Increasing production: In 2008, the Chinese vacuum tube collector manufacturer Sunrain planned to produce 2.44 million m2 of collector area – 74 % more than in the previous year. Photo: Sven Tetzlaff
Date: Friday, January 23rd 2009 - 15:00 - Central European Time (Brussels)
Duration: 1 hour Moderator: S Ferreira
Title: Compact Thermal Energy Storage
Technologies: Status, Applications and Developments
Speaker: Wim van Helden (ECN)
Hope dies last – since there was still some left on the 15th of January that the comprehensive rebate programme for renewable energies in Romania could commence. The sector was waiting for the publication of the list of installers approved by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministerul Mediului si Dezvoltarii Durabile). But on this very day, Nicolae Nemirschi, the environment minister within the new government, announced that his ministry was not able to issue a validated list of installers because the 2009 budget had not been approved yet.
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 13:00
Moderators: Roman Targosz, Leonardo ENERGY
Solar cooling for an office building in Kordin, Malta: The Chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 uses 30.5 m² flat plate and 7 m² of vacuum tube collectors to generate 10 kW of cold in an ammonia/water absorption chiller. Photo: Solarnext
Horizontally installed vacuum tube collectors for flat owners and residents of high-rise apartments in India. Security standards for overhead mounted vacuum tubes have not yet been developed.
It's a great step forward acknowledging solar heating and cooling to be a key factor for climate protection: For the first time, heating and cooling is covered by an European Directive. The new Energy Directive was adopted with 634 votes in favour and only 25 against and 25 absent in the European Parliament at the 17th December 2008.
Dark clouds are beginning to appear over the prospects of the solar thermal market in Italy. On the 29th November 2008, the Italian government published a temporary law for modifying the 55% tax reduction that has driven the solar thermal market in recent years. The temporary law has to be approved by the Italian parliament within 60 days, otherwise it expires.
The first solar seasonal storage facility on the North American continent: Since September 2007, 52 single-family homes at the Drake Landing Solar Community in Okotoks near Calgary have been heated using 800 collectors of the Canadian manufacturer Enerworks and a ground reservoir with 140 boreholes. Photo: Enerworks