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  • Strong vacuum tube collector sales in India

    Strong vacuum tube collector sales in India

    Despite a booming solar PV market, India’s solar thermal industry managed to increase sales by as much as 17 % in 2018. It sold 5.85 million vacuum tubes (2017: 4.59 million), with Chinese imports increasing by 28 %. By contrast, flat plate collector sales dropped 46 % (147 MWth...
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  • GBP 320 million for low-carbon heat networks

    GBP 320 million for low-carbon heat networks

    Heat networks have proved to be a reliable and cost-effective means to supply low-carbon thermal energy. And yet, just 2 % of buildings in the UK are connected to them. As a result, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy launched the Heat Networks Investment Project (...
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  • New parabolic trough demonstration plant at Transneft in Russia

    New parabolic trough demonstration plant at Transneft in Russia

    Russian Transneft, the world’s largest oil pipeline company, has commissioned a concentrating solar field equipped with German technology. In all, 135 glazed parabolic trough collectors were installed atop a building at the state-owned business’s oil depots in Grushovaya, southern Russia....
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  • Remote control cuts energy bill

    Remote control cuts energy bill

    The heating industry is becoming increasingly digital, as evidenced by several new types of remote-control devices that were on display in the Energy halls of this year’s ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for bathroom design, building services, HVAC systems and renewable energy. The event...
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  • 573 large-scale systems funded in Shandong province

    573 large-scale systems funded in Shandong province

    The coastal province of Shandong is not only a pioneering force in China’s solar thermal industry, but it is also leading in the support for solar process heat and space heating in manufacturing businesses. Four years ago, the provincial government launched Solar+, a support scheme...
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  • Building regulations and electricity prices drive market

    Building regulations and electricity prices drive market

    Budget constraints have cast considerable doubt on plans by the South African government to restart its solar water heater support scheme. Despite the setback, the solar thermal industry is optimistic in outlook because the country’s building regulations have been driving demand for SWH...
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  • “Solar heat can be more cost-effective than gas in district heating”

    “Solar heat can be more cost-effective than gas in district heating”

    In the Western Balkans, one of Europe’s southernmost regions, large district heating networks are a common sight. Some of those are run at return temperatures as low as 45 °C, making them well-suited for solar energy, according to Bojan Bogdanovic (see photo), Principal Fund Manager of the...
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  • Rising demand for solar thermal in Uzbekistan

    Rising demand for solar thermal in Uzbekistan

    Techno Future, which is part of the Uzbekistan-based Artel Group, has been satisfied with sales in its first year after starting production in 2017. Bahodir Karimov, Deputy Managing Director of Techno Future, said that the company had manufactured 10,000 collectors, sold under the Royal...
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  • C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico

    C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico

    The Mexican solar thermal market continued to grow slightly in 2018. The newly installed collector area was up by 4 %, although some government programmes were stopped or changed because of last year’s presidential elections. Flat plate, vacuum tube and unglazed collectors each took a third...
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  • Solar steam ice cream and milk powder

    Solar steam ice cream and milk powder

    India’s first-ever commercial concentrating solar thermal plant, which consists of parabolic trough collectors made by German supplier Protarget, has been running successfully at a dairy owned by Hatsun Agro Products. As a result, Hatsun has inked a new agreement with the CST supplier to...
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  • In Russia, world’s largest DH sector needs upgrading

    In Russia, world’s largest DH sector needs upgrading

    The solar district heating market is still in its infancy in Russia. Despite huge potential, few SDH pilot plants run in the exact same country that is home to the world’s largest district heating sector. Only a handful of systems had been put up so far - six with a...
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