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Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2015
Costa Rica WorkshopBrazil is going to implement compulsory certification of solar water heating (SWH) equipment in 2015. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Mexico already have laboratories for testing, and Costa Rica has recently set up one. Latin America is working through the regional Pan American Standards Commission, COPANT, on regional standards for SWHs, with the aim of harmonising them with ISO standards. The region is not yet considering a common regional testing and certification scheme, but there is a growing consciousness of the fact that testing and certification performance, as well as quality is very important to developing the SWH markets of the region. It is the reason why 50 experts from 14 countries have recently discussed how to accelerate the process: The Regional Forum (from 29 to 30 June 2015) was jointly organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the project “Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)” coordinated by the National Metrology Institute of Germany, PTB, the Latin American Energy Organization, OLADE, the Electricity Institute of Costa Rica, ICE, and the National Standards Body of Costa Rica, INTECO. All presentations are available for download on the IRENA website.
Photo: IRENA
 

Germany: Label for Existing Heating Boilers to Increase Retrofit Share

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2015
MAP StatisticsFinally some good news from Germany, the largest market in Europe, which declined for four years in a row between 2011 and 2014. After a very sluggish first quarter in 2015, demand for solar thermal systems was increasing over the summer months because of the increased subsidy levels of the German Market Rebate Programme for Renewable Energies since April 2015. The number of applications for solar thermal systems in June and July was 31 % higher than in the previous year. The chart shows the applications submitted per month, with the green columns depicting 2014 and the orange columns representing 2015. And there is more good news for the sector: the announced energy label for existing heating boilers. 
Source: Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control, BAFA
 

IEA SHC: Mutual Recognition of Test and Inspection Reports Saves Industry Costs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 4, 2015

The work of the Global Solar Certification (GSC) Network is expected to continue within the framework of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). The Executive Committee of the IEA SHC approved the set-up of a task definition workshop in Paris on 7 October 2015, in order to establish a new task under the title International Standards & Global Certification. “Collector and system manufacturers selling products in several countries, as well as representatives of certification bodies, test labs and inspectors from all around the world are invited to join the meeting in Paris and become members of the international research community discussing the harmonisation of standards and certification schemes worldwide,” explains Jan Erik Nielsen, Manager of the GSC Network and initiator of the new task. Other groups which could benefit from the new two-year task are stakeholders and public authorities in countries which do not have standards in place yet or which employ old ones. The network plans to develop guidelines for them on how to correctly use the international standards and to offer training materials and assistance. The photo shows the expert group during the first GSC Network meeting in Spain in April 2014.
Photo: GSC Network

Solar Hot Water: Value By Design (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This brochure comes from the solar energy company Heliodyne. It explains how solar thermal technology works, its benefits, and offers case studies of solar thermal water heating in action. This document would be useful to anyone interested in examining the current market for solar thermal products in detail.

Enhanced and Expanded Solar Thermal Test Capabilities (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This document focuses on new solar thermal test capabilities used in the certification of solar thermal collectors. The Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) created this document to help explain how their certification systems works and what the benefit will be to the solar thermal market.

MENA: First Online Training Program on Solar Water Heaters Certification

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 21, 2015
SHAMCI TrainingIn March, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) launched an online training program on the Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) Quality Assurance and Certification Scheme in the Arab region. The training course aims to provide participants with sufficient knowledge on SWH quality and certification schemes, such as the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI). Participants can register for the training course online. According to the RCREEE, it is the first online training in the Middle East and North Africa region. The implementation of the course was supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Source: SHAMCI.net
 

DOE Solar Water Heating Market Expansion Workshop (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This document was created and published by Jane Weismann of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. It reports on different efforts focused on expanding the workforce and accreditations of solar thermal and solar energy installers. The North America Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) was one of the first and most established organizations to offer solar thermal certifications, starting in 2006.

Solar Thermal Power: The Seamless Solar Link to the Conventional Power World (2000)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was arranged by Renewable Energy World. The report provides explanations behind the need for solar thermal power as an energy source. Four different options for solar thermal conversion are explained including the parabolic trough or solar farm, solar central receiver or power tower, trough power plants, and power tower plants.

COMPETITIVE SOLAR THERMAL POWER STATIONS UNTIL 2010 - THE CHALLENGE OF MARKET INTRODUCTION (1998)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was arranged by Franz Trieb, from the German Aerospace Center in 1998. The report looks into an alterative option for the world’s electricity market. Solar thermal power stations based on parabolic trough concentrating collectors could serve as a viable competitor.

In order to make this plan appealing to investors, it must possess three important attributes which are an acceptable technology, profit, and financial risk.

Development of a Solar Rating and Certification Laboratory in Minnesota (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This is a report prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) to the Legislature. It focuses on solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water and space heating. This legislation came about from concerns that the nationally recognized solar thermal certification organization, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), process was inadequately serving Minnesota’s solar thermal industry.

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