European Copper Institute

European Copper Institute (ECI) contributes to political debate, directly and through stakeholder platforms, sharing its expertise of copper-based products and technical building services and their contribution to the Commission goal of a carbon-neutral building stock. ECI has a considerable knowledge base and multidisciplinary expertise in technology, chemical policy and life cycle relating to copper and its applications. It also has established outreach channels aimed at supporting its advocacy towards the EU institutions.
 
Solarthermalworld.org was initiated by ECI in 2008 with the aim of providing stakeholders from research, public and private sector all around the globe with first-class information about solar heating and cooling to stimulate market growth. The ECI has supported the hosting of the website as well as the content gathering continuously since 2008.
 
Please see below our most recent articles:
  • Munich strengthens its climate targets

    Munich strengthens its climate targets

    As part of the most recent Fridays for Future protests in late November 2019, a huge crowd of young people gathered in the centre of Munich in southeast Germany, calling for more climate action. Barely three weeks later, the city council responded to their demands by declaring a state of...
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  • Prefabricated Fresnel collectors used in Spanish SHIP plants

    Prefabricated Fresnel collectors used in Spanish SHIP plants

    Ecotherm, an Austrian provider of steam and heat transfer solutions, is now offering concentrating solar systems based on the Linear Fresnel collector technology that it acquired from its former business partner Fresnex. The latter had to go into administration in August 2019 because it...
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  • Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    According to a Eurostat press release published on 23 January, renewable energy sources made up 18 % of total energy generation throughout the European Union at the end of 2018, which means the EU’s target of 20 % by the end of 2020 seems well within reach. And yet, the above chart shows...
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  • High scrappage bonus for oil boilers

    High scrappage bonus for oil boilers

    Germany has seen growing demand for solar energy and other renewable heating solutions since the beginning of this year. On 1 January, the country’s Market Rebate Programme, also known as MAP, started offering large incentives for getting rid of old heating systems. It made grants of 40 %...
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  • Webinar series presents cost-effective industrial solar heat solutions

    Webinar series presents cost-effective industrial solar heat solutions

    Since the beginning of this year, Ata Insights has been running a monthly series of webinars about solar industrial heat (SHIP). The third webinar, titled Opportunities for solar heat in Europe, will be held at 12:00 CET on 19 March. The aim of this series is to illustrate the huge...
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  • Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Whether to include the building sector in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) was one of the key questions discussed at a workshop in Brussels in late January. Representatives from industry associations said at the event, organised by the European Heating Industry (EHI) association,...
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  • SDH prefeasibility studies for Serbian cities

    SDH prefeasibility studies for Serbian cities

    Renewable district heating has become a hot topic in Serbia. The conference Renewable Energy Sources in District Heating and Cooling, held at the same time as the 50th International HVAC&R Congress and Exhibition in early December in Belgrade, attracted more than 400 attendees and...
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  • Energy spatial plans ban fossil fuel heating in Vienna

    Energy spatial plans ban fossil fuel heating in Vienna

    Austria’s capital Vienna is one of several European cities that have announced wide-ranging plans to tackle climate change. In 2014, its council published a framework strategy, called Smart City Wien, which aims for a 35 % reduction in local per-capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and...
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  • Role of life-cycle costs in NZEB projects

    Role of life-cycle costs in NZEB projects

    How much does it cost to construct, run and maintain a Nearly Zero Energy Building? What energy efficiency and renewable options could work best for a given project? Answering these and other questions is the aim of ...
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  • The Dutch approach to transforming the heating sector

    The Dutch approach to transforming the heating sector

    How can the Netherlands organise the transformation towards a renewable district heating sector and what role will monopoly suppliers play in this process? Finding answers to these questions was the aim of a workshop organised by the Energie-Nederland and Euroheat & Power trade...
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  • Where you can meet renewable heating specialists over the next six months

    Where you can meet renewable heating specialists over the next six months

    The European Green Deal has been the new EU Commission’s most striking announcement to date. Its aim is to make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent in the world by 2050. The commission announced it would propose a European Climate Act in the first 100 days of its term, which is why...
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  • UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    When the British Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) started in November 2011, solar thermal specialists all around Europe were enthusiastic about the implementation of a pure performance-based incentive for non-domestic applications. Unfortunately, the programme did not become the expected...
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