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China: Much Work Needed to Meet 2020 Square-Metre Target of 0.8 Billion

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 30, 2017
CSTIFTwo large industry events in China over the last months have shown that there is great demand for discussion regarding the transformation of the domestic solar heating and cooling market. The Green Business Forum attracted around 1,000 solar thermal stakeholders to Dezhou in Shandong province from 22 to 25 September, and several hundred industry representatives took part in the annual assembly of the Chinese Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF) from 7 to 9 December in Kunming, Yunnan province (see photo). According to the latest CSTIF figures, the solar thermal market experienced a sharp 9 % decline last year from 43.5 million m² to 39.5 million m² (30.5 to 27.7 GWth), which reduced it to 60 % of the size it had had in the peak year of 2013. 
Photo: CSTIF
 

Austria: Tisun Sees Rising Interest in Solar Thermal in Gulf Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 24, 2017
Austrian collector manufacturer Tisun is currently the supplier for three major projects in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Its subsidiary, Tisun GCC with two Dubai stakeholders, have been the ones helping the company enter the Arab markets. Since 2010, Tisun has had a local subsidiary in Dubai, Tisun GCC. Tisun’s first reference project in the region was a 500 m² solar field built in 2012 for a food-processing factory and it has opened many doors since.
 

Qatar: Gulf Region’s Sustainability Experts Meet IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Specialists

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 23, 2016
Green Expo ForumAbout 400 industry stakeholders met in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha in early November to attend the first Green Expo Forum organised by the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD). The three-day conference offered presentations by experts from Gulf countries and the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC), which held its biannual Executive Committee meeting at around the same time. “The GORD conference was a great forum for presenting the research work from the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme,” said Ken Guthrie, Chairman of the IEA SHC. GORD had organised the Green Expo Forum in collaboration with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment. The first-day event was titled The Carbon & Climate Change Summit. The second and third day featured the Sustainable Built Environment Conference.
Photos: GORD
 

Power Qatar Summit (incorporating Solar Qatar Summit) 2017, Doha

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 21, 2016
Qatar’s power generation, transmission and distribution event Power Qatar Summit will take place from 9 to 10 October 2017 at the Ritz Carlton West Bay, Doha, Qatar. Held under the patronage of KAHRAMAA and incorporating the successful Solar Qatar Summit, the event will attract over 300 senior level executives to discuss progress, future developments and best practices across industries and sectors for the State of Qatar.
 

IEA SHC Programme Scales up its International Research Network

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 18, 2016
The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) broadens its sponsor network. The most recent members are the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), headquartered in Germany, and the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) based in Qatar. ISES joined as a Sponsor in 2016 and GORD already in 2015. “We welcome the engagement of ISES and GORD in the IEA SHC Programme,“ says Ken Guthrie, Chairman of IEA SHC. “ISES represents an extensive network of solar thermal professionals from around the world and GORD opens the doors to the Gulf States – potential future markets for solar cooling“. 
 

Australia: Ken Guthrie Appointed as New Chairman of IEA SHC Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 26, 2014
Ken GuthrieIt was the second time an Australian was chosen to head the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA SHC Programme): In June, Ken Guthrie was elected Chair of the Executive Committee for the next two years. Guthrie founder and Director of Sustainable Energy Transformation, a renewable energy consultancy, since August 2012 after having served as General Manager of Sustainable Environs at Sustainability Victoria for three years. Prior to that he worked in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Victorian Government agencies since the mid 1980’s. He was instrumental in initiatives to increase solar water heating in Australia through the Renewable Energy Target, subsidies and new housing regulations. 
 

Solar Qatar Summit 2014, Doha

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 11, 2014

Solar Qatar Summit is taking place on 17 and 18 November 2014 under the patronage of H.E. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, President of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation - Kahramaa. Attracting over 300 senior level engineers, architects, project managers, developers, utilities operators, sustainability consultants and municipal authorities this event is Qatar’s leading platform for project updates, knowledge sharing and high level networking for the solar industry.

SOLAR QATAR SUMMIT, Doha

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 15, 2013

Solar Qatar Summit 2013 (SQS) is taking place in Doha, Qatar on 18 and 19 November 2013, with support from H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning, State of Qatar. Up to 200 solar industry stakeholders dedicated to ensuring Qatar’s sustainable future will meet to discuss the deployment of solar energy in the region and see presentations and case studies from both regional and international thought-leaders. From policy-making, strategic planning, research and development to the showcasing of major solar energy projects and innovative technologies Solar Qatar Summit 2013 (SQS) will cover the most up-to-date information within this developing market.
 

UAE/Dubai: Solar-Heated Chocolate Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 12, 2013

Austrian collector manufacturer Tisun has announced that it sold 510 m² of solar collectors to an “international confectionery manufacturer” in Jebel Ali in the emirate of Dubai. The company which installed the 200 collectors in May was Tisun’s subsidiary Tisun GCC, located in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates and responsible for the distribution of the Tisun collectors in Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Photo: Tisun

The Renewables Market in MENA – Opportunities and Challenges (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 1, 2010

This document produced by the law firm Freshfields provides a rich overview of the use of renewable energy sources in the Middle East and North Africa region, also known as MENA region. It includes country briefings on Saudi Arabia, UAE, Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and North Africa.

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