New solar water heater incentive in Murcia region in Spain

On 8 October, the government of Murcia, a region with a population of 1.5 million in the southeast of Spain, launched an investment grant scheme to support solar water heaters. It allocated EUR 200,000 to offer EUR 500 for each m² of collector area, up to a maximum of EUR 3,000 per installation. Buyers of systems that come with a five-year maintenance contract will receive another 10 %. Last year, Murcia set up a programme to increase gross renewable energy consumption from 6.98 % to 10 % by 2020. 

“Excellent material for sorption-based solar energy storage”

Microporous hydrophilic substances such as zeolites are recognised as promising materials for very efficient energy storage. Solar thermal systems are used to dry the material and store all of the thermal energy inside without losses until water is returned into the structure to release sensible heat.

10th anniversary relaunch

Solarthermalworld.org celebrates its 10th anniversary by relaunching in a brightly polished design. As the premier address for solar heating and cooling news, the website is a treasure trove of information about solar thermal markets and technologies and is available to all policy makers, researchers and professionals who want to expand their knowledge of solar thermal or their business opportunities across the globe. With the responsive and revised layout, it is now ready for another decade of sunny news.

Three November events to promote SHIP

A lot of efforts still need to be put into raising awareness about solar thermal technologies meeting industrial heat demand. But the good news is that there are three events planned for November to promote solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP) among solar technology suppliers and end customers in industry.

Transportable Fresnel collectors to supply process heat in Spain

Despite great untapped potential, the Spanish solar process heat market is not growing as expected. Is it perhaps because many in the industry are not targeting the right sort of customer? Valencia-based start-up Solatom seems to have devised a winning strategy, offering small and medium-sized manufacturers a simplified, standardised product. The main component, a preassembled collector, can be installed in just one hour. In the photo, a unit is seen arriving in Girona, to the north of Barcelona.
Photo: Solatom

Solar air heating and cooling system with four new components

New Zealand-based Sojol has designed a prototype of a solar air heating and cooling system which consists of a glazed solar air collector, a heat exchanger and a newly developed helical fan and delivers air at a desired temperature and an optimised flow rate and pressure level.

“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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New solar energy specialisation master’s programme

In September, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) launched a specialisation on solar energy as part of its master’s degree programme in Sustainable Energy. Students can choose among eight specialisations, for example, bioenergy, electric energy systems, energy savings, and wind energy.

10,000 m² of solar collectors to help freesias survive the cold

 G2EnergyG2Energy, a Dutch-based supplier of turnkey solar thermal systems, has completed one-quarter of a 10,000 m², or 7 MWth, solar field ordered by freesia grower Tesselaar. The system provides heat for greenhouses in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands, and will soon replace all the gas boilers on site. Excess solar heat produced in summer is stored in boreholes underground.

Support for SDH feasibility studies in Western Balkans

 oscebih.orgThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is now funding feasibility studies under a programme called Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans, or ReDEWeB for short.

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