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Austria: Results of 40 Monitored, Non-Residential Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 29, 2015

The sixth invitation to tender for large-scale solar thermal systems in Austria is still accepting applications until 24 September. The Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has again allocated a budget of EUR 5.9 million for installing collector fields of between 100 and 2,000 m2 for process heat, district heating, solar cooling, systems with high solar coverage above 20 % in trade and business and innovative technologies. The subsidy covers 40 % of the additional, environmentally relevant costs of the installation and grants a 5 % bonus for small and medium enterprises. As in the past, applicants must consult with experts from one of the three selected Austrian research institutes before submitting their proposal. Over the first five years, the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund spent EUR 17,258,324 on 163 projects. The pie chart shows the distribution of the 163 approved projects broken down by application.
Figure: Austrian Climate and Energy Fund

Italy: Solar Steam for Cheese Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 24, 2015
CSP San NicoloDirect steam production, 50,000 litres of diesel saved per year and the advantage of the Italian incentive scheme for renewable heat: All these favourable conditions allowed a small dairy in Sardinia to choose a concentrated solar thermal plant with Fresnel collectors for generating 200 °C steam. The steam is used to supply heat to the industrial processes for cheese production. The investment of EUR 400,000 will have a payback period of about 4 years.
Source: CSP-F Solar
 

India: Solar Process Heat with less than 18-Month Payback Period

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 14, 2015
Sharman Shawls“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” is the slogan at Sharman Shawls, one of India’s leading garment industry and export companies. Based in Punjab state in northern India, Sharman Shawls uses diesel to meet the hot water requirements for dyeing, bleaching and washing garments. The enterprise’s daily consumption is close to 200,000 litres of water and the processes require almost 1,700 litres of diesel per day. 180 flat plate collectors preheat hot water to 80 °C, saving 82 litres of diesel at 300 days a year. Space constraints have limited the diesel saving per day to 5 %.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya
 

Webinar: New Business Models for Commercial Solar Thermal Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 29, 2015
Webinar ISESThe solar thermal industry is facing a great challenge in entering new commercial solar thermal markets, be it tourism, solar process heat or large solar district heating. It needs new business models to convince commercial customers to use or to invest in solar thermal. A webinar jointly organised by International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and solarthermalworld.org on 23 June 2015 thoroughly analysed the current situation during presentations by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and three turnkey system suppliers: Industrial Solar, Germany, S.O.L.I.D., Austria, and Nextility, USA (find all four presentations attached to this news article). One thing to take away from the webinar was: Financing is a crucial bottleneck for large-scale turnkey system suppliers.
 

Resource/Cost Estimates For Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating (2010-2020)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 25, 2015

The Solar heat resource is dependent in the first instance on the insolation falling on the surface of Ireland. The usable power generated by solar panels will vary depending on latitude, time of year and weather conditions. According to the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, current technology produces per square metre of solar panel between 300 and 450 thermal kWh/year.  The resource area is based on the roof area of existing and future dwellings.

A Direct Solar Water Heating System for the Health Clinic in the Town of Santa Isabel Cholula, State of Puebla, Mexico (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by researchers from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico. It reports on a solar thermal water heating installation for a health clinic in Mexico that was installed by the two universities.

Solar Hot Water for Dairy Barns (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was made by Steve Dyck of Guelp Solar Mechanical Inc. It focuses on the use of solar thermal water heating for dairy barns in Canada.

10 Steps to Solar Water Heating Design (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by Kurt Koegel of Solar Skies Manufacturing. It provides background information on solar thermal systems and offers a 10 step program to use for solar thermal system design.

Breakthroughs in solar water heating: Energy collection and storage (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Sisyan Solar Water Heating. It provides information on advances and breakthroughs the company has accomplished and is pursuing in storage for solar thermal water heating.

 

Factsheet: Commercial Solar Water Heating (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This factsheet was created and published by the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment). It provides information for businesses on how they can benefit from solar thermal water heating, and take advantage of incentives for solar thermal. More information on solar thermal incentives can be found here.

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