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  • Photo: RHC-ETIP

    All-renewable future for Europe

    Reaching a 100 % renewable heating and cooling target across Europe by 2050 will only be possible if there is strong and resolute political support to accelerate the market adoption of RHC technologies. This is one of the key messages of the 2050 Vision, which was presented at a one-day...
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  • Photo: Módulo Solar

    Solar heat for largest private hospital in Bogotá

    A new solar water heating system consisting of 220 flat plate collectors, as well as six air-to-water heat pumps used as backup energy supply, came into operation in Colombia’s capital Bogotá on 2 October. The system, installed on the roof of Hospital Universitario Mayor Méderi, has...
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  • Photo: CRES

    SKN approves remote factory inspections, launches new certificate database

    In January 2019, Dr Vassiliki Drosou, Director of the Solar Thermal Systems Department at the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES), was appointed head of the Solar Keymark certification scheme. At the time, Dr Drosou, a dedicated expert on solar standards and certification, had...
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  • Illustration: Cover page of the Materials Acceleration Platform report

    Encouraging faster materials development for compact storage

    Research and industry experts in thermochemical storage materials are invited to participate in a workshop that will take place on 11 and 12 November in Erlangen, Germany. The objective of the event will be to outline a road map to a Thermal Energy Storage Materials Acceleration...
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  • Photo: University Kassel

    New fact sheets and wiki page about SHIP solutions

    Two leading SHIP research institutes – the University of Kassel, Germany, and AEE INTEC, Austria – have just published their final conclusions on a binational research project called SolarAutomotive, on which they had worked together for the last three years supported by the German...
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  • Photo: Salaspils Siltums

    15 MW SDH plant inaugurated in Latvia

    On 12 September, district heating operator Salaspils Siltums inaugurated a 21,672 m² solar field and a wood chip boiler, put up in the middle of the woods near the town of Salaspils, Latvia, to meet 90 % of demand from the local heat network. The inauguration came after a three-week test...
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  • Photo: Fivestar

    Green heat policies in China benefit heat pumps

    Several provinces in northern China have implemented green heat policies to avoid air pollution from coal boilers. Beijing was the first province to create a policy in 2016 and others, such as Hebei and Shan Xi, then followed suit. Heat sources and technologies recognised as renewable in...
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  • LA Dye & Print factory

    USD 10 million to fund SHIP projects until July 2020

    The first industrial solar heat project which received funding from the California Solar Initiative (CSI) was completed at the end of 2018. Since then, 208 flat plate collectors have been supplying heat to the LA Dye & Print factory in Gardena, near Los Angeles. The system was designed...
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  • Sumersol

    Low demand for ESCO support in Spain

    In Spain, solar heat contracting has fallen short of expectations. Over the past nine years, the Spanish government has been offering low-interest loans to Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), which install, operate and maintain solar thermal systems. 29 solar heat contracts have been signed...
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  • Map: National Energy Strategy 2030

    Morocco, a quality-oriented market

    The COP 22 conference held in November 2016 in Marrakesh showed why Morocco is considered the leader in renewable energies in the region. At the conference, its energy ministry announced that the country would work towards adding 3,000,000 m² of solar collector area (2,100 MWth)...
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  • Photo: Odessa Law Academy

    Ukrainian environmental groups visit Odessa Law Academy

    Earlier this year, Odessa Law Academy based in Ukraine bought solar water heating systems for three accommodation buildings to reduce its dependence on gas, which had become increasingly expensive. This is part of the green strategy of the academy. In all, 25 representatives for...
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  • courtesy of Riccardo Battisti

    Technology review of small-capacity absorption chillers

    A new scientific paper published in July gives readers an overview of state-of-the-art absorption chillers below 50 kW of cooling capacity. The document, titled Review of small-capacity single-stage continuous absorption systems operating on binary working fluids for cooling:...
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