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Portugal: Task 49 Develops Process Heat Integration Guidelines

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 3, 2013

In the middle of October, the members of the IEA SHC Task 49 on solar process heat met in Évora, Portugal, to discuss, among other things, the first version of the integration guidelines for solar process heat systems. They are part of the design guidelines - one of the main goals of the Task. According to Christoph Brunner, the Task’s members plan to publish the integration guidelines in early 2014 after an internal review. Brunner is Operating Agent of Task 49 and Head of the Department of Industrial Processes and Energy Systems at the Austrian institute AEE Intec.
Figure: AEE Intec

Austria: All-in-One Climate Protection

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 18, 2013

Two blocks of flats in Kapfenberg, Austria, were turned into energy-plus buildings this year (see photo). Prefabricated facades and building service elements were the basis for a fast and efficient retrofit, which is part of the project “e80^3 Buildings – reconstruction concepts towards energy plus house standard with prefabricated active roof and facade elements, integrated home automation and network integration”. The project is the flagship of the research and technology programme Building of Tomorrow, which was initiated by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and is being coordinated by the Austrian AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC).
Photo: AEE INTEC

Global Trends in Solar Heat Worldwide 2011 Study

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 17, 2013

The Solar Heat Worldwide 2011 report from May 2013 again gathers the latest market figures from 56 countries around the globe, covering 95 % of the world’s solar thermal market, according to the authors from Austrian company AEE Intec. In 2011, installers set up a total capacity of 48.1 GWth - corresponding to 68.7 million m2 of glazed and unglazed solar collectors - in these 56 countries. Solar thermal installations increased by 14.3% compared to 2010. The breakdown by collector type in 2011 is 14.7% glazed flat plate collectors, 81.9 % evacuated tube collectors, 3.2 % unglazed water collectors and 0.2 % air collectors. The chart shows the growth rate of the newly installed flat plate and vacuum tube collector capacity in the major markets in 2010/2011.
Figure: Solar Heat Worldwide

September in Germany: Two conferences in one week

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 17, 2013

This September, Germany’s Black Forest will be the top spot for solar thermal experts from all around the world: From 23 to 25 September, the second International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC 2013) will take place in Freiburg, Germany´s unofficial solar capital. It will be directly followed by the 5th International Conference Solar Air Conditioning, which will take place from 25 to 27 September in Bad Krozingen, just 20 minutes southwest of Freiburg. The programmes for both events are now available. Early bird fees will be available until 7 of August.

South Africa: Solar Thermal Technology Platform Launched in Pretoria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2013

South Africa's electricity network is under constant pressure and blackouts are always looming. The state-owned electricity provider Eskom finally urged its clients in mid-May to cut 10 % off their normal electricity consumption to prevent future outages. The problem hasn’t just been there since yesterday: The South African White Paper on Renewable Energy was already published in 2003 and aimed at 10,000 GWh from renewable energies in 2013, of which 23% was to come from solar water heating. And in 2009, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, current Minister of Energy, announced her plan for one million solar water heaters in private households and commercial buildings until 2014.
Photo: SESSA/SOLTRAIN

Mozambique: “The government is committed to the development of clean energy technologies”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 29, 2013

Mozambique is one of the partner countries of the SOLTRAIN project, which has contributed to the implementation of solar thermal energy in four Southern African countries since 2009. Country partner in Mozambique is the Eduardo Mondlane University, UEM, in Maputo. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Coordinator Dr Geraldo Nhumaio from the Faculty of Engineering about SOLTRAIN’s results so far, the current situation of the solar thermal market in Mozambique and the expectations for the recently started phase 2 of the project. The photo shows a solar hot water accumulator on the Muxungue Rural Hospital (supply and installation: Gavedra Moçambique).
Photo: Fundo Nacional de Energia - FUNAE

Namibia: Cabinet Directive Pushes Solar Water Heater Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 28, 2013

Namibia is – besides Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe – one of the partner countries of the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN). The project, which is sponsored by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), supports the implementation of solar thermal technology in the four above-mentioned countries. In Namibia, the project coordinator is the REEEI, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute, at the Polytechnic of Namibia. The photo shows the university’s student accommodations, which are equipped with thermosiphon systems.
Photo: AEE INTEC

Zimbabwe: “Installing 100 locally produced storage tanks in 2013 would be a big success”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 1, 2013

At the beginning of December last year, the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) entered its second phase. The aim of the project is to support the African partner countries Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in developing an energy supply based on renewable energy in general and on solar thermal in particular. Solarthermalworld.org spoke to Dr Anton Schwarzlmüller, project partner in Zimbabwe and owner of engineering company Domestic Solar Heating (DSH), about the solar thermal market in Zimbabwe, the impact of the SOLTRAIN initiative and the expectations for phase 2 of the project. The photo shows the solar hot water system on the roof of a female student’s hostel in Harare, Zimbabwe. Both tank and collectors were locally manufactured and assembled.
Photo: Domestic Solar Heating

Europe: Solar Thermal Energy Expands to Industrial Processes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 1, 2013

During a Technology Workshop on Solar Process Heat for Industry organised by the Solar Thermal Technology Panel of the RHC-Platform, the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling, European experts presented the latest developments and insights into collector technology, as well as solar thermal system integration for industrial processes, ranging from drying to pasteurisation and sterilisation. Around 60 participants from the industry, research, industry associations and EU institutions attended the workshop held at the Renewable Energy House in Brussels on 15 March 2013.

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