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Canada/Germany: Enerconcept’s Lubi Collectors Eligible for BAFA Grants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 8, 2013

Good news from Germany for Canadian air collector manufacturer Enerconcept: The company has completed its collector tests for the Lubi wall and the roof-mounted Luba GL at the Fraunhofer ISE institute in Freiburg. The collectors meet all of the requirements by the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) and are now eligible for grants. Enerconcept’s German partner, GoGaS Goch, which will sell the air collectors together with its energy-efficient solutions for heating and process heat, is delighted with the success of the combined systems. Solarthermalworld.org met François Brizard, Development Engineer at Enerconcept (left), and Heiko Schneider, Managing Director of GoGaS Goch, at the ISH fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
Photo: Stephanie Banse

Serbia: Solar Air Collectors on Smederevo’s Primary School

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 16, 2012

In spring 2012, a solar air collector system was installed on the roof of the gymnasium at the primary school "Dr Jovan Cvijie" in Smederevo, Serbia. The panels were set up to ensure regular heating and ventilation of the hall, as well as hot water in the showers. This first air collector project in Serbia was realised in the context of an environmental project, which aims to increase the use of renewable energy in the city’s public buildings.
Photo: Danone Solar

Solar Heat Worldwide - Markets and Contribution to Energy Supply 2010 (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 21, 2012

This report has been written by Werner Weiss and Franz Mauthner in contribution to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). It documents the solar thermal capacity installed in 55 countries, and ascertains the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO¬2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these systems.

German Ministry of Foreign Affairs with New 203 m² Air Collector System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2012

 Air Collector Installation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany Since December 2011, a total of 81 solar air collectors by German manufacturer Grammer Solar have supplied the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin with sun-heated air. The air collector system is part of an energy savings contract that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drawn up together with the German Energy Agency (dena) and the energy efficient building specialists of YIT Germany GmbH in 2011. The overall aim is to save more than EUR 600,000 in operation costs and around 1,780 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Photo: Grammer Solar

Performance Analysis of a Solar Heating System Coupled to a Heat Pump for Building Renovation Purposes (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 31, 2012

The paper was presented by Mr. Jacques Bony and Mr. Stéphane Citherlet from the Laboratory of Solar Energetics and Buildings Physics (Switzerland) in the framework of Task 44 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. It presents the energy and economic performances of facilities coupling heat pumps with air heater equipped with solar thermal collectors. The study was done employing a TRNSYS-type dynamic simulation.

Unglazed Solar Collectors in Heat Pump Systems: Measurement, Simulation and Dimensioning

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 26, 2012

This is a paper presented by a group of German researchers during EUROSUN 2008 International Congress on Heating, Cooling and Buildings held in Lisbon, Portugal. Addressing the use of heat pump systems with boreholes together with solar thermal collectors, their project - „Unglazed Solar Collectors in Heat Pump Systems: System Concept and Dimensioning” – is linked with Task 44 of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.

Overview on Solar Thermal Plus Heat Pumps Systems and Review of Monitoring Results (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 16, 2012

The target of the present paper is to give an overview on commercially available Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Systems (SAHPS) and a review on available monitoring results of these integrated systems. It is the fruit of the research of German, Italian and Austrian specialists in the framework of IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.

Review of Technical Information on Renewable Heat Technologies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 27, 2011

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change commissioned this report to the consultancy AEA Technology.

The report analyses the technical costs of four heating technologies: air source heat pumps (ASHP); ground source heat pumps (GSHP); solar thermal and biomass.

The objective is to better understand these technologies in order to prepare the review process of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The Renewable Heat Incentive went live in 2010 and it should be reviewed every four years.

Canada: Matrix Energy Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit vs Conserval Engineering

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 14, 2011

 MatrixAir system At the end of October, Canadian air collector manufacturer Matrix Energy Inc won its patent infringement case against Conserval Engineering, Canada, a case that lasted for several years. According to a press release by Matrix Energy from the beginning of November, the Federal Court of Canada concluded that the defendant, “…did not infringe Conserval Engineering’s Canadian Patent No 1,326,619 … by making, designing and selling its own MatrixAir system”.
Photo: Matrix Energy Inc

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