Jordan: “The solar bylaw is not going to have a strong impact on the market”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 6, 2015
Millennium Solar EnergySince April 2013, Jordan has had a solar bylaw in place. The rules of the bylaw were stipulated in Article 10 of Law No. 73, which had already entered into force in 2012. Solar water heaters are a mandatory requirement for every new multi-family building with more than 150 m² of living space, for every new office building exceeding 100 m² of floor space, as well as each new public building with more than 250 m². There are, however, no additional regulations regarding quality standards or system sizes. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Angelika Cerny, International Sales Coordinator at Jordan-based solar thermal turnkey-solution provider Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), about the effectiveness of the bylaw and the market development in Jordan. The photo shows an 80 m2 vacuum tube collector field which was set up in 2013 as a pergola for the office building of Jordan company EDGO Ventures in Amman. 
Photo: Millennium Solar Energy
 

Bylaw in Jordan

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 6, 2015
In 2012, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources along with the National Energy Research Center in Jordan approved a solar bylaw which entered into force in April 2013 (see the attached document). According to Article 10 of Law No. 73, solar water heaters are a mandatory requirement for every new multi-family building with more than 150 m² of living space, for every new office building exceeding 100 m² of floor space, as well as each new public building with more than 250 m². The bylaw encourages spreading the national awareness in the field of conservation of energy and improvement of its efficiency and helps establishing a database related to conservation of energy and improvement of its efficiency. There are, however, no additional regulations regarding quality standards or system sizes.

Analysis of a Closed Loop Solar Energy System Using the -f Chart Method: Effect of Different Brazilian Locations (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 6, 2015

This study, conducted by Alexandre M.S. Costa of the State University of Maringá and published by the State University of Ponta Grossa in Brazil, analyzes the annual energy performance of a closed-loop hot water solar thermal system under various weather conditions in 6 Brazilian cities (Curitiba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador and Brasília) using the -f chart method. This method is based on 2 different approaches. It calculates the fraction (f) of monthly heat load that comes from solar energy.

Poland: From Renewable Heat to Renewable Electricity Funding

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 6, 2015
The Polish solar thermal industry is going through difficult times right now. At the end of December 2014, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, NFOŚiGW, approved the last applications for the national residential incentive programme. The follow-up financial mechanism, Prosument, is a lot less attractive and has not really started yet for solar thermal. In contrast to the previous long-term subsidy scheme, which focused on solar heat, Prosument basically subsidises renewable sources of electricity. Solar thermal is only accepted in combination with an electric source, e.g., heat pump + PV or solar thermal collector + PV (for more information about Prosument, please see the database of incentive programmes. The programme was first introduced as a two-year interim programme, but has now been turned into a nine-year scheme running until 2022. Polish Zloty (PLN) 800 million (EZR 187 million) is available in funding, although they will not be allocated to the six eligible technologies.
 

China: First Chinese Solar Cooling Conference to Take Place in Shanghai in March

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2015
SHC ConferenceThis spring, a major event for solar cooling is going to take place in Shanghai: From 23 to 27 March 2015, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) will jointly organise a Solar Cooling Week in the city. The week is going to start off with two Task meetings and end with the two-day Solar Cooling Conference (SCC). The SCC will take place for the very first time, be open to the public and include technical site visits on 26 March 2015, as well as a full-day conference with plenary and parallel sessions on 27 March 2015.
 

France: Third Solar District Heating Conference Call for Paper

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 3, 2015
BalmaAfter Denmark and Germany, it will now be France’s turn to host the Solar District Heating Conference. Researchers, as well as representatives from municipality utilities and solar thermal system suppliers will meet in Toulouse on 17 and 18 June 2015 to discuss international case studies, new business models and marketing strategies. The two-day event will consist of a mix of panel discussions, presentations by industry experts and site visits. In Toulouse, conference participants can visit the first French solar district heating plant, which is located in the eco-district of Balma and boasts 458 m² of vacuum tube collectors on a shade structure on top of a parking lot (see photo).
Photo: Viessmann/SDHplus
 

Solar Thermal Systems in Industry (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 2, 2015

This presentation was given by Stéphane Joblot of E-Sol, a company specialized in renewable energy studies, during a workshop organized in the framework of the Energievie.info programme of the Alsace region, with the support of  ADEME, the French Environment Agency.  After giving a general overview of various solar thermal techonololgies and applications, the speaker shares the findings from a case study which analyzed the process needs of an agri-food company in the city of Colmar. This company operates 5 days a week and needs 4.000 liters of water at 60° C daily.

Turkey: State Activities in Solar Thermal Market Difficult to Research

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 2, 2015
Toki project 2014Multi-family houses with central solar hot water systems, such as the ones on the photo, have become increasingly common in Turkey. According to the latest survey among collector manufacturers, which was carried out by German agency solrico, more than half of the larger Turkish companies consider multi-family buildings to have been the fastest-growing segment in 2014. Four in ten are convinced that this segment will dominate their sales in 2020. Solarthermalworld.org then tried to enquire about the role that the Housing Development Administration, TOKI, plays in the market’s transition – a rather difficult undertaking, as the following story shows.
Photo: Simsek
 

Austria: Robert Kanduth Buys Back 50 % Greenonetec Stake

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 1, 2015
Robert KanduthDanish Solarcap’s solar disinvestment strategy continues: In November 2014, the subsidiary of the Danish VKR Holding sold its 50 % share in Austrian collector manufacturer Greenonetec back to the founder, Robert Kanduth (see photo). Kanduth is an Austrian entrepreneur with experiences in a wide variety of business segments, such as hotels, photovoltaics, as well as solar thermal. The second half of Greenonetec belongs to Austrian company Kioto Clear Energy, of which Kanduth owns around 65 %. This holding has 310 staff and made a turnover of EUR 90 million in 2013, including solar thermal and solar photovoltaic production.
Photo: Greenonetec
 

Geo-Solar House Design Made in Romania

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 31, 2014
Solaris HouseBetween 19 and 21 November 2014, the seventh Renexpo South-East Europe fair in Bucharest, Romania, brought together 100 companies from across 12 European countries. The Palace Hall seemed to be almost too small to host the three-day event. The conference, which ran parallel to the fair, offered a wide variety of topics, from hydropower to cogeneration, biogas, photovoltaics and energy efficiency. There was no session dedicated exclusively to solar thermal, but some presentations also covered case studies including solar heating and cooling. One of these presentations was about the Casa Solaris, the geo-solar house by Romanian company Geoterm (see photo). 
Photo: Geoterm
 

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