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  • Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Buildings account for around 40 % of the world’s primary energy consumption. Hence, they are the number one cause of resource consumption on earth. Because not every urban neighbourhood all over the world can be connected to district heating, local governments and building owners may need...
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    In search of cost-effective, advanced PCMs

    Salt hydrates are the most interesting phase change material in the low-temperature range of up to 150 °C. Their volume-related enthalpy at melting is much higher than the enthalpy of paraffins and sugar alcohols (see the chart above) and they are comparatively inexpensive. This is why the...
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    Compact thermal energy storage: research in cycles

    Research into compact thermal energy storage is made difficult by the fact that the performance of storage materials depends significantly on their intended purpose. For example, storage tanks that are integrated into space heating systems are made of materials different from those used to...
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    Anna Maria Ruz: Chile’s ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2050

    Anna Maria Ruz was honoured to be part of the organising team of the joint conferences SHC / SWC 2019 in Santiago de Chile. Ruz is Sustainable Energy Director at the Chilean Economic Development Agency in short called Corfo. The agency represents the public sector in the discussion about the far...
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    Prof Roberto Roman: First Solar World Congress in Latin America

    Prof Roberto Roman from the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) in Chile got standing observation during the closing session of the joint conferences SWC / SHC 2019 in Santiago de Chile at the beginning of November 2019. He was the initiator and co-chair of this first Solar World Congress in Latin...
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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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    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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