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  • PVT and seasonal storage: innovative technologies in Spain

    Local production of PVT panels and systems which achieve high solar fractions by using seasonal storage: This is the main objective of Spanish start-up company Abora, based in Saragossa. It has already installed several hot water PVT systems at multi-family houses, sports centres and...
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  • Monitoring planned for six PVT systems across India’s climate zones

    Germany’s Agency for International Cooperation, also known as GIZ, has initiated a demonstration project using German-made Photovoltaic Thermal (PVT) panels at six sites in India. The photo shows one such installation, which provides 20.1 kWp of photovoltaic power and 47.6 kWth of thermal...
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  • Potential for solar-heated water at South African hospitals

    The potential which solar hot water has for 696 public and private hospitals in South Africa has been the focus of a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature South Africa. The report’s authors, who work at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy...
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  • ISEC 2018: Working across technological boundaries

    The first International Sustainable Energy Conference, or ISEC for short, was held in October, and it was a roaring success. The three-day gathering of renewable experts in Graz, Austria, was attended by 370 people from 51 countries. Organiser AEE INTEC had put together a programme...
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  • Israeli firm offers large variety of PVT systems

    Homes, hospitals, hotels, industrial facilities and greenhouses (see photo): These are some of the many uses for turnkey PV systems produced by Millennium Solar, an Israeli business which was set up in 1999 and specialises in PV-Thermal (PVT) technologies. Founder and Managing Director Ami...
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  • Salaspils in Latvia plans 15 MW solar district heating project

    The first half of 2019 will mark the launch of a milestone project on solar district heating in Eastern Europe. The public utility which serves the Latvian town of Salaspils, near Riga, plans to install 21,672 m2 of collector area (15 MWth) to provide heat for its...

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  • “Be persistent in the pursuit of workable SHC policies”

    Following a rise in crude oil prices, the second edition of RE-Invest, hosted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and held in New Delhi from 2 to 5 October, included a key panel discussion on solar process heat for industry. The debate, moderated by Jaideep Malaviya, Secretary...

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  • Solar thermal offers chance to cut electricity bills in Kenya

    Kenya’s solar water heater market is still small but has great potential for growth. Data supplied by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for an August 2017 report titled Study of the Solar Water Heating Industry in Kenya (see the attached document) shows that only 1,362 solar thermal systems...
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  • European Solar Thermal Technology Panel elects new chairman

    The members of the European Solar Thermal Technology Panel (ESTTP) elected a new chairman at their most recent steering committee meeting, held in mid-September at the same time as the Eurosun 2018 conference. His name: Marco Calderoni, Senior Project Manager at the Italian innovation...
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  • A closer look at six Latin American and Caribbean markets

    Fundación Bariloche, a private-sector research institute based in Argentina, has recently published a report on the differences between the solar thermal markets in Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. The authors of the study take a look at key factors for growth, such as...
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  • Russian scientist unveils polymer air collector

    Yuri Avetisyan, a young Russian scientist at the Don State Technical University, has presented a newly developed, polymer-based air collector. A news item which was published on the university’s website on 20 August stated that the collector could be used to heat greenhouses in the...
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  • Quality principles for solar air conditioning systems

    The latest generation of solar air conditioning systems comes in a vast variety of configurations. As shown in the diagram above, their source of energy is either solar heat or electricity. Some include storage tanks and can provide hot water or space heating in addition to space cooling....
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