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  • Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Europe’s solar thermal industry has achieved quite significant cost reductions since 2014, with economies of scale at the project level helping to drive down costs, Michael Taylor, of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said at a 9 March webinar titled Cheaper than...
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  • Improving SDH efficiency

    Improving the efficiency of SDH

    Since the end of IEA SHC Task 55 – Large Solar District Heating and Cooling Systems last December, there have been multiple calls for continuing the work of this successful research platform in some fashion. In response, Viktor Unterberger, a senior researcher at the Austrian BEST –...
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  • SDH plant performs well in Swiss winter conditions

    SDH plant performs well in Swiss winter conditions

    A new solar district heating plant in Geneva, Switzerland, is basking in the limelight of Swiss politics, with environmental minister Simonetta Sommaruga personally attending the start-up of the system at the end of February. The 816 m2 solar field consists of special high-vacuum...
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  • Air collectors from Saint Petersburg

    Air collectors from Saint Petersburg

    Solar Fox, a solar air collector manufacturer founded in 2018 by a private investor in Saint Petersburg, northern Russia, has announced plans to expand its dealer network and production capacity this year. Its collectors, which come in several sizes, are used for space heating and...
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  • Rush on industrial solar heat in Germany

    Rush on industrial solar heat in Germany

    In Germany, demand for high-temperature solar process heat is growing rapidly. In the past months, Soliterm, a western German provider of turnkey solar process heat (SHIP) solutions, has conducted an ever-greater number of prefeasibility studies in several sectors, especially in the food...
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  • “RHC becomes far cheaper than fossil energy in every way”

    “RHC becomes far cheaper than fossil energy in every way”

    Which research and innovation priorities need to be set for buildings, industry, cities and districts to boost the renewable heating and cooling market? The new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Climate-Neutral Heating and Cooling (SRIA) aims to answer this question by outlining...
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  • #SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

    #SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

    Every day, women around the world work hard to promote solar thermal technology and solutions. But a clear gender gap persists. And the few women who have made it to the top often do not get the visibility they deserve. To shine a light on their successes, solarthermalworld.org has launched...
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  • “Reducing the level of harmful air pollutants is vital”

    “Reducing the level of harmful air pollutants is vital”

    Be it the Western Balkans, Mongolia or Kazakhstan, Greg Gebrail is there to offer technical and policy support for solar district heating. As Principal District Energy Specialist at the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), he is a member of the Sustainable...
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  • China sees strong growth in demand for solar space heating

    China sees strong growth in demand for solar space heating

    The Chinese solar thermal industry ended the pandemic year on a high note, as companies in the sector sold a total of 27.038 million m2 (18.9 GWth) of collector area throughout 2020, leading to a fairly low annual decline of only 5 % compared to 2019. Solar thermal...
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  • PV-Thermal: Major markets and most sought-after technologies

    PV-Thermal: Major markets and most sought-after technologies

    IEA SHC Task 60, Application of PVT Collectors, shows how a fruitful collaboration between industry and research can lead to a thorough analysis of current and future technological developments. Besides developing a series of standardised key performance indicators to assess the...
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  • Strategies to promote solar envelopes

    Strategies to promote solar envelopes

    In the last four years, the multidisciplinary IEA SHC Task 56 research group worked intensively on strategies to increase the market penetration of solar envelope systems. The group has found that prefabrication, a customisable appearance and an interdisciplinary planning process can...
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  • SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    According to the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, nearly half the energy consumed across Europe is used to heat residential, commercial and industrial buildings. On 15 October 2020, the then-...
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