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Smart Heat: Ruvi Solar Highlights Customer Experience

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 14, 2016
Studies by different consulting companies, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Oliver Wyman, agree that information technology will revolutionise the energy sector from the ground up. Along with the trend of “digitalisation” goes the one of “customer centricity”, which means putting the end users’ preferences and way of thinking in the focus of product design – just as has been done by providers of convenience products. The energy sector in general and solar thermal in particular have hardly pushed the issue into the public spotlight. Now the Austrian start-up ruvi created a new solution to monitor solar thermal systems. The company’s novel approach: Make solar thermal easily understandable without forcing the user to read a manual. 
 

Germany: Create Live Schemas and Performance Diagrams on VBus.net

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2013

At the end of January, German controller manufacturer Resol invited an international group of solar thermal experts to visit its company and to discuss its latest innovation VBus.net, a web-based monitoring solution for solar thermal and heating systems for end customers. Daniel Wippermann, Head of Software Development at Resol, explained everything there is to know about the new tool. VBus.net allows users to display current temperature and flow data in a hydraulic schema and to create charts for the long-term performance of selected system sensors. Among the solar thermal professionals visiting the company were members of associations and employees of manufacturers from Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt and Mexico.
Photo: Resol

Laser-welded Flat Plate Collectors from China

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 23, 2009

Chinese collector manufacturers have recently discovered the advantages of laser welding for the production of absorber sheets. Several flat plate collector manufacturers are now working on this technology. Hailin Solar is the first to offer laser-welded collectors.

Confident Newcomers in the U.S.

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

After almost 20 years of stagnant markets, since 2005 the U.S. solar thermal market is exploding. According to the official governmental statistics (www.eia.doe.gov) the market rose by 77 % in 2006 to 111,480 m2 (78 MWth). After many years of winter sleep the local industry is waking up. Interesting and self-confident newcomers enter the stage.

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