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  • A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

    A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

    The quickest installation possible: It took only one month to set up the 525 flat plate collectors, each with a 14 m2 surface, in the open countryside. The 7,350 m2 solar thermal system feeds the district heating system of the Danish town of Tørring. Photo:...

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  • Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

    Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

    At the moment, the most important factor for the sales success in Portugal is to either be able to join the incentive programme – or to be left out of it. Only seven companies acquired the programme's membership so far (as of mid-May): The three Portuguese brands Norquente, Openplus and...

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  • Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

    Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

    Producing heat in the cold climate of the Antarctic: The vacuum tube collectors from the German manufacturer Consolar cover the entire heating demand of the first emission-free polar research station, called Princess Elisabeth. Photo: Consolar

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  • Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    As a purchaser of a solar hot water system in Australia, you not only benefit from a federal or state rebate, but are also able to sell so-called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). After these certificates had been introduced in 2001, they became a key factor for the 30% annual growth of the...

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  • Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

    Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

    The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) raises the alarm: “The new plans of the European Commission for energy-labelling requirements with respect to 'dedicated water heaters' include highly problematic testing requirements for entire systems.”

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  • South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

    South Africa: Support Project for Commercial Solar Water Heating

    The Renewable Energy Market Transformation Project (REMT), established in November 2008, was developed to help South Africa address some of the barriers within the renewable energy sector. It is funded through the world bank by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and endeavours to fulfil...

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  • Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

    Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

    Solar water heaters and rainwater tanks become common place in Victoria´s homes nowadays. The reason for this development is a building code named 5 Star, which was implemented in the Australian state in 2005. The regulation affects all new houses and single storey units designed after the...

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  • Nepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water

    Nepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water

    Pilot phase among women groups in Nepal: By harnessing solar thermal energy, the water purification system Solvatten can be a very useful tool in rural areas with contaminated water. Photo: ENPHO

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  • Bank of Maharashtra’s Financing of 17,472 Systems

    Bank of Maharashtra’s Financing of 17,472 Systems

    The Honourable President of India, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil (second from left) handing the awards to the winners: The Bank of Maharashtra received the Best Bank Award for the five-year Solar Water Heating Systems Loan Programme (2002-2007). Photo: Bank of Maharashtra

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