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  • Munich strengthens its climate targets

    Munich strengthens its climate targets

    As part of the most recent Fridays for Future protests in late November 2019, a huge crowd of young people gathered in the centre of Munich in southeast Germany, calling for more climate action. Barely three weeks later, the city council responded to their demands by declaring a state of...
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  • Prefabricated Fresnel collectors used in Spanish SHIP plants

    Prefabricated Fresnel collectors used in Spanish SHIP plants

    Ecotherm, an Austrian provider of steam and heat transfer solutions, is now offering concentrating solar systems based on the Linear Fresnel collector technology that it acquired from its former business partner Fresnex. The latter had to go into administration in August 2019 because it...
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  • Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    According to a Eurostat press release published on 23 January, renewable energy sources made up 18 % of total energy generation throughout the European Union at the end of 2018, which means the EU’s target of 20 % by the end of 2020 seems well within reach. And yet, the above chart shows...
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  • High scrappage bonus for oil boilers

    High scrappage bonus for oil boilers

    Germany has seen growing demand for solar energy and other renewable heating solutions since the beginning of this year. On 1 January, the country’s Market Rebate Programme, also known as MAP, started offering large incentives for getting rid of old heating systems. It made grants of 40 %...
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  • Webinar series presents cost-effective industrial solar heat solutions

    Webinar series presents cost-effective industrial solar heat solutions

    Since the beginning of this year, Ata Insights has been running a monthly series of webinars about solar industrial heat (SHIP). The third webinar, titled Opportunities for solar heat in Europe, will be held at 12:00 CET on 19 March. The aim of this series is to illustrate the huge...
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  • How to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings?

    How to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings?

    Historic buildings make up 30 % of the European building stock and account for more than a third of the total energy consumption in the residential sector across the EU. However, architects and building owners are often lacking information about how to retrofit historic buildings while...
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  • Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Whether to include the building sector in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) was one of the key questions discussed at a workshop in Brussels in late January. Representatives from industry associations said at the event, organised by the European Heating Industry (EHI) association,...
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  • Absolicon to build SHIP demonstration plant at AB InBev brewery

    Absolicon to build SHIP demonstration plant at AB InBev brewery

    Renewable solutions company Greenline Africa, based in South Africa, was one of 17 businesses chosen to join the 100+ Accelerator programme launched by brewing group AB InBev in mid-February in New York. At the kick-off event, it presented the benefits of using the T160 parabolic trough...
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  • Eurosun 2020 in Athens: Call for paper

    Eurosun 2020 in Athens: Call for paper

    The University of West Attica in Athens, Greece, will host the 13th International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry short EuroSun 2020. The organiser ISES, the International Solar Energy Society, supported by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling...
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  • SDH prefeasibility studies for Serbian cities

    SDH prefeasibility studies for Serbian cities

    Renewable district heating has become a hot topic in Serbia. The conference Renewable Energy Sources in District Heating and Cooling, held at the same time as the 50th International HVAC&R Congress and Exhibition in early December in Belgrade, attracted more than 400 attendees and...
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  • Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Buildings account for around 40 % of the world’s primary energy consumption. Hence, they are the number one cause of resource consumption on earth. Because not every urban neighbourhood all over the world can be connected to district heating, local governments and building owners may need...
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  • Energy spatial plans ban fossil fuel heating in Vienna

    Energy spatial plans ban fossil fuel heating in Vienna

    Austria’s capital Vienna is one of several European cities that have announced wide-ranging plans to tackle climate change. In 2014, its council published a framework strategy, called Smart City Wien, which aims for a 35 % reduction in local per-capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and...
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