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Solar Canada 2019, Calgary

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 30, 2018
Solar Canada 2019 CanSIA's Annual Conference & Exposition will take place at BMO Centre, Calgary from 8 to 9 May 2019. The Conference and Expo is expected to attract solar industry professionals and serious solar energy consumers, including CanSIA members, Manufacturers, Dealers, Architects, Installers, Utilities, Financial and Government representatives, NGOs and Solar energy consumers. Exhibitors from all across Canada, the United States and other countries are expected to attend.
 

Lessons learned from urban solar projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 25, 2018
Task 51Cities and municipalities are thought to play a decisive role in transforming energy systems. Urban planners, municipal stakeholders and consulting firms need case studies to demonstrate that solar energy can be integrated successfully into new and existing urban neighbourhoods. It is why Solar Energy in Urban Planning, an international research group, has compiled data on 34 showcases in 10 countries for its latest lessons learned report (see link at the end of the news article), created under the aegis of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.
 

IAEE International Conference 2019, Montreal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2018
The 42nd Annual IAEE International Conference will be held from 29 May to 1 June 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The IAEE International Conference is a four-day conference on energy business, markets and policy. Over 500 international participants are to attend from all over the world. This year’s Conference will focus on the development of local energy sources, their abilities and challenges to reach global markets and how local energy sources can be developed to better meet societies’ energy needs.
 

12,000 m² of concentrating solar planned in Brazil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2018
Photo: RackamA consortium of around 10 companies is planning to build a 12,000 m² concentrating solar plant in Jaborandi, Bahia state, to the northeast of Brazil’s capital. This combined process heat and power system will use parabolic trough collectors (see photo) by Canadian-based Rackam to dry tobacco and generate electricity for an agribusiness. The relevant contracts have been signed and construction is set to start this summer. The plant is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2019.
Photo: Rackam

Solar industrial heat market – a 2017 survey

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 26, 2018
Image: solar-payback.com/suppliers2017 was a record year for systems providing solar heat for industrial processes, since at least 110 large ones adding up to 192,580 m² were put into operation. This has been the result of a survey among around 80 turnkey suppliers currently listed on the SHIP Supplier World Map, created by the international Solar Payback project. The total at the end of 2017 stood at approximately 635 SHIP systems, a 21 % increase over the 525 installations which a similar survey showed in early 2017.
Image: solar-payback.com/suppliers

Solar Canada 2018, Calgary

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 21, 2018
Solar Canada 2018 CanSIA's Annual Conference & Exposition will take place at BMO Centre, Calgary from 20 to 21 June 2018. The Conference and Expo is expected to attract solar industry professionals and serious solar energy consumers, including CanSIA members, Manufacturers, Dealers, Architects, Installers, Utilities, Financial and Government representatives, NGOs and Solar energy consumers. Exhibitors from all across Canada, the United States and other countries are expected to attend.

Building Lasting Change 2018, Toronto

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 28, 2017
Building Lasting Change 2018, the annual green building conference of the Canada Green Building Council will take place in Toronto from 5 to 7 June 2018. This year’s event examines what is happening in Canada and around the world to meet aggressive international carbon emissions targets. Participants will have access to the latest knowledge and insights from Canadian and global experts in green building design and retrofits, government policy, real estate finance, market transformation, and technology innovation.

USA: Concentrated Solar Thermal for Biosolid Drying

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 9, 2017
RackamSince the summer, two parabolic trough collectors have been drying sludge at a waste water treatment plant in Surprise in the state of Arizona, USA. The test project was developed by US-based Heat2Hydro to evaluate the effectiveness of this solution. The objective is to reduce the water content of the sludge and make it easier to transport. The municipality aims at expanding solar drying capacity to 5 MW thermal in about two years.
Photo: Heat2Hydro/Rackam
 

IEA Task 51: Challenges in Urban Planner Education

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2017
Task 51 MapCities and large municipalities all around the world have taken the lead in sustainability, and urban planners find themselves in the important position of having to devise solutions for integrating renewable and energy efficiency measures at local level. Each city has its own unique set of resources and pattern of energy use. But as solar energy is available everywhere to some extent, there will be an urgent need to develop the expertise and skills of solar industry stakeholders in urban planning. Researchers from the IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme’s Task 51, Solar Energy in Urban Planning, have examined the educational offerings of universities and colleges in nine partner countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland), identified gaps in knowledge and designed solutions to overcome them. 
 

China: Sunrain Finalises Strategic Cooperation Agreements

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2017
Natural Ressources CanadaThe Chinese Sunrain group, the world’s biggest collector manufacturer, is broadening its product portfolio to include large-scale solar thermal plants. Sunrain had already made the first step towards globalising its strategic partnerships by establishing a joint venture with Danish-based Arcon-Sunmark in June 2016. It has now concluded a cooperation agreement with CanmetEnergy in Canada with the aim to develop solar district heating systems using borehole heat storage fields for seasonal storage in China. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr (back row 2nd from left) oversaw the signing of the agreement during his visit to China in June 2017. The agreement was signed by Xinjian Xu, Founder and Board Chair of Sunrain Solar Energy (front right) and Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada’s Innovation and Energy Technology (front left).
Photo: Natural Ressource Canada
 

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