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Brazil: Solar-preheated Water for Factory Canteen of Aircraft Producer Embraer

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 27, 2013

Bosch Thermotechnology is planning to expand its business in Brazil’s commercial segment. The German boiler manufacturer, which has also been producing collectors and solar tanks for decades in Germany, has just inaugurated a new solar thermal installation at Embraer in São José dos Campos in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Embraer, a well-known aircraft manufacturer, has had 180 collector panels with 427 m² installed on the flat roof of the kitchen building, together with four tanks of 4,000 litres each. The building includes a restaurant serving 10,000 meals per day in three shifts. The installation is part of the Solar Roof Programme coordinated by the German Energy Agency, dena, which realises showcase projects in potential export markets for solar thermal manufacturers. The project covers the solar system, its installation, several training and marketing measures and the administration by dena. 45 % of the costs are covered by subsidies from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Industry partners Bosch Thermotechnology and Embraer contribute the remaining 55%.
Photo taken from the film on www.youtube.com/user/boschtermotecnologia

Thailand / Brazil / Central America: Business Trips for German Stakeholders

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 23, 2013

Countries in Southeast Asia have big plans for solar energy. Thailand’s government in particular knows precisely how its future energy and environment policies should look like. It has pledged to both expand the use of renewables and improve energy efficiency across the nation. Until 2021, the government aims at a share of 25 % from renewable sources, while decreasing the total energy consumption by up to 20 % compared to 2005. These are some of the figures presented at the information meeting “Solarthermie in Industrie und Gewerbe in Thailand: Potentiale für deutsche Unternehmen” (translated as “Solar thermal in Thailand’s industry and trade: Potential for German companies”), which the Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, held in Berlin, Germany, at the beginning of March. The GIZ also supports a business trip, which will take place from 27 to 31 May this year. The trip for German entrepreneurs is organised in cooperation with the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AHK Thailand). The photo shows the installation of a large-scale solar thermal plant in Thailand.
Photo: Aschoff Solar

Feicon Batimat 2014, São Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 9, 2013

The construction world will be gathered at the Anhembi Exhibitors Pavilion, Sao Paulo, where the 20th edition of Feicon Batimat will take place from 18 to 22 March 2014. 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. 2013 a couple of important national and international providers of solar thermal systems like Rheem, Rinnai, Bosch, Cumulus, Sunrain and Unisol joined the fair.

“I appreciated the initiative of introducing a new standard”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 11, 2013

Elizabeth Duarte Pereira can look back at 40 years of solar thermal research in Brazil. Today, she is Professor at the UNA University Centre in Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais and is about to help set up a new test facility in Brazil - the third in her research career. During her stay in Berlin for the international SMEThermal conference, solarthermalworld.org sat down with Pereira to talk about quality issues, standards and Brazil’s solar-supported social housing programme.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

Mexico: Workshop on Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 6, 2012

A comprehensive documentation of the workshop “Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters: Tasks for the Quality Infrastructure” is now available online on the webpage of the German federal agency PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt): https://www.ptb.de/lac/?id=5860 You can download all the presentations there. The four-day workshop attracted 70 experts from the solar heating and cooling sector, as well as from service providers in Latin America and the Caribbean, who met in Mexico City at the end of September to discuss the current challenges and shortcomings with regard to the quality of solar water heaters in the region. The workshop was part of the regional project “Quality Infrastructure Services for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean”.
Photo: PTB

Brazil: IPT Inaugurates Test Lab with Solar Simulator

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 3, 2012

The building installations lab of the Institute for Technological Research, IPT, in São Paulo inaugurated its solar simulator on 26 August which it has bought some time ago. The simulator is thought to support the development and testing of solar thermal collectors. Setting it up has been an important step towards implementing the new Brazilian compulsory certification scheme  for solar water heaters. The state government has funded 90 % of the investment of Brazilian Real (BRL) 3.5 million (USD 1.8 million). To ensure the accuracy of the measurements, the system was installed in a room with eight metre high ceilings. An air conditioning system keeps the temperature constant, with a tolerance level of +/- 1°C.
Photo: IPT

Solar Process Heat: “Higher Yield than in Domestic Applications”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 17, 2012

Solar heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) has a large potential and is an important, upcoming market for solar thermal – this was the conclusion which Christoph Lauterbach, Research Associate at the German University of Kassel, drew in his presentation at the Intersolar Europe 2012 in Munich. In the case of Germany, Lauterbach identified a potential of 16 TWh/a. This is 3.4% of the country’s total energy consumption and corresponds to 36 million m² of collector area. According to Lauterbach, the overall potential for the 25 EU members amounts to 70 TWh/a – approximately four times as much.
Photo: www.solar-process-heat.eu

Brazil: Collector Area Exceeds 1 Million a Year

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 17, 2012

 Market figures of BRAZIL” For the first time, the newly installed collector area in Brazil has surpassed the one million mark. 1,029,616 m2 were newly set up in 2011 – 7 % more than in 2010. The chart shows that it was mainly due to the solar swimming pool segment with unglazed collectors that market volume has grown so rapidly over the past few years. Last year, however, indicated a shift in sales: Although only half of the newly installed collector area in 2011 could be attributed to glazed collectors (according to the statistics of DASOL, the Solar Heating Department of the association ABRAVA), the glazed segment (+9%) grew faster than the unglazed segment (+4%) for the first time since the association has published separate figures for unglazed and glazed swimming pools.
Source: DASOL/ABRAVA

Brazil: Bosch Buys Collector and Tank Manufacturer Heliotek

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 12, 2012

 Logos Bosch Heliotek” The Thermotechnology Division of Bosch will be the first international manufacturer with a manufacturing unit for collectors and tanks in Brazil. Through its division Bosch Thermotechnology, the company is planning the acquisition of Heliotek Máquinas e Equipamentos Ltda, a manufacturer of solar water heaters located in São Paulo. The contract between the Bosch Group and Monier, which holds 51% of Heliotek, and the other owners was signed on 28 May 2012.

Brazil: Quality Labelling Inmetro Soon Mandatory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 5, 2012

Brazilian Labeling Programme PBE – so far a voluntary label - will become mandatory within the next two years. After the transition period of 24 months, all of the around 150 manufacturers of solar collectors and tanks must adhere to the requirements of the new Technical Requirements on Quality (RTQ). PBE announced the mandatory regulation in June 2012. Its aim is improve the quality of products in the Brazilian market. Any collector or tank that is to be sold in Brazil first has to be certified by the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO).

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