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IEA SHC: Mutual Recognition of Test and Inspection Reports Saves Industry Costs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 4, 2015

The work of the Global Solar Certification (GSC) Network is expected to continue within the framework of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). The Executive Committee of the IEA SHC approved the set-up of a task definition workshop in Paris on 7 October 2015, in order to establish a new task under the title International Standards & Global Certification. “Collector and system manufacturers selling products in several countries, as well as representatives of certification bodies, test labs and inspectors from all around the world are invited to join the meeting in Paris and become members of the international research community discussing the harmonisation of standards and certification schemes worldwide,” explains Jan Erik Nielsen, Manager of the GSC Network and initiator of the new task. Other groups which could benefit from the new two-year task are stakeholders and public authorities in countries which do not have standards in place yet or which employ old ones. The network plans to develop guidelines for them on how to correctly use the international standards and to offer training materials and assistance. The photo shows the expert group during the first GSC Network meeting in Spain in April 2014.
Photo: GSC Network

Europe’s Policy Advocacy: Don’t Miss Opportunities of Solar Heating and Cooling

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 30, 2015

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation is expanding its services in policy advocacy and communication. In October 2014, the Brussels-based association set up a new information tool for members called ESTIF Policy Briefing, which is a regular newsletter gathering links to the most recent news from the EU commission and other international organisations relevant to the solar heating and cooling sector. In July, ESTIF started a new series of Webmeetings with national trade associations in form of webinars. During the first online meeting, ESTIF´s policy officer, Stefano Lambertucci, informed the association representatives about major policy topics from the European Commission and suggested actions at national level. Lambertucci joined ESTIF in 2014 after previous jobs in the Permanent Representation of Italy and in the European Commission. He graduated in International Relations and created and manages the new policy communication tools, such as the ESTIF Twitter account and the Policy Briefing newsletter.

Solar Water Heating Techscope Market Readiness Assessment Report and Analysis Tool

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 12, 2015

 The Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report (SWH TechScope Report) was developed under the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, a joint initiative undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with co-financing by the International Copper Association (ICA).

This report was developed to support the growth of the global solar water heating market (SWH) by providing a replicable, high-level, and publicly available Methodology to evaluate the solar water heating policy, finance and investment, business, and quality control infrastructure across countries: the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Methodology. The report is intended to be used in concert with two Excel-based evaluation tools, the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator.

Europe: Pedro Dias Appointed New ESTIF Secretary General

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 9, 2014
Pedro DiasESTIF’s Board of Directors has appointed Pedro Dias to serve as new Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation. The former deputy general follows in the footsteps of Xavier Noyon, who left ESTIF at the end of March. Accordingly, the association has reduced its staff from four to three permanent employees – a result of the persistent sales crisis in the European solar thermal industry and the decrease in the number of ESTIF members. However, the association will soon engage two interns to complement the workforce.
Photo: ESTIF
 

Europe: Conferences for New Solar Thermal Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 12, 2013

The first of half of this year will see many conferences and fairs on solar thermal technologies at locations all around the world (see the Calendar of Events): The solarthermalworld.org database alone shows 61 events in 31 countries. Meanwhile, the events have become more diversified – a testimony to the many different application areas of solar thermal. With this news piece, solarthermalworld.org will present some particularly interesting events, which focus on solar district heating, renewable heat, process heat and the latest technology. Please let us know if you think the database is missing any important solar heating and cooling dates (epp@solrico.com).

Italy: Round-table on Ways Out of Crisis

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2012

 Apartments in Soravia” On 28 June, Italy’s solar thermal association, Assolterm, organised a round-table discussion under the title "How will the solar thermal market look like in 2030? Action Plan, burden sharing and incentive mechanisms". Among the attendees were representatives of ministries, associations and research institutes. The debate, moderated by Maurizio Melis, journalist of Radio 24, focused on all the key issues of the Italian solar thermal market. Assolterm initiated the panel discussion in order to analyse the significant decline of the market in 2011. It reached only 273 MWth of newly installed capacity (390,000 m2) – a minus of 20 %.
Photo: Assolterm

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.

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