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  • Recovering construction industry bolsters solar growth in Cyprus

    The solar thermal market in Cyprus started growing again between 2014 and 2016 thanks to a building sector that was gradually recovering from the financial crisis of 2008. In a report titled Cyprus Solar Thermal Market Analysis (see the attached document), the authors noted that...
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  • Innovative solar-assisted heat pumps

    The principal objective of a recently launched, EU-funded project named SunHorizon is to optimise solar-assisted heat pump systems in residential and commercial buildings. The endeavour will demonstrate a wide variety of solutions for both technologies, such as thermal compression,...
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  • SHC 2019: Call for papers open until February

    In 2019, the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC) will again take place together with the ISES Solar World Congress (SWC). The events will be held in Chile’s vibrant capital, Santiago, from 4 to 7 November, accompanied by workshops and...
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  • Triple-absorption chiller by Chinese Broad Group

    China-based Broad Group has developed a triple-effect absorption chiller that can produce chilled water down to 5 °C, while requiring a lower inlet temperature of about 75 °C leading to a return flow temperature of 55 °C. The new chiller generation has been on the market since 2016 and was...
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  • Solar air-conditioning training for energy professionals

    Around 40 attendees from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe benefitted from a three-day training course on Solar Cooling and Air Conditioning at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, late last November. The course, aimed at solar energy professionals,...
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  • Initial pilot plants for industrial solar steam

    Concentrating solar heat is a valuable energy resource in Morocco, especially for industrial applications. A call for project proposals has invited businesses to submit plans for constructing industrial solar heat systems, of which three will be selected to be supported by the World Bank....
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  • Quality and certification can push solar markets

    That a wider use of quality standards in the solar thermal sector lead to increased internationalisation and cost saving for manufacturers was the conclusion of those listening to a webinar on Solar Standards and Certification on 12 December. Organised by the IEA SHC’s Solar...
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  • “Investment costs need to be brought down through national grants”

    India is the world´s largest milk producer, followed by the United States and China. To support and fund producer-owned dairies, the country set up the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1965. NDDB is planning to replace 5 % to 15 % of all heat generation devices by concentrating...
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  • IEA SHC supports historic buildings expert network

    The 3rd International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings (EEHB 2018), which took place in Sweden in September, proved to be the perfect location to show the work of IEA SHC Task, Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy. Task Coordinator...
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  • Solar retrofit of Kiev´s childcare facilities

    In mid-December, several websites reported about the installation of solar water heaters at four preschools in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev. The photo shows the 20-collector system on the roof of Playi, which is among the city´s most technically advanced nurseries. Photo: budport...
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  • Market for heating appliances in Poland

    After two years of declining collector sales, the market in Poland picked up again in the first half of 2018. The chart shows the amount of collector area added each year, based on regular surveys run by SPIUG, the Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Heating Appliances. The yellow...
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  • Solar-heated homes promoted on Austrian TV

    National association Austria Solar has managed to bring solar-heated houses into the mainstream. On 9 November, Austria Solar’s Managing Director Roger Hackstock was interviewed for konkret, a consumer programme on ORF 2, one of Austria’s public TV channels. His loud and clear...
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