Jordan is showing rapidly increasing demand for air-conditioning. Total annual emissions from cooling commercial buildings add up to 600,000 tonnes of CO2, an amount equal to emissions from about 120,000 passenger vehicles per year. This has prompted the German Agency for International Cooperation to initiate the project Solar Cooling in Industry and Commerce in Jordan. The German Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) played a key role in this transfer of technology and know-how for the planning and installation as well as monitoring of four solar-driven air-conditioning systems in public and private buildings. The photo shows the 388 m² collector field which was commissioned at Petra Guest House in February 2015, around the same time as the one at German Jordanian University.
The middle of March saw the launch of the online database www.ship-plants.info, which has so far collected 122 projects using Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP). The database was created in the frame of Task 49/IV of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme by the International Energy Agency. The energy output of the database’s 122 solar process heat plants from around the world adds up to 87.8 MW, which is equal to 125,600 m2 of collector area. Solar process heat engineers, planners, system integrators and energy service companies are all welcome to add reference projects to the online platform.
Outstanding solar district heating projects have recently been honoured with two awards in just one week. The IEA Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its SHC Solar Award 2013 to the Drake Landing Company from Canada. Drake Landing consists of four organisations: United Communities (developer), Sterling Homes (builder), ATCO Gas (utility) and the Town of Okotoks (municipality). The company was established to oversee ownership and operation of the Drake Landing Solar Community, which uses solar thermal collectors and borehole heat storage to provide over 90% of the space heating for 52 homes. It has also recently set a new world record of 98% solar heating performance in its sixth year of operation, as explained in a press release on 24 September. Bruce Littke from ATCO Gas (in the middle) and Keith Paget from Sterling Homes (second from right) accepted the award at the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2013, in Freiburg, Germany. The second award was presented at the 3rd Global District Energy Summit and Awards in New York City on 23 September. Millennium Energy Industries (MEI) received the prestigious award for implementing the world’s largest operational solar heating project at the Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University for Women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Photo: Stephanie Banse
Since July, the currently world’s biggest solar thermal plant has gradually come into operation. It produces heat for a women’s university in Saudi Arabia, the Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University inaugurated at the end of 2011. From July onwards, students and staff have been moving onto the campus and with heat demand increasing, the covers have been removed one by one from the six solar fields. The photo shows the collector field on a warehouse – the buildings in the background all belong to the university.
Photo: AEE Intec
Three partners, one project: Representatives from all three participating companies - Millennium Energy Industries, Jordan, and Greenonetec and AEE Intec, both based in Austria - met for their kick-off meeting at the collector factory of Greenonetec.
All signs point to a successful conference: Experienced event organizer AEE Intec from Austria and PSE from Germany, teamed up with the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the members of the International Energy Agency's (IEA SHC) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme to organize this year´s Eurosun conference.