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Solar Thermal or Photovoltaic Cooling? (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 27, 2012

This presentation was given by Professor Ursula Eicker (University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart) at Intersolar 2012. It reports on the simulations studies undertaken by the University to compare the energy performance and costs of solar thermal, PV and conventional cooling. Several case studies are referenced, including test installations in Germany, Spain, Cyprus and Egypt.

Turkey: Güneş Enerjisi – Book on Solar Thermal Technology in Turkish

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 25, 2011

 Güneş Enerjisi” Ezinç Metal, the biggest solar thermal manufacturer in Turkey, has just published a book about the use of solar heating. The 110-page document entitled 'Güneş Enerjisi' describes in Turkish the potential of solar heating, and the different collector and tank technologies Ezinç has been offering. It also includes a chapter on mounting issues, one on additional components such as pumps and expansion vessels, and several hydraulic schemes for smaller and larger systems.

USA: Strategic Partnership between Tank and Collector Manufacturer

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 14, 2010

 Bill Vallett, Jr. (left) and Robin Welling” Start of a new cooperation: Bill Vallett, Jr., President of Lochinvar (left) and Robin Welling, Managing Director of Tisun, presented their new brand Lochinvar/Tisun at the AHR Expo in Orlando, Florida, in spring this year.
Photo: Tisun

Australia: First Solar-Cooled Shopping Centre

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 2, 2009

Innovation Award for NEP Solar” Satisfied engineers: Antoine Millioud (left) and Stefan Minder of the Australian company NEP Solar show the Innovation Award that they won at Intersolar 2009 for their PolyTrough collector with a polymer-carrier-based reflector. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Solar houses: Renewables to Make Up 50 % of the Annual Energy Demand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 24, 2009

solarhaus 50+ at Intersolar” There was no going around the huge Solarhaus 50+ sign in the centre of Hall B2 at the Intersolar, the international solar fair in Munich at the end of May. Solar Energy covers more than 50% of the heating demand of such a Solarhaus 50+. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Strategic Partnerships for Turnkey Solar Collector Factories

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 24, 2009

Intersolar booth of SMI Sunrise” Premiere at the Intersolar fair in Munich, Germany: SMI from Italy and Sunrise from Greece publicly announced their strategic partnership, with the goal to offer turnkey machinery solutions to the solar thermal industry. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Solar Mega Fairs in Europe breaking Records

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 30, 2009

The next three months will be busy ones for the solar thermal industry. Several solar mega fairs will take place in Europe before the end of May.

The fair season starts with the biggest fair of all, the ISH in Frankfurt, Germany, including 2,400 exhibitors on more than 250,000 m2 of exhibition gross space, from the 10th to the 14th of March. Renewable energy technology is one of several areas at the fair, which also includes sanitation, air conditioning and building services.

Stretching an absorber like a trampoline

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 12, 2008

KBB Kollektorbau at Intersolar 2008Stephan Fintelmann, founder and executive director of Berlin’s OEM collector manufacturer KBB Kollektorbau, presents his new K4 collector series at Intersolar.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

Thermosiphon Systems from New Caledonia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 12, 2008

Sun Ray at Intersolar 2008Williams Danger and Caroline Hubert of Sun Ray, a manufacturer of thermosiphon systems, came to Intersolar from New Caledonia, east of Australia, making them the solar thermal exhibitor farthest from home. Photo: Bärbel Epp

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