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Solarthermalworld.org Quiz: All-rounder Win Prizes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 20, 2012

 Chris Beebe (left), Daniel Mugnier (center), and Uwe Trenkner (right) ” Solar thermal professionals from all around the world took part in the third round of the solarthermalworld.org quiz at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The three winners, who were announced at the third day of the fair, came from three different countries as well. Daniel Mugnier (center), researcher at French company Tecsol SA, and German Uwe Trenkner (right), from Trenkner Consulting in Brussels, scored best in the 10-question quiz. The best quiz participant from outside Europe was Chris Beebe (left), CEO of Beam Engineering, a company located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Finland: “Most of Them Think: We Don’t Have Enough Sunshine”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 6, 2012

 Solar Thermal Installation in Finland The Finnish market for solar thermal technology is still in its infancy, but could offer a worthwhile potential. The solar radiation in southern Finland is only 10 to 15 % lower than in Northern Germany and the first domestic manufacturers have already presented collector solutions which would use this energy as efficient as possible.
Photo: www.alternative.fi

European Solar Days Expect more than Half a Million Participants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 4, 2012

 European Solar Days Grassroots campaign drums up enthusiasm for clean energy: From Tuesday, 1 May, to Sunday, 13 May, hundreds of thousands of European citizens are gathering at locations all across the continent to show their interest in solar energy during the European Solar Days (ESD). At hundreds of events, the ESD will demonstrate to audiences, such as policy makers and companies - but particularly to individual citizens - the benefits of using solar energy to generate heat and electricity. The nearly two-week campaign includes showcasing solar thermal and solar PV technologies, trainings for company staff, doors open days, street events for children, balloon release and many more.
Photo: Fotostudio Pflueg

Solarthermalworld.org Quiz at Intersolar Europe 2012

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 23, 2012

The Solarthermalworld.org will organise the third edition of the solarthermalworld.org quiz at Intersolar Europe 2012 taking place in Munich, Germany, from 13 to 15 June 2012.

Jose Antonio Perez Speaks at ESTEC 2011

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 7, 2012

This is an interview with Jose Antonio Perez, from BDR Thermea Group BV, the third largest heating company in Europe. Mr Perez is a Board Member of ESTIF. In this interview he speaks about the importance of solar for his company and gives his opinion on how solar thermal could become more competitive on the long run.

For more interviews, please check our YouTube Channel

Solar Thermal Markets in Europe. Trends and Market Statistics 2010 (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 3, 2012

As in previous years, ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, has issued this publication with detailed data and numbers about the solar thermal market in the EU 27 and Switzerland in 2010.

In 2010, the European solar thermal market totalled 2.586 MWth (3.694,940 m²) of newly installed capacity, decreasing by an estimated 13% in comparison with 2009 numbers.

Click here to see the 2010 edition of this publication, referring to 2009 market data.

Great Britain: Launch of the UK Renewable Heat Incentive

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 5, 2011

After considerable delays and uncertainty, the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been finally launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme on 28th November 2011. Solar heating is one of the included technologies. The first phase of the tariff support is targeted at the non-domestic sector. This includes businesses, public sector, charities, not-for-profit organisations or industry which contributes 38% of the UK’s carbon emissions. Installations that were previously completed after 15 July 2009 will be eligible.

Swiss Bank Sarasin: World Market Reaches 45 GWth in 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 25, 2011

 Sarasin StudyThis week, the Swiss Bank Sarasin published the 12th edition of their solar industry report, covering all three solar technologies: solar heating and cooling (ST), photovoltaics (PV), and concentrating solar power (CSP). The chapter on solar thermal identifies great differences in the market development of national markets and regions. While the Chinese market continues to shine, many European countries are suffering from decreasing or stagnating markets. Nevertheless, Sarasin predicts a great future, with a global average growth of 12% per year until 2020.

Portugal: Increase in VAT Rate in 2012

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 23, 2011

 Installed Collector Area in PortugalApisolar, the Portuguese national solar association, expects a 30% decrease in newly installed collector area this year. The forecast until the end of 2011 is 127,000 m2 (89 MW), whereas around 180,000 m2 of collector area were newly installed in 2010. This year's low demand has partly been a result of the changes in the national support policy. And, some more major changes in the country’s fiscal policy are coming into effect at the beginning of 2012 - which means the downward trend is not likely to be stopped next year, too.
Source: Apisolar

European Solar Days: Date Set for 2012 Campaign

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 17, 2011

 European Solar Days Annual Conference The next edition of the European Solar Days – a campaign of national events aimed at promoting the use of solar energy – will be held from 1 to 13 May 2012. The initiative now includes more than 20 participants from 16 countries, who gathered on 7 and 8 November in Prague for the second European Solar Days Annual Conference. The meeting consisted of the internal project meeting with the partners and the Annual Conference, also attended by two guest countries. A total of 23 conference participants were responsible for evaluating the 2011 event and planning the 2012 campaign.
Photo: ESTIF

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