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Newsletter April 2019

Digitalisation and design drive innovation 

Energy is one of the main topics under discussion at every ISH, the biennial trade fair of Europe’s heating industry. One notable development at this year’s event, which attracted nearly 200,000 attendees, about as many as it had in 2017, was a growing trend towards digitalisation. How to make heaters part of home automation systems is a challenge faced by all heating system manufacturers alike. Viessmann, a German supplier of heating technology, has gone even further by acquiring a business that has been making its own smart home unit. Another ISH exhibitor was Turkey-based Bural, which showed attendees how remote-control apps can be adapted for use with thermosiphon installations. But design and cost-effectiveness are driving innovation too. One example is Austrian company Greenonetec, which unveiled a new type of storage collector system called Sunpad at the fair.
Smart home solution from Viessman
Smart thermosiphon app from Bural
Sunpad from Greenonetec
Solar steam ice cream and milk powder
by Bärbel Epp

India’s first system with parabolic trough collectors made by German supplier Protarget has been running successfully at a dairy owned by Hatsun Agro Products. As a result, Hatsun has inked a new agreement with the CST supplier to put up solar steam systems at other production sites.
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World’s largest DH sector needs upgrading
by Eugene Gerden

The SDH market is still in its infancy in Russia. Despite huge potential, few SDH pilot plants run in the exact same country that is home to the world’s largest district heating sector with 50,000 networks. Russian solar thermal experts doubt that the DH reform bill will result in SDH investments.

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“SDH heat can be more cost-effective than gas”
by Bärbel Epp

In the Western Balkans, one of Europe’s southernmost regions, large district heating networks are a common sight. Some of those are run at return temperatures as low as 45 °C, making them well-suited for solar energy, according to Bojan Bogdanovic, EBRD Principal Fund Manager.

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“The workshop was extremely helpful”
by Bärbel Epp

In early January, the Confederation of European Paper Industries hosted a meeting in Brussels. The objective of this half-day workshop was to bridge the knowledge gap between renewable energy technology suppliers and industrial users.

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New Brazilian government has no appetite for solar
by Leticia Sother

Brazil has just been through a tough election process. The main objective of the new government is to improve the economy, which has been in crisis mode since 2014. Environmental concerns are being given low priority. Preliminary data from Brazil’s national solar thermal association, ABRASOL, expects a decline in the market in 2018.

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C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico
by Bärbel Epp

The Mexican solar thermal market continued to grow slightly in 2018. The newly installed collector area was up by 4 %, although some government programmes were stopped or changed because of last year’s presidential elections. Commercial and industrial applications made up about 20 % of total sales in 2018. 

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