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Solar thermal biomass drying in Chile

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 11, 2018
Grammer SolarGrammer Solar, a German manufacturer of solar air collectors, has signed a contract with Ligno Pellets, a Chilean producer of wood pellets, for the delivery and installation of a 220 m² solar field. Grammer Solar, which opened an office in Chile’s capital, Santiago de Chile, three years ago, has so far built some smaller solar dryers of up to 20 m². The new demonstration plant will be supported by the German Energy Agency, also known as dena. The organisation will reportedly cover 40 % of the investment, which is around EUR 100,000. The photo shows the headquarters of Grammer Solar in Immenstetten, in the south of Germany.
Photo: Grammer Solar

Southern Africa: SOLTRAIN's Demonstration Systems Achieve up to 800 kWh/m²a

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2013

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) has agreed to sponsor also the second phase of the successful Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN). At the beginning of December, the project partners from Austria, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe met to thrash out precisely how to implement SOLTRAIN 2. The aim of the project is to support the African partner countries when they change from a largely fossil energy supply system to a sustainable supply structure based on renewable energy in general and on solar thermal in particular. The picture shows a test facility at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The facility was established in phase 1 of the project to support local manufacturers in growing their business and improving their solar thermal technology.
Photo: AEE INTEC

Algeria: A Sunny State Still Waiting its Turn

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 12, 2010

 solarradiation algeria” Algeria has one of the greatest solar potentials in the world. The annual radiation ranges from 1,700 kWh/m2 in the North to 2,260 kWh in the South. The solar water heater market, however, is still in a deep slumber. Waking it up is the responsibility of a new subsidy programme.
Source: www.sunconsult.dz

Solar Cooling in the German Funding Programme SOLARTHERMIE 2000plus (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 29, 2009

This paper presented during the Eurosun Conference in Lisbon in 2008 by Edo Wiemken and Alexander Morgenstern from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, presents information on the status of the research for three solar cooling and air-conditioning demonstration plants using pure water as collector fluid in combination with vacuum tube collectors.

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