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  • Steam and Cooling: no Problem for a Solar Thermal System

    Steam and Cooling: no Problem for a Solar Thermal System

    The 38 Abengoa parabolic trough collectors on the roof of the piano maker Steinway & Sons in Island City, New York, will produce steam at 200 °C from spring on.
    Photo: Steinway

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  • Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

    Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

    The extension of the federal tax credits by eight years and the election of Barack Obama have suddenly made the U.S. market for solar thermal energy far more attractive. The importance of imports of collectors and systems is growing. The number of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors has...

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  • Italy: Cap for Tax Reductions Removed

    Italy: Cap for Tax Reductions Removed

    The solar community can breathe a sigh of relief. The sun is shining again over the solar thermal market in Italy. The temporary law of the government from the 29th of November (Decreto Legge 185/08) was approved by the Italian Parliament only after major changes...

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  • Dynamic Market Growth in the UK

    Dynamic Market Growth in the UK

    The UK was still one of the most dynamic solar thermal markets in Europe in 2008 – despite the worldwide economic crisis. According to the British Solar Trade Association (STA), the amount of solar thermal collectors installed countrywide in 2008 grew by 50 % to 81,000 m2...

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  • Green Chiller: Promoting Solar Air Conditioning

    Green Chiller: Promoting Solar Air Conditioning

    Cooling with the sun: This retirement home in Kalkara, Malta, is conditioned by a chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 (10 kW cooling capacity). 38 m² flat plate collectors are used to generate the heat for the ammonia/water absorption chiller.
    Photo: SolarNext

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  • Solar Mega Fairs in Europe breaking Records

    Solar Mega Fairs in Europe breaking Records

    The next three months will be busy ones for the solar thermal industry. Several solar mega fairs will take place in Europe before the end of May.

    The fair season starts with the biggest fair of all, the ISH in Frankfurt, Germany, including 2,400...

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  • Chile plans Tax Credits for Housing Developers

    Chile plans Tax Credits for Housing Developers

    A new bill by the Chilean government offers sweeping incentives to low income families and housing developers when purchasing solar water heaters. The chamber of deputies’ Finance Committee approved the draft in November of 2008 and it is now on its way to be approved by...

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  • Sunrain defies crisis

    Sunrain defies crisis

    Increasing production: In 2008, the Chinese vacuum tube collector manufacturer Sunrain planned to produce 2.44 million m2 of collector area – 74 % more than in the previous year. Photo: Sven Tetzlaff

     

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