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Austria: Solar Thermal to Breathe New Life into Vienna’s Urban Development

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 4, 2014
Congress Energy and ArchitectureBy 2050, Austria’s capital Vienna wants to cover half of its heat demand by solar thermal energy, it says in the Seven Energy Assumptions (Sieben Energiethesen) presentation, which was held by Bernd Vogl at the beginning of October. The photo shows the panel discussion during which Vogl, who is Head of the city’s Department for Energy Planning, MA 20, presented his assumptions (see the attached presentation in German) at a side event at the evening before the Fachkongress Energie-Architektur 2014 took place in Vienna.
Photo: Christian Fürthner, MA 20
 

Austria: Greiner Closes Down Solar Thermal Business, Keeps Working on SolPol

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 28, 2013

In a press release on 12 June, just one week before the Intersolar Europe, Austrian foam producer and plastic processing company Greiner Group announced to close down Greiner Renewable Energy (GRE). GRE had acquired the three solar companies Sun Master, Xolar and Solution little more than two years ago, in January 2011. The booth of Sun Master in hall B1 at the Intersolar was only filled with canvas chairs for the visitors to relax.
Photo: Jan Gesthuizen

USA: New Sunmaxx Solar Installation at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 27, 2013

Sunmaxx Solar, a vertically-integrated manufacturer of solar thermal systems and components located in Binghamton, New York, has announced the completion of a 120 m2 solar thermal system at a new multi-storey fitness centre, which includes a gym, at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, USA. The solar thermal installation is a response to Section 523 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) 2007, which requires that at least 30% of the hot water demand of each new federal building (or during major renovation of an existing one) is to be covered by an SWH system.
Photo: Sunmaxx Solar

Austria: Tough Competition in a Shrinking Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 29, 2013

2012 meant shrinking sales figures in the Austrian solar thermal market for the third time in a row. Although most states have increased their subsidies for solar thermal, 2013 does not seem to get any better. Three companies went bankrupt within the last four months. Collector prices on the market are dropping – some call it normal competition or the end of a high price era, others call it dumping. According to the sales data from Austria Solar members, the market shrank by almost 16% in 2012 compared to 2011, reaching about 200,000 m² last year.

Solar Keymark: Additional Table Allows Comparison of Annual Collector Output

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2012

The Solar Keymark certification is getting more consumer-friendly: Since the beginning of this year, the new certificate data sheets include a second page on the annual collector unit output for different solar radiation sites in Europe (Stockholm, Davos, Würzburg and Athens). The list shows the output at average collector temperatures of 25, 50 and 75 °C. For example: The new optimised Aqua Plasma collector 19/17 by German collector producer Ritter achieves 1,106 kWh per collector unit and year in Würzburg (50 °C). The gas-filled flat plate collector PS1-52 Joule by Austrian company Geo-Tec achieves 793 kWh at the same location. Both collectors were launched this year with a gross collector area of 1.69 m² and were presented at the Intersolar Europe in June. The listed output should now give end consumers a good hint at what they get for their money.

USA: Partnership to set up new Collector Production Site

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 20, 2010

 Adam Farrell, CEO of Sunmaxx Solar, and Klaus Mischensky, CEO of Geo-Tec Solar Industries” Another transatlantic solar partnership: Adam Farrell, CEO of North American solar thermal importer and system supplier Sunmaxx Solar, and Klaus Mischensky, CEO of Austrian collector manufacturer Geo-Tec Solar Industries, announced the creation of a joint-venture at the Intersolar North America in San Francisco in July 2010.
Photo: Sunmaxx

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