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Brazil: IPT Inaugurates Test Lab with Solar Simulator

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 3, 2012

The building installations lab of the Institute for Technological Research, IPT, in São Paulo inaugurated its solar simulator on 26 August which it has bought some time ago. The simulator is thought to support the development and testing of solar thermal collectors. Setting it up has been an important step towards implementing the new Brazilian compulsory certification scheme  for solar water heaters. The state government has funded 90 % of the investment of Brazilian Real (BRL) 3.5 million (USD 1.8 million). To ensure the accuracy of the measurements, the system was installed in a room with eight metre high ceilings. An air conditioning system keeps the temperature constant, with a tolerance level of +/- 1°C.
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Brazil: Pros and Cons of Collector and Tank Labelling Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2010

 PBE Label ” The history of solar heating in Brazil began in the early 1970ies with the emergence of the first factories for solar collectors. However, the development of the Brazilian market was only possible after INMETRO's creation of the Brazilian Labeling Program PBE in 1998.

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