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  • Sicily Invites the Solar Air-Conditioning Sector

    Sicily Invites the Solar Air-Conditioning Sector

    “The positive trend of solar cooling applications is growing stronger”. This is the message of Professor Marco Beccali from the University in Palermo, who is Conference Chairman of the 3rd International Conference Solar Air-Conditioning in Sicily, Italy. Photo: University of...

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  • Poland: a Coalition Setting High Solar Thermal Targets

    Poland: a Coalition Setting High Solar Thermal Targets

    Grzegorz Wisniewski (left), President of the Institute of Renewable Energy (IEO) in Warsaw, initiated the foundation of a coalition between solar thermal manufacturers and distributors during the second Solar Energy Industry Forum in Poznań, Poland, in May this year. Photo: IEO

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  • Mexico: Every Third Solar System is Used Commercially

    Mexico: Every Third Solar System is Used Commercially

    Commercial use of solar water heaters is gaining momentum in Mexico. Hotels, public swimming pools and industries used about 30 % of the 165,632 m2 (116 MWth) of collector area installed in 2008 to cover their demand in hot water or heating (see the following figure),...

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  • India: Solar systems for Commonwealth Games Athletes Village

    India: Solar systems for Commonwealth Games Athletes Village

    Green Games in New Delhi: The organizing committee made a commitment to preventing environmental degradation that might be caused by the October 2010 games. It will therefore make sure that 1,360 m2 of collector area supply the Games Village with hot water.

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  • “There is an unbeatable Cost-Effectiveness“

    “There is an unbeatable Cost-Effectiveness“

    Volker Kallwellis, head of development department at Wagner & Co Solartechnik, Cölbe, Germany published the following statement in the international magazine Sun & Wind Energy 7/2009 about the advantages of flat plate collectors. Photo: Wagner & Co

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  • Solar-supported 2-pipe Heating Networks in Multi-family Houses (2004)

    Solar-supported 2-pipe Heating Networks in Multi-family Houses (2004)

    A challenge for planners: Solar energy is used a lot in multi-storey residential buildings in Austria. The Austrian Institute for Renewable Technologies, AEE Intec, published a handbook of solar-supported heating networks in 2004. Photo: Tisun / Austria Solar

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  • Effects of the Spanish Solar Thermal Obligation

    Effects of the Spanish Solar Thermal Obligation

    David Pérez from the international consultancy firm eclareon, Madrid, took a closer look at the impact of the Spanish solar thermal obligation on demand, products and the value chain, and presented his conclusions at the European Solar Thermal Energy Conference (estec2009) in May...

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  • Large-Scale Solar District Heating in Denmark

    Large-Scale Solar District Heating in Denmark

    802 collectors mounted in only three months: the inauguration of the latest solar district heating system by the Danish collector manufacturer Arcon Solvarme took place in the town of Gram in June this year. Photo: Arcon

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  • China: Linuo Solar runs five Solar Glass Tubing Factories

    China: Linuo Solar runs five Solar Glass Tubing Factories

    The Chinese Linuo Solar Energy Group is the biggest solar tubing glass manufacturer worldwide – and is still growing at a fast rate: The group raised their production output by 70 % in 2008, produced 220,000 tons of borosilicate glass nationwide and sold the largest portion of it to the...

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  • 5 Star Standard: Western Australia Adds the “Plus”

    5 Star Standard: Western Australia Adds the “Plus”

    The Government of Western Australia aims to increase the efficiency of water heating systems in new residential buildings.  The 5 Star Plus energy and water efficiency requirements stipulate that new home builders install either an energy efficient gas water heater, a solar water heater or...

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