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  • Karnataka State Aims for 100,000 Solar Roofs by 2013

    Karnataka State Aims for 100,000 Solar Roofs by 2013

    The Karnataka State Energy Department plans to set up at least 100,000 solar thermal roofs over the next five years, in order to become the number one in India in terms of renewable energy usage.
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Wim van Helden at ESTEC 2009

    Wim van Helden at ESTEC 2009

    This is a interview with Wim van Helden, a research consultant at Renewable Heat. Wim is the operating agent of IEA Task 42 and speaks about the latest developments of compact heat storage technologies.

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  • Dynamic Growth Throughout the European Solar Thermal Sector

    Dynamic Growth Throughout the European Solar Thermal Sector

    Estec2009 – a meeting point for solar thermal experts in Europe: Around 400 representatives of associations, as well as manufacturers, politicians and researchers discussed trends, potentials and obstacles of the solar thermal sector. Photo: Bärbel Epp

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  • Solar obligation by the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Solar obligation by the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The state of Rio de Janeiro is the front runner in terms of solar building codes on a state level. In January 2008, its state government approved a law that makes the installation of solar water heating systems mandatory for public buildings.

     

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  • Solar Obligation by the Municipality in São Paulo

    Solar Obligation by the Municipality in São Paulo

    The huge city of São Paulo, with its approx. 19 million inhabitants, approved the first solar obligation on a municipality level in July 2007. Solar water heaters have since become mandatory in a wide range of new residential and non-residential buildings.

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  • Collective Systems on the Rise in France

    Collective Systems on the Rise in France

    The segment of collective systems shows high growth rates in France: The main factor behind this growth are the incentives paid by Ademe, the France Energy Agency. The investment for the solar thermal system on top of this multi-storey building in Paris was €353,000 of which 39 %...

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  • A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

    A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

    The quickest installation possible: It took only one month to set up the 525 flat plate collectors, each with a 14 m2 surface, in the open countryside. The 7,350 m2 solar thermal system feeds the district heating system of the Danish town of Tørring. Photo:...

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  • Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

    Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

    At the moment, the most important factor for the sales success in Portugal is to either be able to join the incentive programme – or to be left out of it. Only seven companies acquired the programme's membership so far (as of mid-May): The three Portuguese brands Norquente, Openplus and...

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  • Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

    Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

    Producing heat in the cold climate of the Antarctic: The vacuum tube collectors from the German manufacturer Consolar cover the entire heating demand of the first emission-free polar research station, called Princess Elisabeth. Photo: Consolar

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  • Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    As a purchaser of a solar hot water system in Australia, you not only benefit from a federal or state rebate, but are also able to sell so-called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). After these certificates had been introduced in 2001, they became a key factor for the 30% annual growth of the...

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