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  • Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Researchers working for the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme have created a list of urban solar heat projects that not only met but exceeded the ambitious aims set for them initially: Seven best-practice examples and two scoping studies of systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden...
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  • “Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”

    To provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to pursue a career in sustainable engineering is the aim of the Bachelor degree course Energy Systems and Renewable Energies at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, a university based in Bavaria. Last winter, 15 students who...
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  • Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018

    Approximately 33.3 GWth of new solar thermal capacity was commissioned in 2018, increasing total global capacity by 2 % to around 480 GWth. China accounted for about 74 % of global additions, followed by Turkey, Brazil and the United States. While China’s gross...
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  • Solar heat conference at Intersolar Mexico

    National solar energy association ANES is one of the partners to support the first Intersolar Mexico, which will take place from 3 to 5 September in Mexico City. ANES President Dr Angélica Quiñones believes the event will be a good opportunity to strengthen the links between academia,...
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  • Construction starts on Germany's largest SDH plant

    On 21 June, local utility Stadtwerke Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim (SWLB) was given the go-ahead to put up Germany's largest solar thermal field, a flat plate collector installation measuring 14,800 m² (9 MWth). Once it comes online, presumably by the end of this year, it will...
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  • SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    The focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) will be on technology suppliers and financial service providers that have created successful financing mechanisms. The jury has chosen six finalists, one of which will be presented with the SHC...
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  • “Digitalisation improves and streamlines the entire process”

    Digitalisation is quickly transforming the heating market: While consumers are increasingly turning to online sources for advice, a growing number of heaters are being connected to the cloud. In an interview with solarthermalworld.org, Steffen Zimmermann, Managing Director of...
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  • Production line for Solar Keymark-certified parabolic trough collectors

    At the beginning of May, parabolic trough collector manufacturer Absolicon inaugurated a new, automated production line at its headquarters in Härnösand, Sweden. After the town’s mayor, Andreas Sjölander, had cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, attendees watched as a glass cover was...
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  • Highly efficient industrial solar heat showcase in southwest France

    In mid-June, a start-up business inaugurated the largest industrial solar heat plant to date in France, a 4,213 m² (3.4 MWth) flat plate collector system, which supplies heat to the Condat paper mill in southwest of the country. Owned by the Lecta Group, the mill is one of the...
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  • Reducing energy consumption in historic buildings

    A meeting in mid-April, Copenhagen, Denmark, gave members of IEA SHC research platform Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy (Task 59) the opportunity to meet researchers working on the EU Horizon 2020 project Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings...
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  • A new solar cooling standard for Australia

    On 28 June, Standards Australia’s Committee CS-028 on Solar Water Heaters published its first standard on solar air conditioning, named AS 5389. It contains a methodology to calculate the cooling or heating loads of buildings under a variety of climatic conditions. Work on the document...
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  • New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    The Solar Keymark Network has expanded its range of options by including in situ testing. At a meeting in March 2019, a revised version of the Solar Keymark (SK) Scheme Rules was approved to allow collector efficiency tests in a real-life environment. It is now possible to create efficiency...
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