Heat Transfer Fluid from Corn

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 24, 2008

The US-American based renewable system supplier Solar Panels Plus LLC (SPP) has launched an alternative to petroleum-based propylene glycol. The new heat transfer fluid made from corn is completely renewable and biodegradable. “The underlying corn glycol product is made by chemical giant DuPont and we developed our own formula for the production of an efficient heat transfer liquid”, says SPP COO John Williams.

Mature European Market: More than € 2 billion and More than 30,000 Jobs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 23, 2008

The solar thermal market in Europe is by far a mature sector with a substantial total turnover of more than € 2 billion and more than 30,000 jobs. This is shown by the Solar thermal barometer published in October by the French-based organization Observ´ER. These figures result from some simple assumptions.

Zero Emission Collector Factory in Germany

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 17, 2008

Inauguration wagnerInauguration of the new flat plate collector factory of Wagner & Co. in Kirchhain, Germany Photo: Wagner & Co

Solar Cooling System for Metro Cash & Carry in Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 17, 2008

solar cooling in ItalySolar cooling for a department store in Rome, Italy: The 3,000 m2 of collector area run a 700 kW chiller.

Photo: Metro Cash & Carry

Riello finds its Way to the Sun

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 17, 2008

Riello Group, the Italian giant in fossil fuel burners, has discovered the solar thermal technology for itself. In September of 2008, the company started producing solar thermal collectors at its production facility in Padua, 35 km north of Venice. “We intend to produce 30,000 m2 of collector area this year”, Silvio Giordano, manager for the new production site, announced.

Promotion of Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 17, 2008

This 55-page study "International Experiences with the Promotion of Solar Water Heaters on Household-level", published in October 2006, introduces possible promotion mechanisms for solar water heaters on a household-level. Criteria for their assessment are defined in compliance therewith. The main focus of this paper is on describing and evaluating international experiences with promotion mechanisms in Germany, Greece, France, Tunisia, and Barcelona.

Further information: www.gtz.de/en/praxis/12538.htm

Solar Water Heating Project Analysis

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on October 13, 2008

RETScreen International is a unique decision support tool developed with the contribution of numerous experts from government, industry, and academia. Over the coming months, Leonardo ENERGY will be publishing a series of webcasts on energy project analysis using RETScreen.

Solar Water Heating Project Analysis

This module discusses systems that use solar energy to heat water.

View webcast (32 minutes)

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.

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