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Support for SDH feasibility studies in Western Balkans

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 21, 2018
Map: oscebih.orgThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is now funding feasibility studies under a programme called Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans, or ReDEWeB for short. Town and city governments, and project developers, can send applications to the bank’s headquarters in London to receive grants for renewable energy systems at either new or existing district heating plants. In the case of ReDEWeB, renewable district energy systems are defined as producing heat or chilled water from solar thermal, biomass, biogas, geothermal, waste heat or heat pumps or the sea, lakes or rivers.
Map: oscebih.org

French SHIP investor partners with technology suppliers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 19, 2018
Photo: FotoliaKyotherm is making plans to fund its first-ever installation for solar process heat, a system of about 15,000 m² of collector area, or 12 MWth, to supply a malting plant in France with thermal energy. The company is a third-party equity investor focused on financing renewable heat installations and helping commercial clients in the implementation of heat purchase agreements. So far, it has been involved in 17 projects, which dealt with waste heat recovery at a steel factory, geothermal heat at a leisure park near Paris and biomass heat from boilers installed in the UK. 
Photo: Fotolia

Solar thermal biomass drying in Chile

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 11, 2018
Grammer SolarGrammer Solar, a German manufacturer of solar air collectors, has signed a contract with Ligno Pellets, a Chilean producer of wood pellets, for the delivery and installation of a 220 m² solar field. Grammer Solar, which opened an office in Chile’s capital, Santiago de Chile, three years ago, has so far built some smaller solar dryers of up to 20 m². The new demonstration plant will be supported by the German Energy Agency, also known as dena. The organisation will reportedly cover 40 % of the investment, which is around EUR 100,000. The photo shows the headquarters of Grammer Solar in Immenstetten, in the south of Germany.
Photo: Grammer Solar

PV gets 285 times more subsidies as solar thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 28, 2018
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, also known as RVO, which invited applications for its renewable feed-in tariff scheme SDE+ in spring, has approved funding for 22 solar thermal systems totalling 8.4 MWth. In all, EUR 3.6 billion has been awarded to 3,899 applicants following the invitation. Photovoltaic systems have claimed around 57 % of the funding pot, biomass CHP 27 % and geothermal 6 % (see pie chart). Considering that solar thermal has received a meagre 0.2 %, the clear focus of the support scheme seems to be on green electricity. 
Chart: RVO
 

Brazil´s enormous SHIP potential

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 18, 2018
Source: IBGE/CNI 2015 and Solar PaybackTens of thousands of companies in Brazil’s industry could be interested in using solar heat, as shown by the chart at the beginning of this news article. Businesses which require large amounts of thermal energy below 400 °C can be found in several sectors, from beverage, chemical and food production to leather and textile making – the right kind of clientele for solar thermal suppliers. These are two of the key findings from the Solar Heat for Industry: Brazil study (see the attached document written in Portuguese), which was published this month as part of the Solar Payback project. It will be presented during the Solar Payback Conference, a half-day event scheduled to take place on 30 August at the Intersolar South America in Sao Paulo (see the attached flyer).
Source: IBGE/CNI 2015 and Solar Payback

Successful solar energy bylaw in Bengaluru, India

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 17, 2018
Photo: Jaideep MalaviyaBengaluru Electricity Supply Company, a public utility also known as BESCOM, has been successful in implementing a bylaw to encourage the use of solar energy. Since 2009, 1,234 million m² of collector area had been installed in Bengaluru and had supplied energy equivalent to about 611 million kWh of electricity required for showering each year, BESCOM has said when asked about the success of the project. The massive increase in the number of solar water heaters has been one of the most important measures to combat the city’s chronic power shortage. The photo shows a typical solar thermal installation on the roof of a high-rise building in Bengaluru.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

3,300 m² for sports club in Brazil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 8, 2018
Photo: EhSolA 3,300 m² solar field is currently being built at one of Minas Tênis Clube’s four locations in Brazil. The system at the sports club in Belo Horizonte, in the province of Minas Gerais, is planned to meet 70 % of the water heating demand for five pools, including an Olympic one, and three large changing rooms. Commissioning is scheduled for the end of August. Minas Tênis Clube is private non-profit organisations and one of the biggest sports clubs in the country. At its facilities, open seven days a week, it provides services to around 73,000 members with 1,000 employees. 
Photo: EhSol

Crowdfunding the Heat Changers campaign

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2018
Photos: Heat ChangersThe German Solar Heating Initiative has put together a crowdfunding project to fund a consumer campaign called Heat Changers. Its initiators, Marisol Oropeza and Stefan Abrecht (first and second image from top left), have already brought some well-known supporters on board, including Markus Elsässer, Founder and Managing Director of Solar Promotion and organiser of the Intersolar Europe (bottom left), and Australian Ken Guthrie, formerly chair of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (top right). The funding deadline for the EUR 35,000 project on kickstarter.com is 19 July 2018. The money is intended to be used for a six-month solar heat promotion campaign via social media, a website and other online tools.
Photos: Heat Changers

India needs massive awareness-raising campaign

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 12, 2018
Solar India ExpoIndia’s opportunities and challenges around solar process heat for industry, or SHIP, were the central topic of a session at the 3rd Solar India Expo in May. First, representatives for both currently running support schemes, Solar Payback and a renewable energy project managed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, or UNIDO, spoke about SHIP market development and projects. Then, three Indian-based SHIP system suppliers presented successful demonstration systems to the around 50 attendees of the event, held in India’s capital New Delhi. 
Photo: Solar India Expo

SDH prefeasibility studies in Bosnia and Croatia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 29, 2018
Source: CoolHeatingIn early 2016, EU-funded CoolHeating began using the know-how acquired during best practice projects in Austria, Denmark and Germany to help with the implementation of small modular renewable heating and cooling grids in southeastern Europe. In mid-March, the CoolHeating partners published seven prefeasibility studies of district heating and cooling across five municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. Because of geographical features, most projects favoured biomass, but solar thermal does play a crucial role in the proposals created for the Bosnian town of Visoko (see map) and the Croatian city of Ozalj. 
Source: CoolHeating

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