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  • SHIP feasibility assessment within a few hours

    SHIP feasibility assessment within a few hours

    After four years of intensive scientific-technical work, the Association of German Engineers, also known as VDI, will soon publish VDI 3988, a guidance document intended to support  the preliminary design of systems that supply solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP). The document...
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  • Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    In 2018, Italy was an attractive market for solar cooling solutions thanks to high investment subsidies by national support programme Conto Termico 2.0. Three sorption chiller manufacturers launched projects in the country last year: Maya, an Italian joint-venture with the Japanese company...
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  • Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC

    Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC

    The UNIDO-coordinated Regional Sustainable Energy Centres will become sponsor members of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme, a decision made by the IEA SHC Executive Committee at a meeting in Austria in early June. Seven Regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency...
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  • “Breakthrough could occur if countries cut fossil fuel subsidies”

    “Breakthrough could occur if countries cut fossil fuel subsidies”

    Over the last 15 years, the annual Renewable Global Status Report has grown into one of the most respected sources of information about the energy market transformation worldwide. It contains data and explanations provided by the REN21 network, which has more than 900 contributors who cover...
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  • Big solar plans in Mexico City

    Big solar plans in Mexico City

    On 25 May, the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced plans to turn the capital into a solar city based on a new Energy Sustainability Strategy for the years 2019 to 2024. The goal is to install 787,000 m² of collector area by the end of 2024, some at residential units, some at...
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  • PV-Thermal collector area tops 1 million

    PV-Thermal collector area tops 1 million

    PV-Thermal systems, which generate heat and electricity from the same collector, are gaining ever more traction: For the first time, they have now been included in the Solar Heat Worldwide report. Data supplied by 26 manufacturers from 11 countries indicates that more than 1 million m2...
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  • Promoting solar heat in Panama

    Promoting solar heat in Panama

    As part of the Termosolar Panamá programme, the fifth Café Solar was held on 14 May. In all, 19 journalists and representatives for the local press attended the event. The photo shows Rosilena Lindo, coordinator of the support scheme at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), while...
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  • The versatility of concentrating collectors

    The versatility of concentrating collectors

    By the end of 2018, more than 500,000 m² of concentrating collector area had been installed globally to provide heat for large commercial and industrial facilities. The biggest installations were started up in China and Australia in 2016 and in Oman in 2017, while a notable number of small...
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  • Stagnating market in Russia

    Stagnating market in Russia

    Compared to the size of the country, Russia’s solar thermal market was still small last year. Dr Semen Frid, who works at the Russian Academy of Sciences, or, more specifically, at its Joint Institute for High Temperatures (JIHT), estimates that 460 m² of collector area was added in 2018....
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  • Megawatt installations on the rise

    Megawatt installations on the rise

    The solar heating and cooling markets show a reversing trend. The majority of the largest markets outside of China saw demand increase for the first time since 2015. This trend change is due to several factors – improved cost-competitiveness of solar thermal systems, rising interest among...
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  • Support for renewable district heating in Slovenia

    Support for renewable district heating in Slovenia

    Following a break of 1.5 years, Slovenia will tender out more work for renewable district heating systems this month. Previous invitations in 2016 and 2017 led to the launch of 23 projects, 15 of which have been completed and eight are still ongoing. The infrastructure ministry, which made...
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  • SHC experts become Mission Innovation Champions

    SHC experts become Mission Innovation Champions

    This May, two experts in solar heating and cooling – Dr Korbinian Kramer and Christian Holter (second and fourth from right, respectively) – were presented with Mission Innovation Champion awards in Vancouver, Canada. Kramer is researcher at the Division Thermal Systems and Building...
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