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IEA´s Renewables Outlook 2017-2022

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 31, 2017
IEA Renewables 2017 forecastThe IEA’s Renewables 2017 market report was launched in London in early October. The document, which had been called Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report until last year, is published annually and forecasts market development in renewable electricity over the next five years (2017 to 2022). Considering that renewable markets are closely linked and politicians are increasingly looking for cross-sector solutions, we have compiled the IEA’s most important conclusions regarding renewable electricity in this news article. A lack of data on renewable heating and cooling (RHC) means that the IEA does not provide a separate RHC forecast, but instead uses the World Energy Model results published in the annual World Energy Outlook.
Source: Renewables 2017
 

WREC 2018, London

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 20, 2017
The World Renewable Energy Congress WREC and Exhibition 2018 will take place from 30 July to 3 August 2018 in London, UK. WREC 2018 will focus on future challenges and opportunities for renewable energy technology and sustainable energy systems, as well as climate change issues. Major topics and new trends will be introduced through several keynote lectures, presented by internationally recognized experts. Within the great variety of topics solar thermal will contribute only a small part.

All-Energy Exhibition & Conference 2018, Glasgow

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 12, 2017
The All-Energy Exhibition & Conference will take place in Glasgow, on 2 and 3 May 2018. As an annual event, All-Energy brings together all sectors and elements of the renewables / sustainable energy industry and provides a platform for the industry’s business professionals, academia, finance community and government to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities across the sectors; buy and sell products and services; and engage in outstanding networking.

Turkey: Vacuum Tubes in Residential, Flat Plate in Commercial Segment

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 19, 2017
Turkey ApplicationTurkey’s solar thermal market remained strong in 2016. However, sales figures are hardly easy to come by, as there is a formal market, on which businesses offer well-known brands, and an informal one, on which systems are supplied by unregistered small producers. Solar Thermals: Turkey, the latest report on the Turkish market by British consultancy BSRIA has shown that the formal market remained fairly stable last year, with an estimated 1.53 million m² (1.1 GWth) compared to 1.5 million m² in 2015. Owners of residential one- and two-family buildings again accounted for the lion’s share of purchases, as 51 % of all new systems for hot water preparation and a small but growing number of space heating systems were sold to them last year (see the chart above). 
Source: BSRIA
 

IEA SHC: How to Turn Historic Structures into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 17, 2017
Villa CastelliMore than one-fourth of all residential buildings in Europe date from before 1945. Over the past decade, preservationists have taken to the idea of renovating historic structures in an energy-efficient manner. The planned IEA SHC task titled Deep Renovation of Historic Buildings Towards Lowest Possible Energy Demand and CO2 Emission intends to find the best solutions to this challenge. The photo shows the Villa Castelli at Lake Como in Italy. The energy requirements of the building have been reduced and the remaining demand has been met by a heat pump and PV-generated electricity. 
Photo: Oscar Stuffer, Solarraum
 

IEA SHC: New Task to Push Emerging PVT Industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 15, 2017
Inventors and start-ups have been trying to combine photovoltaic and solar thermal collectors into one product for many years. Finally, a new industry seems to be emerging. The IEA SHC task Application of PVT collectors and new solutions with PVT systems, which is currently being defined, intends to become the go-to platform for the young technology. It is scheduled for approval by the IEA SHC executive committee in November 2017 and is planned to start in January 2018. The first Task Definition Meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, in May attracted great interest from the industry.
 

Ecobuild 2018, London

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 13, 2017
Ecobuild is one of the leading exhibitions and conferences for construction, design and energy in the built environment, attracting over 33,000 high calibre, senior level decision makers and influencers from architects and developers, to local government and major infrastructure clients. The next edition will take place from 6 to 8 March 2018 at ExCeL London. Ecobuild 2018 will explore sustainability as a driver to innovation and growth, a catalyst for regeneration and as a way for organisations to do better business.
 

Euroheat & Power Congress 2017, Glasgow

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 12, 2017
The Euroheat & Power Congress 2017 will be held in Glasgow, UK from 14th to 17th of May 2017. Euroheat & Power is a unique network of district energy organisations and professionals, connecting industry players, decision-makers and academia in a joint effort to drive forward sustainable heating and cooling.
 

SOLAR & STORAGE LIVE 2017, Birmingham

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 10, 2017
Evolving from Solar Energy UK and 7-years of continuous show growth, this year’s show heralds an exciting new focusing on Solar, Storage, EV infrastructure and related technologies that will empower the transition to cleaner energy. Solar and energy professionals will discover the latest about how solar, energy storage and energy management connect, providing cost effective, low carbon solutions to the benefit of commercial and residential end-users.

Great Britain: Solar Thermal to Remain in the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 9, 2017
non-domestic RHIAfter several months of consultation about removing new solar thermal systems from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) starting in 2017, the British government announced on 14 December 2016 that the support will in fact continue. The government published the results of the consultation in a document called The Renewable Heat Incentive: A Reformed Scheme (see attached pdf). Here it was announced that support for new solar thermal installations will in fact continue through the RHI scheme without changes. Hence the tariff for the households will remain at the current level of 0.1974 Pound Sterling (GBP)/kWh paid over seven years and for non-households the tariff will remain at the current level of 0.1028 GBP/kWh over 20 years. Solar space heating is still not eligible. The chart shows the small portion of solar thermal accredited installations (1.57 %) in the non-domestic RHI between Q2 2014 and Q3 2016 – in total 223 solar applications since the start of the programme.
Chart: Ofgem
 

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