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Bulgaria: CL SENES – Hard Times for Well-established Solar Research Centre

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 6, 2013

Next to the Tsarigradsko Chaussee, an important road artery leading to the outskirts of Sofia, one can make out a vast research area belonging to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). On its campus, some scientists produce food for astronauts, others focus on solar energy (see photo). The Central Laboratory of Solar Energy and New Energy Sources (CL SENES) was founded in 1978 and played an important role in the energy efficiency programme of Todor Zhivkov´s government until the fall of communism in 1989. The lab’s research was focussed on using solar thermal energy to heat water in state-owned hotels and enterprises. Back then, some 50,000 m² of solar collectors were installed mainly along the Black Sea coast.
Photo: Frank Stier

Bulgaria: “People now know that solar thermal can help them avoid high energy bills”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2013

“Bulgaria has a new government and in my opinion, energy efficiency and sustainable technology should be its top priority,” Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev said after a meeting with Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, in Sofia at the end of May. At the same time, the Inter Expo Center Sofia opened its doors for the ninth South-East European Exhibition and Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, at which companies from ten countries presented innovative green energy solutions. Vacuum tube collector producer Sunrain Solar Energy was the only Chinese company at the fair.
Photo: Frank Stier

Romania: A Subsidy Scheme and its Implementation Problems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 28, 2012

Romania is the only major country in Europe without a commercial manufacturer of solar flat plate collectors. The photo, however, shows a small, non-commercial collector manufacturing unit in Timişoara, in the west of Romania. It produces collectors for some solar water heating systems of local Caritas institutions and is supported by the German Urbis Foundation. The reason why all other neighbouring countries - Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Ukraine – have already seen a number of component manufacturers being established, but Romania has not, can be found in the inconsistency of the country’s support policy and the high bureaucratic hurdles when it comes to the programme itself. After applications are approved, there are still contracts to be signed and further papers to be handed in after the installation before applicants can receive their money.
Photo: Urbis Foundation

Bulgaria: New Manufacturer notice Up and Down on the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 5, 2011

 Tesy Tank Factory” The city of Shumen in the northeast of Bulgaria is becoming the centre of the national solar thermal industry. Right next to already established solar system manufacturer New Energy Systems, Bulgarian company Tesy has built up a solar tank and collector production unit last year. The company invested EUR 5 million for the new building and machinery.
Photo: Tesy

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