Facade Integration of Solar Thermal Collectors: a Breakthrough? (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 7, 2009

This document from 2007 looks into providing a solution to the aesthetic concerns regarding façade integration of solar thermal collectors. These architectural concerns are caused through the black and irregular surfaces of solar absorbers as well as the piping which remain visible through the front glass.

Job Vacancy: ESTIF Secretary General (Brussels based)

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on April 6, 2009

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) is searching for a Secretary General in Brussels. ESTIF is the voice of one of the fastest growing industries in Europe. Our more than 100 members (manufacturers, service providers, research institutes and national solar associations) represent more than 95% of Europe’s solar heating and cooling market.

Concentrating Solar Power for Seawater Desalination (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 6, 2009

This extensive study from 2007 assesses in a detailed way the potential of concentrated solar power (CSP) systems for large scale seawater desalination. The geographical scope of the report focuses on the urban centres in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The objective of the study is to demonstrate that these large scale CSP processes can be used to provide water supply in a balanced, affordable and secure way and as such helping avoiding a threatening fresh water deficit.

Solar Thermal in the Far East of Russia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2009

 vacuum tube collector“Made in Germany” is a brand in Russia: These vacuum tube collectors from Sonnenkraft were shipped around half the globe to be installed on a single-family building in the far east region of Primorsky Krai, near the border to China Photo: Rusolar

Collector Factory: All-in-One Solution

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2009

 automated collector factoryQuick, precise, tireless: Robots perform most of the collector manufacturing at the German heating systems manufacturer Vaillant. Photo: Vaillant

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).