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Feicon Batimat 2013, Sao Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 31, 2012

The construction world will be gathered at the Anhembi Exhibitors Pavilion, Sao Paulo, where the 21th edition of Feicon Batimat will take place from 12 to 16 March 2013. 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 will join the fair.

EN ISO 9806: Upcoming Global Collector Standard

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2012

 Presentation U. Fritsche In February, Ulrich Fritzsche took the collector manufacturers that were gathered at the SMEThermal 2012 conference on a special tour around the globe. His presentation in Berlin, Germany, listed the collector standards and quality guidelines across the world’s key solar thermal markets: Australia, Brazil, China, India, Turkey and the USA (see the attached presentation). All in all, the Director of the Technical Competence Center Solar Thermal at TÜV Rheinland shed light on six different standards and their requirements to test systems locally. The differences between each testing procedure are one of the reasons why global trade is rather expensive for collector manufacturers.
Figure: TÜV Rheinland

Brazil: Solar Water Heater Case Studies in Multi-family Housing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 22, 2012

 Multi-family buildings in Brazil In cooperation with engineering office SE-Studio Equinócio, the International Copper Association (ICA) Latin America has released a publication which highlights the use of solar heating in large residential buildings. Three installations that have been monitored for several years show the economic, environmental and operational results of solar hot water use. The main conclusion: Solar heating reduces gas consumption by between 30% and 50% and pays back in less than four years (see the attached PDF in Portuguese).
Photo: ICA

Solar Energy (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 6, 2012

This is a document published by the Brazilian national agency for electricity. The document provides an overview of solar energy starting from the most basic concepts like solar radiation, down to the different technologies used for heating, electricity, difference between thermal and PV, among other technical details.

The document also includes examples of installations in Brazil.

Document only available in Portuguese

Author: Brazilian Electricity Agency

Portugal: Full Architectural Integration of Solar Thermal Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 22, 2012

 Sunaitec Solar Thermal SystemThe architectural integration of solar thermal collectors has long been a concern to the industry. Portuguese company Sunaitec has now patented a new solution for the residential sector. According to General Manager Amílcar Lopes, 25 systems with the so-called ‘Multifunction Solar Structures’ have already been installed in Portugal. A first installation is also planned in Brazil. Sunaitec has been showcasing the multi-purpose solar thermal systems on several international events, including the Expo 2010 Shanghai and the GreenSolutions 2011 in Mexico.
Photo: Sunaitec

Solar Water Heating Regional Market Assessment Report on Latin America

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 3, 2012

This regional market assessment report focuses on six countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru.

After analysing the solar water heating (SWH) market status (demand, supply, costs and economic and financial incentives) in the respective countries, this report gives a detailed account of the political and institutional framework for the SWH market. It subsequently offers an analysis of the gaps and barriers in each country, alongside a set of suggestions that would improve present conditions.

Argentina: Mendoza Solar Conference Promotes Solar Cities

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 31, 2012

 Event supported by the Solar City Network An organisation to support solar energy in Argentina is the Solar City Network (Red de Ciudades Solares), which places the emphasis on solar water heating. Part of their work consists of non-commercial conferences and exhibitions, which take place in various cities across the country. The latest event supported by the Solar City Network took place in Mendoza in November 2011 and attracted more than 600 visitors. Local media even spoke about 1,000 people visiting the Mendoza Solar.
Photo: National University of Cuyo

Brazil: New Requirements for Solar Installations on Social Housing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 23, 2011

 My Home My Life programmeThe Brazilian social housing programme 'My Home My Life' has now entered its second phase (2011/2014). Despite new rules, installing a solar water heater remains mandatory for all single-family houses whose owners have a wage lower than Brazilian Real (BRL) 1,600. The sector had to wait until 27 September for the government-owned bank CAIXA to release the technical requirements for solar thermal systems. Now, the new projects are ready to begin. Each solar water system, including installation, is subsidised with up to 2,000 BRL/residential unit. For newly built multi-family houses, the low-income solar system is optional.
Source: EPA

Swiss Bank Sarasin: World Market Reaches 45 GWth in 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 25, 2011

 Sarasin StudyThis week, the Swiss Bank Sarasin published the 12th edition of their solar industry report, covering all three solar technologies: solar heating and cooling (ST), photovoltaics (PV), and concentrating solar power (CSP). The chapter on solar thermal identifies great differences in the market development of national markets and regions. While the Chinese market continues to shine, many European countries are suffering from decreasing or stagnating markets. Nevertheless, Sarasin predicts a great future, with a global average growth of 12% per year until 2020.

CB-Sol 2011, Campinas

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 28, 2011

The Brasilian Congress of Solar Heating CB-Sol will take place from 9 to 10 November in Campinas, Sao Paulo. The congress will be accompanied by the Solar Exhibition Exposolar 2011.


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