Task 55 of the IEA SHC Programme is currently studying the benefits of systems equipped with both flat plate and parabolic trough collectors to supply thermal energy to district heating networks. Preliminary results from a project in Taars, Denmark, have been encouraging, indicating how their combined strength can be an asset across a wide range of solar district heating applications.
‘Sector coupling’ has become one of the most well-known terms to describe the transformation of energy markets. It had originally been created for models that use surplus renewables, such as wind and solar electricity, to provide heat and power new means of transport.
Concentrating solar thermal technologies continue to flourish in India.
The Turkish solar thermal manufacturer Solimpeks announced to have produced 1 million m2 of collector area in its 17 years of company history. In a press release from the beginning of June it says that Solimpeks exports to 70 countries across the globe. The company reached place seven in the ranking of the largest flat plate collector manufacturers globally.
Water and energy are the most important resources globally. The term ‘water-energy nexus’ was coined to underline their close connection, and the phrase has become increasingly popular with international environmental organisations.
Last December, Shandong-based Sanqiaoneng introduced a new line of absorber plates, which had taken five years to develop. According to the company website, Singaporean investment holding company Rowsley had spent USD 5 million on the design of a selective coating for these metal plates.
A webinar that took place on 22 May put the spotlight on concentrating dish systems manufactured in India and Pakistan.
The German Solar Heating Initiative has put together a crowdfunding project to fund a consumer campaign called Heat Changers.