Solar Process Heat in Breweries (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 13, 2015

This presentation was given by AEE INTEC at a SOLTRAIN training in Pretoria, South Africa, in April 2014.  It provides an overview of the EU-funded FP7 project SolarBrew.  This project aims at developing the use of solar process heat in the brewing industry. 3 breweries are part of this project.  The Brewery Goess in Austria is using solar energy for its mashing process, relying on a 1.500m² flat plate collector field and a 200m³ storage tank.

The Value of Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) in Minnesota: Solar Thermal and Minnesota Energy and Climate Goals (2013).

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 13, 2015

This study on the value of solar heating and cooling, commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, analyses how solar thermal energy can help the state in reaching the climate and energy goals of reducing greenhouse gases emissions by 80% by 2050 and relying on renewable energy to produce 25% of electricity by 2025.

Denmark: New Arcon-Sunmark Focuses on Large-Scale Turnkey Installations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 12, 2015
Sunmark VietnamDanish VKR Holding purchased collector manufacturer and turnkey system supplier Sunmark Solutions, also from Denmark, and incorporated the company into subsidiary Arcon Solar. The two firms have now merged to become Arcon-Sunmark, a direct subsidiary of VKR Holding and headquartered in Skørping in Northern Jutland, Torben Sørensen, Chairman of the Board of Arcon-Sunmark, says in a press release from 3 February 2015. Sørensen quit his job as CEO of Danish VKR subsidiary SolarCap, which was shut down and all its stakes divested in the course of 2014. Solarthermalworld.org has reported on the buyout of Sonnenkraft, as well as Greenonetec. The photo shows the Vietnamese collector production factory of Sunmark Solutions.
Photo: Sunmark Solutions

New Report on Heat Rejection Systems for Solar Cooling (2015)

Submitted by Pam Murphy on February 10, 2015

This report presents an overview of existing and novel concepts for heat rejection devices in solar cooling systems and recommends which heat rejection measures should be used under different boundary conditions (climate, system concept, etc.). Several components include a performance characterization that was prepared in partnership with manufacturers.

Authors: Roberto Fedrizzi, Alice Vittoriosi, Davide Romeli, Matteo D’Antoni, Hannes Fugmann, Björn Nienborg, Khalid Nagidi, Marc Sheldon

Date: November 2014

Pages: 60

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
 

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