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HIMHOT: Low-Cost Solar Water Heaters for Himalayan Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2013

A study carried out in 2011 initiated by the Global Solar Water Heating Project (GSWHP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) clearly stated the need for low-cost solar water heaters in the Himalayan Region. The GSWHP later used the study’s findings to organise a design competition with the aim to develop innovative low-cost solar water heaters suitable for this region. The requirements: the systems had to be light, modular, not require piped water supply and cost around INR 1,500 (approx. USD 300). One of the competition’s successful outcomes has been the HIMHOT, a storage collector with a transparent cover area of 0.5 m x 0.5 m. The photo shows the HIMHOT prototype being tested by a family in the northern Indian Himalayan region. The tests have shown that on a clear and sunny day, one unit can provide 25 litres of hot water with a ∆T of 25 to 30° per day.
Photo: Greentech Knowledge Solutions Private Ltd

India: 90 Process Heat Projects with Concentrating Collectors in Five Years

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 11, 2012

 Workshop on UNDP – GFE Project On 19 May 2012, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Tarun Kapoor, announced the official launch of the initiative Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator based Process Heat Applications. In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the MNRE will support 30 demonstration projects (15,000 m²) and 60 replication projects (30,000 m²) of process heat applications with concentrating solar thermal collectors across at least five different sectors between 2012 and 2017. The aim is to create a wealth of information about all of the supported projects, including feasibility studies, detailed project reports and performance results.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Chile: Solar Energy Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 15, 2011

 Amr M. Abdel Hai (left) and Eduardo Noboa” Amr M. Abdel Hai, Programme Officer for the Energy Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (left), and Eduardo Noboa, Renewable Energy and Environment Coordinator from the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), organised a two-day workshop with the aim to strengthen the solar water heating markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of 46 solar thermal experts from several countries (Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay) exchanged information, knowledge, lessons learned and successful experiences.
Photo: OLADE

Regional Workshop Presentation on the Situation of Solar Thermal Energy Market in Latin America and Caribbean (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 28, 2011

This is a presentation made during the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Regional Workshop of Solar Thermal Water Heating in Chile in June 2011. This presentation of Eduardo Noboa from OLADE, the Latin American Energy Organisation, passes in review the solar thermal market of different countries in South America: Brazil, Argentina, Barbados, Colombia, Nicaragua and Peru.

Mexico: UNDP starts Best Practices Recognition Award 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 26, 2011

 Calentadores solares de agua” Public institutions and private enterprises which run high-yield solar water heater projects are now able to submit their application to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Mexico. “The most outstanding projects on solar water heating development in Mexico will be recognised with an Award,” UNDP Mexico stated at the beginning of July. Interested private and public actors are invited to send their documentation to until 10 August 2011.

PROMASOL: Democratizing Access to Solar Water-Heaters (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 4, 2011

This is a case study prepared by the UNDP in the framework of the project PROMASOL, a UN-funded initiative aimed at developing the Moroccan solar water heating market.

User’s Technical Handbook on Solar Water Heaters (India, 2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 16, 2011

This handbook was prepared in the framework of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), - a project co-executed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP), funded by Global Environmental Fund with co-financing of the International Copper Association. It was done in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

India: Ideal Frame Conditions for Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 22, 2010

 DIREC 2010” More than 200 participants attended the side-event dedicated to the solar heating and cooling sector during the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010 in New Delhi, India, at the end of October. International thought leaders highlighted the global development of low-temperature solar applications and the possibilities for widespread distribution of this technology.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Albania: 75,000 m2 of Newly Installed Collector Area

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 29, 2009

Alongside the government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) officially launched a solar water heater project in Albania, with its first workshop in Tirana on the 4th of December. The project titled “Country Program of Albania under the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative” aims at installing 75,000 m² of new collector area in the country and supporting sustainable market growth targeting at annual sale figures of 20,000 m² by the end of the project in 2015.


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