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Kosovo: Loan and Grant Funding of Sustainable Energy Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 25, 2014
KosovoBy declaring independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo became Europe´s youngest nation. The good news from the small country in the central Balkans with its 1.8 million inhabitants is that there have not been any major clashes between Kosovar Albanians and Serbians lately. Still, Kosovo faces plenty of severe challenges, such as a skyrocketing unemployment rate and an environment seriously harmed by fifty-year old coal power plant Kosovo A, which is said to be Europe’s number one coal polluter. Given the fact that Kosovo has the fifth-largest lignite resources in the world, the government plans to replace Kosovo A by a modern 600 MW coal power plant. But this approach has encountered fierce resistance from environmentalists organised in the umbrella organisation Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development. They demand a shift in the state’s energy strategy, away from carbon-rich lignite to clean renewable energy resources. Recently, they have launched their No New Coal – Safer Future campaign and declared Kosovo “a nation at the forefront of the global debate over energy access and the role of fossil fuels versus cleaner energy.”
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Design and Implementation Report of New Financing Mechanisms and Instruments for Promotion of SWH systems in India

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 17, 2014

This report covers relevant aspects of financing mechanisms for the promotion of SWHS in India, such as: segmentation of market for SWHS, assessment of financing needs of user segments, identification of financing instruments and proposed financing mechanisms. The report was prepared by ABPS Infrastructure Advisory Private Limited (ABPS Infra) by the mandate of the Indian Ministery of New and Renewable Energy. Given the huge untapped market, Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE) under the ‘Global Solar Water Heating Project’ is exploring the possibility of developing promotional schemes, which will enable large-scale deployment of SWH in the country.

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Forced Circulation Systems for Single Family Houses.

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 1, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of forced circulation solar thermal systems in single family houses.

It provides information and technical criteria to privilege the installation of certain types of small solar thermal systems over other ones. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and technical specifications required for the correct integration of a Solar Thermal System in a conventional installation of domestic hot water. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.  

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Thermosiphon Sytems for Single Family Houses (Chile- 2013).

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 15, 2014

This technical guide provides technical explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of solar thermal systems of the thermosiphon type in single family houses. It provides information and technical criteria needed to choose the most suitable system of solar water heating for single family houses according several technical conditions. It investigates the architectural criteria, technical variables and technical specifications required for the integration of a thermosyphon solar thermal system in a typical domestic hot water installation of a single family house. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.

Lebanon: Successful Installation of Testing Equipment

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 2, 2012

The new test facility for solar thermal collectors at the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) in Beirut, Lebanon, is now in its warm-up phase: At present, the technical team is preparing the collector testing for the upcoming ARSOL certification scheme in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The photo shows the partners responsible for setting up the equipment according to European collector standards EN 12975 1 and 2 (from right to left): Pierre El Khoury (Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, LCEC), Rani Al Achkar (LCEC), Nader Hajj Shehadeh (LCEC), Christian Schorn (Institute for Future Energy Systems, IZES), Sheikh Talal Zaki (IRI), Imad Hage Chehade (IRI), Mohamed El-Hajjar (IRI), Dino Alexopoulos (CRES) and Andreas Gisch (IZES). The photo was taken during the last project meeting in April 2011.
Photo: IZES

Solar Water Heating Calculator

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 17, 2012

The requirement of hot water varies from person to person depending upon his water uses pattern. However, it is estimated that the average hot water requirement per person per day in an average household in India is around 65 liters at 40º C. For calculations of hot water requirement and sizing of solar water heater system, a software was designed in India to help any resident to calculate their Solar Water Heating System needs.

Solar Heat for Industrital Process Technical Report. State of the Art in the Mediterranean Region

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 9, 2012

The objective of this technical report is to provide an overview of the state of the art of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP), to describe the main technologies existing worldwide, particularly in the Mediterranean, and give recommendations aimed at supporting the spread of this technology. Although there is a very limited penetration of solar technologies in the industrial sector, there is a great untapped potential.

Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH)

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on February 9, 2012

Generally composed of solar thermal collectors, solar water heaters provide a simple, cost-effective, and sustainable means of heating water for domestic and other uses.  In addition to reducing green house gas emissions, solar water heating (SWH) offers a host of potential benefits to both individuals and governments seeking to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.  In countries where energy demands are exceeding capacity, SWH can reduce pressure on the national power system and diminish pollution produced by conventional energy sources.  Economic benefits include enhanced employment opportunities and the creation of small- and medium-sized SWH businesses.  The development of such business could, in turn, lead to improved product quality.

While active promotion of SWH in selected countries has resulted in very high rates, so far, relatively few countries have benefited from this technology. Consequently, there are still significant opportunities for promoting SWH in the countries that have not yet profited from this technology.

Initial Market Assessment Report North Africa & Middle East (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 7, 2012

This report is one of the deliverables of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), co-executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and funded by the Global Environnemental Fund with co-financing of International Copper Association.

Given the focus on the Mediterranean basin, the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) was chosen as the regional partner of this project. The objective of the report is to provide the existing status and overview of solar water heating (SWH) industry in the country with respect to the solar energy applicability for water heating applications, achieved or installed capacities, supportive institutional and policy frameworks.

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