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Austria: Solar Process Heat Cheaper than Oil Boiler

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 31, 2014
Berger The solar process heat plant at Fleischwaren Berger in Sieghartskirchen, Austria, went into operation in July 2013. With its 1,067 m² of high-temperature flat plate collectors, it pre-heats water for steam and hot water production. According to calculations by Austrian company SOLID, which was responsible for the planning and the turnkey installation, the solar plant can deliver usable heat at lower costs than the existing oil boiler over a 25-year period and with a favourable interest rate. 
Photo: Green Foods
 

Solar Thermal Bankable – yes or no?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 7, 2013

It is not easy at all to persuade third parties to finance large-scale ESCO (Energy Service Company) projects for solar thermal: The financial sector needs to become more aware of solar thermal technology and its related projects. This is the lesson that Austrian company S.O.L.I.D. learned after looking for investment partners for several months. In the first half of 2012, S.O.L.I.D joined a number of projects, in which the Austrian company takes over the role of the energy provider. The clients had already confirmed these projects, which are worth altogether EUR 10 million. So, S.O.L.I.D. asked Barry Durham, founder of Critical Mass Capital in Little Rock, Arkansas, to be its capital advisor. Durham contacted 17 European and US banks, four private investment funds and two investment bankers in the United States - without any success! In the meantime, some clients have already halted their project; for some of the others S.O.L.I.D. is still negotiating with banks. The photo shows a large process heat installation of S.O.L.I.D. at Gatorade, a subsidiary of US-American soft drink producer PepsiCo.
Photo: S.O.L.I.D.

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

Solar Cooling and Process Heat for Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 1, 2012

This presentation outlines the benefits of solar cooling and process heat for emerging markets and developing countries, and charts the work of Solar Installation Design (S.O.L.I.D) to increase its market penetration. S.O.L.I.D works to deliver fixed price turnkey installations for cash, with case studies included of existing projects such as the EA Tower in Pristina and the Olympic Sailing Village in China.

Europe: SDHplus Gathers Experts and Newcomers to Solar District Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 5, 2012

 SDH Logo Just after the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project SDHtake-off will have ended in June 2012, there will be a follow-up project called SDHplus. Six new countries will join it: Spain, France, Lithuania, Croatia, Poland and Slovenia. Experienced partners from the former SDHtake-off project will help them promote solar district heating by launching awareness-raising campaigns and assessing the potential of their heat supply network. SDHplus comes with a budget of EUR 1.8 million from the IEE fund and will run over three years.

Europe: InSun Project Showcases Concentrating Collectors for Process Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 30, 2012

 inSun Project 1 April was the starting day of the EU FP 7 Project InSun (Industrial Process Heat by Solar Collectors) coordinated by zafh.net, the Centre for Applied Research on Sustainable Energy Technology at the University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany. The participants of the project want to show to the public how to integrate flat plate, parabolic trough and Fresnel collectors into different processes and at different temperature levels. The project will run until March 2015 and has a budget of EUR 4.1 million. The owners of the pilot plants will receive back 50 % of their investment costs from that money.
Photo: zafh.net

Singapore: Fair Competition between Solar Thermal and Photovoltaics

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 10, 2011

 Solid at CEEA in Singapore Solar thermal technology has still a long way to go in Southeast Asia before being recognised as the reliable and valuable alternative energy source it is appreciated for in other parts of the world. Solar heating and cooling technology did not play a major role at Singapore’s Clean Energy Expo Asia (CEEA) at the beginning of November 2011. The trade fair and conference is part of the Singapore International Energy Week, which is the biggest event of its kind in Southeast Asia. Only two international solar thermal exhibitors found their way to Singapore: Austrian engineering company SOLID (see photo) and hydraulic specialist Oventrop from Germany.
Photo: SOLID

Italy: District Heating Sector shows great Interest in Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 26, 2011

 Serrazzano, ItalyOn 29 and 30 September, the project partners of the EU project SDHtake-off met for a workshop during the GeoThermExpo in Ferrara, Italy. “All the big players in district heating in Italy joined our meeting,” project coordinator Thomas Pauschinger from German research centre Solites says. He sees that as an indicator for the growing interest of the district heating industry in solar thermal applications. The Italian town Serrazzano (Photo) might soon have a solar district heating system.
Photo: Geo Energy Service

Austria: Solar District Heating Workshop and Plant Visit Tour

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 26, 2011

SDH Logo” Solar District Heating (SDH) is making its first step into the market. According to the website of IEE project “SDHtake-off - Solar District Heating in Europe”, experts estimate a long-term potential for solar district heat of 5% and an annual solar heat production of roughly 30 TWhth. From 16 to 17 March 2011, the initiators of the SDHtake-off will hold a Workshop and Plant Visit Tour on solar district heating. The event will take place in Graz, Austria.

USA: Second Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 11, 2011

 SHC Logo” The 2nd Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, taking place in Las Vegas on 2 February, will bring together top experts from Europe and North America - among them Christian Holter, SOLID (Austria), Steve Hunter, Vanir Energy (California/US), Daniel Mugnier, TECSOL (France), and Tom Lopp, Power Partners, Athens (Georgia/US).

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