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Newsletter August 2019

Technology suppliers reach milestone

This summer, the global solar thermal industry announced several landmark projects: In May, Absolicon started up a new, automated production line at its headquarters in Härnösand, Sweden, to make a parabolic trough collector named T160, which is the only concentrating collector in the world to have received a Solar Keymark certificate. And in June, Arcon-Sunmark Large-Scale Solar Systems Integration based in China revealed it was working on its second SDH plant in Tibet, which would include a 34,650 m² (24 MWth) solar field and a 15,000 m³ seasonal storage tank. French project developer NewHeat inaugurated a 4,213 m² (2.9 MWth) installation, France’s largest industrial solar heat system to date. The company not only operates but also owns the plant and sells the heat produced by it to the Condat paper mill in the southwest of the country.
Read more about Absolicon’s production line
Read more about Arcon’s SDH plant
Read more about NewHeat’s SHIP system
SHIP feasibility assessment within a few hours
by Joachim Berner

After four years of intensive scientific-technical work, the Association of German Engineers, also known as VDI, will soon publish VDI 3988, a guidance document intended to support the preliminary design of systems that supply solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP).
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New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing
by Bärbel Epp

The Solar Keymark Network approved a revised version of the Scheme Rules that allow collector efficiency tests in a real-life environment. Large flat plate or on-site built vacuum tube collectors benefit from this new option, as do parabolic trough or Fresnel collector units. 

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“Digitalisation improves and streamlines the entire process”
by Joachim Berner

Digitalisation is quickly transforming the heating market. We spoke with Steffen Zimmermann, Managing Director of Berlin-based Lokalleads, about the digital opportunities available to installers and the requirements of smart homes.

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SHC solar award: Six successful business models
by Bärbel Epp

The focus of this year’s SHC Solar Award will be on companies or institutions that have created successful financing mechanisms. The jury has chosen six finalists, one of which will receive the Award at the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago, Chile, on 6 November 2019.

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Reducing energy consumption in historic buildings
by Riccardo Battisti

A meeting in mid-April in Copenhagen, Denmark, gave members of IEA SHC research platform Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy the opportunity to meet internal thermal insulation experts and present their findings to a new audience.

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