G2Energy, 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.
The 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.
Kyotherm is making plans to fund its first-ever installation for solar process heat, a system of about 15,000 m² of collector area, or 12 MWth, to supply a malting plant in France with thermal energy. The company is a third-party equity investor focused on financing renewable heat installations and helping commercial clients in the implementation of heat purchase agreements.
Newly founded SWA Solar Wärme Austria is offering solar heat supply to hotels, sports centres, car washes and manufacturing companies. Clients pay individually agreed-on rates, which are up to 20 % lower than current prices and are guaranteed for 20 years. SWA provides a “carefree heat supply package”, with the company financing, installing, operating and monitoring a solar thermal system.
The aim of just launched HyCool is to present, in the form of two demonstration plants, new solar heating and cooling technologies for industrial use.
Grammer Solar, a German manufacturer of solar air collectors, has signed a contract with Ligno Pellets, a Chilean producer of wood pellets, for the delivery and installation of a 220 m² solar field. Grammer Solar, which opened an office in Chile’s capital, Santiago de Chile, three years ago, has so far built some smaller solar dryers of up to 20 m².
A state-of-the-art solar thermal system has been installed under the slate roof of a castle in Ghent, Belgium. Roll-bonded Thermoslate absorbers measuring 44 m² have been integrated into the space between the wooden trusses and natural slate tiles of the historic structure built in the 12th century and cannot be seen by visitors.
Maintaining the exterior of a historic building while raising energy efficiency is not necessarily a contradiction. The new EN 16883:2017 standard, Conservation of cultural heritage, provides guidance on how to improve the energy performance of historically significant structures.
“Our clients are cash flow positive from day one,” South African company Energy Partners claims on its website. Up until now, it has been offering heat and steam purchase agreements, mainly on coal boilers, to industrial and public customers.