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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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  • Romania: Rebate Programme postponed

    Romania: Rebate Programme postponed

    Hope dies last – since there was still some left on the 15th of January that the comprehensive rebate programme for renewable energies in Romania could commence. The sector was waiting for the publication of the list of installers approved by the Ministry of Environment and...

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  • Overall Cap for Tax Reductions in Italy

    Overall Cap for Tax Reductions in Italy

    Dark clouds are beginning to appear over the prospects of the solar thermal market in Italy. On the 29th November 2008, the Italian government published a temporary law for modifying the 55% tax reduction that has driven the solar thermal market in recent years. The temporary law...

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  • Canada Committed to Solar Thermal Energy

    Canada Committed to Solar Thermal Energy

    The first solar seasonal storage facility on the North American continent: Since September 2007, 52 single-family homes at the Drake Landing Solar Community in Okotoks near Calgary have been heated using 800 collectors of the Canadian manufacturer Enerworks and a ground reservoir with...

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  • Olivier Drücke: New ESTIF President

    Olivier Drücke: New ESTIF President

    Olivier Drücke has been working in the solar thermal sector since 1990 and is head of sales and marketing at the KBB Kollektorbau GmbH, a Berlin-based collector manufacturer, since September 2005. Photo: ESTIF

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  • Slow down after Boom in Germany?

    Slow down after Boom in Germany?

    The crises of the financial markets did not seem to harm the speedy growth of the solar thermal market in Germany. Industry insiders at the conference Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin on the 20th/21st November agreed that the collector area installed in Germany will reach 1.7...

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  • Reis: Tailor-made Automation

    Reis: Tailor-made Automation

    Probably one of the most up-to-date collector plants in Europe: Vaillant Group has automated their production in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photo: Vaillant Group

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  • Great Demand in Austria

    Great Demand in Austria

    The solar thermal industry in Austria can take the financial crisis lightly: Demand is still increasing. The number of grant applications in the months between July and September was distinctly higher than in the months before. “Grant applications have increased by almost two-thirds in the...

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  • New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

    New Association and Subsidies in Thailand

    The solar thermal sector in Thailand finds its voice. After one year of preparation, the Solar Thermal Association (STA) is very close to being approved by the government. “We expect approval by January 2009”, says STA president Somsak Chutanan, CEO of the company Infratech...

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