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Renexpo Central Europe 2015, Budapest

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 11, 2014

Hungary's International Trade Fair and Congress for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place from 11 to 12 March 2015 at the Hungexpo Fair Center Budapest. Renexpo is one of the largest exhibitions for energy generation and power sector in Hungary. Visitors Profile: Architects, Planners, Project Developers, Public Authorities, Energy Providers, Energy Consultants, Developers, Producers, Trading, Handicraft, installation, Building Services, Wood and Forestry, Industry and Plant Construction.

Denmark/Hungary: Velux to Close Down Solar Collector Business

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 28, 2013

“The Velux Group has decided to discontinue sales of solar thermal collectors during the autumn 2013.” This was the first sentence of a short statement which appeared on the internet pages of the different Velux distribution partners in Europe in the middle of September 2013. It continued with the words: “Even though we stop selling solar thermal collectors, we will continue to provide service and spare parts for maintenance of your Velux solar thermal system.” By closing the chapter on its solar thermal endeavour, the Velux Group will once again focus only on its core business – selling roof and flat roof windows as well as blinds.
Photo: Velux

Renexpo Central Europe 2014, Budapest

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 8, 2013

Hungary's International Trade Fair and Congress for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place from 12 to 13 March 2014 at the Hungexpo Fair Center Budapest. Renexpo is one of the largest exhibitions for energy generation and power sector in Hungary. Visitors Profile: Architects, Planners, Project Developers, Public Authorities, Energy Providers, Energy Consultants, Developers, Producers, Trading, Handicraft, installation, Building Services, Wood and Forestry, Industry and Plant Construction.
 

EU Project: RELACS in Sustainable Holiday Accommodations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 11, 2013

What have the Albena resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (see photo), the Bräuer restaurant in Weißkirchen, Austria, and the 2 Danby Cottages in the UK’s Forest of Dean in common? They are all part of the RELACS network. RELACS is short for “REnewabLe energy for tourist ACcommodation buildingS”, a project funded by the European Commission programme Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE). Its partners include hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites and youth hostels in ten European countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The photo shows the Arabella Beach hotel in Albena, Bulgaria, whose solar system produces 40 % of the building’s annual hot water.
Photo: RELACS

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

Hungary: New Money for Commercial and Public Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2013

From the end of 2011 on, the Hungarian government had asked the European Commission (EC) to allow the transfer of funds not spent within the Transport Operational Programme, KözOP, to the Environment and Energy Operational Programme, KEOP. The EC finally agreed in September 2012 and the government was able to announce the first tenders a few months later. “The Hungarian wish to rearrange the EU money was due to the huge funding demand for energy projects, which meant KEOP had been running out of resources,” says Katalin Zsóka, Assistant of Béla Glattfelder, a member of the European Parliament who founded Hungary’s solar association in November 2010.

Renexpo Central Europe 2013, Budapest

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 10, 2013

Hungary's International Trade Fair and Congress for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place from 25 - 27 April 2013 at the Hungexpo Fair Center Budapest. Renexpo is one of the largest exhibitions for energy generation and power sector in Hungary. Visitors Profile: Architects, Planners, Project Developers, Public Authorities, Energy Providers, Energy Consultants, Developers, Producers, Trading, Handicraft, installation, Building Services, Wood and Forestry, Industry and Plant Construction.

Europe: 3,000 m² Collector Area at Three STACCATO Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 12, 2012

What do the European capitals Amsterdam, Budapest and Sofia have in common? Not much, except that they have all been participating in the STACCATO project since November 2007. The project is a sub-programme of the European Commission’s CONCERTO initiative to promote energy efficiency and renewable energies. The STACCATO retrofit projects in Sofia-Oborishte (see photo), Amsterdam-Noord and Budapest-Óbuda are to achieve four specified goals: reduce energy consumption by more than half, integrate renewable - mainly solar thermal - energy on a large scale, make district heating compatible with modern energy systems and, last but not least, build up capacity for follow-up projects. Until now, the three STACCATO demonstration sites have seen the installation of about 3,000 m² of solar collector area.
Photo: Frank Stier

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

Hungary: Great Interest in Expired Residential Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 13, 2012

 Hungarian Ministry of National Development” The Hungarian Ministry of National Development reported a high interest in one of its recently halted support programmes. According to the ministry’s statement from 17 May, it received 5,686 applications for the "Sub programme to set up solar collector systems that facilitate the use of renewable energies, generate residential hot water and provide space heating”. The ministry also stated that 2,300 of these applications have already been approved: “The total amount requested in the applications reaches the Hungarian Forint (HUF) 2.97 billion (EUR 10 million) available.” The sub programme was launched at the beginning of October 2011 and expired - after several extensions - on 15 May 2012.

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