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Thailand: Ministry of Energy Extends Incentive Programme until 2021

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2014
Thailand’s solar water heater subsidy programme, which started in 2008, will continue until 2021. The subsidy will gradually decrease from currently 25% of the investment costs to 15% in 2017. The programme is part of Thailand’s revised Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP), which was presented by Kulwaree Buranasajjawaraporn, Director of the solar energy section’s Innovation Group at the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), during the Thai-German Technology Conference in Bangkok in October 2013. The table shows the annual target figure and the results of the DEDE subsidy scheme and was taken from the presentation of Mrs Buranasajjawaraporn.
Source: DEDE

Thailand / Brazil / Central America: Business Trips for German Stakeholders

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 23, 2013

Countries in Southeast Asia have big plans for solar energy. Thailand’s government in particular knows precisely how its future energy and environment policies should look like. It has pledged to both expand the use of renewables and improve energy efficiency across the nation. Until 2021, the government aims at a share of 25 % from renewable sources, while decreasing the total energy consumption by up to 20 % compared to 2005. These are some of the figures presented at the information meeting “Solarthermie in Industrie und Gewerbe in Thailand: Potentiale für deutsche Unternehmen” (translated as “Solar thermal in Thailand’s industry and trade: Potential for German companies”), which the Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, held in Berlin, Germany, at the beginning of March. The GIZ also supports a business trip, which will take place from 27 to 31 May this year. The trip for German entrepreneurs is organised in cooperation with the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AHK Thailand). The photo shows the installation of a large-scale solar thermal plant in Thailand.
Photo: Aschoff Solar

Thailand: Prefabricated Container Solution Improves Quality in Tannery

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 9, 2013

Danish shoe producer ECCO runs the largest solar thermal installation in Thailand: 1,890 m² of vacuum tube collectors provide the company’s factory in Ayutthaya with up to 80 tons of hot water per day. Planned and installed by German engineering company Aschoff Solar, the process heat installation supplies the different tanning processes with water at temperatures between 35 and 70°C. The photo shows the three stackable containers, including the ready-to-use tanks, pump groups and heat exchangers prefabricated in Germany. The system offers a solar controller with graphical display and online remote control.
Photo: Aschoff Solar

Thailand: “Many enterprises have become interested in the technology”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 6, 2013

This January has already been the sixth time for the Thai government to announce the continuation of their incentive programme for commercial customers. Over the last five years, the installed collector area in Thailand has grown steadily while the quality of the installations has improved as well. spoke with Yongyuth Sawatdisawanee about the solar thermal market development in Thailand and the goals set for the next years. Sawatdisawanee is the Director of Technology Analysis and Assessment at Thailand’s Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), a subdivision of Thailand’s Ministry of Energy. He has worked in the renewable energy field since 1980 and over the last ten years, he has taken a special interest in solar thermal technology.

Thailand: Government Continues Subsidy Programme in 2013

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 15, 2013

Since January 2013, the government of Thailand has continued to subsidise commercial solar thermal installations which are combined with waste heat from an air conditioner or boiler. The programme has been running since 2008 and phase VI in 2013 is limited to 25,000 m2 (see the database of incentive programmes). In 2011 and 2012, authorities paid out grants for a total of 21,034 m² of collector area. The chart shows the collector area share in different application areas over the last two years. According to the programme’s administrator, the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), the majority of the subsidies went to process heat applications in the industry, followed by hotels, farms and hospitals.
Source: DEDE

Thailand: Advanced Training in Large-Scale Solar Thermal Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 10, 2012

The solar thermal week of the Thai-German Renewable Energy Advanced Training 2012 in Bangkok in September attracted a fair number of around 20 national and international participants (see photo). Professor Christoph Menke from the German University of Applied Sciences Trier (ninth from left) hold lectures on how to plan, mount and operate large-scale solar water heating systems for hotels and industrial processes. In addition to the solar thermal training, the three-week course for advanced learners also offered one week each for bio-energy and photovoltaics. The entire event was organised by the Thai Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE) and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD.
Photo: JGSEE

Thailand: Solar Process Heat in Leather Factory awarded

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 28, 2011

 Aschoff Solar Award” On behalf of the Thai Ministry of Energy, German engineering company Aschoff Solar has been awarded by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) for the company's solar thermal installation at the Sadesa leather factory in Sena. Bernd Jueckmann (left), Sales Manager at Aschoff Solar, and Carsten Aschoff, Managing Director of Aschoff Solar, received the award from the hands of Prapon Kitichantaropas (right), Director of the Solar Energy Bureau at DEDE, during a conference held in Pattaya, Thailand, on 8 July 2011.
Photo: Aschoff Solar

Thailand: Results of the Commercial Incentive Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 31, 2011

 Results of the Commercial Incentive Programme”

16,880 m2 of collector area were subsidised between 2008 and 2010 in the Thailand incentive programme for commercial installations that are combined with waste heat from an air conditioner or boiler. According to the programme administrator, the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), hotels show the biggest share within the subsidy programme, followed by process heat applications in the industry.
Source: DEDE

Thailand: Highly Interested Enterprises, But Low-Quality Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2010

 solar systems in Thailand” 37 commercially installed solar thermal systems of between 50 and 500 m2 received subsidies in Thailand over the last two years. Nevertheless, the sector shows a lack of professional service to operate these solar systems at an optimum efficiency.
Photo: STA

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