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Armenia: Solar Heat as ACBA-Credit Agricole’s Corporate Social Responsibility

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 9, 2015
ArmeniaACBA-Credit Agricole, the Armenian branch of French banking group Credit Agricole, has announced the installation of several solar collector systems in Armenia’s third-largest city Vanadzor. The solar thermal systems were installed on the premises of Orran, the local charity organisation for families in need, and regular maintenance will be carried out by a Shtigen, a local business and one of Armenia’s biggest developers in the field of solar thermal and solar electricity systems. The photo shows a non-pressurised solar thermal system consisting of 240 vacuum tubes. It was installed on the roof of a swimming pool and provides the heat for the building.
Photo: Shtigen
 

Guidelines on Standardization and Quality Assurance for Solar Thermal

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 8, 2015

This Guidelines aims at explaining the relevance of quality assurance for a sustainable market development, besides providing an overview of quality assurance measures applied to solar thermal products and installations around the world. It indicates some possible steps in order to set up a quality assurance system in a country.

This guide covers all aspects from standardisation to testing and certification, asserting the quality of both systems and installation. It covers both the quality of systems and of installation. It also refers to an exhaustive mapping of worldwide existing standards and certification for solar thermal.

Guidelines for Solar Water Heating and Cooling Policy and Framework Conditions

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 8, 2015

Considering the technology potential, and its economic, societal and environmental benefits, policy-makers should focus their attention towards the promotion of the solar thermal technology by setting the right framework conditions and policies to enable such deployment. In brief, policy makers should design and promote specific programmes to encourage solar water heating deployment.

To implement the right solar water heating promotion programme, policy makers at different governance levels must carry out a thorough analysis of the sector. The essential steps are tackled in this publication.

 

Solar Water Heaters Market Evaluation- A Full Case Study of Mexico

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 8, 2015

This comprehensive case study analyses Mexico’s Solar Water Heating (SWH) market and enabling environment over the course of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project).

Solar Water Heaters Market Evaluation- A Full Case Study of Chile

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 8, 2015

This comprehensive case study analyses Chile’s Solar Water Heating (SWH) market and enabling environment over the course of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). 

Meet Where the Continents Meet: SHC2015 in Istanbul

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 7, 2015
SHC2015Two continents meet in Istanbul, in a metropolis of 15 million. More than 230 researchers and industry representatives from five continents used this strategic spot for their participation in SHC2015, a high-level conference which took place at the beginning of December and focused on solar heating and cooling technologies as well as their related markets. The three-day event organised by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme in cooperation with the German company PSE and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) presented a mix of technological innovations, the latest research results, service tools for planners and designers of complex solar heating and cooling installations, and it offered a lot of room for discussions on market and technology developments from different countries and regions. This news piece will highlight some of the key aspects of the conference and will be followed by a number of solarthermalworld.org articles over the coming weeks, each with their own special focus. 
Photos: Eva Augsten
 

Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment for Eight Countries in the Arab Region

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 4, 2015

This regional assessment report applies the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessments Methodology in eight countries of the Arab region: Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, UAE and Palestine. It is recommended that the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report be read in parallel with this report.

The assessment report highlights different opportunities and the current status of solar water heaters in the eight countries mentioned above for which the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Methodology/ Assessment has been conducted. It conclude that although most of Arab countries are located in the solar belt, the penetration rate of solar water heaters in the region still remains low.

India Launches International Solar Alliance: Light up lives and power their future

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 30, 2015
Narendra ModiIndia´s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has invited the sun-rich countries between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn to join an International Solar Alliance (ISA). Modi’s aim is to create a collaborative platform for an increased deployment of solar energy technologies, which will enhance energy security as well as sustainable development, improve access to energy and opportunities for better livelihoods in rural and remote areas and increase living standards. The prime minister will use the gathering of the head of states at the Climate Change Conference in Paris to establish ISA. The photo shows Modi in discussion with African delegates during the India-Africa Forum Summit in October 2015. “When the sun sets, tens of millions of homes in India and Africa become dark. We want to light up the lives of our people and power their future," Modi said during this meeting, according to Indian media.
 

Costa Rica: Rising Energy Prices to Benefit Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 25, 2015
Swissol Costa RicaCosta Ricans currently spend up to 40 % of their electricity bill on hot water supply. With an average annual increase of 5.3 %, the demand for electricity has quadrupled over the last 20 years and prices have more than doubled during the same period. Therefore, one should assume solar water heaters to be popular in a country where solar irradiation is as high as 2,100 W per m² and year. Unfortunately, the Costa Rican Statistical Office does not provide any figures on the total collector area installed across the country. 
Photo: Swissol
 

Austria: One World Solar Collector Receives Solar Keymark

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 20, 2015
SunlumoThe One World Solar Collector developed by Austrian company Sunlumo finally received a Solar Keymark certificate in October 2015 (see the attached PDF). This is a milestone in the long design and development process, which started in 2009. “We designed a completely new collector model optimising weight, performance, logistics and raw materials,” Robert Buchinger (left), Managing Director of Sunlumo, says about the long term R&D project. The photo, which was taken at machinery supplier Fill’s booth at the 2014 edition of Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing, in Germany, shows Buchinger and Wilhelm Rupertsberger, Head of Competence Center Polymer Technology at FilI, holding up the pilot collector with a gross collector area of 0.95 m² and a weight of only 8.1 kg. Sunlumo is looking for investors who want to purchase a complete production line as well as the license and produce the polymer collector locally. The One World Solar Collector is the third 100 % polymer collector with a Solar Keymark certificate. The other two are Eco Flare 3M by Israeli manufacturer Magen Eco Energy and a collector from Norway’s Aventa. 
Photo: Sunlumo
 

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