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Symposium Solar Energy and Heat Pumps 2018, Rapperswil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 12, 2018
The Institute for Solar Technology, SPF, will be hosting its 4th symposium on Solar Energy and Heat Pumps in Rapperswil, Switzerland, on 14 November 2018. The event will focus on energy storage for photovoltaic heat pump systems. All presentations will be held in German language.

Solar Keymark Network gets new chairman

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 7, 2018
Andreas BohrenThe Solar Keymark Network meeting held in Spain this March saw a new chairman, Andreas Bohren (see photo), leading a reshaped organisation. From now on, the members of the network, also known as SKN, will have a physical meeting in spring and an online one in autumn. Votes can be held in between and in 2019, the former head of the CEN/TC 312 committee, Vassiliki Drosou from Greece, will replace Jan Erik Nielsen from Denmark as the manager of SKN. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Bohren, who works at the Swiss-based SPF – Institute of Solar Technology, to learn more about his objectives.
Photo: Solar Heat Europe

Entirely solar-heated blocks of flats in Switzerland

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2018

Switzerland’s solar thermal market showed a slight increase last year, thanks to growing demand for solar hot water systems in multi-family houses. According to a press release from Switzerland’s solar industry association Swissolar on 11 July, glazed and unglazed collector area increased by 69,331 m2, a rise of 4 % compared to a year earlier. The area used to heat water in multi-family buildings jumped as much as 35 %. Every year, the association conducts a survey among suppliers of the technology on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.
Photo: Jenni Energietechnik

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.
 

Three labels in Europe – what are the differences?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 22, 2018
collector labels Solergy (left) and Solar Keymark (centre top) as well as the EU Energy Efficiency label (right)Labels and trademarks should give the end-consumer a clear feedback on the quality and performance of the labelled product. Currently there are three labels available for solar products or solar assisted heating systems in Europe, so there is an increasing need to explain the differences to market players as well as customers. The chart above shows the two voluntary collector labels Solergy (left) and Solar Keymark (centre top) as well as the EU Energy Efficiency label (right) which is obligatory for water, space and combi heaters under the Energy Labelling (ELD) and the Ecodesign (EDD) Directives  since September 2015. 

Parabolic trough collector production line shipped to China

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 24, 2018
Photo: AbsoliconAbsolicon, a Swedish supplier of concentrating solar thermal technology, has recently delivered its first production line to a Chinese company. The equipment to manufacture parabolic trough collectors, which the Swedish business developed in-house, arrived in China in mid-April. The line is now being set up at Heli New Energy Technology, in the country’s southwestern province of Sichuan. The photo, which dates from December 2016, shows the partners involved in the project after they signed the purchase agreement for the system. Heli New Energy is a joint venture between two Chinese companies, namely Xinkun, a family-owned manufacturer, and Jointeam, an energy project developer.
Photo: Absolicon 

6. Nationale Solarwärme-Tagung 2018, Rapperswil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 22, 2018
The 7th Nationale Solarwärme-Tagung 2018 will take place on 11 September at HSR Rapperswil, Switzerland. All presentations will be performed in German. The Event will be part of Eurosun 2018.
 

Three ways to read European market statistics

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 27, 2018
Solar Heat EuropeThere is more than one way to read 2016’s market statistics published by Solar Heat Europe about 2 months ago. One could emphasise the great achievements made in reducing emissions and creating jobs in the solar heating and cooling sector in Europe. One could likewise point to Denmark as a leader in solar district heating. A third possibility would be to concentrate on the continued decline in most key markets in Europe and the stark difference between renewable heating targets and their fulfilment in many countries. You can download the 5-page brochure here.
 

International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning (SAC) 2018, Rapperswil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 12, 2018
The 8th edition of the International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning is taking place on September 12 to 13, 2018 in Rapperswil, Switzerland. SAC 2018 will give the floor to the new generation of solar cooling systems based on the coupling between PV and air conditioning systems as well as the use of all kinds of thermally activated cooling techniques. SAC 2018 will be held in conjunction with the Eurosun 2018 conference. 
 

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