The new absorber production unit at Austrian collector and tank manufacturer Tisun has turned out to be a success: Since October 2011, the Pulsspeed Bender forms the meander pipe, while welding it simultaneously to the absorber plate - and then soldering it to the manifolds. The machine delivered by Austrian machinery supplier DTEC GmbH even pulls in the working material by itself. The system, which produces an absorber every three minutes, consists of different stations for cutting the absorber plate, drilling holes in the manifold pipes, soldering the pipe register and testing the pressure levels of the completed absorber. The heart of the absorber production line is the station, which in one single step, bends the pipe and welds it to the plate. Photo: DTEC/Tisun
Interview with Philippe Papillon from INES, made during ESTEC 2011 conference in Marseille. Philippe speaks of his organisation's work on solar thermal energy. 30% of the 15-strong team's time is spent on system design and testing, with a main focus on auxiliary consumption and the reduction of cost of solar energy. They also work on component design, specifically targetting preliminary components as an effective way to reduce costs.
Pressing the red button: The SolarThermal Competence Centre (STCC) of German machinery supplier Minitec GmbH & Co. KG was inaugurated at the end of August by Margit Conrad, the Minister for Environment, Forest and Consumer Protection of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Centre demonstrates the standardized and streamlined serial production of high-quality collectors.
Jubilee collector on display in the headquarters building: This collector panel completed in December 2009 the total of 3,000,000 m2 of produced collector area Turkish manufacturer Ezinc Metal San. has produced since it started production in 1983. Photo: Ezinc
“How long is the warranty period of your flat plate or your vacuum tube collector?” This question was posed as part of a global solar thermal industry survey to 300 collector manufacturers from 40 different countries. Figure: solrico
Monier is expanding its worldwide solar business: As Director Business Line Solar, Christian Pohl has been responsible for the worldwide activities of the Monier Group in the field of solar since the first of January. Photo: Monier
At the beginning of 2010, Sun & Wind Energy will publish the first edition of its address book on the international solar thermal industry. Edited in Germany, the magazine spreads all over the world and reaches more than 25,000 readers each month. Articles from Sun & Wind Energy do not only deal with solar thermal technology, but also cover the sectors of photovoltaics and wind energy.
Commercial applications have gained momentum in the US over the last two years. The system shown in the picture is a project by the The Leveredge company from Florida. The 223 m2 installation heats up to 15,000 litres per day. Photo: The Leveredge