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  • Solar thermal offers chance to cut electricity bills in Kenya

    Solar thermal offers chance to cut electricity bills in Kenya

    Kenya’s solar water heater market is still small but has great potential for growth. Data supplied by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for an August 2017 report titled Study of the Solar Water Heating Industry in Kenya (see the attached document) shows that only 1,362 solar thermal systems...
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  • European Solar Thermal Technology Panel elects new chairman

    European Solar Thermal Technology Panel elects new chairman

    The members of the European Solar Thermal Technology Panel (ESTTP) elected a new chairman at their most recent steering committee meeting, held in mid-September at the same time as the Eurosun 2018 conference. His name: Marco Calderoni, Senior Project Manager at the Italian innovation...
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  • A closer look at six Latin American and Caribbean markets

    A closer look at six Latin American and Caribbean markets

    Fundación Bariloche, a private-sector research institute based in Argentina, has recently published a report on the differences between the solar thermal markets in Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. The authors of the study take a look at key factors for growth, such as...
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  • Russian scientist unveils polymer air collector

    Russian scientist unveils polymer air collector

    Yuri Avetisyan, a young Russian scientist at the Don State Technical University, has presented a newly developed, polymer-based air collector. A news item which was published on the university’s website on 20 August stated that the collector could be used to heat greenhouses in the...
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  • Quality principles for solar air conditioning systems

    Quality principles for solar air conditioning systems

    The latest generation of solar air conditioning systems comes in a vast variety of configurations. As shown in the diagram above, their source of energy is either solar heat or electricity. Some include storage tanks and can provide hot water or space heating in addition to space cooling....
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  • Online database on advanced PCMs

    Online database on advanced PCMs

    Compared to water, phase change materials (PCMs) offer more capacity to store heat in tanks. As a consequence, researchers in all corners of the world have been developing new materials and their properties. To ensure the employment of a shared methodology and the use of equivalent terms to...
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  • Canada’s diverse market declined in 2017

    Canada’s diverse market declined in 2017

    The solar thermal market in Canada, a long-term member of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, is comparatively small: Only 24,953 m² of collector area was installed last year. On top of this, the recently published Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets...
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  • New solar water heater incentive in Murcia region in Spain

    New solar water heater incentive in Murcia region in Spain

    On 8 October, the government of Murcia, a region with a population of 1.5 million in the southeast of Spain, launched an investment grant scheme to support solar water heaters. It allocated EUR 200,000 to offer EUR 500 for each m² of collector area, up to a maximum of EUR 3,000 per...
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  • “Excellent material for sorption-based solar energy storage”

    “Excellent material for sorption-based solar energy storage”

    Microporous hydrophilic substances such as zeolites are recognised as promising materials for very efficient energy storage. Solar thermal systems are used to dry the material and store all of the thermal energy inside without losses until water is returned into the structure to release...
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  • 10th anniversary relaunch

    10th anniversary relaunch

    Solarthermalworld.org celebrates its 10th anniversary by relaunching in a brightly polished design. As the premier address for solar heating and cooling news, the website is a treasure trove of information about solar thermal markets and technologies and is...
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  • Three November events to promote SHIP

    Three November events to promote SHIP

    A lot of efforts still need to be put into raising awareness about solar thermal technologies meeting industrial heat demand. But the good news is that there are three events planned for November to promote solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP) among solar technology suppliers and end...
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  • Transportable Fresnel collectors to supply process heat in Spain

    Transportable Fresnel collectors to supply process heat in Spain

    Despite great untapped potential, the Spanish solar process heat market is not growing as expected. Is it perhaps because many in the industry are not targeting the right sort of customer? Valencia-based start-up Solatom seems to have devised a winning strategy, offering small and medium-...
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