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    Danish SDH market reaches new milestone

    Denmark has consolidated its lead in the global solar district heating market, as capacity topped 1 GWth in August. The 120 solar district heating plants that are now in operation throughout the country total 1.1 GWth (around 1.6 million m²), according to statistics...
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    Carbon tax in force but few have to pay

    The South African carbon tax was finally implemented on 1 June 2019 after there had been several public consultations and delays over the last years. According to the new Carbon Tax Act, the rate will be South African Rand (ZAR) 120 per tonne of carbon dioxide in the first phase, until...
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  • Source: David Ferrari for 2014 to 2018; Solar Heat Worldwide for 2009 to 2013

    Australian market under pressure from multiple sides

    For the second time in a row, the Australian solar heat market showed modest growth (6 %) in the number of glazed collector systems as the new collector area totalled 183,200 m² (128 MWth) in 2018. The above chart is based on preliminary data provided by Dr David Ferrari, who...
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  • Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Despite a booming building sector and a national support programme, the German solar thermal sector had to grapple with another decline in sales, this time by 10 %, in 2018. Statistics compiled by the associations for the solar and heating industries, BSW Solar and BDH, indicate the...
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  • Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Researchers working for the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme have created a list of urban solar heat projects that not only met but exceeded the ambitious aims set for them initially: Seven best-practice examples and two scoping studies of systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden...
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  • “Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”

    “Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”

    To provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to pursue a career in sustainable engineering is the aim of the Bachelor degree course Energy Systems and Renewable Energies at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, a university based in Bavaria. Last winter, 15 students who...
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  • Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018

    Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018

    Approximately 33.3 GWth of new solar thermal capacity was commissioned in 2018, increasing total global capacity by 2 % to around 480 GWth. China accounted for about 74 % of global additions, followed by Turkey, Brazil and the United States. While China’s gross...
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  • Solar heat conference at Intersolar Mexico

    Solar heat conference at Intersolar Mexico

    National solar energy association ANES is one of the partners to support the first Intersolar Mexico, which will take place from 3 to 5 September in Mexico City. ANES President Dr Angélica Quiñones believes the event will be a good opportunity to strengthen the links between academia,...
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  • Construction starts on Germany's largest SDH plant

    Construction starts on Germany's largest SDH plant

    On 21 June, local utility Stadtwerke Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim (SWLB) was given the go-ahead to put up Germany's largest solar thermal field, a flat plate collector installation measuring 14,800 m² (9 MWth). Once it comes online, presumably by the end of this year, it will...
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  • SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    The focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) will be on technology suppliers and financial service providers that have created successful financing mechanisms. The jury has chosen six finalists, one of which will be presented with the SHC...
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  • “Digitalisation improves and streamlines the entire process”

    “Digitalisation improves and streamlines the entire process”

    Digitalisation is quickly transforming the heating market: While consumers are increasingly turning to online sources for advice, a growing number of heaters are being connected to the cloud. In an interview with solarthermalworld.org, Steffen Zimmermann, Managing Director of...
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  • Production line for Solar Keymark-certified parabolic trough collectors

    Production line for Solar Keymark-certified parabolic trough collectors

    At the beginning of May, parabolic trough collector manufacturer Absolicon inaugurated a new, automated production line at its headquarters in Härnösand, Sweden. After the town’s mayor, Andreas Sjölander, had cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, attendees watched as a glass cover was...
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