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Regional Market Assessment Report in the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2014

The purpose of this regional market assessment report is to help overcome some relevant barriers which currently prevent solar water heating (SWH) systems from providing a larger share of energy supply in Mediterranean countries, i.e. the lack of knowledge and trust on the technology, as well as the lack of systematic statistics on the solar thermal market and industry, and the very limited return on experiences.

India: Request for proposal: Development of Material and Component Specifications of Six Standards Concentrated Solar Technologies as Reference Document for Maintaining Quality in the Field (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 2, 2014

In its effort to rely more and more on solar thermal energy and increase the use of Concentrated Solar Technologies (CST), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has implemented a project, supported by the UNPD/GEF, which aims at developing material and component specifications of 6 standards CSTs as reference document for maintaining quality in the field by manufacturers.  The Ministry has launched a request for proposal and published a bid document.

India: Portable Kit Allows Testing Bulky Concentrating Collectors Onsite

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2014
Launch testing centerThe construction of the first testing centre for concentrating solar thermal technology was completed in record time: “The actual work began in mid-February 2014 and was completed by mid-July. It was a real challenge for us, which we are proud to have overcome,” Dr Subhash Ghaisas said in an interview with solarthermalword.org. Ghaisas is not only the Director of the School of Energy Studies, University of Pune, but is also responsible for the new testing site. The photo shows the guests invited to the opening of the testing centre on 22 July 2014, including Dr Ghaisas (sixth from right) and Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary for Solar at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (sixth from left). Also invited was Dr Avinash Singhal (third from left), National Project Manager of the initiative Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator based Process Heat Applications, which financed the new testing centre. 
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy.
 

China/Shandong: China's Biggest Provincial Market to Set New Quality Standards

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 28, 2014
Paradigma 1Shandong is among the Chinese provinces with the most advanced solar thermal industry in China. Simon Goess (left), a researcher from the Netherlands, has recently carried out a number of interviews with stakeholders to understand how the province fosters innovation. The photo shows the interview with Dr Yuwu Li, Head of the Solar Application Product Inspection Laboratory in Shandong's capital city Jinan. Li is also Vice Secretary of the Shandong Solar Energy Industry Association. 
Photo: Liying Cui
 

India: Concentrating Solar Thermal Test Centre and Website

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2014
India test labTwo milestones were reached in the second quarter of 2014 within the initiative Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator Based Process Heat Applications. On 16 April, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) invited stakeholders to the stone-laying ceremony of a testing centre for concentrating solar thermal technology at the University of Pune (see photo). And on 19 May, Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary for Solar at the MNRE, launched www.cshindia.in, a website explaining the basics of concentrating solar thermal technologies and featuring videos of prominent installations for every possible application, i.e., for cooking, process heat and cooling. 
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

Uruguay: New Solar Thermal Regulations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2014
Uruguay regulatiosSince 14 May 2014, Uruguay has had technical specifications for solar thermal installations. It was on this very day that the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mines approved the first edition of the Especificaciones Técnicas Uruguayas (ETUS), the Uruguayan Technical Specifications for all registered solar thermal installations in the country. These requirements are obligatory for all public buildings and all public enterprises, such as the state energy utility UTE, the National Administration of Telecommunications, ANTEL, and state-owned oil, cement and gas supplier ANCAP, as well as for residential installations by homeowners or solar systems at private companies, such as hotels or hospitals. The photo shows a thermosiphon system which was installed under the requirements of Mesa Solar which includes the same requirements as ETUS for thermosiphon systems.
Photo: Eliseo Cabrera
 

Associations Kick off European Solar Thermal Energy Standardisation & Certification Working Group

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2013

Four major solar and heating associations in Europe jointly kicked off the ESTESC working group in Berlin at the end of November. ESTESC stands for European Solar Thermal Energy Standardisation & Certification. The four associations are the two Brussels-based associations European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and the Association of the European Heating Industry (EHI), as well as German associations BSW Solar and the Federal Industrial Association of Germany - House, Energy and Environmental Technology, BDH. All members of the four organisations have been invited to become active participants of a number of subgroups within the ESTECS working group. Christian Stadler, Technical Head at Austrian company General Solar Systems, was elected Chair of the ESTESC for the next three years. He started his career in the solar thermal industry in 1991 and worked in leading positions at 4 different collector manufacturers. Since 2008, he has been responsible for product management, development and strategic sourcing at General Solar Systems with its major brand Sonnenkraft.
Photo: General Solar Systems

India: New Five-Year Guarantee on Solar Tanks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 2, 2013

Many Indian regions suffer from bad water quality: More than 75% of the country has moderately hard to very hard water. Chloride levels are also high in specific areas when water is obtained from boreholes. The “desired” legal chloride limit for drinking water is 0.25 g/litre, but is allowed to increase to 1 g /litre. As a result, solar thermal storage tanks gradually corrode and tend to develop leaks. Statistics obtained from the national Helpline show that over 70% of product-related complaints are about leakages in storage tanks. The photo shows a corroded extremely scaled hot water tank.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Mexico: Country Plans Compulsory Standard for Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 28, 2013

In November, the last ISES Solar World Congress 2013 in Cancún, Mexico, offered a diverse range of topics. With regard to solar thermal energy in Mexico, the most outstanding piece of news was the announcement of a new standard planned by the National Commission for Energy Efficiency, CONUEE. The new standard will be based on the Official Mexican Norm NOM-ENER and could help revive the currently stagnant Mexican solar thermal market. Working out the details of the new standard is scheduled for early 2014.

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