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  • Russian scientist unveils polymer air collector

    Yuri Avetisyan, a young Russian scientist at the Don State Technical University, has presented a newly developed, polymer-based air collector. A news item which was published on the university’s website on 20 August stated that the collector could be used to heat greenhouses in the...
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  • Quality principles for solar air conditioning systems

    The latest generation of solar air conditioning systems comes in a vast variety of configurations. As shown in the diagram above, their source of energy is either solar heat or electricity. Some include storage tanks and can provide hot water or space heating in addition to space cooling....
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  • Online database on advanced PCMs

    Compared to water, phase change materials (PCMs) offer more capacity to store heat in tanks. As a consequence, researchers in all corners of the world have been developing new materials and their properties. To ensure the employment of a shared methodology and the use of equivalent terms to...
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  • Canada’s diverse market declined in 2017

    The solar thermal market in Canada, a long-term member of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, is comparatively small: Only 24,953 m² of collector area was installed last year. On top of this, the recently published Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets...
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  • New solar water heater incentive in Murcia region in Spain

    On 8 October, the government of Murcia, a region with a population of 1.5 million in the southeast of Spain, launched an investment grant scheme to support solar water heaters. It allocated EUR 200,000 to offer EUR 500 for each m² of collector area, up to a maximum of EUR 3,000 per...
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  • “Excellent material for sorption-based solar energy storage”

    Microporous hydrophilic substances such as zeolites are recognised as promising materials for very efficient energy storage. Solar thermal systems are used to dry the material and store all of the thermal energy inside without losses until water is returned into the structure to release...
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  • 10th anniversary relaunch

    Solarthermalworld.org celebrates its 10th anniversary by relaunching in a brightly polished design. As the premier address for solar heating and cooling news, the website is a treasure trove of information about solar thermal markets and technologies and is...
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  • Three November events to promote SHIP

    A lot of efforts still need to be put into raising awareness about solar thermal technologies meeting industrial heat demand. But the good news is that there are three events planned for November to promote solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP) among solar technology suppliers and end...
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  • Transportable Fresnel collectors to supply process heat in Spain

    Despite great untapped potential, the Spanish solar process heat market is not growing as expected. Is it perhaps because many in the industry are not targeting the right sort of customer? Valencia-based start-up Solatom seems to have devised a winning strategy, offering small and medium-...
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  • Solar air heating and cooling system with four new components

    New Zealand-based Sojol has designed a prototype of a solar air heating and cooling system which consists of a glazed solar air collector, a heat exchanger and a newly developed helical fan and delivers air at a desired temperature and an optimised flow rate and pressure level.
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  • “Huge innovative potential for solar air conditioning”

    Eurosun 2018 attracted a fair number of researchers and solar energy specialists from around the world. In all, 350 attended the event, which took place between 10 and 13 September at the HSR University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland.
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  • Photo: Simon Furbo, DTU

    New solar energy specialisation master’s programme

    In September, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) launched a specialisation on solar energy as part of its master’s degree programme in Sustainable Energy. Students can choose among eight specialisations, for example, bioenergy, electric energy systems, energy savings, and wind energy.
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