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Solar Thermal Legislation on Municipal, Regional and National Level in Spain: Success and Remaining Barriers (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on July 29, 2009

This overview, which was presented at the 2007 ESTEC conference, summarises the current status of solar thermal legislation in Spain and in the Catalan region in particular. The leading role Barcelona has played in making the installation of solar thermal systems compulsory in new buildings, and the positive results of it, was a catalyst for setting ambitious goals on national level.

Feed-In Tariffs Support Solar Thermal Power in Spain

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 29, 2009

This document explains how the use of Feed-In Tariffs has been beneficial for the development of concentrating solar power (CSP) in Spain. A Feed-In Tariff ensures that the entrepreneurs’ electricity will be bought at a guaranteed rate for a fixed period of time.

Concentrating Solar Power: Global Outlook 09

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 26, 2009

This 2009 report looks into the global outlook of concentrating solar power (CSP). The report first looks into the different CSP technologies and makes a comparison based on the advantages and disadvantages. The report also provides an overview of the CSP development by region. For certain countries per region a more detailed assessment is provided. In particular, the potential of the Mediterranean and the MENA region is being assessed.

Manufacturer Founds Air Collector Association SAHWIA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 23, 2009

solar air collectors of Solarwall” Air collector companies exist very much in the shadows of the manufacturers of water collectors. Therefore a Solar Air Heating World Industry Association (SAHWIA) is necessary. But not all manufacturers are pleased with the procedure that lead to the association’s founding. Photo: Solarwall

Operation of the Solar Thermal Collector Certification Program (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 10, 2009

This document from 2009 was put out by the Florida Solar Energy Council (FSEC). It presents details of the operation of the Solar Energy Standards Act whereby solar collectors may be rated for performance, examined for compliance to minimum standards and be certified by FSEC. This includes: operating guidelines for certifying solar collectors; description of the standard method for thermal performance rating; manufacturer’s agreement for labeling certified collectors; Information on the application for requesting collector certification.

South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2009

Solar water heaters possess a huge potential in South Africa. “Some 100,000 houses are built every year, 30,000 homes are renovated, and about 400,000 electric geysers are replaced,” Thulani Gcabashe, head of Head of Energy Building Africa Holding, explained at the national solar water heating workshop in Midrand, South Africa, this February.

Mechanical Equipment & Control Strategies for a Chilled water and a Hot water system (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 19, 2009

This report from 2008 falls within the framework of the Internal Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.

The objective of this report is to undertake pre-normative research to develop a comprehensive and integrated suite of building energy analysis tool tests involving analytical, comparative, and empirical methods.

These methods will provide for quality assurance of software some of which will be enacted in specific standards to be used for certifying software used for showing compliance to building energy standards.

Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 15, 2009

The extension of the federal tax credits by eight years and the election of Barack Obama have suddenly made the U.S. market for solar thermal energy far more attractive. The importance of imports of collectors and systems is growing. The number of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors has increased more than tenfold within three years according to the statistics of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) from 3,000 m2 (2005) to 36,000 m2 (2007).

New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2008

The solar thermal sector in Thailand finds its voice. After one year of preparation, the Solar Thermal Association (STA) is very close to being approved by the government. “We expect approval by January 2009”, says STA president Somsak Chutanan, CEO of the company Infratech Engineering & Services. It will be exactly one year after officially founding the association in January 2008.

Brazil Evaluates Its Solar Thermal Installations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 17, 2008

institute GREEN in Brazil Evaluation project in Brazil: The Grupo de Estudos em Energia (GREEN) at Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, also called the Brazilian Center for the Development of Thermo-Solar Energy, checks the quality of components and installed systems. Foto: GREEN

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