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India: Revised Technical Specifications for How to Install and Insulate Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 30, 2011

 Tank manufacturing at Indian company Anu Solar After publishing the Memorandum “Minimum Requirements for Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems in Field” in September 2011, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issued a revised version of the guidelines on 25 November 2011. The Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) has successfully intervened against certain of its requirements. The photo shows the tank manufacturing at Indian company Anu Solar.
Photo: Anu Solar

USA: Solar Water Heaters May Loose Energy Star Label in 2012

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 19, 2011

 Energy costs Just two years after the first solar water heaters received the Energy Star Label, they may loose it again. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the label's Water Heater Specification. It has found that solar water heaters are not in line with the principle of the Energy Star label, because they do not pay off quickly enough. The solar thermal industry worries that loosing the label would become a serious drawback for the reputation of solar water heaters in the US. The final draft of the specification is expected in January and the final version is going to be published by February.
Source: EPA

USA: SRCC Improves Process Efficiency and Works on Standard for Combi Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 9, 2011

 Eileen Prado, Executive Director of the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation SRCC Since Eileen Prado has become Executive Director of the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation SRCC in summer 2010, the average time for the testing and certification process has been cut in half. Although there are new programmes coming up next year, Prado is confident that certification periods can be reduced further.
Photo: SRCC

Training Course on Solar District Heating (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 23, 2011

This document comprises training material developed in the framework of the SDHtake-off project with the support of Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. It has been designed as a “pool” of information to be used by all training organizations. It gives a broad overview of the solar thermal technologies employed for district heating, their characteristics as well as the legislative and technical requirements that are applicable in the EU.

Europe: Solar Keymark Scheme Rules for concentrating solar collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 6, 2011

 Solar Keymark Network MeetingDuring the meeting in Paris in October 2011, the Solar Keymark Network has accepted an extension of the Solar Keymark Scheme Rules. In the future, Solar Keymark will be available for both solar water heater stores and concentrating solar collectors. At the same meeting, the Solar Keymark Network has approved the new Annual Collector Energy Output Calculation Tool as a standard measuring tool for all Solar Keymark certified collectors. The energy output calculated with it can from now on be found on all Solar Keymark data sheets.
Photo: Henry Rosik

QualiCert Manual (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 5, 2011

This manual is one of the deliverable of the QualiCert project started in July 2009 which obliges Member States to develop and mutually recognize certification or equivalent qualification schemes for installers of small-scale renewable energy systems (solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, heat pumps, etc.) by December 2012.

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.

Switch to a Better Future. Accredited Dimplex Renewables Installer and Training Scheme (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 4, 2011

This is an example of a brochure about the Accredited Dimplex Renewables Installer and Training Scheme.

This programme offers specialised domestic heat pump installer training courses. The course receives accreditation from the Logic Certification and it is addressed to plumbing, heating, HVAC and M&E engineers wishing to expand into the air/ground source heat pump sector.

The brochure also includes an explanation about heat pumps and solar water heating and the benefits of using renewables.

Author: Dimplex

Applications of Solar Thermal Energy in the Mediterranean Basin –ASTEMB (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 22, 2011

This is a presentation made during the International Conference for Renewable Energies which took place in Bonn, Germany, in June 2004. The presentation provides an overview of the project ASTEMB (Applications of Solar Thermal Energy in the Mediterranean Basin).

The project’s objective was to transfer the concept of Guarantee of Solar Results (GSR) to seven countries (Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestinian National Authority, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Algeria) and hereby help them boosting their solar thermal market.

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