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New Zealand: Over 35 Years of Steel Absorber Collector Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 19, 2016
Arthur WilliamsonFor more than 35 years, Thermocell collectors have been exclusively manufactured in New Zealand. Developed and commercialised in the late 1970s by Professor Emeritus Arthur Williamson from the University of Canterbury, these patented collector types have been produced in Christchurch ever since. In the peak years of 2005 and 2006, about 12 staff worked for Thermocell in administration, production and installation. As New Zealand’s solar thermal market has declined significantly over the past ten years, only two of those people are left today. “Arthur developed a reliable technology and we are maintaining systems which are more than 30 years old,” confirmed Ian Johns, General Manager of Sunstream Solar, a Thermocell collector reseller and installer from Christchurch. The photo shows Williamson in front of a “heat sheet”, the unique feature of Thermocell systems.
Photos: University of Canterbury / Sunstream Solar
 

Bulgaria: Prisoners Make Solar Water Heaters in Sofia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 29, 2016
Bulgaria prison productionWhen it comes to renewable energies policy, Bulgaria is certainly not the most progressive country in Europe. So what GE Prisons Production (GE PP) did was an even more notable endeavour: The government-owned company established a so-called Green Plant on the premises of the Sofia Central Prison to manufacture solar water heaters. “I believe that the utilisation of solar energy is the future,” Yavor Dimitrov, Production Manager at GE PP said. “With many sunny days, climatic conditions in Bulgaria are favourable for this type of energy, which is why we decided to launch a production unit for solar thermal energy systems.” Before the solar business, GE PP had already been operating various production plants for window frames, furniture and clothing across the country. The photo shows a factory in Sofia for the manufacture of heat transfer coils, including two of the workers employed there.
Photo: GE PP 

Crimea: Plans to Establish New Collector Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 24, 2016
AfrosAccording to the announcements by the Crimean Ministry of Industry Policy, the peninsula should get its first solar collector production unit soon. The government has plans to establish a solar collector and heat pump factory in the industrial area of Feodossija, an article on the Kryminform website from 6 November 2015 stated, referring to a press release by the former Crimea’s Minister of Industrial Policy, Andrei Skrynnik. The largest local solar water heater supplier Afros imports collectors from neighbouring countries and focus on system installations. The photo shows one of the solar references from the Afros website, a residential installation in Alupka, near the peninsula’s southern coastline. 
Photo: afros.com.ua/

Germany: Management Buyout of Schüco’s Collector Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 14, 2013

Newly founded German company SolMetall has purchased Schüco’s assembling line for collectors and mounting systems and will continue to produce the products previously offered by Schüco. The three former Schüco employees who founded SolMetall in the German town of Spenge near Bielefeld on 14 January 2013 were Alexander Altemeier (former Purchasing Manager Production Plants), Uwe Berg (former Head Collector Factory) and Andreas Rosenwirth (former Head Collector Development). “Each of us owns 8 % of the company. The other 76 % of the shares are held by German Surikate Mittelstands AG,” confirms Berg, one of the three Managing Directors of SolMetall. The involvement of Surikate is no coincidence, as its subsidiary Schmöle had been a supplier to Schüco’s collector production since 1998.

Poland: Tank Manufacturer Galmet Invests EUR 3.4 million in Collector Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 21, 2013

Polish tank manufacturer Galmet is about to diversify its business by launching a collector production facility in Glubczyce in the south-western province of Opolskie. Galmet is planning to produce two sizes of panels there: one with 1.6 m² and another with 2m². In September 2012, the company announced that the new factory should produce roughly 4,000 collectors per year. “We are in the process of completing the manufacturing line, so I would rather not confirm any numbers at this stage,” Miroslaw Piróg, Head of Technical Department Tanks at Galmet says to solarthermalworld.org. “We are planning to start collector production in a few weeks,” he adds.

Germany: Schüco Closes Bielefeld Collector Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 17, 2012

It was the beginning of December when German collector manufacturer Schüco International KG officially announced to close its collector factory in the German town of Bielefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia. The announcement ended the speculations that had already circulated among German industry players since summer 2012. At the beginning of August, the company had stated to lay off 475 of its solar department employees in the photovoltaics and solar thermal field. Back then, Schüco had been planning to close down the two plants manufacturing thin-film PV modules in the eastern part of Germany, but nothing had been said – officially - about the Bielefeld plant.

Uruguay: FUCO Produces Flat Plate Collectors in Montevideo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 22, 2012

It has been one year since FUCO (Fábrica Uruguaya de Colectores Solares Planos) started its production of flat plate collectors in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Right now, the monthly output is at 800 m² and can be increased if necessary, says Director Daniel Sztern. Sztern is also Director of Enviro Consultores, a consulting company carrying out environmental studies and overseeing project development. Following a two-year study by Enviro about sustainable energy sources in Uruguay, Sztern decided to establish a factory for flat plate solar thermal collectors in the country.
Photo: FUCO

Austria: Collector Production Unit for Sale

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 15, 2012

The factory for sale in Austria is a complete and new production facility for standard flat plate collectors. “The buyer will be able to manufacture and sell high-quality collector modules without any delay,” the worldwide shown ad explains. The production capacity of the absorber and collector production line in three shifts was 54,000 m2 and could be extended further.

Russia: New Solar Collector Production Launched in Penza

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 17, 2012

 New collector of Inten
February 2012 has seen the launch of a new serial production of solar collectors in the city of Penza in central Russia, 600 km southeast of Moscow. The new collector type was designed by scientists from the Penza State Technological Academy (PSTA). The rights for the newly developed product belongs to Inten, a small innovative enterprise established by PSTA scientists in spring 2011. The production factory is located at the Nizhnelomovsky Electromechanical Plant, one of Russia’s largest plants in this field.
Photo: Inten

South Africa: New Collector Factory commissioned

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 27, 2011

 Factory floor at Ikhwezi” South African company Ikhwezi Solar (Pty) Ltd announced in mid-July that its new solar thermal flat plate manufacturing plant has become fully operational. The factory's annual production capacity is 22,000 collectors, which are manufactured on a single shift basis. Before starting its own collector production, the company based in East London, at the southeast coast of South Africa, had specialised in supplying and installing solar thermal collectors for both South Africa's commercial and domestic market. “We decided to capitalise on the momentum created in South Africa, with the focus having moved much to renewable energy,” Executive Director of Ikhwezi Solar, Pieter Bosch, explains.
Photo: Ikhwezi Solar

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