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Record participation at SDH 2018 in Graz

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 3, 2018
Photo: Climate and Energy FundThe 5th International Solar District Heating Conference, which took place in Graz, Austria, in mid-April, brought together 350 experts from 33 countries. It had twice as many attendees as the previous one in Billund, Denmark, in 2016 and attracted representatives from several development banks, such as the German KfW, the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank via its group member International Finance Corporation, or IFC. The photo shows the conference’s supporters and its three organisers, namely Christian Fink (second from left), Austrian research institute AEE INTEC; Thomas Pauschinger (fifth from left in the back), German research institute Solites; and  Werner Lutsch, Managing Director of the German Heat & Power Association, or AGFW for short (second from right). 
Photo: Climate and Energy Fund

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. 
 

World Bank Group Role in Supporting Solar Power (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 8, 2011

This is a presentation by Dr. Natalia Kulichenko-Lotz about the World Bank Group and the activities and projects it finances to boost the use of renewable energies all over the world.

The presentation explains the main financial instruments that the World Bank has put in place for the energy sector like loans, guarantees, the IFC (International Finance Corporation) debt and equity, the GEF (Global Environmental Facility), the CTF (Clean Technology Fund), carbon finance, the ESMAP (Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme).

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