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EXPOSOLAR 2017, San Jose

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 11, 2017
EXPOSOLAR 2017 organised by the Costa Rican solar association (acesolar), will be taking place from 18 to 20 May 2017 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Its primary objective is to provide a public forum which shall enable the general public to acquire hands-on information as well as to become acquainted with the present technology in terms of the latest products, services, benefits, opportunities and entities in the solar energy sector within both a domestic and international context.

Quality Infrastructure Crucial to Emerging Markets

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 11, 2016
IRENA 2In December 2015, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a comprehensive report on how to establish a quality infrastructure (QI) for solar water heaters on small-scale markets (see the attached document). The 76-page study is part of a series on Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy, which uses information from 83 survey respondents and data from interviews with 34 experts on QIs for renewable energy sources. The report discusses established international system and collector testing standards as well as examples of implementation across selected countries. It also highlights market barriers and makes recommendations for developing solar water heater Qis, focusing mainly on emerging markets. The programme highlights the complexity of a quality infrastructure, including the establishment of a product label, test labs, installers’ certification and the involvement of inspection bodies.
Source: IRENA
 

Costa Rica: Rising Energy Prices to Benefit Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 25, 2015
Swissol Costa RicaCosta Ricans currently spend up to 40 % of their electricity bill on hot water supply. With an average annual increase of 5.3 %, the demand for electricity has quadrupled over the last 20 years and prices have more than doubled during the same period. Therefore, one should assume solar water heaters to be popular in a country where solar irradiation is as high as 2,100 W per m² and year. Unfortunately, the Costa Rican Statistical Office does not provide any figures on the total collector area installed across the country. 
Photo: Swissol
 

Exposolar 2015, San Jose

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 3, 2015
EXPOSOLAR 2016 organised by the Costa Rican solar association (acesolar), will be taking place from 20 to 22 November 2015 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Its primary objective is to provide a public forum which shall enable the general public to acquire hands-on information as well as to become acquainted with the present technology in terms of the latest products, services, benefits, opportunities and entities in the solar energy sector within both a domestic and international context. More explicitly, it aims at facilitating a dialogue and reflections revolving around the topic “Solar Energy” that should lead the way towards new innovation and development in this field. Finally, another important aspect of the event is to promote the solar energy sector and consequently, to kick off a fairly less-established but promising approach of diversification with solar in Costa Rica and other Central American countries.
 

Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2015
Costa Rica WorkshopBrazil is going to implement compulsory certification of solar water heating (SWH) equipment in 2015. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Mexico already have laboratories for testing, and Costa Rica has recently set up one. Latin America is working through the regional Pan American Standards Commission, COPANT, on regional standards for SWHs, with the aim of harmonising them with ISO standards. The region is not yet considering a common regional testing and certification scheme, but there is a growing consciousness of the fact that testing and certification performance, as well as quality is very important to developing the SWH markets of the region. It is the reason why 50 experts from 14 countries have recently discussed how to accelerate the process: The Regional Forum (from 29 to 30 June 2015) was jointly organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the project “Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)” coordinated by the National Metrology Institute of Germany, PTB, the Latin American Energy Organization, OLADE, the Electricity Institute of Costa Rica, ICE, and the National Standards Body of Costa Rica, INTECO. All presentations are available for download on the IRENA website.
Photo: IRENA
 

Financing Solar Energy in Costa Rica: Case Studies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This document provides information on the Costa Rican Institute for Electricity’s (ICE) efforts to bring modern energy resources to the, largely rural, 2% of the Costa Rican population whom live off the grid. An essential component of these efforts involved brining solar thermal technology to indigenous communities.

EXPOSOLAR, San Jose

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 8, 2014
EXPOSOLAR 2014 organised for the Costa Rican solar association (acesolar), will be taking place from 31 October 31 to 01 November 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica and will be the first event of its kind in this region. Its primary objective is to provide a public forum which shall enable the general public to acquire hands-on information as well as to become acquainted with the present technology in terms of the latest products, services, benefits, opportunities and entities in the solar energy sector within both a domestic and international context. More explicitly, it aims at facilitating a dialogue and reflections revolving around the topic “Solar Energy” that should lead the way towards new innovation and development in this field. Moreover, the overall public will have the opportunity to learn more about various current and prospective technologies as well as possibilities to compare them, to broaden its local and international contact base which should fuel new strategic investments and business transactions and firms are able to market their latest products and services within an exclusive setting. Finally, another important aspect of the event is to promote the solar energy sector and consequently, to kick off a fairly less-established but promising approach of diversification with solar in Costa Rica and other Central American countries. 
 

Costa Rica: Small Market but Prestigious Large-Scale Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 23, 2013

Costa Rica’s local solar thermal industry has been getting organised: The Solar Energy Association of Costa Rica, Acesolar, was officially founded last year. In early 2013, all formal issues were resolved and Acesolar was able to start working. Currently, the association has around twenty members. In February, a committee began developing a national standard for solar thermal systems. Cheap vacuum tubes from China are currently very popular. The photo shows one of the recent prestigious large-scale solar projects, which was finished in April 2013. The installation at the MultiSpa consists of 64 glazed flat plate collectors covering the hot water demand and 320 m² of unglazed collectors to heat the Olympic-size pool.
Photo: Acesolar

Costa Rica: Training Course at Earth University

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2012

An excellent campus, a highly motivated group of professionals and an abundantly sunny country: Martin Schnauss (third from right) is very satisfied with his Costa Rican training course, which took place in the middle of November at the international campus of the Earth University, a two-hour drive from the country’s capital, San José. Together with his colleague Katie Brown, Schnauss held the one-week training course about solar heating and cooling technology in cooperation with the German Renewables Academy AG (RENAC). The course, which was financed by the German Federal Environment Ministry, BMU, was free of charge for the participants.
Photos: RENAC AG

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

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