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Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2015
Costa Rica WorkshopBrazil is going to implement compulsory certification of solar water heating (SWH) equipment in 2015. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Mexico already have laboratories for testing, and Costa Rica has recently set up one. Latin America is working through the regional Pan American Standards Commission, COPANT, on regional standards for SWHs, with the aim of harmonising them with ISO standards. The region is not yet considering a common regional testing and certification scheme, but there is a growing consciousness of the fact that testing and certification performance, as well as quality is very important to developing the SWH markets of the region. It is the reason why 50 experts from 14 countries have recently discussed how to accelerate the process: The Regional Forum (from 29 to 30 June 2015) was jointly organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the project “Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)” coordinated by the National Metrology Institute of Germany, PTB, the Latin American Energy Organization, OLADE, the Electricity Institute of Costa Rica, ICE, and the National Standards Body of Costa Rica, INTECO. All presentations are available for download on the IRENA website.
Photo: IRENA
 

Regional Workshop for the Transformation and Strengthening of Solar Water Heating in Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 9, 2012

This workshop report summarises the regional meeting held in Chile from 22-23 June 2011 as part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). Organised by the Latin American Energy Association (OLADE, and regional partner for the project) together with the Chilean Ministry of Energy, the Regional Workshop looked to strengthen the network for SWH in Latin America and the Caribbean, with expert speakers and participants from nine Latin American countries.

Solar Water Heating Regional Market Assessment Report on Latin America

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 3, 2012

This regional market assessment report focuses on six countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru.

After analysing the solar water heating (SWH) market status (demand, supply, costs and economic and financial incentives) in the respective countries, this report gives a detailed account of the political and institutional framework for the SWH market. It subsequently offers an analysis of the gaps and barriers in each country, alongside a set of suggestions that would improve present conditions.

Non-Conventional Energy Sources in Colombia (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 20, 2012

This is the presentation of Mr. Henry Zapata from the Colombian Government during the UNEP (United National Environment Programme) Regional Workshop jointly held with OLADE (the Latin American Energy Organization) in Chile (June 2011) about the UN-funded project Solar Water Heating Transformation and Strengthening Initiative.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Systems for Generating Electricity (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 7, 2011

This is a presentation from the Mexican Non-Conventional Energy Management Electric Power Research Institute aimed at describing the perspectives of using concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies, and the implications stemming from this choice. It was made during the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) Electricity Workshop held in Paraguay in May 2010.

Chile: Solar Energy Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 15, 2011

 Amr M. Abdel Hai (left) and Eduardo Noboa” Amr M. Abdel Hai, Programme Officer for the Energy Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (left), and Eduardo Noboa, Renewable Energy and Environment Coordinator from the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), organised a two-day workshop with the aim to strengthen the solar water heating markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of 46 solar thermal experts from several countries (Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay) exchanged information, knowledge, lessons learned and successful experiences.
Photo: OLADE

Regional Workshop Presentation on the Situation of Solar Thermal Energy Market in Latin America and Caribbean (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 28, 2011

This is a presentation made during the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Regional Workshop of Solar Thermal Water Heating in Chile in June 2011. This presentation of Eduardo Noboa from OLADE, the Latin American Energy Organisation, passes in review the solar thermal market of different countries in South America: Brazil, Argentina, Barbados, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru.

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