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SHC and SWC 2017: Early Bird Registration Now Available

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 17, 2017
Logo SHC SWC 2017Benefit from an early bird discount by registering for the joint solar conferences in autumn in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, until 31 August. You need to register only once to attend both the SHC 2017 – International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry and the SWC 2017, the ISES Solar World Congress. The early bird offer will get you a 14 % discount on the standard ticket price charged from 1 October. Tickets at reduced prices are available for students and for members of both organisers – the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) – and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF). Day tickets are offered as well.
 

IEA SHC Award 2017: Nominations Call for Outstanding Support Programme / Policy Achievements

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2017
IEA SHC AwardThe IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme has published a Call for Nominations for its 2017 Solar Award. Until 1 May 2017, administrators of successful SHC support programmes or policies can be nominated for the award, which will be presented at the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry taking place in Abu Dhabi from 29 October to 2 November. “Recipients will have demonstrated substantial achievement and measurable market impact from a programme / policy measure implemented in the last 5 to 10 years to support solar heating and cooling,” the call announcement reads. Nominations can be submitted online.
Photos: IEA SHC
 

Austria: Tisun Sees Rising Interest in Solar Thermal in Gulf Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 24, 2017
Austrian collector manufacturer Tisun is currently the supplier for three major projects in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Its subsidiary, Tisun GCC with two Dubai stakeholders, have been the ones helping the company enter the Arab markets. Since 2010, Tisun has had a local subsidiary in Dubai, Tisun GCC. Tisun’s first reference project in the region was a 500 m² solar field built in 2012 for a food-processing factory and it has opened many doors since.
 

SHC 2017 and Solar World Congress Jointly Call for Papers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 23, 2017
SHC 2017 and Solar World CongressMasdar Institute of Science and Technology will host the key solar heating and cooling conference this year in Abu Dhabi from 29 October to 2 November. Two major organizations in the solar arena joined forces to offer a conference with a wide range of solar heating and cooling topics: IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). One registration fee will get you into both events – International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC 2017) and ISES Solar World Congress (SWC 2017). Joint plenary sessions will be followed by parallel sessions, which are arranged separately by IEA SHC or ISES, and jointly organised sessions on selected topics like solar buildings. The Call for Papers for both conferences is open until 24 March 2017. 
 

Saudi Arabia: “Cheap might still be too expensive”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 19, 2016
Saudi Arabia Solar Cooling AramcoWith a solar radiation of up to 2,550 kWh/m², Saudi Arabia seems destined to be a frequent user of solar thermal energy. Solar heating and cooling, however, are not very common in the Kingdom. A new housing programme launched by the government is now adding solar water heating to the list of eligible technologies, albeit companies selling to Saudi Arabia have so far only reported a small number of prestigious projects. The photo shows a solar cooling demonstration plant at the headquarters of the kingdom’s oil company, Aramco, in Dhahran. The system, which came into operation in November 2014, offers high-vacuum flat MT-Power panels by Swiss manufacturer TVP Solar and runs a double-effect absorption chiller with 180 °C to produce cold air for Saudi Aramco's Al-Munirah Community Library. Still, solar thermal energy seems to remain a niche market in the eyes of the government, which has just published a new energy strategy for the coming years – the policy document primarily mentions PV, CSP and nuclear energy to offset the rising domestic consumption of the nation’s main export commodity: oil. 
Photo: TVP Solar
 

UAE: Green Buildings Certification and Impact on Solar Technology Deployment

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2015
Green Building RatingThe countries in the Gulf region have taken the path of mandatory green building certifications instead of solar building obligations, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leading the ranking on the highest number of green buildings: 823 of an overall 1,281 green premises in the Gulf nations are located in the UAE. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman follow far behind. The ranking is based on information from online database www.usgbc.org/projects, which includes 80,917 premises certified according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed in the USA. The global database is managed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and shows that the other Gulf countries – e.g., Bahrain, Yemen and Kuwait – only have 15 buildings altogether. The country with the largest share of highly ranked buildings with Silver, Gold or Platinum is Saudi Arabia, where green headquarters seem to provide a great PR boost for companies and institutions. 
Source: USGBC
 

Webinar: New Business Models for Commercial Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2015
Webinar ISESThe solar thermal market worldwide is facing great challenges. After decades of concentrating on the single family housing owner as the key client group, now the industry is reaching out to new commercial customer groups in the tourism segment, in the housing industry and in the industrial sector. New business models to reduce upfront costs and risk for clients are absolutely essential to accelerate the deployment of solar thermal technology in these segments. To learn more about the realizable economic potential of solar heating technology in the commercial segment, and to discuss new business models, solarthermalworld.org offers a webinar in cooperation with International Solar Energy Society (ISES) on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 3 to 4:30 pm Central European Summer Time.
 

UAE: Museum in Al Ain Garden City Receives 5-Pearl Estidama Rating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 4, 2015
Desert Learning CenterThe Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center in Abu Dhabi is aiming at becoming the first building to be awarded a 5-pearl Estidama construction rating certificate. The museum and research centre inaugurated in 2015 is located in a tourist area, which includes a 400-hectar wildlife park and a resort consisting of hotels, themed safari tours and residential areas, right on the outskirts of the second-largest city of the emirate, Al Ain, also known as the Garden City. The building has about to achieve Platinum standard, the highest rating of the US LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification scheme. The owner of the building, state-owned Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, paid EUR 56 million for the green showcase project, which has been adapted for the hot and dry desert climate (see the attached PDF). Solarthermalworld.org already reported on the first 4-pearl office building in Masdar City, which was certified according to the newly developed Estidama rating system of the Abu Dhabi emirate. 
Photo: Züblin Spezialtiefbau
 

“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.
 

Abu Dhabi: IRENA´s Headquarters Become First 4 Pearl Office Building

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 1, 2015
IRENA HeadquaterThe future headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) represent the first office building in Abu Dhabi to be awarded the 4-Pearl Estidama Construction Rating Certificate. According to the Estidama website, the 2010 rating system was the first building certification code to be adopted in the Middle East. Estidama, which means sustainability in Arabic, was implemented by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and aims at “creating more sustainable communities, cities and global enterprises”. In addition to low energy and water consumption, credit points are given for an integrated planning process, as well as ecological building materials and an innovative building design. IRENA’s new headquarters achieved 115 points above mandatory and therefore gained the 4 Pearl rating. 
Photo: Irena
 

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