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Worldwide: Final Draft of New Collector Standard

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 23, 2013

The draft of the EN ISO 9806 was submitted to the CEN/TC 312 in January 2013. This means that all technical debates are concluded and only minor editorial changes may still find their way into the latest version. The formal voting will take place in June and August 2013, and the new standard is said to be published between February and May 2014. The EN ISO 9806 replaces the EN 12975-2 and the ISO 9806-1, -2 and -3. It will be the first almost globally valid standard for solar thermal collectors, as it is both an EN and an ISO standard.

Europe: Solar Keymark Scheme Rules for concentrating solar collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 6, 2011

 Solar Keymark Network MeetingDuring the meeting in Paris in October 2011, the Solar Keymark Network has accepted an extension of the Solar Keymark Scheme Rules. In the future, Solar Keymark will be available for both solar water heater stores and concentrating solar collectors. At the same meeting, the Solar Keymark Network has approved the new Annual Collector Energy Output Calculation Tool as a standard measuring tool for all Solar Keymark certified collectors. The energy output calculated with it can from now on be found on all Solar Keymark data sheets.
Photo: Henry Rosik

The Quality Label for Solar Thermal Products in Europe (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 21, 2011

This brochure produced by ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, provides a complete overview of the solar keymark, a certification mark for solar thermal products in Europe.

Europe: First Call for Solar Certification Fund Proposals

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 3, 2011

The European Solar Certification Fund (SCF) - recently founded by the Solar Keymark Network - launched its first call for project proposals. They can be submitted to scf@estif.org until 14 January 2011, using a template provided on the website. It is estimated that in 2011, around EUR 130,000 to 150,000 will be added to the approx. EUR 90,000 to 100,000 that have been paid into the fund in 2010.

Foundation to Support Proliferation of Solar Keymark Quality Standard

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 29, 2010

 Solar Keymark Logo”

The Solar Keymark Network is about to establish a foundation to support the further proliferation of this quality standard. The reason for this decision can be traced back to a change in the definition of types and sub types by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and its subsequent reduction in the fees at the beginning of this year.

1,000 Solar Keymark Licenses for Collectors: among them 7 % from China

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 8, 2010

 Solar Keymark” Solar Keymark is a very broadly accepted label on the European solar thermal market. More than 1,000 collector certificates have been issued since the introduction of the certification system in 2003.
Source: www.solarkeymark.org

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