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).

Record Breaking: 1 Million Square Metres in Less than One Year

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

jubilee collector in gold The golden jubilee collector - showcased by company founder Robert Kanduth (left) and the governor of the Austrian province Carinthia, Gerhard Dörfler, and additionally held by two Greenonetec hostesses. Photo: Greenonetec

Reis: Tailor-made Automation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

collector factory of Vaillant Probably one of the most up-to-date collector plants in Europe: Vaillant Group has automated their production in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photo: Vaillant Group

Ambitious Plans for Solar Thermal Technology in India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

vacuum tubes in IndiaThe Indian market of vacuum tube collectors is picking up pace: Several manufacturers of flat plate collectors have started importing tube collectors from China. So far, they possess a market share of 10 to 15 %. Photo: Sudarshan Saur

Great Demand in Austria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

The solar thermal industry in Austria can take the financial crisis lightly: Demand is still increasing. The number of grant applications in the months between July and September was distinctly higher than in the months before. “Grant applications have increased by almost two-thirds in the third quarter to 6,047 applications. In comparison to the first quarter, they have more than doubled,“ the Austrian solar thermal association Austria Solar stated in November.

Israel: The World’s first Solar Thermal Legislation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

Israel has been the first country to pass a legislation on solar thermal installations. With the second oil crisis end of the 1970s members of parliament searched for ways to make their country more independent of imported energy. The result was a law on solar water heating to be used in new residential buildings up to 27 metres. The legislation came into effect in 1980.

New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2008

The solar thermal sector in Thailand finds its voice. After one year of preparation, the Solar Thermal Association (STA) is very close to being approved by the government. “We expect approval by January 2009”, says STA president Somsak Chutanan, CEO of the company Infratech Engineering & Services. It will be exactly one year after officially founding the association in January 2008.

EINSTEIN: Expert System for the Intelligent Use of Solar Thermal in the Industrial Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 19, 2008

Using solar heating for industrial processes is still far away from being a standardised solution. Any industrial process has to be analysed and individual solutions have to be developed. To simplify this approach, a European Consortium developed EINSTEIN, a software tool which works out an energy efficient solution for the production process, based on renewable energy sources. This project is financed by Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) and coordinated by the Austrian research institute Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH.

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