Solar thermal biomass drying in Chile

Grammer SolarGrammer 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.

Producing hot water underneath natural slates

Castle in Ghent, BelgiumA 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.

New standard to improve energy performance of historic buildings

 Trimmel Wall ArchitectsMaintaining 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.

ESCO model grows in popularity in South Africa

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“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.

Slim all-black collectors: the next generation of solar heating

 HRsolarIn March, Dutch-based HRsolar began manufacturing a completely redesigned collector on a fully automated production line. Called Nero, the black-coloured unit is 40 millimetres thick – as slim as a photovoltaic panel.

Solar building regulations in Kenya face legal challenge

]]Even after a transition period of more than five years, Kenya’s Solar Water Heating Regulations 2012 continue to be challenged. This May, a property developer filed a lawsuit, questioning their legality. They took effect on 25 November 2017, but their enforcement was halted at the beginning of the trial.

PV gets 285 times more subsidies as solar thermal

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, also known as RVO, which invited applications for its renewable feed-in tariff scheme SDE+ in spring, has approved funding for 22 solar thermal systems totalling 8.4 MWth. In all, EUR 3.6 billion has been awarded to 3,899 applicants following the invitation.

Solar heat in 10 Mexico City hospitals

Mexico City has invested Mexican Peso (MXN) 14.7 million – about EUR 672,000 – in bringing solar water heating to 10 public hospitals via PACCM, its Climate Action Programme 2012-2020. The aim is to reduce fuel consumption by 35 % to save MXN 4 million and 446 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, or CO2eq for short.

Solar thermal in agri-food industry

Four industrial sites owned by businesses producing goods for the agri-food sector will be the real test of whether solar process heat can gain a foothold in the industry. The companies are partners to SHIP2FAIR, which was launched in April in Brussels (see photo) and is scheduled to end in March 2022.

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