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  • Success factors in top SDH countries

    Success factors in top SDH countries

    In the last decade, Denmark, China, Germany and Austria played a leading role in the deployment of large solar thermal systems around the world. What country-specific factors helped these four achieve that level of market adoption and how support schemes and business models contributed to...
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  • SBE Heritage conference calls for papers

    SBE Heritage conference calls for papers

    The SBE conference’s 2021 edition will be held under the title SBE Heritage in Bolzano, Italy, between 14 and 16 April 2021. Italian-based Eurac Research will organise this first regional conference of the cycle 2021-2023 which will end with the World Sustainable Built Environment (WSBE)...
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  • Optimising life-cycle costs in the construction industry

    Optimising life-cycle costs in the construction industry

    A facade to capture solar energy is a particularly appealing option if a solar thermal system is to be integrated into an office or a multi-family building, as the available roof area is often relatively small compared to how much floor space needs to be heated or cooled. An international...
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  • GGF funds 1,400 solar thermal systems in 10 years

    GGF funds 1,400 solar thermal systems in 10 years

    The Luxembourg-based Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has recently entered its 11th year in operation. A pioneering public-private partnership, it was launched by the European Investment Bank and the German KfW bank in December 2009 and supports energy efficiency and renewable energy projects...
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  • Kazakh start-up grows its collector manufacturing business

    Kazakh start-up grows its collector manufacturing business

    Kuntech, a Kazakhstan-based startup originally founded with the aim of designing solar thermal products, is growing its business. Its CEO and founder, Diaz Baiseitov said, the company sold 300 m2 of collector area each in both 2018 and 2019. About 70 % of the materials used to...
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  • Solar requirement dropped from building regulations in Spain

    Solar requirement dropped from building regulations in Spain

    During the last 8 years, the Spanish market for solar water heating was fairly stable, with capacity additions ranging between 200,000 and 250,000 m2 annually (see chart). In 2019, the total was 207,000 m2 (145 WMth), 1 % above the prior year. Much of...
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  • Global perspective on solar heating and cooling

    Global perspective on solar heating and cooling

    Solar thermal is increasingly used to provide district heat around the world. In 2019, the market grew by about 170 % in Denmark but also expanded in other countries, such as China and Germany, mainly because the technology became more cost-competitive. Another factor driving growth was...
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  •  Webinar: Strategies in the digital world

    Webinar: Strategies in the digital world

    Social media channels gained further importance over the last years. Politicians all around the world are tweeting to get their messages out. Lobbyists are networking via digital media, LinkedIn groups are discussing new trends in research and technology, Facebook is replacing company...
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  • Round robins improve TCM testing

    Round robins improve TCM testing

    Thermochemical storage materials (TCMs) offer much higher storage capacities by mass or volume than sensible or latent heat storage and can store heat for an infinite amount of time almost without losses. However, none of them are very advanced so that a common standard for characterising...
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  •  Austrian solar initiative to benefit from Covid-19 recovery plan

    Austrian solar initiative to benefit from Covid-19 recovery plan

    Solar thermal manufacturers and resellers based in Austria are coping well with the economic crisis brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic. A survey Austria Solar conducted among its members found that more than half of the 16 businesses that responded had gained new orders under these...
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  • Shareholders force Glasspoint into liquidation

    Shareholders force Glasspoint into liquidation

    Since Danish manufacturer Arcon-Sunmark closed its doors at the end of March 2020, the solar thermal sector has been hit with another piece of bad news. According to reports published in mid-May, Glasspoint was forced into liquidation after investors agreed to halt additional funding for...
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  • Solar hybrid system heats hostel in Russia’s far east

    Solar hybrid system heats hostel in Russia’s far east

    After more than a year in operation, the solar hot water and space heating system put up at St Timon’s Mountain Shelter in Russia’s Kamchatka region has proved to be both reliable and eco-friendly. Run together with a biomass boiler and a PV system, the 30 m2 field of vacuum tube...
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