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Southern Africa: SOLTRAIN's Demonstration Systems Achieve up to 800 kWh/m²a

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2013

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) has agreed to sponsor also the second phase of the successful Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN). At the beginning of December, the project partners from Austria, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe met to thrash out precisely how to implement SOLTRAIN 2. The aim of the project is to support the African partner countries when they change from a largely fossil energy supply system to a sustainable supply structure based on renewable energy in general and on solar thermal in particular. The picture shows a test facility at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The facility was established in phase 1 of the project to support local manufacturers in growing their business and improving their solar thermal technology.
Photo: AEE INTEC

Austria: How to Plan and Finance Large-Scale Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 28, 2012

The Austrian solar thermal industry association Austria Solar is still working on how to facilitate large-scale solar thermal installations. Because one key aspect of a large-scale project is how to finance it, the association organised a first meeting of bankers and solar thermal planners in January 2012. The latest workshop, which was held in Gleisdorf in September, brought together planners, bankers, utilities, as well as general contractors. The photo shows Roger Hackstock (left), Chairman of the Austrian solar association Austria Solar, and Werner Weiss, Managing Director of the Austrian institute AEE Intec.
Photo: Austria Solar

USA: San Francisco Hosts First SHC Conference in 2012

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 15, 2012

 SHC Logo ” From 9 to 11 July 2012, San Francisco will host the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry – the SHC 2012. The science conference is organised by the International Energy Agency's Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) in cooperation with German PSE AG. Taking place in the same week as the Intersolar North America, it will provide a platform to discuss the latest advancements in solar heating and cooling technologies. Intersolar visitors may use their conference ticket to attend the last SHC conference day. The final podium discussion will be a joint session of both events.

SOLTRAIN: Free Solar Heating Systems for Social Institutions

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 16, 2012

 Solar Collectors at Kestell Children’s Home Two solar water heating systems – one at an old people’s home and the other at an orphanage (photo) – started operating this March thanks to an initiative by SESSA members Holms and Friends, and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Together with another system completed last year, the installations are part of an ADA pledge in support of the SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) project, which is coordinated by Professor Dieter Holm and Henning Holm of Holms and Friends (formerly Omnibus Engineering). Promised are more than 50 solar water heating systems (see http://www.solarthermalworld.org/node/3466).
Photo: SESSA

Europe: Heineken Brewery to Install Three Big Solar Plants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 18, 2012

 Heinecken brewery The famous beer brand Heineken has just placed an order for three big solar thermal plants that will produce the heat required for the brewery’s industrial processes at different company sites. Two of these systems will be installed at breweries – one in Valencia, Spain, and one in Göß, Austria - and one will be set up at a malting plant in Vialonga, Portugal. The photo shows beer bottles on their way into the tunnel pasteuriser at the Valencia brewery.
Photo: AEE INTEC

Webinar - Industrial Scale Solar Thermal Heating for SX-EW and Leaching Processes (March 2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 8, 2012

Webinar - Industrial Scale Solar Thermal Heating for SX-EW and Leaching Processes

Date: 7 March 2012

Duration: 50 minutes

Moderators:

Nigel Cotton, European Copper Institute

Werner Weiss, Director of the AEE- Institute of Sustainable Technologies in Austria

Ennis Rimawi, Chairman of Millennium Energy Industries

Content:

Austria: Solar Foods Project Researchers Develop Tool to Optimise Processes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 24, 2012

 Typical bottling plant During the on-going Solar Foods project, researchers from Austria are developing software to help integrate solar heat into the food and beverage industry. The software will not only show mass and heat flows in a diagram, but also help optimise them to improve energy efficiency and find the best way to establish solar heat in this sector. The project is financed by the Austrian Klima- und Energiefonds. It started in March 2011 and will run one more year. The photo shows a typical bottling plant.
Photo: AEE INTEC

Saudi Arabia: 25 MWth Plant Produces Heat for Women’s University

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 26, 2012

 Solar plant at Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University Since July, the currently world’s biggest solar thermal plant has gradually come into operation. It produces heat for a women’s university in Saudi Arabia, the Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University inaugurated at the end of 2011. From July onwards, students and staff have been moving onto the campus and with heat demand increasing, the covers have been removed one by one from the six solar fields. The photo shows the collector field on a warehouse – the buildings in the background all belong to the university.
Photo: AEE Intec

Estec 2011: “We need incentive tariffs for solar thermal”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 2, 2011

 Panel discussion at ESTEC 2011The crisis in the European key countries was present during the entire 5th European Solar Thermal Energy Conference (ESTEC) in Marseilles on 20 and 21 October 2011. Around 300 speakers and participants tried to deliver new ideas and concepts to get the industry back on track. At the second conference day, "plug and flow", "solar active houses", "fixed prices for end consumers" and "solar incentive tariffs" were among the key issues of a round-table discussion, which was moderated by Uwe Trenkner, a consultant based in Brussels (third from left).
Photo: ESTIF/ Joël Assuied

New IEA Task for Solar Process Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 8, 2011

At their meeting in June, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) gave green light to a new task for solar process heat. The IEA-SHC (Solar Heating and Cooling) Task 49 – “Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications“ - will start in January 2012 and run for four years. The now rough outline of the task will be further specified in a second “Task Definition Meeting“ at the Solar World Congress in Kassel, Germany, on 2 September 2011. Task participants will then take the suggestions made by the ExCo to spell out the activities for solar process heat in more detail.

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