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Newsletter September 2019

Danish SDH market reaches new milestone

Denmark has consolidated its lead in the global solar district heating market, as capacity topped 1 GWth in August. The 120 solar district heating plants that are now in operation throughout the country total 1.1 GWth (around 1.6 million m²), according to statistics regularly updated by Daniel Trier, who works at Danish-based consultancy PlanEnergi. It has created an online map to illustrate how much the SDH sector has grown each year since 1988. One of the factors that have turned Denmark into an SDH success story is the frequent exchange of knowledge between plant operators. In contrast to most other countries, Denmark has a large number of consumer-owned, non-profit companies that supply energy to heat networks, so there is no need to keep a good idea under wraps. 
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Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018
by Bärbel Epp

Approximately 33.3 GWth of new solar thermal capacity was commissioned in 2018. While China’s gross additions declined for the fifth consecutive year, the majority of the largest SHC markets outside of China saw demand increase for the first time since 2015.  
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“Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”
by Joachim Berner

Last winter, 15 students at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany, were given a special assignment, namely to write down their design ideas for a solar system that could supply thermal energy to a factory. The aim was to make them familiar with state-of-the-art solar process heat technology.

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Uncertain prospects for growth in Italy
by Riccardo Battisti

Figures from different sources have painted a mixed picture of Italy’s solar thermal market in 2018. According to Assotermica, the country’s Association of Manufacturers of Equipment and Components for Heating Systems, the sector declined by 8 % in 2018 compared to the previous year.

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Webinar: How to use facades to generate solar energy

The focus of the next IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar will be on the assessment, onsite monitoring and simulation of building-integrated solar systems. On 18 September, three experts who work for Task 56, Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting, will share their findings in a 1.5-hour webinar starting at 2 pm GMT.

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Carbon tax in force but few have to pay
by Bärbel Epp

The South African carbon tax was finally implemented on 1 June 2019 after there had been several public consultations and delays over the last years. SHIP technology suppliers, however, have doubts that the new tax will boost demand for industrial solar heat.

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