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Germany: New Industry Association Includes Concentrating Solar Process Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 23, 2013
In September 2013, a group of German companies specialised in concentrating solar power (CSP) formally established the industry association Deutsche CSP. The group has had 38 members, 31 of which joined the association as well. In early summer 2013 already, the group had welcomed new member companies from the field of concentrating solar process heat, which also joined the association later - among them, Protarget from Cologne. Therefore, Deutsche CSP, the German Industry Association for Concentrated Solar Power, is now establishing a work group for solar process heat. 

Solar Process Heat: European Commission Advocates More Research

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2013

In March, almost 40 scientists, engineers and solar process heat specialists met for the 1st workshop of the European InSun project, called "Exchange of experience made with the design and installation of solar process heat systems", which was hosted at the Institute for Solar Technology SPF in Rapperswil, Switzerland. The workshop focused on the experiences with the planning and installation of roof- or ground-mounted solar process heat systems - lead times, project schedule, as well as standards, guidelines and regulations in the different European countries. The photo shows a process heat project in Italy with 1.3 MW Fresnel collectors for the brick industry.
Photo: Soltigua

Renewable Energies in the MENA Region: Potential for Sustainable Energy Provision and Export to Europe (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 24, 2011

This is a presentation delivered by Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) during the Euromed Solar Workshop on EU-MENA (Middle East and North Africa region) Cooperation on Solar Power, held in Jordan.

Solar Thermal Power Plants: On the Way to Commercial Market Introduction (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 9, 2009

This presentation made by Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen from the Institute for Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Centre provides an overview of solar power plants, their current use, benefits and potential.

The presentation goes through examples of solar power plants, outlining the different systems and technologies available. An estimation of the costs and the profits of using such technologies is also provided, allowing, thus, to conclude on its paramount potential on electricity cost reduction.

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