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Advancing Solar Water Heating in Southern Africa - The Example of Soltrain (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 14, 2012

This report evaluates the progress of the SOLTRAIN project in Southern Africa in the period 2009-2011. The project’s initiation was covered by solarthermalworld.org back in 2009, and is available here.

China: Workshop on Building-integrated Solar Energy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2012

 IMSIA workshop The International Metal Solar Industrial Alliance (IMSIA) and the newly founded China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (BISE) have started off their official cooperation at the beginning of March by organising a first shared workshop on Building-integrated Solar Energy in Chengdu, Sichuan province. The objective of the new initiative is to increase the share of energy-efficient buildings and the use of renewable energies in the construction sector.
Photo: IMSIA

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.

Trainenergy Project. Module 9. Renewable Energy Systems (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 21, 2011

The Trainenergy project ran from September 2009 to September 2011, with the objective to produce a training programme about the EU Energy Performance of Building and the Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services Directives for tradesmen in the construction industry. The project was run in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Denmark. This module presents the best renewable sources that offer heating at virtually zero carbon emissions, solar water heating being the first technology to be assessed.

South Africa: Eskom convenes Solar Industry Workshop

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 5, 2011

 NP monthly installations” In early August, South Africa's national utility, Eskom, convened a workshop for solar water heating manufacturers, suppliers and installers. The primary objective of the workshop was to advise the industry on what to do about the remaining budget for the solar water heating rebate scheme, as well as which immediate steps to take until the end of the 2011-2012 financial year. Quality issues of currently installed systems were also discussed (see the attached presentation). The chart shows the strong increase in the number of applications for non-pressurised (NP) solar water heaters.
Source: Eskom

Solar Thermal Energy Manual and Related Installations (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 2, 2011

This manual was prepared by the ORT University in Uruguay and includes detailed information on solar thermal installations. The manual is part of an installation course offered by the ORT University.

The document explain the main points to take into account like solar radiation levels, geographical location, design and dimensions of the collector, maintenance recommendations, among other relevant aspects.

Document only available in Spanish

Author: ORT University

Date: 2009

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

Thermal Use of Solar Energy. Solar Thermal Systems & Components (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 30, 2011

This is an example of a training document prepared by the AEE Intec, the Institute for Sustainable Technologies in Austria. The document is part of the project SOLTRAIN (Southern Africa Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Activities).

Turkey: Güneş Enerjisi – Book on Solar Thermal Technology in Turkish

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 25, 2011

 Güneş Enerjisi” Ezinç Metal, the biggest solar thermal manufacturer in Turkey, has just published a book about the use of solar heating. The 110-page document entitled 'Güneş Enerjisi' describes in Turkish the potential of solar heating, and the different collector and tank technologies Ezinç has been offering. It also includes a chapter on mounting issues, one on additional components such as pumps and expansion vessels, and several hydraulic schemes for smaller and larger systems.

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