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New technologies for solar cooling in industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2018
Photo: HyCool ProjectThe aim of just launched HyCool is to present, in the form of two demonstration plants, new solar heating and cooling technologies for industrial use. The combination of state-of-the-art Fresnel collectors by Austrian supplier Fresnex with custom-built hybrid adsorption-compression chillers by German-based Fahrenheit will broaden the temperature range, creating a portfolio of applications to increase the use of solar heating and cooling for industrial processes.
Photo: Fresnex

Solar thermal biomass drying in Chile

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 11, 2018
Grammer SolarGrammer Solar, a German manufacturer of solar air collectors, has signed a contract with Ligno Pellets, a Chilean producer of wood pellets, for the delivery and installation of a 220 m² solar field. Grammer Solar, which opened an office in Chile’s capital, Santiago de Chile, three years ago, has so far built some smaller solar dryers of up to 20 m². The new demonstration plant will be supported by the German Energy Agency, also known as dena. The organisation will reportedly cover 40 % of the investment, which is around EUR 100,000. The photo shows the headquarters of Grammer Solar in Immenstetten, in the south of Germany.
Photo: Grammer Solar

CEP CLEAN ENERGY BUILDING 2019, Karlsruhe

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 30, 2018
CEB Clean Energy Building is one of the leading trade fairs and conferences for energy efficient building, technical building equipment and re-generative energy production. Innovative themes such as storage technologies, efficient lighting and green energy services accompany the three core topics. Some of the key services covered include energy management, financing and insurance. Several conferences, symposiums and workshops featuring internationally renown speakers. CEB 2019 will take place from 26 to 27 Juni 2019.
 

Lessons learned from urban solar projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 25, 2018
Task 51Cities and municipalities are thought to play a decisive role in transforming energy systems. Urban planners, municipal stakeholders and consulting firms need case studies to demonstrate that solar energy can be integrated successfully into new and existing urban neighbourhoods. It is why Solar Energy in Urban Planning, an international research group, has compiled data on 34 showcases in 10 countries for its latest lessons learned report (see link at the end of the news article), created under the aegis of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.
 

Water-energy nexus in industrial sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 9, 2018
Water and energy are the most important resources globally. The term ‘water-energy nexus’ was coined to underline their close connection, and the phrase has become increasingly popular with international environmental organisations. In mid-June, a new research platform, Solar energy in industrial water and waste water management, was launched by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme to analyse the link between water and energy across the industrial sector. The kick-off meeting is scheduled to take place between 1 and 2 October in Graz, Austria. 
Chart: AEE INTEC

Crowdfunding the Heat Changers campaign

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2018
Photos: Heat ChangersThe German Solar Heating Initiative has put together a crowdfunding project to fund a consumer campaign called Heat Changers. Its initiators, Marisol Oropeza and Stefan Abrecht (first and second image from top left), have already brought some well-known supporters on board, including Markus Elsässer, Founder and Managing Director of Solar Promotion and organiser of the Intersolar Europe (bottom left), and Australian Ken Guthrie, formerly chair of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (top right). The funding deadline for the EUR 35,000 project on kickstarter.com is 19 July 2018. The money is intended to be used for a six-month solar heat promotion campaign via social media, a website and other online tools.
Photos: Heat Changers

Symposium Solarthermie Technik für die Wärmewende 2019, Bad Staffelstein

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2018
The Symposium “Solarthermie Technik für die Wärmewende” takes place from 21 to 23 May 2019 at the former German monastery Banz, Bad Staffelstein. Main topics are the latest technical developments but also aspects of economy and market policy. Architects will find a forum to discuss problems and experiences in planning and realization of buildings with solar thermal systems. The Symposium is supplemented by an extensive exhibition with the latest developments in the solar industry. All presentations will be performed in German.

The smarter E Europe 2019, Munich

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2018
Bringing together the four parallel energy exhibitions Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power The smarter E Europe 2019 will take place from 15 to 17 May 2019 in Munich, Germany. The smarter E Europe is a reaction to the increasing interconnection of the generation, storage, intelligent distribution and use of renewable energies. The focus of this new event is on the key issues of sector coupling, digitalization and decentralization.

EU labelling: “Solar devices to be classified as heaters”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 22, 2018
Image: Solar Heating InitiativeThe German-based Solar Heating Initiative has developed a new calculation method to label solar thermal systems based on the Ecodesign Directive 2005/32/EC. It put the method, which allows for a fair assessment of solar thermal energy input into a heating system, forward for consideration in February, at a stakeholder meeting organised by Dutch-based consultancy Van Holsteijn en Kemna, also known as VHK. Together with BRG Building Solutions, the company has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a review of the eco-design and labelling regulations on water heaters and tanks.
Image: Solar Heating Initiative

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