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  • Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    The first edition of the Renewables in Cities Global Status Report was published by REN21, France, at the end of 2019. In all, 380 people, mostly volunteers, contributed to this report, supplying data on the progress of the renewable energy transition across municipalities, including...
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  • Commercial installations in Russia

    Commercial installations in Russia

    Alrosa, a Russian-based group of companies that specialise in mining, processing and selling diamonds, is pleased with the performance of its solar field, which began supplying heat to shift workers’ homes at a factory in Nyurba three years ago. The system is located in the northern Russian...
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  • Source: ZAE Bayern

    In search of cost-effective, advanced PCMs

    Salt hydrates are the most interesting phase change material in the low-temperature range of up to 150 °C. Their volume-related enthalpy at melting is much higher than the enthalpy of paraffins and sugar alcohols (see the chart above) and they are comparatively inexpensive. This is why the...
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    Compact thermal energy storage: research in cycles

    Research into compact thermal energy storage is made difficult by the fact that the performance of storage materials depends significantly on their intended purpose. For example, storage tanks that are integrated into space heating systems are made of materials different from those used to...
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  • Chinese market keeps shrinking, but exports on the rise

    Chinese market keeps shrinking, but exports on the rise

    At the beginning of December 2019, the Chinese Solar Thermal Utilisation Specialisation Committee (CSTIF) held its annual conference, which gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about the latest trends in the solar thermal market. Xiaoli Zhang, Director of CSTIF, which is part of the...
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  • Solar heat champions

    Solar heat champions

    Last year brought the European solar heating and cooling sector back on track for growth, the Solar Heat Europe association based in Brussels, Belgium, emphasised in a press release published on 13 December. The newly installed collector area in the 28 EU member countries and Switzerland...
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    Anna Maria Ruz: Chile’s ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2050

    Anna Maria Ruz was honoured to be part of the organising team of the joint conferences SHC / SWC 2019 in Santiago de Chile. Ruz is Sustainable Energy Director at the Chilean Economic Development Agency in short called Corfo. The agency represents the public sector in the discussion about the far...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Prof Roberto Roman: First Solar World Congress in Latin America

    Prof Roberto Roman: First Solar World Congress in Latin America

    Prof Roberto Roman from the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) in Chile got standing observation during the closing session of the joint conferences SWC / SHC 2019 in Santiago de Chile at the beginning of November 2019. He was the initiator and co-chair of this first Solar World Congress in Latin...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for John O. Donnell: Economy of scale for solar industrial heat

    John O. Donnell: Economy of scale for solar industrial heat

    Economy of scale allows the US-based company GlassPoint to offer solar heat which is below the cost of natural gas. In the interview at SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile John O. Donnell announced that the first 300 MW of solar steam production in Oman are online. Once completed the project...
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    Prof Julio Normey Rico: Concentrating solar technologies for Brazil

    Improving the operation of concentrating solar thermal collectors is one of the focus points of a research group at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil. In the interview on SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile, Prof Julio Normey Rico describes the first demonstration...
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