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Arizona: Solar Pre-heating for Sports Drinks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2009
    It is one of the world's most efficient solar thermal installations: the solar thermal pre-heating system, which Gatorade, a subsidiary of the US-American soft drink producer PepsiCo, had installed this year in a factory in Arizona, US. The company responsible for designing the Arizonan installation was the Austrian manufacturer S.O.L.I.D. GmbH. “We are confident that the installation will reach a specific annual yield of 1,200 kWh/m2,” Harald Blazek from S.O.L.I.D GmbH's Project Development department announced.

    New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 27, 2009

    Canadians benefit from a series of improvements that the federal supporting measures for solar thermal technology brought forth. First of all, the funding for the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program – a programme for residential home owners - has been increased by 300 million Canadian Dollars (CAD). The rebate for the solar thermal system of an individual family rose from CAD 500 to CAD 1,250.


    Mechanical Equipment & Control Strategies for a Chilled water and a Hot water system (2008)

    Submitted by Hans Craen on April 19, 2009

    This report from 2008 falls within the framework of the Internal Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.

    The objective of this report is to undertake pre-normative research to develop a comprehensive and integrated suite of building energy analysis tool tests involving analytical, comparative, and empirical methods.

    These methods will provide for quality assurance of software some of which will be enacted in specific standards to be used for certifying software used for showing compliance to building energy standards.

    May in Europe: Four Solar Thermal Events Within One Month Alone

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2009

    There are a lot of places in Europe during the month of May where you can listen to highly regarded solar thermal speakers. Four solar thermal conferences will then take place in three different countries: Germany, Italy and Poland.

    Solar thermal symposium

    6th to 8th of May 2009 in Staffelstein, Southern Germany

    Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

    Submitted by Hans Craen on March 27, 2009

    This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets and identifies best practices which can be used by policy makers in both industrialised and developing countries.

    Three barriers to diffusion are analysed in more detail:

    (1) Technical barriers,

    (2) Economic barriers and

    Energy Directive Adopted by European Parliament

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

    It's a great step forward acknowledging solar heating and cooling to be a key factor for climate protection: For the first time, heating and cooling is covered by an European Directive. The new Energy Directive was adopted with 634 votes in favour and only 25 against and 25 absent in the European Parliament at the 17th December 2008.

    Canada Committed to Solar Thermal Energy

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 22, 2008

    The first solar seasonal storage facility on the North American continent: Since September 2007, 52 single-family homes at the Drake Landing Solar Community in Okotoks near Calgary have been heated using 800 collectors of the Canadian manufacturer Enerworks and a ground reservoir with 140 boreholes. Photo: Enerworks

    Ambitious Plans for Solar Thermal Technology in India

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

    vacuum tubes in IndiaThe Indian market of vacuum tube collectors is picking up pace: Several manufacturers of flat plate collectors have started importing tube collectors from China. So far, they possess a market share of 10 to 15 %. Photo: Sudarshan Saur


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