Integrating Solar Thermal in Buildings – A quick guide for Architects and Builders (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on February 5, 2015

This document was developed as part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH) as a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), the International

IRENA: “They speak about energy, but they mean electricity”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2015
IRENAIt was a busy Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) this January: It started with the fourth assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which brought together 1,200 high-profile attendants on 17 and 18 January 2015, and went on with the four-day World Future Energy Summit between 19 and 22 January, a summit that offered a renewable technology exhibition, as well as a series of conferences and debates on all technological and political issues regarding today’s renewable industries. The organisers expected around 32,000 visitors from 170 countries. “The next wave of disruptive changes is happening in energy,” Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, said during the FT IRENA Question Time Debate on 18 January 2015. 
Photo: IRENA
 

France: Mixed Feelings about 2015 Industry Development

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2015
Workshop Aix-les-BainsThe solar thermal industry in France is going through difficult times: In 2014, market volume decreased again, this time by around 15 %, and business satisfaction among solar thermal system suppliers has been low. Both results are outcomes of the second one-day workshop held in Aix-les-Bains, a city in Savoie, south of Geneva, on 16 September 2014. Around 130 experts from the industry, research and service providers followed the invitation of Enerplan, the Union of Professionals in Solar Energy, to discuss the “Current State of Solar Heat in France”. Two of the meeting’s hot topics were innovation and reductions in system costs. As every cloud has a silver lining, there are two policy improvements this year: The tax credit for energy efficiency measures and renewable heating systems in residential homes will remain at 30 % until 31 December 2015 and the budget of the national subsidy scheme Fonds Chaleur (Heat Fund) will double from EUR 220 million in 2014 to EUR 400 million in 2017 and benefit multi-family and tertiary buildings. On the other hand, the government extended the 7 kWh/m2 bonus for multi-family houses within building standard RT1012 until 2018. The industry hoped that the bonus found in the RT 2012 building regulations would be rescinded at the end of 2014.
Photo: Enerplan
 

South Africa: Building Regulation Not Applied as Intended

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2015
SOLTRAIN stakeholder meetingExtended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA, Energy Usage in Buildings, is the big hope of the country’s solar thermal system suppliers. Part XA 2, which was added to SANS 10400 in September 2011, reads: "A minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels.” The regulation applies to all new buildings with hot water consumption, as well as refurbished ones if the refurbishment requires planning approval from a local authority (for more details, see the attached architectural guide). After a transition period and a broad discussion among those affected by the new regulation, XA officially became law on 9 September 2014. The photo shows one of the stakeholder meetings within SOLTRAIN, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative.
Photo: SOLTRAIN
 

National Building Regulation in South Africa

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2015
Since September 2014 the extended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA is in force that stipulates that a minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels. The regulation applies to all new buildings with hot water consumption, as well as refurbished ones if the refurbishment requires planning approval from a local authority. For further details read news.

Czech Republic: Third Call for Nová Zelená Úsporám to Start in April 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 31, 2015
Nová Zelená ÚsporámThe stop and go of the national Czech subsidy scheme, Nová Zelená Úsporám (NZU) or New Green Savings, continues: The last application was accepted on 31 December 2014, the programme administrators from the Czech State Environmental Fund said in a press release published on 8 January 2015. The second call for applications to the NZU programme ran from April to December 2014 and resulted in 6,110 submitted applications for a total value of Czech Crown (CZK) 1.377 billion (EUR 49.6 million). According to Lenka Brandtová, the spokes woman of the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, 44 % of the applications in 2014 included solar water heaters, which corresponds to 2660 subsidised solar thermal systems.
 

Solar Thermal in Industries: Status and Perspectives (2012)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on January 30, 2015

This presentation was made by Werner B. Koldehoff at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) workshop "Solar Thermal Thailand" held in Berlin on March 2012. It presents the status of solar thermal industry in Germany and worldwide to analyse the potential develoment of the industry in Thailand. 

Denmark: Combined CSP and Flat Plate Collector System Supplies Solar District Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 30, 2015
Solar District Heating Tars7 January 2015 was the starting date for the construction of a unique solar heat plant for district heating in the Danish village of Tårs, 30 km north of Aalborg. It combines parabolic trough collectors and flat plate collectors in order to cover 30 % of the heat demand by the village’s district heating network, without the need for seasonal storage. The system is expected to come into operation during the second quarter of 2015. 
Photo: Aalborg CSP
 

Portugal: Market Transformation in Time of Crisis

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 29, 2015
Portugal chartThe Portuguese solar thermal market seemed to have stabilised in 2014: The first estimates by the Portuguese national solar industry association, Apisolar, show that the collector area sold last year was at around the same level as in the year before. According to a press release from last November, the association assumes a maximum decline of 7 % in 2014, resulting in a newly installed collector area of around 53,000 m². This brings the market back to the level of 2007, the year after the national solar obligation had come into effect in July 2006, but before the national incentive programme Medida Solar Térmico was launched in March 2009. After the stop of the incentive programme in May 2010, the market declined at double-digit rates over three years.
Source: Apisolar
 

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