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.

French SHIP investor partners with technology suppliers

 FotoliaKyotherm 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.

Carefree heat supply package plus green marketing

 SWANewly 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.

New technologies for solar cooling in industry

 HyCool ProjectThe aim of just launched HyCool is to present, in the form of two demonstration plants, new solar heating and cooling technologies for industrial use.

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