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    Ian Nelson : Large solar heat plants are cost-effective in the mining sector in Chile

    Since 2013 Energia Llaima owns and operates the worldwide largest solar heat plant in a mine which is situated in the middle of the desert in the north of Chile. Ian Nelson explains his business model, the economy of scale and the daily challenges with cleaning the collector panels.  ...
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    John O. Donnell: Economy of scale for solar industrial heat

    Economy of scale allows the US-based company GlassPoint to offer solar heat which is below the cost of natural gas. In the interview at SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile John O. Donnell announced that the first 300 MW of solar steam production in Oman are online. Once completed the project...
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    Prof Julio Normey Rico: Concentrating solar technologies for Brazil

    Improving the operation of concentrating solar thermal collectors is one of the focus points of a research group at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil. In the interview on SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile, Prof Julio Normey Rico describes the first demonstration...
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    Sabine Putz: Solar Heat for Cities

    Europe follows the role model of Denmark were already more than 120 towns, villages and cities use solar district heating. Adapted seasonal heat storage concepts are the big challenge of the future, says Sabine Putz in an Interview at SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile. Sabine Putz...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Prof. Rodrigo Palma: Chile has big opportunities for solar energy

    Prof. Rodrigo Palma: Chile has big opportunities for solar energy

    Solar Energy in Mining is one of the focus research areas in Chile. Circular economy within the mining sector to recover materials and energy is one of the challenges of the future, said Prof. Rodrigo Palma in the interview carried out at the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile. The next...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Duncan Gibb: Highlights of the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

    Duncan Gibb: Highlights of the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

    The Renewables 2019 Global Status Report exposes the different speed of renewable energy development. Whereas a record 100 GW photovoltaic capacity was added in 2018, progress in heating cooling and transport is slow due to a lack of policy support. Duncan Gibb describes the encouraging as well as...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Dr Uli Jakob: Solar cooling reduces electricity consumption by a factor 2 to 3

    Dr Uli Jakob: Solar cooling reduces electricity consumption by a factor 2 to 3

    Global energy consumption for cooling and air conditioning is increasing rapidly and, if the projections by the Green Cooling Initiative come true, the number of AC units installed around the world will have more than tripled by 2050. Solar cooling is an electricity-saving alternative to the...
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    Arnaud Susplugas: Solar Award winner for a successful business model

    Congratulations - Arnaud Susplugas, CEO of the French-based third-party investor Kyotherm, has won the Solar Award 2019 during the SHC conference in Santiago de Chile. In the interview Susplugas explains his business model that encourages renewable heat technology suppliers to sign heat supply...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Wim van Helden: Encouraging faster materials development for compact storage

    Wim van Helden: Encouraging faster materials development for compact storage

    Compact storage tanks with high heat storage capacity and reduced losses are one of the key component in the energy transition towards renewables. In the interview with Wim van Helden on the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile, the researcher calls for increased research budgets for energy...
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  • SHC 2019

    SHC 2019: 15 Expert Interviews highlight technology and market trends on Tape

    At the beginning of November, the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile brought together more than 400 researchers, industry specialists and other experts on solar heating and cooling. With 15 video interviews filmed at the conference, the conference organiser, the IEA Solar Heating and...
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