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  • California between PV mandate and buildings ready for solar heat

    This year, California´s energy policy has been clearly focused on pushing PV. As recently as September, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill committing the Golden State to zero-carbon electricity supply by 2045. Likewise, revised Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which the California...
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  • Industrial Solar to debut on Swedish stock exchange

    Industrial Solar Holding Europe AB (ISHE), the parent company of Industrial Solar, a German-based supplier of turnkey solar thermal systems, will soon be listed on Swedish stock exchange Spotlight. The deadline for purchasing shares is 4 December, while the first day of trading has been set...
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  • Oman to get 2 GWth solar steam plant for enhanced oil recovery

    Glasspoint Solar, a US company specialising in solar heat solutions for the oil and gas industry, has announced that it would construct its third solar steam-producing plant for enhanced oil recovery. On 13 November, it signed a memorandum of understanding with Occidental of Oman, the...
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  • Sun meets 90 % of district heat demand in Tibetan town

    On 29 and 30 October, the Solar Academy of the IEA SHC Programme held a 1.5-day training course on solar district heating in Lianyungang, at Sunrain Solar Energy’s headquarters. It provided around 150 researchers, engineers, planners, other technical staff and students from organisations...
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  • Learn more about SDH in 13 languages

    The SDH website created by German research institute Solites has had some major updates, which include a facelift and translations into 13 languages. The Solites service offers solar district heating publications and expertise accumulated by national and international partners in the past...
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  • Steps towards certification in Arab countries

    Good product quality has become a key factor in some Arab countries. Egypt joined the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative, or SHAMCI for short, in 2017, and Jordan has become the next country to promote the regional programme. On 16 September, the Jordan Standards and...
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  • Solar hot water system at Jordanian hospital pays off in 4.4 years

    In June, Al Bashir Hospital, the largest public hospital in Jordan, started up a 1,133 m² (0.8 MWth) solar field which it said would provide 10 % of the heat required per year. Large 12.5 m² collectors had been installed by Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), a local supplier of...
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  • Renewable energy cooperatives for SDH

    Citizens’ interest in funding photovoltaic systems and wind farms is huge and opportunities to do so have often been seized within a few days. The current aim of the Austria Solar association is to repeat the success of those projects in another market: In September, it published a guide on...
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  • PVT and seasonal storage: innovative technologies in Spain

    Local production of PVT panels and systems which achieve high solar fractions by using seasonal storage: This is the main objective of Spanish start-up company Abora, based in Saragossa. It has already installed several hot water PVT systems at multi-family houses, sports centres and...
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  • Monitoring planned for six PVT systems across India’s climate zones

    Germany’s Agency for International Cooperation, also known as GIZ, has initiated a demonstration project using German-made Photovoltaic Thermal (PVT) panels at six sites in India. The photo shows one such installation, which provides 20.1 kWp of photovoltaic power and 47.6 kW...
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  • Potential for solar-heated water at South African hospitals

    The potential which solar hot water has for 696 public and private hospitals in South Africa has been the focus of a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature South Africa. The report’s authors, who work at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy...
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  • ISEC 2018: Working across technological boundaries

    The first International Sustainable Energy Conference, or ISEC for short, was held in October, and it was a roaring success. The three-day gathering of renewable experts in Graz, Austria, was attended by 370 people from 51 countries. Organiser AEE INTEC had put together a programme...
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