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Switzerland: Solar Thermal Industry calls for Rooftop Privileges

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2010

 solar thermal roof in Switzerland Reserving the roofs of residential houses in Switzerland for solar thermal installations: This is the major item from the request by the two well-known solar thermal manufacturers in Switzerland, Jenni Energietechnik and Soltop Schuppisser.
Photo: Jenni

Germany: Minitec sells Assembly Line with certified Collector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2010

 Minitec inaugurationPressing the red button: The SolarThermal Competence Centre (STCC) of German machinery supplier Minitec GmbH & Co. KG was inaugurated at the end of August by Margit Conrad, the Minister for Environment, Forest and Consumer Protection of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Centre demonstrates the standardized and streamlined serial production of high-quality collectors.

USA: SRCC tackles Backlogs in Solar Thermal Testing and Certification

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2010

 Logo SRCC” The US-based Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) is on the fast lane. Within only one and a half years SRCC has increased the number of accredited test labs from two to fourteen. Collector and system suppliers that want to enter the US-market can now address test institutes in Australia, Spain, Canada, Germany, China and Switzerland, as well as the US.

The Market Potential of Micro-CHCP (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 10, 2010

This is a study assessing the market potential of small scale Combined Heating Cooling and Power (CHCP) in several European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).

The study is one of the final deliverables of the PolySMART Project (POLYgeneration with advanced small and medium scale thermally driven air-conditioning and refrigeration technology), an integrated project partly funded by the European Commission under 6th Framework Programme.

ESTIF Statistics at Intersolar: Highs and Lows in the European Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2010

 ESTIF European Map” More detailed market figures can be found in this year’s ESTIF booklet: The 16-page market report is going to be published at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. For the first time, the report will include a map showing key figures as well as articles with background information on solar cooling and large solar thermal systems. Source: ESTIF

European Solar Days: Around 6,600 Events in 17 European Countries

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 6, 2010

 European Solar Days 2010” Everything revolves around the sun: 17 European countries participate in the 3rd edition of the European Solar Days from 1 to 16 May 2010. Around 6,600 events are planned for this year’s campaign, involving several hundred thousand citizens at a local level.
Photo: Fotostudio Pflueg

South Africa: 140 m² of Collector Area on ABB Building in Johannesburg

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 7, 2010

 Longmeadow” Paulo Davids, Head of solar thermal projects at ABB South Africa, says that, “The payback period of the 140 m2 system will most certainly be achieved within ten years and possibly even shorter if projected energy price increases are taken into account”.
Photo: ABB

Hungary: Minitec delivers a Laser-welding System to Velux

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 22, 2010

 Laser-welding machine” Laser-welding machine with a horizontal rotation table: This machine by the Switzerland manufacturer Minitec was ordered by the Danish Velux Group for its collector factory in Fertöd, Hungary. The worker can control the welding operation inside the machine on screen, while placing another pipe register and absorber on the rotation table.

Seizing the Solar Solution: Combating Climate Change through Accelerated Deployment (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 12, 2010

This report was published on December 2009, parallel to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit taking place in Copenhagen, to bring authorities' attention to solar energy and the relevant contribution it can provide to reducing GHG emissions.

Central Solar Heating Plant with a Seasonal Storage in Heumatt, Switzerland (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 4, 2010

This report made by Dr. Daniel Pahud presents results of research undertaken to analyse the heat demand of three specific buildings in the Heumatt area in Zurich, involved in a central solar heating plant with seasonal storage (CSHPSS) project.

The results presented in this study will provide information and data to produce a dynamic model for the whole system which will simulate the thermal performance to optimally size its main components.


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