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Solar Victory in the U.S.

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 6, 2008

The first days of October were sunny days for the renewables in the United States. First the Senate and two days later the House of Representatives passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 which extends the 30 % investment tax credits (ITC) for solar thermal systems as well as photovoltaics through 2016.

Solar Heat – a Winner Technology for Austria

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

“The four years of climate protection programme “klima:aktiv” in Austria was the most successful programme ever”, Robert Kanduth, the chairman of Austrian Solar Thermal Association, Austria Solar, and CEO of Greenonetec, the biggest flat-plate collector manufacturer worldwide. Kanduth was upbeat about the programmes progress at his speech at the event “Solar heat – a winner technology for Austria” at the beginning of September in Gleisdorf, Austria.

Borosolar: India’s first glass vacuum tube manufacturer

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

Borosolar vaccum tubes from IndiaNew brand Borosolar: Borosil Glass Works Ltd. launched the first vacuum tube collector fully produced in India.
Photo : Borosil Glass Works

Green credits in Mexico: Push for the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

social housing with solar in a suburb of Mexico citySocial housing in Mexico with solar water heaters: Tecamac is a typical suburb of Mexico City, where inhabitants can purchase apartments at a reasonable price. Photo: GTZ Mexico

Fixed temperature thermosiphon system from India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 2, 2008

thermosiphon system of Akson's SolarSolar water heater from India: The collector manufacturer Akson's Solar Equipments has launched the Akson Maestro system with the hot water tank positioned below the collector. Photo: Akson's Solar

Still Uncertainty about U.S. Federal Tax Credits

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2008

“Sunny Day For Solar” titled the U.S. American Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the 24th of September. A day beforehand, the Senate had approved its version of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 which would extend the 30 % tax credits for solar thermal systems through 2016.

Solar electricity and heat from one element

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2008

Hybrid collector Solarhybrid Hybrid collector from Germany: Solar cells lie within the cover plate of an otherwise conventional flat-plate collector. Photo: Solarhybrid

Cupori Group brings out cleaner copper tubes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2008

The Finnish company Cupori Group Oy, which in the spring took over the copper business of Outokumpu Copper Tube, now supplies a copper tube with a particularly clean surface. At the Intersolar 2008 in Munich in June the company presented its new “Tub-e” copper tubes, although still under the old name. They are claimed to have a particularly clean surface thanks to a thermal cleaning process. According to Cupori, welding times during absorber manufacture are shorter with the new tubes.

Neuma Solar: 30 % More Absorber Surface within a Collector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

Neuma solar collector Super solid: The Austrian manufacturer Neuma Solar presented the new collector Goliath Deluxe which can stand heavy snow loads.
Photo: Neuma Solar

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