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REFUND+ Final Report (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 23, 2009

The REFUND + project (2006-2009), supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe and ADEME (Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie), intends to identify, monitor and evaluate the impact of incentive schemes on the development of RES heating systems in private households in five countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal. Implementation of specific financial instruments was simulated in two case studies in Lithuania and Poland.

Solar Thermal Energy Scope in Chile (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 16, 2009

Rubén Muñoz Bustos, from the Chilean National Energy Commission, prepared this presentation for a training workshop on solar heating and cooling, which took place in July 2009 in Santiago, Chile.

The training workshop, organized by different local entities in co-operation with the Spanish Association ASIT and the Spanish Institute IDEA, was addressed mainly to technical staff from public governmental bodies and focused on boosting the use of solar thermal applications in the country.

Solar Energy for Heating Water in Urban Areas of Egypt (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 30, 2009

This document provides an overview of a project financed under UN GEF Small Grants Programme to boost the use of solar thermal water heating in remote areas of Egypt. The project resulted on the installation of 164 water heaters, reaching 3,790 people, in poor villages and neighborhoods surrounding El Menia, a city in Upper Egypt.

Simulation Study of Solar Thermal Systems Consisting of Uncovered Collectors and/or an Air-to-Water Heat Exchanger (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on October 30, 2009

This research paper from 2006 looks into a simulation exercise of solar thermal systems consisting of uncovered solar collectors and/or air-to-water heat exchangers. The aim is to optimise their functioning and to compare the performances. This simulation has been carried out for the district heating net in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The simulation of this so-called multicomponent solar thermal system looks into a method to preheat cold water by using solar irradiance as well as heat of the ambient air.

Assessment of Feasibility for the Replacement of Electrical Water Heaters with Solar Water Heaters in Namibia (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 26, 2009

This study, commissioned by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, provides an overview of the solar water heating (SWH) industry in Namibia in 2005, comparing it with electric solar heating. Other African countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and their SWH development are also mentioned to help comparing the evolution of Namibia.

EU Project: Introducing Solar District Heating to the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 24, 2009

 EU project SDHtake-off” 18 experts from twelve different institutions and associations met in Stuttgart, Germany, to launch the EU project SDHtake-off. This team is to develop and introduce a new approach and new instruments for a Europe-wide market introduction of solar district heating.
Photo: Solites

Spanish Decree on Grants for Solar Thermal Projects (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 8, 2009

This document, from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning, is an example of legislation setting rules for grants to boost the development of renewable energies, biomass and solar thermal in the Spanish Region of Murcia.

This piece of legislation goes through all the details of the grant: its recipients (local corporations, businesses, households and nonprofit institutions), the requirements, the target areas of intervention, the characteristics of the installations covered, the procedures and documents necessary to get the funds, among others.

Solar Thermal in China (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 1, 2009

This document of the Zhejiang Energy Research Institute, from 2002, provides an overview of the evolution of solar thermal use in China, since its start in early 50s until recent days, emphasising the resolutions of both the 2000-2015 Development Plan and the five -year Plan for the New and Renewable Energy Industry Development of China.

Austria: a Key Solar Thermal Market in Europe (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 14, 2009

This presentation provided by Austria Solar in 2007 offers relevant information about the Austrian solar thermal market, its evolution, the existing subsidies, publicity campaigns, training courses, together with the key figures that proof the remarkable development it has achieved in the last years.

Large-Scale Solar District Heating in Denmark

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 3, 2009

solar district heating in Gram” 802 collectors mounted in only three months: the inauguration of the latest solar district heating system by the Danish collector manufacturer Arcon Solvarme took place in the town of Gram in June this year. Photo: Arcon


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