2 (160 MWth). The state with the biggest share of the market is still Hawaii. The number of solar water heaters that the three public utility companies Heco, Helco and Meco rebated even grew by 55 %, to 8,207 systems in 2008 (2007: 5,295 systems).

International Training Courses in Berlin, Germany

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 1, 2009

 Training courses RENACCombining theory with practical training: The seminars of the Renewables Academy (RENAC) take place in the newly equipped training center in Berlin, Germany. Photo: RENAC

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.

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