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SASSA Low-Pressure Solar Water Heater Programme (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 25, 2012

This presentation describes the Supplier Solar Academy of Sub-Saharan Africa’s planned project to install low-pressure solar water heaters (SWHs) in low-income households throughout South Africa. The SWHs installed under the project - which takes advantage of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) - will typically be 110 litre storage tank low pressure SWHs with a collector area of 1.08m2.

SOLTRAIN: Free Solar Heating Systems for Social Institutions

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 16, 2012

 Solar Collectors at Kestell Children’s Home Two solar water heating systems – one at an old people’s home and the other at an orphanage (photo) – started operating this March thanks to an initiative by SESSA members Holms and Friends, and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Together with another system completed last year, the installations are part of an ADA pledge in support of the SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) project, which is coordinated by Professor Dieter Holm and Henning Holm of Holms and Friends (formerly Omnibus Engineering). Promised are more than 50 solar water heating systems (see http://www.solarthermalworld.org/node/3466).
Photo: SESSA

Advancing Solar Water Heating in Southern Africa - The Example of Soltrain (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 14, 2012

This report evaluates the progress of the SOLTRAIN project in Southern Africa in the period 2009-2011. The project’s initiation was covered by solarthermalworld.org back in 2009, and is available here.

The South African Water Heating Industry (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 9, 2012

Presented by Dominic Goncalves at the Renewable Energy Africa Conference on July 28 2011, this presentation surveys the potential for the market development of the South African solar water heating industry. Because 18% of South Africa’s national electricity supply is allocated towards the heating of water, solar water heating is portrayed as a solution to the impending electricity crisis; whereby domestic demand for electricity far outstrips supply.

CSP Feed-in Tariffs Guide (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 12, 2012

Written to support CSP Today’s 2011 concentrated solar power (CSP) event in Seville, this report provides an overview of the regulatory incentives schemes that exist to support the concentrated solar thermal industry around the world. It summarises the incentives and targets for CSP in nine countries: USA, South Africa, India, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, and Portugal. For each, the feed-in tariffs, tax credits, or subsidies are specified and explained by different industry experts.

Author: CSP Today

Year: 2011

South Africa: University of Pretoria’s 672 m² Solar Thermal System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 12, 2012

 Onderstepoort campus The University of Pretoria is extending its Onderstepoort campus and this extension also includes a 672 m² solar thermal system. The system provides warm water to the new energy-efficient flats accommodating a total of 550 students. Onderstepoort - or OP, as it is commonly known - is located in Pretoria North and is home to South Africa´s only Veterinary Institute. Holms and Friends, formerly Omnibus Engineering, has recently completed the university project. With it, the member of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) has just set up one of the currently largest glazed installations in Southern Africa.
Photo: Holms and Friends

South Africa: SAIA Examines Green Geyser Replacement Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 11, 2012

 SAIA Logo The South African Insurance Association (SAIA), a body representing the short-term insurance industry, has completed phase One of an assessment related to the Green Geyser Replacement Project. In a press release from 3 April, the association said that four working groups have taken a look at the implications to the participating short-term insurers if they were to offer their clients a solar water heater or a heat pump in case of a valid insurance claim for a damaged electric boiler.

First Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC), Stellenbosch

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 16, 2012

The First Southern African Solar Energy Conference will be held from the 21 to the 23 May 2012 at the Protea Hotel in the Technopark, Stellenbosch. This conference will focus on both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy technology systems and applications.

South Africa: Solardome closes SWH manufacturing facility

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 12, 2012

 South African solar thermal pioneer Solardome SA After 42 years in the business, South African solar thermal pioneer Solardome SA had to shut down its manufacturing operations at the end of last year. The name Solardome - formerly Mikado - stands for more than four decades of collector manufacturing in South Africa (see www.solarthermalworld.org/node/1346). Managing Director Tertius Lindenberg holds ESKOM’s rebate programme responsible for the trouble that his company and some other local manufacturers are in at the moment. The rebate scheme of South Africa’s main power supplier had resulted in a flood of cheap imports, which compete with local production.
Photo: Solardome

Germany: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2012

 Audience at SMEThermal 2012The solar thermal industry is facing major challenges: Costs of storage and collector components have to be reduced even further if large solar plants are to offer investors competitive prices for heating. Hence, 170 industry representatives and scientists from all around the world came together at the international industry conference SMEThermal 2012 in Berlin at the beginning of February 2012 to explore cost-cutting strategies during a round-table discussion.
Photo: Solarpraxis AG / Therese Aufschlager

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