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Cupori Group brings out cleaner copper tubes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2008

The Finnish company Cupori Group Oy, which in the spring took over the copper business of Outokumpu Copper Tube, now supplies a copper tube with a particularly clean surface. At the Intersolar 2008 in Munich in June the company presented its new “Tub-e” copper tubes, although still under the old name. They are claimed to have a particularly clean surface thanks to a thermal cleaning process. According to Cupori, welding times during absorber manufacture are shorter with the new tubes.

Austria: Professor Faninger Receives Decoration for his 30 Years of Solar Research

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2008

Professor Faninger Austria Pioneer of renewable energies in Austria: Professor Gerhard Faninger from the University of Klagenfurt received the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

Neuma Solar: 30 % More Absorber Surface within a Collector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

Neuma solar collector Super solid: The Austrian manufacturer Neuma Solar presented the new collector Goliath Deluxe which can stand heavy snow loads.
Photo: Neuma Solar

Poland: Downwind for the Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

watt poland commercial installationCommercial applications are on the rise in Poland: “Big building societies, hotels and hospitals are investing in solar thermal systems,” confirms export manager Jacek Paluch of the collector manufacturer Watt.
Photo: Watt

Viessmann: Own Production Facility for Vacuum Tubes in China

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

Viessmann will expand its own production plant for vacuum tubes near Beijing, China. The German manufacturer for heating systems had bought into an already existing German-Chinese joint venture in autumn of 2007. The German company Eurocol GmbH held 51% on the manufacturer Eurocon.

Lisbon: Solar cooling system for office complex

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

CGB Bank in Lisbon with solar coolingSolar thermal installation on top of this huge banking complex in Lisbon: The Portuguese state bank Caixa Geral de Depositos (CGD) commissioned the Austrian engineering company S.O.L.I.D. to design the solar cooling plant.
Photo: S.O.L.I.D.

Renewable heating law in Germany: solar - an option among others

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 30, 2008

With the Renewable Heating Law (EEWärmeG) the German government aims at increasing the share of renewable energy in the heating demand from 6 to 14 % until 2020. From 1 January, 2009 on owners and operators of private, commercial and public buildings will have to provide a minimum share of their energy demand by renewable energy. They can choose between solar thermal energy, biomass, geothermic and environmental energy.

MTS: International Player from Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 27, 2008

MTS factory in ItalySolar thermal factory in Italy: Flat-plate collectors for the MTS Group’s business are produced at this new site in central Italy.
Photo: MTS Group

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.

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