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Germany: Programme of SMEThermal 2014 available

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 30, 2013

The development of Europe’s solar thermal industry is posing great challenges: While the residential market has been declining, there has been an increasing demand for complex industrial solutions and new business models are necessary. The international solar thermal industry conference, which will take place in Berlin on 18 February 2014, intends to address these key issues facing the industry. SMEThermal is organised by Solarpraxis AG along with the trade papers Sonne Wind & Wärme and Sun & Wind Energy. 160 stakeholders and key players from the solar thermal sector are expected to participate.

SMEThermal 2013: 150 Experts Debate Future Solar Collector Generation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 4, 2013

The industry needs to aim for big targets to make sure solar heat will be able to contribute to a changing energy market. With this statement, Karl-Heinz Remmers, founder and CEO of German Solarpraxis, opened the fourth SMEThermal conference in Berlin on 29 January. More than 150 industry representatives and researchers from 25 countries used the conference to discuss the necessary future developments of collectors, system and production technology. The key topic of the first panel discussion: What will the collector of the next generation look like? One panellist side favoured full-polymeric collectors: Michael Sessler from Magen eco-Energy, Israel (left). The other side develops and produces metal collectors with all-aluminium direct-flow absorbers: Jari Varjotie, Savo-Solar, Finland.
Photos: Eva Augsten

Costa Rica: Training Course at Earth University

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2012

An excellent campus, a highly motivated group of professionals and an abundantly sunny country: Martin Schnauss (third from right) is very satisfied with his Costa Rican training course, which took place in the middle of November at the international campus of the Earth University, a two-hour drive from the country’s capital, San José. Together with his colleague Katie Brown, Schnauss held the one-week training course about solar heating and cooling technology in cooperation with the German Renewables Academy AG (RENAC). The course, which was financed by the German Federal Environment Ministry, BMU, was free of charge for the participants.
Photos: RENAC AG

Germany: No Upturn in 2012

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 3, 2012

Despite a good start, 2012 has not seen any upturn in the German solar thermal industry, as latest figures show. Carsten Kuhlmann (in the middle) from the heating manufacturers association BDH expects a newly installed collector area of 1.2 million m², which would be 5 % less than in 2011. The number was part of Kuhlmann’s presentation at the Forum Solarpraxis, a conference in Berlin, Germany, at which scientists, associations and industry representatives discussed the future of solar heating and cooling at the end of November. The photo shows the German renewable energy journalist Dr. Detlef Koenemann (left) and moderator of the session and Jörg Mayer, Managing Director of the German solar industry association BSW Solar.
Photo: Solarpraxis

SMEThermal: International Solar Thermal Industry Forum in Germany

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 3, 2012

Save the date: SMEThermal 2013 will take place on 29 January 2013 in Berlin for the fourth time. The event is one of the leading international solar thermal industry conferences. SMEThermal 2012 this year attracted 170 key players from the solar thermal manufacturing business - among others, material suppliers, specialists in automation and production technology, as well as collector and tank manufacturers. The complete conference programme is now available (see attached document).

SMEThermal 2013 – Innovations in Manufacturing, Product Design and Machinery: Call for Papers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 23, 2012


The Call for Papers for the SMEThermal 2013 is now open. Component manufacturers, production equipment suppliers, material suppliers, engineering companies and researchers are welcome to submit their presentation proposals for the international conference taking place in Berlin on 29 January 2013. The SMEThermal has become one of Europe’s leading international industry conferences on the solar thermal sector. The one-day event will attract more than 170 solar thermal industry experts, including delegations from booming solar thermal markets, such as Brazil and China. The conference offers insights into the sector’s most recent developments in process optimisation, cost reduction strategies, new materials or collector and tank design (see also the attached flyer). 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 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.

Germany: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2012

 Audience at SMEThermal 2012The solar thermal industry is facing major challenges: Costs of storage and collector components have to be reduced even further if large solar plants are to offer investors competitive prices for heating. Hence, 170 industry representatives and scientists from all around the world came together at the international industry conference SMEThermal 2012 in Berlin at the beginning of February 2012 to explore cost-cutting strategies during a round-table discussion.
Photo: Solarpraxis AG / Therese Aufschlager

Germany: Cost reduction, labeling and new materials are topics of SMEThermal 2012

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 7, 2011

 SMEThermal conference The global breakthrough of solar thermal will depend on how well the industry masters the challenge of cost-effective tank and collector manufacturing. This is the key issue of the 3rd SMEThermal conference on 7 February 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The international event is dedicated exclusively to process optimization, automation, and new materials in the solar thermal industry. The organizer, Berlin-based Solarpraxis, launched the complete programme at the end of October (see attached pdf).

SMEThermal 2012: Call for papers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 1, 2011

The international conference SMEThermal is held in Berlin on 7 February 2012 already for the third time. The one-day event deals explicitly with process optimization, automation and new materials in the tank and collector industry. SMEThermal 2011 was a great success. 160 decision makers from 22 different countries met in Berlin to discuss the latest trends and technical challenges in the industry.


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