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Germany: First Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation Conference

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 21, 2014
Otti ConferenceOn 6 and 7 November, experts in development cooperation and solar specialists from all around the world met in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation conference. The two-day event by German conference organiser OTTI was held for the very first time and brought together about 100 participants from 25 different countries, who discussed the opportunities and the challenges of solar energy use in southern nations. The conference had a special focus on technologies and projects for solar heating, drying and solar thermal water treatment in new emerging markets – thanks to a scientific committee with a rich background in the technology (from left): Joscha Rosenbusch (BSW Solar, Germany), Joachim Koschikowski (ISE Freiburg, Germany), Werner Weiss (AEE INTEC, Austria), Bernd Hafner (Viessmann, Germany) and Stephan Gnos (NET Nowak Energie & Technologie, Switzerland). 
Photo: OTTI
 

Germany: New Conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 28, 2014
Solar water pump installation in TogoOn 6 and 7 November, solar experts working for development cooperation agencies all around the world will meet in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation conference. The two-day event by experienced German conference organiser OTTI will be held for the very first time. The German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) will support the conference by paying travel and participation costs for several of the international speakers. The photo shows electricians in training visiting a solar water pump installation in Togo, West Africa. 
Photo: Bärbel Epp/Urbis Foundation
 

Australia: Ken Guthrie Appointed as New Chairman of IEA SHC Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 26, 2014
Ken GuthrieIt was the second time an Australian was chosen to head the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA SHC Programme): In June, Ken Guthrie was elected Chair of the Executive Committee for the next two years. Guthrie founder and Director of Sustainable Energy Transformation, a renewable energy consultancy, since August 2012 after having served as General Manager of Sustainable Environs at Sustainability Victoria for three years. Prior to that he worked in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Victorian Government agencies since the mid 1980’s. He was instrumental in initiatives to increase solar water heating in Australia through the Renewable Energy Target, subsidies and new housing regulations. 
 

SDH Conference 2014: “We have to work on lighthouse projects”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 5, 2014
EnergiebunkerOn 3 and 4 June 2014, the halls of the old waterworks of municipal utility “Hamburg Energie” in Hamburg, Germany, became the venue for the 2nd International Solar District Conference. 115 participants from 13 countries and many different backgrounds were offered a wide range of presentations covering policy, market and technical issues, along with several practical examples of solar district heating plants. On top of that, the conference offered a technical tour to the solar district heating project “Energy Bunker” at the site of the International Building Exhibition IBA in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg (see photo). The Energy Bunker is one of these lighthouse projects speakers and participants deemed nessessary to make solar district heating visible to consumers and politicians. 
Photos: Stephanie Banse
 

Austria: Another EUR 5 Million for Large-Scale Solar Plants Subsidy Scheme in 2014

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2014
Berger FleischwarenThe Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has again allocated a budget of EUR 5 million to the Large-Scale Solar Thermal Plants Subsidy Scheme in 2014. Applications can be filed until 25 September 2014 (see the attached call for proposals in German). Based on last year's average incentives per m2, the amount will be enough to subsidise 15,000 m² of new collector area. Dr Stephan Pernkopf, member of Lower Austria’s state government, and the solar energy association Austria Solar met at the solar thermal process heat plant of Fleischwaren Berger in Sieghartskirchen to discuss how to push the market segment. The photo shows (from left) Doris Hammermüller, Managing Director of Austria Solar, Gerhard Franz Roth, Managing Director of AEE Working Group Renewable Energy Lower Austria – Vienna, Dr Stephan Pernkopf and Rudolf Berger, Managing Director of Fleischwaren Berger.
Photo: NLK J.Burchhart
 

Austria: Search for Innovative Incentive Schemes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 7, 2014
AEE studyAustria has a leading position in solar energy use worldwide. 3.5 GWth (5 million m²) of solar thermal capacity had been installed in total until the end of 2012. Based on the specific collector area per inhabitant, Austria ranks third after Cyprus and Israel. The key factor for the country’s success has been the mix of incentive and R&D programmes, as well as awareness-raising campaigns since the mid-1980s. In one area, however, these measures have not succeeded: The system prices for the end consumer have remained unchanged and have not followed the cost reduction curve of the photovoltaic sector. This is why the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) had mandated AEE Intec, the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Technologies, to carry out a stakeholder survey in order to develop innovative incentive instruments which could give fresh impetus to increases in price performance ratios of solar thermal systems of all sizes.
 

Austria: “Unlock the power of your ideas”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 29, 2014
Sunlumo“Solar heat is a must-have” is one of eight theses which a group of solar thermal experts developed during the First International Solar Forum in the Austrian town of Bad Aussee at the beginning of April. Initiator of the two-and-a-half-day workshop was Austrian company Sunlumo, a service provider of research and development in the solar thermal sector. Sunlumo gathered a selected group of 16 German-speaking experts from inside and outside the solar thermal sector, among them researchers, engineers, marketing and sales strategists, association representatives, designers, inventors and philosophers. The aim of this meeting was to brainstorm “revolutionary new guidelines that would serve as a wake-up call for stakeholders and the public,” Sunlumo’s Managing Director, Robert Buchinger, explains.
Photo: Sunlumo
 

Worldwide: Initiators of Solar Process Heat Database Look to Add More Reference Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 28, 2014
data baseThe middle of March saw the launch of the online database www.ship-plants.info, which has so far collected 122 projects using Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP). The database was created in the frame of Task 49/IV of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme by the International Energy Agency. The energy output of the database’s 122 solar process heat plants from around the world adds up to 87.8 MW, which is equal to 125,600 m2 of collector area. Solar process heat engineers, planners, system integrators and energy service companies are all welcome to add reference projects to the online platform. 
 

Europe: Four Trade Fairs and Conferences for New Solar Thermal Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2014

May and June are going to be sunny: These two months will see many conferences and fairs on solar thermal technologies take place all around the world (see the Calendar of Events http://www.solarthermalworld.org/calender). We have picked out four particularly interesting events which focus on solar district heating, renewable heat, process heat and the latest technology.

South Africa: Solar Thermal Experts Lecture at University of Pretoria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 19, 2014
Learning from professionals: On 3 and 4 February 2014, solar thermal experts offered a specialist workshop on Solar Heat for Industrial Applications at the University of Pretoria. The 40 places for the workshop were exclusively limited to persons who had attended previous SOLTRAIN courses or who had experience with large solar water systems in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe. Lesotho has also been part of the SOLTRAIN project since October 2013. "The best SOLTRAIN course ever," was the positive response of the attendees, according to a press release sent out by Prof Dieter Holm, regional SOLTRAIN coordinator in South Africa.
Photo: Dieter Holm

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