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Solergy Collector Label: EU Commission Confirms Clear Distinction from Energy Labelling

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 28, 2015
The implementation of voluntary collector label Solergy will enter into the second phase in 2016. The European Commission has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusing the voluntary mark with the official energy labelling stipulated since September 2015 for heating devices across Europe, the Steering Committee of the Solar Heating Initiative said in a letter sent to selected stakeholders in the middle of December. The letter went on to explain that it would now be the responsibility of DIN Certco, the German certification body, to issue Solergy labels officially and register the certificates in an online database. During the first phase in the second half of 2015, it had been Stefan Abrecht, the initiator of the voluntary collector label and General Manager of German company Solar Experience, who had issued the certificates.
 

France: Monitoring Innovations – Rebuilding Investor Confidence

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 22, 2015
 Tecsol Monitoring Device“The French market has been suffering from inadequately performing solar thermal installations made in the boom years of 2009 to 2011 because of untrained installers,” said Edwige Gautier, Project Coordinator at Enerplan, the Union of Professionals in Solar Energy, during her speech at SHC2015 in Istanbul at the beginning of December. “We need to rebuild investor confidence in solar thermal.” Training and installation manuals are one way to achieve this aim, monitoring systems would be another. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that two solar thermal innovations were conceived in France this year: Tecsol’s One Thermique and the storage tank touchscreens by Viessmann with its storage tank and collector factory in Faulquemont, France. 
 

Europe: Strategy on Heating and Cooling Launches in February 2016

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 21, 2015
Maroš Šefčovič (left) and Miguel Arias CañeteThe publication of the EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling (Heat Strategy) is now scheduled for February 2016, when it will be published as part of the winter (legislative) package comprising a revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation and an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas. The Heat Strategy was supposed to be already out on 18 November 2015. The consultation process is now over and the ENER C3 unit of the Directorate General (DG) of Energy is drafting the final version. The photos show the two most important heads of European energy strategies, both with a five-year term up to 2019: Maroš Šefčovič from Slovakia, Vice-President of the European Commission and in charge of the Energy Union (left), and Miguel Arias Cañete from Spain, the commissioner for Energy and Climate Action. 
Photos: EU Commission
 

Guide for Solar Heating and Cooling Awareness-Raising Campaigns

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 18, 2015

This guide aims to assist those actors interested in promoting solar heating and cooling and it addresses the design and implementation of awareness raising campaigns.

In order to provide guidance on the design and implementation of awareness raising campaigns, this guide is conceived as a chronological step by step approach. Every stage of the campaign (conception to evaluation) and every aspect (from design to project management and financing) are covered, and practical tips are proposed for every step;

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
 

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