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Technology Review and Selection of CSP and Desalination Configurations (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 20, 2011

This Final Report is the deliverable of Work Package (WP1) from the MED-CSD Project. Designed to assess combined solar power and desalination plants’ technico-economic potential in Mediterranean Partner countries, it was a project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). It ran between June 2008 and June 2010.

Case Study: Dairy Farmers Milk Free Energy (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 7, 2011

This case study is the result of a partnership between New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), the country’s dairy farmers and technical experts, showing the benefits of solar water heating and waste heat recovery systems used to reduce energy costs.

Europe: Solar Keymark Scheme Rules for concentrating solar collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 6, 2011

 Solar Keymark Network MeetingDuring the meeting in Paris in October 2011, the Solar Keymark Network has accepted an extension of the Solar Keymark Scheme Rules. In the future, Solar Keymark will be available for both solar water heater stores and concentrating solar collectors. At the same meeting, the Solar Keymark Network has approved the new Annual Collector Energy Output Calculation Tool as a standard measuring tool for all Solar Keymark certified collectors. The energy output calculated with it can from now on be found on all Solar Keymark data sheets.
Photo: Henry Rosik

Germany: District Heating Companies encourage Customers to feed in Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 27, 2011

 District Heating Project in Hamburg WilhelmsburgIn Hamburg in northern Germany, two district heating providers encourage their customers to supply the companies' networks with heat generated from individually owned solar collectors or other renewable sources. E.On Hanse Wärme offers to store heat for a fee, whereas Hamburg Energie buys renewable heat for a fixed price per kWh.
Photo: IBA Hamburg

Switzerland: Jenni Energietechnik AG expands Production Capacity

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 24, 2011

 Storage Production of Jenni Energietechnik AG, Switzerland Orders for large solar storage tanks are on the rise: Swiss Jenni Energietechnik AG is currently expanding its production capacity to meet the greatly increased demand. At its Oberburg headquarters, the solar company is constructing a new building for the manufacturing of large storage tanks. According to CEO Josef Jenni, the additional facility will enable the company to produce five times as much as before.
Photo: Jenni Energietechnik AG

Germany: Independent of Energy Utilities

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 18, 2011

 Helma’s energy self-sufficient home ” Living without gas and electricity grid connection: On 5 May, German building promoter Helma Eigenheimbau AG inaugurated its first energy self-sufficient home located in the 'show house park for sustainable construction' at the company’s headquarters in Lehrte, Germany. The sun supplies the thermal energy required for hot water and space heating, as well as the electricity for the household and the electric car. As a result, the house is completely independent from any energy suppliers.
Photo: Helma Eigenheimbau AG

Austria Email: Polyester Fibre Fleece Insulation for up to 5,000 litre Tanks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 12, 2011

 Storage tank with new polyester fibre fleece insulation” The new polyester fibre fleece insulation by Austrian OEM tank manufacturer Austria Email was the star attraction of the company's stand at the international heating fair ISH in Frankfurt in March. Austria Email started producing polyester fibre fleece last year in their factory in Knittelfeld and launched it under the name 'Eco Skin'. 70% of the raw material comes from recycled polyester fibre, which, in turn, comes from recycled PET bottles - 30 % is new material. Unique is the composition of the fleece material.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

Sweden: First Buffer Tank receives P-Mark Certificate

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 14, 2010

 Buffer tank Ecoscience” The buffer tank Ecoscience by Swedish tank manufacturer Fueltech Sweden AB is the first tank to receive the P-Mark certification. After one year of testing and paper work, the P-labelling of the 520 litre tank with fresh-water station and external solar loading module was approved at the beginning of November 2010. P-Mark is a quality mark developed by SP, the Swedish National Testing and Research Institute. To receive the label, a product must fulfil requirements in four different categories: efficiency, safety, documentation and manufacturing quality.
Photo: Fueltech Sweden

Turkey: Baymak invests US$ 10 million in new Tank Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 18, 2010

 Tank production factory ” Heart of Baymak's new tank production factory in Tuzla near Istanbul, Turkey, is its automated, enamelling line: The production capacity has increased from 75,000 to 175,000 tanks per year.
Photo: Baymak

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