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  • Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    In 2020, the German market for solar heat grew by 26 % – more than any other major solar thermal market around the globe, according to the new Solar Heat Worldwide 2021 report (see chart above). Speaking at an IEA SHC Solar Academy in June, Harald Drück, a researcher at German University of...
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  • IEA Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap: 400 milestones but very few for solar thermal

    IEA Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap: 400 milestones but very few for solar thermal

    At an online press conference in May, IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol made some surprisingly forceful statements about the global net-zero emission targets for 2050 – statements that have since been widely quoted in the media. “This is not a race between nations but a race against...
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  • Nuetech Solar renews Clean Development Mechanism

    Nuetech Solar renews Clean Development Mechanism

    Nuetech Solar – which in December 2012 became India’s first solar water heater manufacturer to register a Clean Development Mechanism Programme of Activities under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – is about to launch another seven-year component project activity (CPA) with...
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  • “Together with ABB Robotics we can speed up the roll-out”

    “Together with ABB Robotics we can speed up the roll-out”

    The Swedish company Absolicon Solar Collector has joined forces with ABB Robotics to sell complete automated production lines for parabolic trough collectors throughout the world. The company has so far signed 13 letters of interest with investors on various continents. The idea is to...
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  • Tigi’s IPO raised around USD 10 million

    Tigi’s IPO raised around USD 10 million

    The Israeli collector producer and project developer Tigi has joined the small group of solar heat companies worldwide that are stock market listed. Tigi’s IPO (initial public offering) was on 21st March at Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) in the cleantech sector. The company raised NIS 34...
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  • IRENA report highlights falling solar heat project costs

    IRENA report highlights falling solar heat project costs

    The Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2020 report illustrates how the competitiveness of solar and wind power improved dramatically in the decade 2010 to 2020. Written by Michael Taylor and his team at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), it shows how even existing coal...
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  • Global PVT market on track for more growth

    Global PVT market on track for more growth

    PVT collectors – which use solar radiation to produce both heat and electricity – have been gaining in popularity in a rising number of markets around the world. In 2019, the Netherlands, France and Spain claimed the top spots for the most PVT capacity added in a year. In 2020, they were...
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  • Develop stable and reliable compact thermal energy storages

    Develop stable and reliable compact thermal energy storages

    The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme has redoubled its efforts to develop and test compact thermal energy storage (CTES), saying the technology can play an important role in transforming the energy market. At its meeting in June, the IEA SHC Executive Committee approved the start of...
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  • Workflow stories describe use of solar neighbourhood planning tools

    Workflow stories describe use of solar neighbourhood planning tools

    Experts working on the Solar Neighborhood Planning project have created workflow stories to find out which tools urban planners use and what problems they encounter while doing so. The image above is taken from a Norwegian workflow story. It shows a simulation of sunlight patterns...
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  • German university offers new tool to display factory heat loads

    German university offers new tool to display factory heat loads

    To simplify the design of industrial solar heat systems in Europe, the German University of Kassel has developed an Excel tool that can be used to create standardised heat load profiles in multiple industrial subsectors. The amount of heat that industrial businesses use each day is a very...
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