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  • Professor Klaus Vajen appointed president of ISES

    Professor Klaus Vajen appointed president of ISES

    The International Solar Energy Society has announced that Professor Klaus Vajen, Director of the Institute of Thermal Engineering at the University of Kassel, Germany, was elected as the society’s new president. When he starts his two-year term in January 2020, he will succeed Dr David...
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  • Touring exhibition shows retrofits in 11 historic buildings

    Touring exhibition shows retrofits in 11 historic buildings

    In October, Vienna became the first venue for the new touring exhibition Historic Buildings Energy Retrofit Atlas. At the European Congress on the Use, Management and Conservation of Buildings of Historical Value held in Austria’s capital, 12 roll-up banners showed the positive impact that...
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  • Photo: Solareast Arcon-Sunmark

    Second Arcon-Sunmark SDH system up and running in Tibet

    In the middle of November, Chinese-Danish joint venture Solareast Arcon-Sunmark Large-Scale Solar Systems Integration started up its second solar district heating system in Tibet. Now, its 35,000 m² solar field is supplying the thermal energy needed for heating rooms in thousands of...
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  • Photo: image taken from a video at https://vestiprim.ru/

    Heat utility in Russia’s far east operates first solar thermal system

    Government-owned heat utility Primteploenergo, based in the far east of Russia, has started up its first solar thermal system. It is made up of 18 vacuum tube collectors, which supply hot water to a kindergarten on Russky Island in the Andaman Sea, west of Japan. The installation was built...
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  • Photo: Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy

    First district cooling regulation in the MENA region

    Abu Dhabi now has its first comprehensive regulatory standard on district cooling. It is based on Act No. 11, which was passed in 2018 and put the responsibility for regulating the district cooling sector on the newly founded emirate’s Department of Energy. Following extensive consultations...
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  • Training Manual

    Kenya scales up SWH experts training

    More than a year after Kenya’s parliament annulled the solar building regulations, the government is still scaling up the training of experts in the installation, maintenance and repair of solar heaters. The Kenyan environment ministry has been supporting 10 technical and vocational...
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  • Photo: Randy Martin, IEA SHC

    Kyotherm wins 2019 SHC Solar Award

    Kyotherm, a French-based third-party investor, has won the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme’s Solar Award for financing energy service companies (ESCOs) so end users in the industrial sector can reap economic benefits from day one. The first solar thermal project supported by...
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  • Photo: Randy Martin, IEA SHC

    Start of SHC/SWC 2019 in Chile

    As many as two Chilean government ministers welcomed attendees to the joint SHC 2019 and SWC 2019 conference in the capital of Santiago this week: Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet and Science Minister Andrés Couve. While it is rare to see high-ranking officials attend research conferences...
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  • Photo: RHC-ETIP

    All-renewable future for Europe

    Reaching a 100 % renewable heating and cooling target across Europe by 2050 will only be possible if there is strong and resolute political support to accelerate the market adoption of RHC technologies. This is one of the key messages of the 2050 Vision, which was presented at a one-day...
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  • Photo: Módulo Solar

    Solar heat for largest private hospital in Bogotá

    A new solar water heating system consisting of 220 flat plate collectors, as well as six air-to-water heat pumps used as backup energy supply, came into operation in Colombia’s capital Bogotá on 2 October. The system, installed on the roof of Hospital Universitario Mayor Méderi, has...
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  • Photo: CRES

    SKN approves remote factory inspections, launches new certificate database

    In January 2019, Dr Vassiliki Drosou, Director of the Solar Thermal Systems Department at the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES), was appointed head of the Solar Keymark certification scheme. At the time, Dr Drosou, a dedicated expert on solar standards and certification, had...
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  • Illustration: Cover page of the Materials Acceleration Platform report

    Encouraging faster materials development for compact storage

    Research and industry experts in thermochemical storage materials are invited to participate in a workshop that will take place on 11 and 12 November in Erlangen, Germany. The objective of the event will be to outline a road map to a Thermal Energy Storage Materials Acceleration...
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