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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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  • Australia:  AUD 500 for a Solar Water Heater in Queensland

    Australia: AUD 500 for a Solar Water Heater in Queensland

    “It's never been more affordable for Queenslanders to switch to solar and save with the Queensland Solar Hot Water Program," Stephen Robertson, the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, said. Photo: Government of Queensland

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  • Washed Glass: 24-hour Just-in-Time Supply

    Washed Glass: 24-hour Just-in-Time Supply

    Greenonetec in Austria is the first collector factory in Europe that has its own glass supplier next door. Petraglas set up a production unit just across the road. This is a model already standard in China, where the material suppliers are situated in the same industrial area as the...

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  • Mexico City Shows the Way to Solar Obligations in Central America

    Mexico City Shows the Way to Solar Obligations in Central America

    Larger flat plate collector systems are gaining momentum in Mexico city, thanks to a Environmental Norm which makes solar water heaters mandatory. The photo shows a 144 m2 collector field of a public swimming pool in the district of Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico City. Quelle: GTZ...

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  • Study on Solar Thermal Municipalities in Italy

    Study on Solar Thermal Municipalities in Italy

    The Italian “Renewable Municipalities Report 2009” is very likely the most comprehensive European study about renewable activities on a municipality level. It lists 2,996 Italian municipalities that are currently using solar thermal technology.
    Figure: Legambiente

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  • Poland: Comprehensive Market Survey

    Poland: Comprehensive Market Survey

    Flat plate collectors are still the dominating technology on the Polish solar thermal market. The share of vacuum tube collectors, however, increased from 17 to 31 % within two years. This is one of the examples of a market survey published in May 2008.  Photo: IEO

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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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