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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.

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).

Tunisian Market Growing Rapidly

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

The Tunisian solar thermal market has increased tenfold in only the last four years. Before starting the grant programme Prosol II in 2005, only 7,000 m2 had been installed in Tunisia (4.9 MWth). Last year already showed installations of 60,000 m2 (42 MWth), 74 % more than in the previous year. For 2008, the official target is 80,000 m2 (56 MWth) of newly installed collector area.

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


 

Front-runners of solar district heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 5, 2008

Solar Thermal District Heating
Feeding directly into the district heating system of the Austrian city of Graz: The collector fields are mounted on four different hall roofs belonging to the AEVG, a municipal waste disposal company.

Photo: S.O.L.I.D. / Oberländer

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