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  • Solar houses: above 95 % solar fraction is possible

    Solar houses: above 95 % solar fraction is possible

    Between 2014 and 2019, the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund supported the construction of over 100 solar-heated houses, 19 of which were monitored following completion. Regardless of whether it was a lightweight or a brick house that was put up, the rooftop or facade collector system...
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  • Benefits of 4G and 5G heat networks

    Benefits of 4G and 5G heat networks

    Fourth-generation heat networks, which operate at about 60 °C, reduce heat losses, extend pipe life and create the best conditions for clean energy use. The photo shows one of these grids, which has been running in a neighbourhood in Villach, southern Austria, since the beginning of 2018....
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  • Guidelines on how to assess renewable district heat potential

    Guidelines on how to assess renewable district heat potential

    As district heat will be one of the key pillars of a decarbonised heat sector, authorities, utilities and energy service providers are eager to explore the opportunities that local sources of clean energy could provide for the DH market. To this end, a consortium led by consultancy Ambiente...
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  • Four years of global SDH research summarised in online workshop and factsheets

    Four years of global SDH research summarised in online workshop and factsheets

    On Thursday, 15 October 2020, an online technology transfer workshop about large solar district heating networks will provide attendees with the perfect opportunity to listen to the key takeaways from four-year IEA SHC research platform Task 55 – Towards the Integration of Large Solar...
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  • World´s largest solar district heating plant with concentrating collectors

    World´s largest solar district heating plant with concentrating collectors

    The Chinese parabolic trough collector manufacturer Inner Mongolia XuChen Energy  has successfully operated a huge solar district heating plant since 2016 in a village near Baotou in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China. Yu Wang, General Manager of XuChen, said that there is...
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  • Thermal storage for flexible sector integration

    Thermal storage for flexible sector integration

    In his keynote speech at Eurosun 2020, Dr Andreas Hauer talked about the different roles that heat storage could play as part of a whole systems approach to energy policy. Thermal energy storage, or TES, can reduce energy consumers’ dependence on volatile heat sources and align heat with...
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  • NewHeat secures EUR 13 million loan to finance 5 solar heat plants

    NewHeat secures EUR 13 million loan to finance 5 solar heat plants

    French project developer NewHeat has successfully closed a EUR 13 million finance deal with Triodos Bank, Germany, and Crédit Coopératif, France, to cover the costs of putting up five solar heat plants with a total capacity of 28 MWth. The project pool comprises the industrial...
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  • Join 190+ pledge supporters by Friday

    Join 190+ pledge supporters by Friday

    Since mid-July, more than 190 organisations across Europe have shown their support for Solar Heat Europe’s #SolariseHeat initiative by signing the European Solar Thermal Industry Pledge, promising to deliver a green recovery. The association has now launched a second call for signatures,...
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  • Strong European research network meets at Eurosun

    Strong European research network meets at Eurosun

    Yesterday marked the start of the first virtual Eurosun. More than 200 experts from the worlds of research and business had signed up for the three-day event organised by the International Solar Energy...

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  • German solar thermal business index hits 10-year high

    German solar thermal business index hits 10-year high

    The German government’s decision to extend funding opportunities for clean heating projects this January has led to rising demand for solar thermal systems. During the first seven months of 2020, businesses sold 14 % more flat plate and vacuum tube collectors than in the same period last...
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  • Little support for PV-thermal despite high yields

    Little support for PV-thermal despite high yields

    PVT applications do not receive nearly as much support as solar thermal or PV systems do. Incentive schemes especially often do not include funding for PV-thermal components. In addition, special PVT grants are offered only in Germany but not in Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands,...
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