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Guide to Solar Thermal Incentives in Washington DC (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report from the District Department of the Environment, Washington DC’s local environmental agency, details how local citizens can use the city’s Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) to receive incentives for using solar thermal systems. Further information on solar thermal incentives worldwide can be found here.

Austria Solar: “What we need now are innovations that we can present to the world!”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 27, 2013

Since 1 October, the Austrian solar thermal association Austria Solar has had a new Managing Director. Doris Hammermüller replaced Roger Hackstock, who left the association on 30 June 2013 after leading it for twelve years. Hammermüller, who holds a Diplom degree in Social Work, has had an interest in solar thermal since the 1990s. She was co-founder, board member and long-time representative of the association AEE Work Group Renewable Energy Lower Austria – Vienna and was the association's managing director between 2003 and 2013.
Photo: Austria Solar

India: Flat Plate vs Vacuum Tube Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 19, 2012

Until now, the Indian solar thermal market has been dominated by flat plate collectors (FPCs). FPCs have several advantages, with the main being robust and long-lasting. In a price-sensitive market such as the Indian one, however, vacuum tube collectors (VTCs) have gained a foothold over the last years because the systems are 30% to 40% cheaper if the glass tubes are imported from China. Although there is no official data available, VTCs are said to have reached a 35% share in the Indian market. In the fiscal year 2011/2012, market volume reached a newly installed collector area of 1 million m² (see interview with Tarun Kapoor). The photo shows flat plate collectors on high-rise, residential buildings in western India.
Photo: Kaushal Solar

Portugal: Market Drops Again in 2012

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 24, 2012

The first half of this year saw only 41,315 m² of solar thermal collector area installed in Portugal, a decrease of 35% compared to the same period last year. This is the result of a survey which was carried out by the national solar industry association, Apisolar, among solar thermal system suppliers and manufacturers in Portugal. The participating companies cover 65 % of the Portuguese market.
Source: Apisolar

The Potential of Solar Thermal Technologies in a Sustainable Energy Future (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 17, 2011

This study is a deliverable of the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme. Based on the previous studies and results from international R&D cooperation, the declared goal is to present the opportunities linked to solar thermal technologies given their positioning as the fourth largest renewable source of energy.

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