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SMEThermal 2013: 150 Experts Debate Future Solar Collector Generation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 4, 2013

The industry needs to aim for big targets to make sure solar heat will be able to contribute to a changing energy market. With this statement, Karl-Heinz Remmers, founder and CEO of German Solarpraxis, opened the fourth SMEThermal conference in Berlin on 29 January. More than 150 industry representatives and researchers from 25 countries used the conference to discuss the necessary future developments of collectors, system and production technology. The key topic of the first panel discussion: What will the collector of the next generation look like? One panellist side favoured full-polymeric collectors: Michael Sessler from Magen eco-Energy, Israel (left). The other side develops and produces metal collectors with all-aluminium direct-flow absorbers: Jari Varjotie, Savo-Solar, Finland.
Photos: Eva Augsten

SMEThermal 2013 – Innovations in Manufacturing, Product Design and Machinery: Call for Papers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 23, 2012

 

The Call for Papers for the SMEThermal 2013 is now open. Component manufacturers, production equipment suppliers, material suppliers, engineering companies and researchers are welcome to submit their presentation proposals for the international conference taking place in Berlin on 29 January 2013. The SMEThermal has become one of Europe’s leading international industry conferences on the solar thermal sector. The one-day event will attract more than 170 solar thermal industry experts, including delegations from booming solar thermal markets, such as Brazil and China. The conference offers insights into the sector’s most recent developments in process optimisation, cost reduction strategies, new materials or collector and tank design (see also the attached flyer).

Solarthermalworld.org Quiz: All-rounder Win Prizes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 20, 2012

 Chris Beebe (left), Daniel Mugnier (center), and Uwe Trenkner (right) ” Solar thermal professionals from all around the world took part in the third round of the solarthermalworld.org quiz at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The three winners, who were announced at the third day of the fair, came from three different countries as well. Daniel Mugnier (center), researcher at French company Tecsol SA, and German Uwe Trenkner (right), from Trenkner Consulting in Brussels, scored best in the 10-question quiz. The best quiz participant from outside Europe was Chris Beebe (left), CEO of Beam Engineering, a company located in Boston, Massachusetts.

China: New Titanium Coating by Linuo Solar Thermal Group

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 5, 2011

 Tubes of Linuo” After the Group's new vacuum tube titanium coating has proven itself on the Chinese market for the past year, Linuo Solar Thermal is thinking about introducing the product also on international markets. One of the biggest manufacturers of vacuum tubes in China has so far used an aluminium-based coating for all its products. The new coating of the Sunrain group - presented at the company´s 10-year anniversary in December 2010 – is said to be based on titanium as well.
Photo: Linuo Group

SMEThermal 2012: Call for papers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 1, 2011

The international conference SMEThermal is held in Berlin on 7 February 2012 already for the third time. The one-day event deals explicitly with process optimization, automation and new materials in the tank and collector industry. SMEThermal 2011 was a great success. 160 decision makers from 22 different countries met in Berlin to discuss the latest trends and technical challenges in the industry.

Challenge of the world market: “Europe is stuck with high installation costs”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 22, 2011

 Panel discussion at SMEthermal 2011” “Competition on price” was one of the key questions of the panel discussion at the international conference SMEthermal 2011 in Berlin on 10 February. Representatives from the major solar thermal markets worldwide discussed the challenges of the world market among them (left to right): Hakan Alas, General Manager, Ezinç Metal (Turkey), Michael Hsu, CEO, Sunshore Solar Energy – Business Development Central Europe (Austria/China) and Lucio Mesquita, Managing Director, Thermosol Consulting (Canada/Brazil). SMEthermal is an annual one-day conference dedicated exclusively to manufacturing of collectors and tanks, new materials and process optimisation. There were 160 participants from 22 different at the event.
Photo: Solarpraxis AG / Therese Aufschlager

Europe: 2011 Conferences dedicated to Solar Heating and Cooling

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 27, 2010

In Europe, only a few conferences focus exclusively on solar heating and cooling in 2011. Most events combine both solar thermal technology and photovoltaics, with two-thirds of the schedule being reserved for solar electricity and only one third for solar thermal. Please check the event calendar for more information about these events. The few events in 2011 that deal only with solar heating and cooling (and have been included in the event calendar, too) are listed in the following:

Automation and Quality Improvements at SMEThermal 2011: Call for papers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 1, 2010

 1st SMEThermal” The 1st SMEThermal in March 2010 exceeded the expectations: As the first of its kind to be dedicated exclusively to materials and equipment used in manufacturing solar thermal tanks and collectors, it attracted 150 key industry players from 20 different countries.
Photo: Solarpraxis

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