Poland: Downwind for the Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

watt poland commercial installationCommercial applications are on the rise in Poland: “Big building societies, hotels and hospitals are investing in solar thermal systems,” confirms export manager Jacek Paluch of the collector manufacturer Watt.
Photo: Watt

Viessmann: Own Production Facility for Vacuum Tubes in China

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

Viessmann will expand its own production plant for vacuum tubes near Beijing, China. The German manufacturer for heating systems had bought into an already existing German-Chinese joint venture in autumn of 2007. The German company Eurocol GmbH held 51% on the manufacturer Eurocon.

Clariant: Heat carriers for high stagnation temperatures

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

At the beginning of August the Swiss company Clariant brought a new heat transfer medium for solar thermal systems out onto the market under the name Antifrogen Sol HT. The antifreeze has been designed to survive stagnation temperatures of over 270 °C unscathed.

Lisbon: Solar cooling system for office complex

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

CGB Bank in Lisbon with solar coolingSolar thermal installation on top of this huge banking complex in Lisbon: The Portuguese state bank Caixa Geral de Depositos (CGD) commissioned the Austrian engineering company S.O.L.I.D. to design the solar cooling plant.
Photo: S.O.L.I.D.

Highlighted News from External sources

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2008

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Renewable heating law in Germany: solar - an option among others

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 30, 2008

With the Renewable Heating Law (EEWärmeG) the German government aims at increasing the share of renewable energy in the heating demand from 6 to 14 % until 2020. From 1 January, 2009 on owners and operators of private, commercial and public buildings will have to provide a minimum share of their energy demand by renewable energy. They can choose between solar thermal energy, biomass, geothermic and environmental energy.

Solar Obligation in Barcelona: Pioneers in Europe

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 30, 2008

The Barcelona Solar Thermal Obligation was the first of its kind adopted in a large European city. The first version entered into effect in August 2000. The revised version was approved in February 2006. Main changes are that the regulations now apply to more buildings and that the solar fraction was increased.

MTS: International Player from Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2008

MTS factory in ItalySolar thermal factory in Italy: Flat-plate collectors for the MTS Group’s business are produced at this new site in central Italy.
Photo: MTS Group

Energy Company Bosch Buys Cell Manufacturer Ersol

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2008

Robert Bosch GmbH has taken over the Thuringian solar cell manufacturer Ersol Solar Energy AG, Germany. In August the world’s largest automotive supplier and electronics company bought up 44.76 % of the shares from the previous majority shareholder Ventizz Capital Partners Advisory AG. Since announcing the takeover in June Bosch has bought up a further 29.34 %.

Solar Coatings: Tinox Gets a Strong Partner

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2008

During the solar fair Intersolar 2008 in June, the German-based MAGE Industrie Holding AG and the Italian-based Almeco Group announced the merger of their coating activities in the solar thermal business field. The combination of the Almeco Group and the MAGE subsidiary Tinox GmbH brings together a significant provider of aluminium surfaces with an established specialist in copper absorber coatings. “At our Bernburg site we have one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing plants in the world.

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