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Australia: Think Big, Think Solar

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2017
GreenlandIn Australia, the deployment of large commercial solar thermal plants is picking up speed. This year, Monash University had a solar field of 0.5 MW put into operation and aims to expand it to 1 MW. The solar heat that is fed into the district heating system of the large campus area in Clayton, a suburb of Melbourne, is said to meet the entire heat demand in summer. The field consists of vacuum tube collectors by Australian manufacturer Greenland Systems (see photo) and was designed and installed by the LCI engineering consultancy from Melbourne. Currently, Danish Aalborg CSP is in dialogue with Perth-based Agrimin about the supply of solar process heat to a planned sulphate of potash (SOP) mine and processing factory in the state of Western Australia.
Photo: Greenland
 

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
 

The Energy Show 2017, Dublin

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 23, 2016
Organised by SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), the annual Energy Show is the flagship event for professionals in the energy sector. A world of smart energy solutions can be discovered at this trade exhibition, which will take place in Dublin on 5 and 6 April 2017. The two day event is a business only exhibition showcasing leading suppliers of sustainable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe.
 

Energy Show 2016, Dublin

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2015
Organised by SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), the annual Energy Show is the flagship event for professionals in the energy sector. A world of smart energy solutions can be discovered at this trade exhibition, which will take place in Dublin on 6 and 7 April 2016. The two day event is a business only exhibition showcasing leading suppliers of sustainable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe.
 

Resource/Cost Estimates for Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating 2010 and 2020 ((2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 2015

The Solar heat resource is dependent in the first instance on the insolation falling on the surface of Ireland. The usable power generated by solar panels will vary depending on latitude, time of year and weather conditions. According to the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, current technology produces per square metre of solar panel between 300 and 450 thermal kWh/year. 

Denmark/Belgium: Winner of Video Research Competition 2014

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 29, 2014
Jakob Berg JohansenAs the winner of solarthermalworld.org’s Video Research Competition 2014, Jakob Berg Johansen has become the owner of a new iPad. The Research Assistant at the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Civil Engineering, Section for Building Energy, created an informative and illustrative video about his research project, Comtes, which runs between April 2012 and March 2016. Comtes is short for “combined development of compact thermal energy storage technologies” and is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (no 295568). This year’s video competition, the second of its kind, was again supported by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC).
 

The Energy Show 2015, Dublin

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 16, 2014

Organised by SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), the annual Energy Show is the flagship event for professionals in the energy sector. A world of smart energy solutions can be discovered at this trade exhibition, which will take place in Dublin on 25 und 26 March 2015. The two day event is a business only exhibition showcasing leading suppliers of sustainable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe.

 

Renewable Energies for Remote Areas and Islands (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 11, 2014

The Renewable Energy Technology Deployment, a sub-group of the International Energy Agency with the mandate to accelerate the market introduction and deployment of renewable energy technologies, issued in 2012 a report on the possibility of deploying renewable energy technologies into remote islands and regions. The communities studied in the report live in different climate conditions and latitudes, from Alaska to Spain, from Japan to Ecuador, but face similar problems in terms of distance from more populated areas. The report shows technical, economic and energy issues facing remote areas; it provides examples, perspectives and inspiration on how to develop sustainable energy strategies, ultimately reducing long-term costs of energy.

The Energy Show 2014, Dublin

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 1, 2014
Organised by SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), the annual Energy Show is the flagship event for professionals in the energy sector. A world of smart energy solutions can be discovered at this trade exhibition. The two day event is a business only exhibition showcasing leading suppliers of sustainable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe.
 

Preliminary RHC and SDH Conference Programmes Available for Download

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 12, 2013

The preliminary programmes of the 4th European Conference on Renewable Heating and Cooling, which will take place from 22 to 23 April in Dublin, Ireland, and for the SDH conference from 9 to 10 April in Malmö, Sweden, are now available for download at their event websites. The photo shows the solar thermal panel at last year’s RHC conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Photo: ESTIF

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