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South Africa: Clarity sought on Future of Rebate Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 29, 2011

 South Africa utility Eskom” There has been no decision yet regarding the future of the national residential incentive programme by South African utility Eskom: As of 12 July 2011, the utility counted a backlog of all in all 53,208 applications. This is more than half of the number of all applications approved since the beginning of the programme in 2007 (84,214 application). 76 % of the applications that are still pending approval deal with open loop systems. Closed loop systems make up the smaller proportion, with 12,644 still pending applications.

Standardisation and Quality Assurance in Solar Thermal (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 26, 2011

This is a presentation made during the Regional Workshop of Solar Thermal Water Heating that took place in Chile in June 2011. The presentation by Dr. Harald Drück from the University of Stuttgart covers the international, European and national standards available for solar thermal components and systems, testing and certification issues.

Germany: Vacuum Tube Collectors withstand 40 mm Hailstones

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2011

 Hail map of Switzerland” The extra-thick double-glass vacuum tubes by German company Soltark have survived a test with 40 mm hailstones at the Swiss test institute SPF Solartechnik in Rapperswil. A systematic investigation of vacuum tubes at SPF Rapperswil two years ago showed that most of the 26 tested vacuum tube collectors were damaged after several hits with 35mm hailstones. In large parts of Switzerland, however, hail with a thickness of 30 mm must be expected at least once in 50 years (red-coloured areas in the above map). More and more Swiss building insurers are adopting rules for the hail resistance of solar collectors, which the owners hope to incorporate into already existing insurance contracts.

Source: www.hagelregister.ch

The Effects of Passive Heating and Cooling on the Energy Performance of Buildings – CEN Calculation Procedures (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 13, 2011

This is a document providing an overview on passive heating and cooling technologies and their impact on the energy performance of buildings presented by Anna Staudt and Hans Erhorn from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics concerning the CENSE project in Germany, with the funding from the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme.

Solar Collectors: an Evaluation and Comparative Analysis of the Conditions of Bulgaria (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 11, 2011

This is a document presented by Maya Stoyanova from the Bulgarian Center for Solar Energy, during the seminar “Sustainable development of buildings: solar energy and life cycle assessment of buildings”, organized with the support of the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2009.

Networking and Outreach Activities in Jordan-Lebanon-Syria for Energy Access II (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 26, 2011

This report was compiled by the Energy Research Group of the American University of Beirut. It summarizes the discussions that took place during the Regional Action Plan Stakeholders meeting on Energy Access and Renewable Energy Technologies in Syria Jordan and Lebanon.

The Regional Action Plan for Regional Sustainable Energy Development started in 2004 between Syria Jordan and Lebanon. The objective of this partnership is to enhance collaboration among universities and other stakeholders to promote energy efficiency and appropriate renewable energy technologies.

Solar Domestic Hot Water System and Component Test Protocols (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 30, 2011

This document, issued by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation, includes a series of test protocols addressing specific requirements for the testing of solar water heating systems and their auxiliary components (e.g. heat exchangers).

Recommended Qualification Test Procedure for Solar Absorber Surface Durability (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 18, 2011

This document consists of a recommended qualification procedure based on the results of work performed on solar collector absorber surfaces within the framework of the International Energy Agency Programme on Solar Heating and Cooling.

The document explains a set of recommended short term durability tests to be used in the qualification of absorber surfaces for the intended use in single glazed flat plate solar collectors for domestic hot water production.

Author: IEA SHC Programme

Date: 2004

Solar Heating and Cooling of Buildings (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 3, 2011

This document includes detailed information about solar heating and cooling technologies for buildings. The document is one of the deliverables of the BRITA in PuBs project (Bringing Retrofit Innovation to Application in Public Buildings). This FP6 funded project involves different countries (Norway, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Germany, UK, Lithuania and Czech Republic). The aim is to develop demonstration projects in selected public buildings to demonstrate how renewable energies could be used.

Eco-energy Labelling: Good Consensus for Solar Thermal Industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 24, 2011

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The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation is optimistic that the regulations for the energy labelling of dedicated water heaters in the framework of the Ecodesign Directive (2005/32/EC) are going to be adopted in good consensus in mid-2011. During the last few months, ESTIF's ecodesign and labelling task force, “has changed the content of the energy labelling and come up with a solution that broadens its scope and opens interesting perspectives for our industry,” Xavier Noyon states in an interview with the magazine Sun & Wind Energy.

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