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  • “Huge innovative potential for solar air conditioning”

    Eurosun 2018 attracted a fair number of researchers and solar energy specialists from around the world. In all, 350 attended the event, which took place between 10 and 13 September at the HSR University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland.
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  • Silkeborg

    Land secured for Big Solar Graz

    Big Solar Graz has reached a significant milestone by purchasing the land on which to construct a solar field and a seasonal storage system. In mid-June, the project partners told the local press that they had bought 55 hectares in the south of Graz, in the Austrian state of Styria, between...
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    How to identify suitable areas for SDH

    Though the availability of areas for large solar district heating plants remains a major point of contention, there are ways to expand the market. They include detailed local heat plans, the use of unconventional, e.g., polluted or contaminated, areas, and awareness raising among public and...
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    Record participation at SDH 2018 in Graz

    The 5th International Solar District Heating Conference, which took place in Graz, Austria, in mid-April, brought together 350 experts from 33 countries. It had twice as many attendees as the previous one in Billund, Denmark, in 2016 and attracted representatives from several development...
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  • “Contract market fluctuates from year to year”

    2017 was a difficult year for solar district heating supplier Arcon-Sunmark based in Denmark. The collector manufacturer’s turnover dropped from Danish Krone (DKK) 457 million, or USD 75 million, to DKK 98 million, or USD 16.2 million, according to a press release published on 21 March 2018...
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  • Christian Holter

    Big Solar Germany: Utility-scale solar heat at record-low 36 EUR/MWh

    Operators of several gas-driven combined cycle power plants, or CCPPs, have notified the German Federal Network Agency of their systems’ final shutdown. These plants are no longer economically viable, as they have been running ever fewer hours because of a high proportion of cost-effective...
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  • Chart: Patrick Reiter

    NPV, IRR and DDP: The language of bankers and investors

    Industry professionals often do not use the same language as bankers and investors when they present solar thermal projects. We have asked Patrick Reiter, who has just finished his master’s thesis, titled Solar District Heating – Economic feasibility of large-scale solar thermal systems...
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  • Photo: Riccardo Battisti

    Solar thermal and biomass – a winning solution for district heating

    Biomass may be cheap and carbon-neutral, but a solar upgrade of biomass-fired district heating could further improve efficiency and reduce local emissions. For example, solar heat helps avoid having to start up and shut down wood-chip boilers or operate them at partial load. It can even...
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  • Ikea Singapore

    IKEA stores begin to switch over to solar heating and cooling

    IKEA, one of the world´s biggest home furnishing retailers, has demonstrated a strong, long-term commitment to climate protection. By 2020, the company intends to generate as much energy from renewables as it consumes in day-to-day operations. While most of the electricity is now generated...
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  • ADEME

    Project partners guarantee SDH yield

    15 December saw the inauguration of the first installation supported by the subsidy scheme for large-scale solar thermal projects in France. The 2,340 m² collector field by German manufacturer KBB Kollektorbau has since been feeding into a biomass district heating network of Châteaubriant,...
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    Solar District Heating: How to Tackle Land Use Issues

    Usually, solar district heating (SDH) plants require large fields for collector installations, which has raised concerns at local level because of competing land uses and a system’s potential visual impact on the surroundings. One way out of this dilemma is to combine heat generation and...
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