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  • Five pathways for decarbonising heating and cooling

    Five pathways for decarbonising heating and cooling

    “If we intend to take the Paris Agreement seriously, we will have to accelerate the deployment of renewable technologies in heating and cooling.” This statement by REN21 Executive Director Rana Adib during a webinar in late November explains why the organisation has just published another...
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  • Construction of largest Swedish SDH plant with parabolics

    Construction of largest Swedish SDH plant with parabolics

    In November, construction began on what will be Sweden’s largest district heating system based on solar concentrating technology. This 3,000 m2 field of parabolic trough collectors (1.5 MWth) is part of a EUR 1.6 million demonstration project that will receive 48 % of...
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  • Great advocates join board of Brussels-based SHE

    Great advocates join board of Brussels-based SHE

    Over the next two years, Solar Heat Europe (SHE) will be represented by both new and re-elected board members. While Costas Travasaros, CEO of Greek-based Prime Laser, will continue to serve as president, the organisation’s general assembly, held on Friday, 4 December, also voted in fresh...
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  • Assessing lighting quality in commercial buildings

    Assessing lighting quality in commercial buildings

    How effective are integrated daylighting and electric lighting solutions in raising comfort and saving energy? To answer this question, a group of researchers working under the auspices of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme have taken a closer look at field studies of commercial...
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  • Surface synergies and conflicts in smart cities

    Surface synergies and conflicts in smart cities

    Surface area is an important but limited resource in cities that aim to become climate neutral. It can be used to, for example, generate heat or electricity via active solar systems, improve air quality via greening, or provide cooling thanks to highly reflective and emissive materials....

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  • Booklet describes 28 Positive Energy Districts

    Booklet describes 28 Positive Energy Districts

    By 2025, the European Union aims to have supported the design, deployment and replication of 100 Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) through its Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan. PEDs represent a new and complex approach that requires the involvement of a large number of stakeholders...

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  • Poland shifts away from coal-fired district heating

    Poland shifts away from coal-fired district heating

    Poland has about 400 district heating grids and most of them are still hard-coal fired (80 %). According to EuroHeat & Power’s country profile, 16.5 million of the country’s residents are connected to these grids. To improve air quality, which includes replacing coal with other energy...
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  • Financial and environmental benefits of solar heat pumps

    Financial and environmental benefits of solar heat pumps

    As a source of energy for brine heat pumps, a PV-thermal collector field is well suited to reducing power demand in existing and to-be-renovated single-family homes, researchers at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, also known as ZHAW, have found. They compared combinations of PVT...
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  • IRENA identifies solar heat potential in central and south eastern Europe

    IRENA identifies solar heat potential in central and south eastern Europe

    The 18 countries participating in the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity Initiative (CESEC) could use renewables to meet 34 % of their energy demand by 2030, with solar thermal installed in buildings being the cheapest replacement option for fossil fuel equipment. These...
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  • Hybrid solutions are key to decarbonising industry

    Hybrid solutions are key to decarbonising industry

    Industrial solar heat will be a key element of any strategy to decarbonise the industrial sector. A mid-November workshop organised by partners to the EU-funded INSHIP project explained how industrial solar heat options can become affordable when SHIP systems work in concert with other...
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  • Research on solar heat pumps in Russia

    Research on solar heat pumps in Russia

    This September, Viessmann and Wilo, two German manufacturers of solar thermal equipment, opened a training centre at Kazan State Power Engineering University (KSPEU) in Russia, as part of KSPEU’s Industrial Heat Power Engineering and Heat Supply Systems department led by Professor Yuriy...
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