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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

MNRE Congrats for Winners of UNDP GSWH Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2012

India has been one of the great beneficiaries of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). The initiative, which was financed and implemented by the UN organisations UNDP/UNEP and GEF, has sought to speed up the growth of the solar water heater market around the globe. To reach its aim, the GSWH project has chosen a variety of options: generate demand, strengthen the supply chain, adopt quality measures and establish a supportive regulatory environment. The UNDP team has already pointed to India as the most successful example among the benefitting countries. To honour valuable contributions, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) organised a National Workshop on 23 August 2012 in New Delhi. At the workshop, the Energy Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, presented a total of thirteen awards to State Nodal Agencies, municipal corporations and Channel Partners. The GSWH project started in September 2008 and will end by December 2012.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Report on GSWH project: Albania Country Programme (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 2, 2012

This report summarises the main activities undertaken in Albania to further SWH market development as part of the 2008-2011 UNEP/GEF Global Water Heating Transformation and Strenghtening Initiative (GSWH Project). The report gives suggestions for future market development in Albania. Firstly, by taking on the proposed legal acts, METE will take an important first step towards the establishment of a fully supportive regulatory framework for SWH. It should continue to harmonise with relevant EU legislation, such as Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

India: New national Helpline for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 28, 2011

 Helpline

As part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has started a voice-activated National Helpline on Solar Water Heaters to raise awareness of the technology and answer the questions of consumers. The service, which has been operating since 15 September 2011, is managed by the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI). It has a toll-free number (1800 2 33 44 77), with service hours from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM between Monday and Friday, and 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturdays. The two employed call centre agents offer help in both Hindi and English.

India: Efficiency Labelling for Solar Water Heaters under Discussion

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2010

 star label” The Indian government is thinking about the implementation of a kind of “star label” for solar water heaters. The institution responsible for the national Standards & Labelling Programme scheme is the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The national solar industry, however, has some reservations about this plan.
 

Action Plan for National Capital Region of India: 200,000 m2 by 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 8, 2010

 UNDP/MNRE Workshop in Dehli” Notables on the podium during the “Promoting Deployment of Solar Water Heating Systems in National Capital Region” workshop in New Delhi, India, in December 2009
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

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