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Greece: Sole’s Pool Heating Combines Geothermal Heat Pump and Solar Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 5, 2014
The new swimming pool complex in the sports centre of the Amaliada municipality in the Greek province of Ilia is heated by a combination of solar thermal collectors, three warm wells and an electric heat pump. An oil boiler serves as the backup system. Greek solar collector manufacturer Sole, which supplied the solar thermal system and was also responsible for planning it, says it is Greece’s only hybrid pool heating system combining a significant share of solar thermal and geothermal energy. The system cost around EUR 600,000 (including planning and installation) and was financed entirely by Greece’s Green Fund. The municipality is the beneficiary of the fuel savings.
Photo: Sole

Lebanon: Successful Installation of Testing Equipment

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 2, 2012

The new test facility for solar thermal collectors at the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) in Beirut, Lebanon, is now in its warm-up phase: At present, the technical team is preparing the collector testing for the upcoming ARSOL certification scheme in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The photo shows the partners responsible for setting up the equipment according to European collector standards EN 12975 1 and 2 (from right to left): Pierre El Khoury (Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, LCEC), Rani Al Achkar (LCEC), Nader Hajj Shehadeh (LCEC), Christian Schorn (Institute for Future Energy Systems, IZES), Sheikh Talal Zaki (IRI), Imad Hage Chehade (IRI), Mohamed El-Hajjar (IRI), Dino Alexopoulos (CRES) and Andreas Gisch (IZES). The photo was taken during the last project meeting in April 2011.
Photo: IZES

Evaluation of the Renewable Energy Application in Mediterranean Hotels. Case Study: the Balearic Islands` Hotels (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 27, 2010

In the services sector, hotels are a high energy consumer, which offers a good opportunity to promote the use of renewable energy sources, including solar thermal, in the tourism sector, especially in the Mediterranean region, as this paper emphasizes.

This paper goes through the potential of the RES' use in the total energy consumption of hotels situated in the Spanish Balearic Islands, a very famous touristic destination, with about half a million beds available.

Greece: A newly founded and independent Energy Ministry heads the drafting of NREAP

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 23, 2009

Some recent personnel changes taken by the new Greek government makes you optimistic about the future of renewable energy policy in Greece. First, the government appointed Prof. Arthouros Zervos, long-term President of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), CEO of state-controlled Public Power Corporation (PPC), the country’s biggest electricity provider.

The Lebanese Solar Thermal Strategy (2008)

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2009

 Lebanon destroyed solar water heater” Damaged solar thermal system in South Lebanon: The war with Israel in 2007 destroyed 44 % of the 500 solar water heaters donated by China in 2005. Despite such setbacks, the country is working on a reasonable solar thermal strategy.
Photo: LCEC

SOLPOOL Solar Energy Use in Outdoor Swimming Pools, Cyprus (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 6, 2009

This report, made by Intelligent Europe and CRES, provides information on open-air pool heating in Cyprus and on different technologies that can be used to heat pools.

The document contains relevant information such a listing of standards related to solar thermal heating, best practises examples in Cyprus and the incentive schemes available.

Download document here or read it below

Three out of a dozen: Solar Thermal Fairs in China

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 9, 2009

fair in Zhengzhou One of many regional fairs in China: the outdoor exhibition space in Zhengzhou, a city in Henan province
Photo: Sven Tetzlaff

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