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Feicon Batimat 2016, Sao Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 8, 2015
The construction world will be gathered at the Anhembi Exhibitors Pavilion, Sao Paulo, where the 22th edition of Feicon Batimat will take place from 12 to 16 April 2016. Feicon Batimat is a trend toolbox for architects, interior designers, retailers, and manufacturers. Visitors can check out all the releases, trends and effective solutions to serve the demanding construction market and its growing demand.
 

Global view: Solar Thermal Markets Transitioning from Residential to Commercial

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2015
TransitionChange is coming to the world’s solar thermal markets: Single-family homes – currently the most important sales segment – are going to lose their significance in the future. Most solar thermal manufacturers across the globe predict their sales to be dominated by other segments over the coming years. These are just some of the results from international survey ISOL Navigator December 2014, a study published by German agency solrico. 365 solar collector manufacturers and solar thermal system suppliers from all corners of the globe participated in the survey. The figures in brackets show the number of questionnaires which were included in calculating the regional averages. 
Figure: solrico
 

“Very few countries have policies explicitly supporting renewable deployment in the industry sector”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 2, 2015
Ruud KempenerThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published two technology briefs last week. The 40-page documents, one entitled Solar Heat for Industrial Processes, the other Solar Heating and Cooling for Residential Applications, give a brief global overview of the market and technology development, including some recommendations for policy makers (see attached documents). It is the first time that the solar thermal sector is in the focus of a technology brief. The studies were published under the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (ETSAP) of the International Energy Agency. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with one of the authors, Ruud Kempener, Technology Roadmap Analyst at the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany.
 

Brazil: Mandatory Certification Postponed to September 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 18, 2015
Certifica SolOriginally, the Brazilian Labelling Program, PBE, was supposed to become mandatory in July 2014. Now, in 2015, the industry is still waiting for the so-called compulsoriedade to become reality. The label has so far only been mandatory for solar water heaters intended for the federal social housing programme Minha Casa Minha Vida (see photo). In January the press department of INMETRO confirmed per email that there was already a new deadline for manufacturers: From September 2015 on, Brazilians may only produce or import collectors and tanks adhering to the technical requirements for quality based on standard ABNT NBR 15747, which is European norm EN 12975-2 adapted to Brazilian climate conditions. INMETRO also confirmed that resellers would still be allowed to buy non-conforming products until March 2016. After that date they could only sell non-conforming products from their own stocks. From March 2017 on, Brazilian developers would no longer be able to buy or install any solar heating system without an INMETRO certificate – assuming that there won’t be any more delays in implementation.
 

Brazil: Chinese Technology Dominates Imports

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 26, 2015
Brazil ImportsBrazil´s solar thermal market grew by 20 % in 2012 and 2013, and therefore has been attracting an increasing number of international suppliers. Imports, mainly from China, have tripled since 2009. According to online portal AliceWeb, which includes the official foreign trade statistics for 2014, Brazil imported solar water heater equipment registered under code NCM 84191910 at a value of USD 4.6 million. The chart shows from where the equipment was imported.
 

CB-SOl 2015, Sao Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 20, 2015
The 3rd Brasilian Congress of Solar Heating CB-Sol 2015 will take place from 2 to 3 September at Expo Center Norte, Sao Paulo. During the congress, national and international guests will present innovative solar heating projects developed in several cities in Brazil and the world.The congress takes place parallel to the three day fair Intersolar South America from 1 to 3 September 2015.
 

Analysis of a Closed Loop Solar Energy System Using the -f Chart Method: Effect of Different Brazilian Locations (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 6, 2015

This study, conducted by Alexandre M.S. Costa of the State University of Maringá and published by the State University of Ponta Grossa in Brazil, analyzes the annual energy performance of a closed-loop hot water solar thermal system under various weather conditions in 6 Brazilian cities (Curitiba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador and Brasília) using the -f chart method. This method is based on 2 different approaches. It calculates the fraction (f) of monthly heat load that comes from solar energy.

Worldwide: Largest Flat Plate Collector Manufacturers in 2013

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 5, 2014
The number one in the ranking of the worldwide largest flat plate collector manufacturers based on collector area produced in 2013 is still Austrian OEM collector manufacturer Greenonetec, followed by three non-European manufacturers from BRICS countries: Soletrol from Brazil, as well as two companies from China, Prosunpro and Five Star. Germany’s largest flat plate collector manufacturer, Bosch Thermotechnik, only came in fifth place, down from being second in the previous ranking in 2012. German agency solrico created the ranking after carrying out a worldwide survey among companies serving the solar thermal sector in September and October 2014. Who has ranked how well this year shows a lot about the international trends of the global solar thermal industry. 
Source: solrico / manufacturers' information
 

Intersolar South America 2015, São Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 16, 2014

Intersolar South America 2015 conference and exhibition woll take place in São Paulo, Brazil, for the third time from 1 to 3 September 2015. The international exhibitors are expected to present the latest developments in the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage systems and solar thermal technologies on an overall exhibition space of 7,000 square meters. During the three-day conference, industry experts present developments in international solar markets to the attendees, with the event focusing on the South American market in particular.

South Africa: Fresnel Collectors Keep It Cool in MTN’s Server Rooms

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 28, 2014
Industrial SolarSince June 2014, a Fresnel collector field with 242 kWth has been feeding into the district cooling system of the MTN Group at its headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. MTN, which has more than 200 million customers, as well as subsidiaries in 22 countries across Africa and the Middle East, is one of the leading mobile operators in South Africa – and it is aware of the impact of global warming. “We continuously explore ways in which we can lessen the impact of our operations on the environment. This initiative will not only reduce our carbon footprint but it will substantially reduce our electricity consumption, which will release additional capacity for the national grid,” MTN’s CEO, Zunaid Bulbulia, was quoted as saying in a press release from 17 July 2014. The concentrating solar thermal plant powers the double-effect absorption chiller whose cooling capacity of 330 kW keeps temperatures low in the data centre at MTN’s head office. 
Photo: Industrial Solar
 

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