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Energy Company Bosch Buys Cell Manufacturer Ersol

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2008

Robert Bosch GmbH has taken over the Thuringian solar cell manufacturer Ersol Solar Energy AG, Germany. In August the world’s largest automotive supplier and electronics company bought up 44.76 % of the shares from the previous majority shareholder Ventizz Capital Partners Advisory AG. Since announcing the takeover in June Bosch has bought up a further 29.34 %.

Solar Coatings: Tinox Gets a Strong Partner

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2008

During the solar fair Intersolar 2008 in June, the German-based MAGE Industrie Holding AG and the Italian-based Almeco Group announced the merger of their coating activities in the solar thermal business field. The combination of the Almeco Group and the MAGE subsidiary Tinox GmbH brings together a significant provider of aluminium surfaces with an established specialist in copper absorber coatings. “At our Bernburg site we have one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing plants in the world.

Confident Newcomers in the U.S.

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

After almost 20 years of stagnant markets, since 2005 the U.S. solar thermal market is exploding. According to the official governmental statistics (www.eia.doe.gov) the market rose by 77 % in 2006 to 111,480 m2 (78 MWth). After many years of winter sleep the local industry is waking up. Interesting and self-confident newcomers enter the stage.

Summer boom in Germany

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

Germany's solar thermal market is growing again, and this at an astonishing rate. After market sales plummeted by 37 % in the past year, the monthly sales statistics of BDH (Federal Industrial Association Germany House, Energy and Environmental Technology) – as they are available to the author – show encouraging increases in all segments. In the first half of this year, the quantity of flat-plate collectors rose by 85 % to 779,507 m2 (546 MWth), compared to the previous year. Evacuated tubes showed an increase of 55 % to 88,416 m2 (62 MWth).

ArcelorMittal Launches Solar Copper Coating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 26, 2008

ArcelorMittal at IntersolarThe Belgium ArcelorMittal presented its new coating at the booth of European Solar Engineering SA (ESE) at the fair Intersolar 2008 in June. Photo: Bärbel Epp


 

IEA Study "Solar Heat Worldwide": Global Market Growth of 22 % in 2006

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2008

2006 was an extremely satisfying year for the global solar thermal industry. According to the new study “Solar Heat Worldwide. Markets and contribution to the Energy Supply 2006” on behalf of IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme the new installations grew 22 % in 2006. The authors from the Austrian research institute AEE Intec surveyed 48 countries and added up the newly installed collector area to 18.3 GWth (26.1 million m2).

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