Solar Thermal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on October 12, 2008
The video shows the use of solar thermal energy for heating in Europe. Examples from Denmark and Spain show the use in different climates. Interviews with users and manufacturers give a good overview of this clean energy technology. The video is provided for free by the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign of the European Union.

Solarge: Province of Turin

Submitted by Amr Hai on October 8, 2008

The Province of Turin implemented a promotion campaign for large-scale solar thermal plants between 2003 and 2006. The campaign addressed both, investors and technicians, thus enhancing local know-how establishment. Through a call for tenders three buildings were chosen for the installation of large scale solar plants. The Province of Turin provided a co-financing of the systems, as well as scientific support to the investors: a training course about large-scale solar thermal systems took place in 2003 and was attended, among others, by the planners of the three systems chosen within the call. These planners were then supported in the design of the plant and in choosing the best components. The scientific support was provided during the installation, too. Finally, a one-year monitoring was carried out. The three systems are currently in operation. The outcomes of the projects were disseminated towards Public Administrations, technicians and citizens through the Province’s website, brochures and conventions.

Source:http://www.solarge.org/index.php?id=1524&no_cache=1

Solar Victory in the U.S.

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 6, 2008

The first days of October were sunny days for the renewables in the United States. First the Senate and two days later the House of Representatives passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 which extends the 30 % investment tax credits (ITC) for solar thermal systems as well as photovoltaics through 2016.

Solar Heat – a Winner Technology for Austria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

“The four years of climate protection programme “klima:aktiv” in Austria was the most successful programme ever”, Robert Kanduth, the chairman of Austrian Solar Thermal Association, Austria Solar, and CEO of Greenonetec, the biggest flat-plate collector manufacturer worldwide. Kanduth was upbeat about the programmes progress at his speech at the event “Solar heat – a winner technology for Austria” at the beginning of September in Gleisdorf, Austria.

Borosolar: India’s first glass vacuum tube manufacturer

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

Borosolar vaccum tubes from IndiaNew brand Borosolar: Borosil Glass Works Ltd. launched the first vacuum tube collector fully produced in India.
Photo : Borosil Glass Works

Green credits in Mexico: Push for the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

social housing with solar in a suburb of Mexico citySocial housing in Mexico with solar water heaters: Tecamac is a typical suburb of Mexico City, where inhabitants can purchase apartments at a reasonable price. Photo: GTZ Mexico

Fixed temperature thermosiphon system from India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

thermosiphon system of Akson's SolarSolar water heater from India: The collector manufacturer Akson's Solar Equipments has launched the Akson Maestro system with the hot water tank positioned below the collector. Photo: Akson's Solar

District heating: fast installation and low operation costs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

Sonderborg district heating plantFast installation: The team from the Danish company Sunmark mounted around 600 m2 of collector area every day.
Photo: Sunmark

Still Uncertainty about U.S. Federal Tax Credits

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2008

“Sunny Day For Solar” titled the U.S. American Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the 24th of September. A day beforehand, the Senate had approved its version of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 which would extend the 30 % tax credits for solar thermal systems through 2016.

Solar Thermal Power Now 2005

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on September 26, 2008

Solar Thermal Power Now: This report discusses how solar thermal power could meet 5% of the world's electricity needs by 2040. It presents a scenario and policy recommendations prepared by the European Solar Thermal Industry Association, IEA SolarPACES and Greenpeace International. Visit the IEA SolarPACES website to download this publication.

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