RE-Invest Establishes India as New Global Renewable Hub

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2015
RE-Invest 2015RE-Invest 2015, the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo, organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), showcased the Indian government's commitment to the development and uptake of renewable energy in India, in order to meet the national energy requirement in a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable manner. The conference held in New Delhi from 15 to 17 February brought together the global investment community and renewable energy stakeholders from India. The photo shows the industry panel Make in India II, which was attended by representatives of well-known renewable energy manufacturers, among them D V Manjunatha, Founder and Managing Director of flat plate collector and tank manufacturer Emmvee Solar Systems (first from left). He bought back the 50 % stake in his company from Danish Solarcap in June 2014 and is now again the sole owner of a company with a turnover of between EUR 9 and 11 million and around 200 employees. 
Photo: MNRE
 

France: Subvention Scheme Requirements for Collective Solar Thermal Installations in Languedoc-Roussillon – Prométhée Programme (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 3, 2015

ADEME, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, has published a guidance document on the requirements needed to benefit from state aids for the installation of collective solar thermal systems in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. The programme grants financial aids for feasibility studies and for solar thermal installation in buildings with high domestic hot water needs, such as social housing, hospitals, hotels, swimming pools.

Cost-Effective Use of Solar Energy in East African Horticulture (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 3, 2015

This brochure was published by the Consortium Green Farming, which consists of 25 Dutch companies active in the horticulture technologies and provides support to development projects in East Africa.

Global view: Solar Thermal Markets Transitioning from Residential to Commercial

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2015
TransitionChange is coming to the world’s solar thermal markets: Single-family homes – currently the most important sales segment – are going to lose their significance in the future. Most solar thermal manufacturers across the globe predict their sales to be dominated by other segments over the coming years. These are just some of the results from international survey ISOL Navigator December 2014, a study published by German agency solrico. 365 solar collector manufacturers and solar thermal system suppliers from all corners of the globe participated in the survey. The figures in brackets show the number of questionnaires which were included in calculating the regional averages. 
Figure: solrico
 

“Very few countries have policies explicitly supporting renewable deployment in the industry sector”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 2, 2015
Ruud KempenerThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published two technology briefs last week. The 40-page documents, one entitled Solar Heat for Industrial Processes, the other Solar Heating and Cooling for Residential Applications, give a brief global overview of the market and technology development, including some recommendations for policy makers (see attached documents). It is the first time that the solar thermal sector is in the focus of a technology brief. The studies were published under the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (ETSAP) of the International Energy Agency. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with one of the authors, Ruud Kempener, Technology Roadmap Analyst at the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany.
 

Abu Dhabi: IRENA´s Headquarters Become First 4 Pearl Office Building

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 1, 2015
IRENA HeadquaterThe future headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) represent the first office building in Abu Dhabi to be awarded the 4-Pearl Estidama Construction Rating Certificate. According to the Estidama website, the 2010 rating system was the first building certification code to be adopted in the Middle East. Estidama, which means sustainability in Arabic, was implemented by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and aims at “creating more sustainable communities, cities and global enterprises”. In addition to low energy and water consumption, credit points are given for an integrated planning process, as well as ecological building materials and an innovative building design. IRENA’s new headquarters achieved 115 points above mandatory and therefore gained the 4 Pearl rating. 
Photo: Irena
 

Europe: Conferences That Offer Solar Heating and Cooling Sessions in First Months of 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2015
WSEDEurope’s conference season now starts new after the end of 2014: This week, the World Sustainable Energy Days began in Wels, Austria, with a special focus on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings. Solarthermalworld.org is offering information about all important events on the Calender of Events and will highlight some upcoming conferences in this news piece. The variety of solar heating and cooling topics is great, but the technology remains on the sidelines during most conferences. The Calender of Events lists 70 renewable conferences and fairs until November 2016. 
Photo: World Sustainable Energy Days
 

Optimization of a Low Temperature Solar District Heating System by Integrating Space and Domestic Hot Water Loads (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 27, 2015

This presentation on the optimization of a low temperature solar district heating system was given by Canmet ENERGY at the  2nd International Solar District Heating Conference in Hamburg in June 2014.  After a short introduction on Solar District Heating in Canada, the presentation focuses mainly on the only solar district heating site nationwide, named Drake Landing,  and shares information on its capacity, performances and technology.  The speaker also provides the results of a comparison study where domestic hot water is supplied by a standalone SDHW like th

Egypt, Pakistan and Morocco: Three Countries and Their Solar Process Heat Potential

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 27, 2015
LogosSurface treatment, food, chemical, textile and leather are the five industry sectors with the greatest potential for utilising solar thermal systems in Pakistan. Solar heat below 100 °C can contribute 5.6 million MWh per year to these five industries if 7.1 million m2 of collector area is installed in the country, although with long payback periods of between 10 and 20 years. These are some of the results of a market study which looks at Solar Thermal Energy for Industrial / Commercial Use in Pakistan, Egypt and Morocco and was commissioned by the International Finance Cooperation (IFC). Two Austrian companies, CES clean energy solutions (CES) and S.O.L.I.D., won the tender to carry out the study, which was completed in March 2014. A summary of the results can be found in the attached PDF. 
 

Russia: Yakutia - First State with Renewable Energy Law

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2015
SakhaAs the Russian solar thermal market relies a great deal on imported components, some regions have devised local subsidy schemes to develop their own solar thermal supply chain, according to the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) at the far east of Russia is such a region: The federal state is almost as big as India, but has a population of fewer than 1 million, and the extremely harsh and dry climate results in average January temperatures of -28 to -47 °C. “We see great potential for solar thermal system suppliers in our region, which is we are trying to provide favourable conditions for the establishment of such companies,” Petr Shishigin, External Affairs Coordinator and Development Group Manager of the Yakutian Investment Development Agency, explains. Yakutia was also the first state of the Russian Federation to adopt a law on renewable energy.
Photo: Wikipedia
 

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