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Research Study Reveals Romania’s Solar Thermal Potential

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 16, 2017
ESTIF Market Figures RomaniaRomania can hardly be said to have taken the lead in solar thermal deployment: With only 5.6 kWth of installed solar thermal capacity per 1,000 people in 2015, the country ranked below average in the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) statistics. Even its neighbour south of the Danube river, Bulgaria, had 13 kWth installed. An overall lack of awareness of solar thermal benefits among Romanians seems to be the main barrier preventing large-scale market penetration, a team of authors from the universities in Brasov, Galati and Bacau write in Economic and Environmental Analysis of Investing in Solar Water Heating Systems. On 8 December 2016, the extensive study on the economic potential of SWH systems and their contribution to energy saving and CO2 reduction (see the attached PDF) was made available on the Basel-based open-access platform of the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). 
Map: From 2015 ESTIF market study 
 

Bulgaria: Could Solar Thermal Energy Heat All of Sofia?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 4, 2017
Bulgaria solar energy usageThroughout the past decades, Bulgaria’s governments have focused almost exclusively on large conventional energy projects, such as nuclear plants or gas and oil pipelines, whereas small and decentralised renewable energy systems haven’t received much attention from politicians. But the large-scale projects are complex and expensive, so none of them have come to fruition. This is where the most current study by the Bulgarian Institute for Zero Energy Buildings (IZEB) comes in: It sends an important message to all stakeholders by describing a way to keep the entire Bulgarian capital of Sofia and its 1.2 million inhabitants warm without the use of any combustion fuel.
 

Bulgaria: Third Phase of Residential Energy Efficiency Credit Line Launched

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 20, 2016
Bulgaria multi-family blocksAlthough Bulgaria is a country with many green or mountainous areas, it has had to grapple with severe air pollution caused not only by old cars, but also by wood-fuelled heating systems, which are popular across the country. The European Environment Agency has recently rated the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, as the most polluted one in Europe. Last year, the conservative government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov stepped up to the plate and announced the National Programme for Energy Efficiency of Multi-Family Residential Buildings (NPEE). Its aim is to provide billions of euros for making several thousand residential buildings energy efficient until the end of 2018 – with no charges to flat owners. The photo shows three blocks of flats awaiting modernisation. 
Photo: Frank Stier
 

Residential Energy Efficiency Credit Line (REECL) 3 in Bulgaria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 16, 2016

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has relaunched its more than ten years old financing facility for energy efficiency measures REECL. REECL 3 provides EUR 20 million for loans for incentive grants to private home owners, apartment owner associations and ESCO companies. Borrowers who have successful implemented energy efficiency measures or installed renewable energy facilities like solar water heaters can get between 10% and 20% of their loan amount as incentive grant.

Effective Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Sofia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 21, 2016
The countries of South-East Europe are facing numerous environmental challenges. The increasing of energy efficiency and renewable energy application is the best way for sustainable economic development of the Region. The 13th South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy takes place from 7 - 9 March 2017 at Inter Expo Center in Sofia.

Bulgaria: Solar District Heating Becomes Realistic Option

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 28, 2016
 
It seems paradoxical: Although abundant sunlight is usually associated with southern Europe, the most solar district heating (SDH) plants in Europe are located in the north, mainly in Denmark, but also in Norway and Sweden. Milan Rashevski, a Bulgarian architect from the non-governmental Institute for Zero Energy Buildings (IZEB), now intends to establish this kind of energy supply in his country too. “We have round about 25 % more sunshine than Denmark, so what works there should be possible here as well,” he said. With the support of Danish organisation State of Green, Rashevski and his IZEB colleagues visited some of the largest SDH plants in Denmark last year.
 

Bulgaria: Prisoners Make Solar Water Heaters in Sofia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 29, 2016
Bulgaria prison productionWhen it comes to renewable energies policy, Bulgaria is certainly not the most progressive country in Europe. So what GE Prisons Production (GE PP) did was an even more notable endeavour: The government-owned company established a so-called Green Plant on the premises of the Sofia Central Prison to manufacture solar water heaters. “I believe that the utilisation of solar energy is the future,” Yavor Dimitrov, Production Manager at GE PP said. “With many sunny days, climatic conditions in Bulgaria are favourable for this type of energy, which is why we decided to launch a production unit for solar thermal energy systems.” Before the solar business, GE PP had already been operating various production plants for window frames, furniture and clothing across the country. The photo shows a factory in Sofia for the manufacture of heat transfer coils, including two of the workers employed there.
Photo: GE PP 

Europe: Conference Season in First Half of 2016

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2016

The calendar of events on solarthermalworld.org shows around 60 events relevant to the solar heating and cooling sector. This article will highlight some of the upcoming conferences dedicated to the sector in the first half of 2016. If not mentioned otherwise, the conference language of the listed events will be English.
Photo: Stephanie Banse


South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Sofia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2015
The countries of South-East Europe are facing numerous environmental challenges. The increasing of energy efficiency and renewable energy application is the best way for sustainable economic development of the Region. The 12th South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy takes place from 5 - 7 April 2016 at Inter Expo Center in Sofia. Speakers from Bulgarian and foreign companies, institutions and associations will present the latest achievements and novelties in the field of the renewable energy and energy efficiency: technologies for solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and bio energy, energy efficient solutions, project financing and investment.
 

Europe: Conferences That Offer Solar Heating and Cooling Sessions in First Months of 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2015
WSEDEurope’s conference season now starts new after the end of 2014: This week, the World Sustainable Energy Days began in Wels, Austria, with a special focus on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings. Solarthermalworld.org is offering information about all important events on the Calender of Events and will highlight some upcoming conferences in this news piece. The variety of solar heating and cooling topics is great, but the technology remains on the sidelines during most conferences. The Calender of Events lists 70 renewable conferences and fairs until November 2016. 
Photo: World Sustainable Energy Days
 

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