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Ukraine: IT Company Building to Have Solar Drainback System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 20, 2016
Lviv IT ClusterLviv IT Cluster, one of Ukraine´s leading IT businesses, is currently building up a multi-family house for its employees that meets all the requirements for a smart property, including a modern heating system. It offers 72 flats on ten floors and is being built in Lviv, in western Ukraine. The gas condensing boilers for the heating station on the most upper floor will be delivered by German boiler and collector manufacturer Vaillant Group, which is also said to install the 30 collectors on the building’s roof once construction has been completed. The illustration shows a 3D model of the “IT House”, where construction for the 6th floor is underway, as an online webcam shows.
Image: Lviv IT Cluster
 

Crimea: Plans to Establish New Collector Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 24, 2016
AfrosAccording to the announcements by the Crimean Ministry of Industry Policy, the peninsula should get its first solar collector production unit soon. The government has plans to establish a solar collector and heat pump factory in the industrial area of Feodossija, an article on the Kryminform website from 6 November 2015 stated, referring to a press release by the former Crimea’s Minister of Industrial Policy, Andrei Skrynnik. The largest local solar water heater supplier Afros imports collectors from neighbouring countries and focus on system installations. The photo shows one of the solar references from the Afros website, a residential installation in Alupka, near the peninsula’s southern coastline. 
Photo: afros.com.ua/

SEF-2015 - Sustainable Energy Forum of Ukraine

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2015

Over the last seven years the Renewable Energy Forum gathered experts of sustainable energy innovative solutions and projects in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy. In 2015 the forum once again emphasizes the need of autonomous energy supply of the Ukraine.

Ukrainian Railway Network Plans Solar Water Heaters for Break Room Facilities

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 27, 2015
Ukraine RailwayThe state-owned railway company in Ukraine is going to increase the number of solar water heater installations at its train stations. Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ), the State Administration of Railway Transport, which is a near-monopoly that controls the vast majority of the country’s railway system, announced in May 2015 that it would install solar thermal systems at different railway stations across the country. The photo shows the train station in Truskavets, whose break room facilities are planned to be supplied with solar-heated water. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Zinoviy Chuschak, Head of the Department for Energy Usage Control at the UZ, about the overall energy efficiency activities of his department. 
Photo: UZ
 

Ukraine: Political Instability Hurts Business

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 11, 2014
AfrosUkraine’s solar thermal market has been adversely affected by the country’s currently very unstable economic, political and social situation. The industry agrees that customers are cautious about spending money during politically and socially uncertain times. Solar thermal stakeholders also note that one of the failures of the government and of politics in general has been to not follow through with laws, projects and promises, something which has almost become a tradition in every field, including renewables. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with some of the collector manufacturers and importers about their business situation in times of widespread instability. 
Photo: Afros
 

Ukraine: First Demonstration Projects Pave the Way for Solar District Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2014
Ukraine District HeatingTheoretically, the district heating networks from Soviet times could very well be supplemented by solar thermal heat. Except Poland, however, no eastern European state has had much experience with solar thermal district heating. Bulgaria and Romania have not yet had any plans or projects to combine district heating with solar thermal, but Ukraine has already taken the first step: Between 2008 and 2012, municipal utility Mariupolteploset, one of the biggest heat suppliers in Ukraine, set up three solar fields across Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, with all of them feeding into district heating networks. Other municipalities have also announced the construction of their first solar district heating demonstration systems when modernising local power stations and energy distribution networks.
Photo: Mariupolteploset
 

Ukraine/Georgia: Women for a Sunny Energy Supply in EECCA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2014
WECFEnergy poverty is a widespread phenomenon throughout Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). Many poor people living in these regions can hardly pay the ever-rising electricity costs. To heat their houses in winter, they are often forced to burn wood, diesel or any other thing they can find, such as plastic - with all the harmful impacts on the environment. “Switch to the sun – live in comfort!” is what activists of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) tell them in such a situation. WECF, an international non-governmental network of women’s and environmental organisations, is committed to helping people in rural areas in the Ukraine, Georgia and other countries of the EECCA region gain a sustainable energy supply, mainly by utilising solar water heaters. The photo shows the participants of a workshop with the newly built solar water heater in the city of Kamensk-Uralsk, Russia.
Photo: WECF/Ecoclub Ukraine
 

“We cannot predict market development, because we live in the Ukraine“

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2013

The Ukrainian solar thermal market is extremely price-sensitive. Whereas importers of Chinese vacuum tube collectors have increased their annual sales significantly, the demand for high-quality solar collectors is stagnating. This is one of the results of the annual ISOL Navigator survey by German agency solrico and the follow-up interviews with local market players. Single-family houses and the tourism sector have the highest share in the sales of the companies that participated in the survey (see the chart on the left). Solar thermal systems for multi-family houses will gain importance, as already every fifth company considers it the fastest-growing segment in the Ukraine. After all, the industry complains that most support mechanisms will not be effective because of the high level of corruption across the country.
Figure: solrico

How to Finance a Large-scale Solar Thermal Plant

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 5, 2013

One of the organisations which have had experiences with RES leases over many years is the Austrian UniCredit Leasing. Josef Robert Straninger, Country Coordinator of the Competence Center Renewable Energies at UniCredit Leasing, explained at the SMEThermal conference in Berlin what steps are necessary to ensure the successful financing of large-scale projects (see the attached presentation). After the conference, solarthermalworld.org asked the expert about what he thought needed to be done and what he believed was important when financing a large-scale solar thermal plant in particular.
Photo: Stephanie Banse

Romania: A Subsidy Scheme and its Implementation Problems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 28, 2012

Romania is the only major country in Europe without a commercial manufacturer of solar flat plate collectors. The photo, however, shows a small, non-commercial collector manufacturing unit in Timişoara, in the west of Romania. It produces collectors for some solar water heating systems of local Caritas institutions and is supported by the German Urbis Foundation. The reason why all other neighbouring countries - Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Ukraine – have already seen a number of component manufacturers being established, but Romania has not, can be found in the inconsistency of the country’s support policy and the high bureaucratic hurdles when it comes to the programme itself. After applications are approved, there are still contracts to be signed and further papers to be handed in after the installation before applicants can receive their money.
Photo: Urbis Foundation

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