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  • India: Cross Checking the Size of the Solar Thermal Market

    India: Cross Checking the Size of the Solar Thermal Market

    The solar thermal market in India could do better than it has done so far. Everybody agrees on that, but the size of the annual market remains unclear. For example, you will find reliable sources for the year 2007 that talk about 256,000 m2, an equivalent of 180 MWth (...

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  • Comprehensive Testing of laser-welded Aluminium Absorbers

    Comprehensive Testing of laser-welded Aluminium Absorbers

    Shock, deformation, solidness and corrosion tests of laser-welded absorbers are all described in the “mirotherm absorber fact book”. This book can serve as a best practice resource for testing standards of new absorber and collector panels in the sector. Photo: Alanod

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  • IRENA: Headquarters in the United Arab Emirates

    IRENA: Headquarters in the United Arab Emirates

    “It was very important to us to offer IRENA a value proposition  by engaging with developing and developed nations alike,” his Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of UAE, explains the choice of building the IRENA headquarters in his country. Photo...

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  • Absorber Coating: a Rising Industry in India

    Absorber Coating: a Rising Industry in India

    India's coating industry has shown impressive growth rates over the last ten years. Just one manufacturer of selective coating dominated the industry a decade ago: Solchrome, who had obtained the technology from Canada. Today, 8 manufacturers are using the Nalsun technology developed by...

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  • Opening of the Kioto Collector Factory in Mexico

    Opening of the Kioto Collector Factory in Mexico

    Thumbs up! Klaus Meier, general manager of Kioto S.A., Marlon Rechberger, sales director of Kioto S.A. and Robert Kanduth, chairman of the board of Kioto Clear Energy AG(from left to right), are satisfied with their new production unit in the Mexican city of El Salto (Guadalajara). ...

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  • Japan: A “Boom and Bust“ Solar Thermal Market

    Japan: A “Boom and Bust“ Solar Thermal Market

    Japan was once leading in the solar water heater market. Although being one of the first countries to have solar water heaters installed in 1950, the solar water heater industry has decreased steadily since the 1980’s. In 2007, the country reached a new low with 188,500 m2 of newly...

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  • Austria: Solar Thermal Mandatory for Housing Assistance

    Austria: Solar Thermal Mandatory for Housing Assistance

    Solar showcase in Austria: This single family house in Tyrol generates a 30 % share of the domestic hot water and heating demand from renewable energies. Since 2008 more and more Austrian states have required an ecological heating system, if homeowners want to profit from housing...

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  • Solar Building Codes in China

    Solar Building Codes in China

    Solar systems on the balcony: This is the answer to the space problem in the mega-cities in the eastern part of China. Solar obligations force system suppliers to work on systems which can be used on the balcony as shown in this solar exhibition. Already 6 provinces implemented solar...

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  • Netherlands’ Subsidy Programme Expands the Market

    Netherlands’ Subsidy Programme Expands the Market

    Since 2006, the solar thermal market in the Netherlands has enjoyed an annual growth rate of 20 – 30%. The currently biggest pieces of the pie go to glycol-drainback solar combination systems (<6 m²). The new incentive programme “Duurzame Warmte” (Sustainable Warmth programme) now offers an...

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  • 25 Years of Different Subsidies in India: an Overview

    25 Years of Different Subsidies in India: an Overview

    Under the new national subsidy scheme of the government of India some more solar cities like Magarpatta in Pune, Maharashtra State, will be realised. The solar thermal market in India has seen a lot of different subsidy models over the years.
    Photo: Magapatta City

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  • Sweden: Increased Subsidy Budget

    Sweden: Increased Subsidy Budget

    Solar roof in the Swedish city of Onsala: The increased subsidies in Sweden focus on larger collector fields – like the 220 m2 plant from 2005.
    Photo: Jan-Olof Dalenbäck

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  • Solar Obligation for Public Buildings in Namibia (2007)

    Solar Obligation for Public Buildings in Namibia (2007)

    Namibia has successfully implemented a directive in 2007 which requires SWH on all new public buildings, on existing public buildings without water heaters and existing public buildings with electric geysers. Namibia could reduce its peak electricity demand by almost 20 MW thanks to this...

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