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Smart Heat: Heat from the Cloud

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 29, 2016
German IT company Cloud&Heat offers its customers two products which would have seemed totally unrelated a couple of years ago: cloud computing and heat for space or water heating. To extract usable heat, Cloud&Heat has developed a special water cooling system for server cabinets to achieve temperatures of 55 °C. Usually, 90 % of the electricity consumed by servers is waste heat. As a consequence, much additional power is required to dissipate the heat. “Our Green Cloud doubles down on saving energy by covering both the cooling and heating demand of residential buildings,” explains Jens Struckmeier, one of the three founders of Cloud&Heat. So far, the IT specialists have installed about 650 servers supplying heat to 25 building projects. Cloud&Heat estimates that the growing number of cloud servers worldwide consume as much energy as an entire country – more than India but less than Japan (see chart on the left.
Source: Cloud&Heat

Investing in Solar Heat: Financing & Business Models for Mainstream Market Deployment.

Submitted by Amr Hai on November 12, 2015

Achieving greater SWH market growth will require increased access to low-cost private-sector capital, which can fuel large-scale international market expansion. This, in turn, will require the creation or expansion of financing and business models that address persistent SWH market risks and barriers – including high upfront costs as well as real or perceived technology, design, operational, and maintenance risks. Policymakers and industry leaders have a role to play in creating the business and policy structures necessary for success.

This report focuses on the need for both “enabling policies” and “financial de-risking instruments,” which are essential to fostering creation of business and financing models that can attract investors and scale the Solar Water Heating (SWH) market. Enabling policies includes a variety of public and private initiatives that mitigate market barriers such as incentive programs, government regulations, and education and training programs.

Webinar: New Business Models for Commercial Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2015
Webinar ISESThe solar thermal market worldwide is facing great challenges. After decades of concentrating on the single family housing owner as the key client group, now the industry is reaching out to new commercial customer groups in the tourism segment, in the housing industry and in the industrial sector. New business models to reduce upfront costs and risk for clients are absolutely essential to accelerate the deployment of solar thermal technology in these segments. To learn more about the realizable economic potential of solar heating technology in the commercial segment, and to discuss new business models, offers a webinar in cooperation with International Solar Energy Society (ISES) on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 3 to 4:30 pm Central European Summer Time.

The Lakeland Electric Business Model for Solar Water Heating (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Lakeland Electric. It provides information on their business model and approach to providing their customers with solar thermal water heating.

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