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  • Germany: Debate about Voluntary Collector Output Label Solergy

    Germany: Debate about Voluntary Collector Output Label Solergy

    The new collector label Solergy has just been created and has already sparked a lot of debate in Germany. On the one hand, there is a growing number of collector manufacturers, associations and also the certification body DIN Certco – which are supporting the...
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  • Switzerland: Shift towards Multi-Family Housing Projects

    Switzerland: Shift towards Multi-Family Housing Projects

    In June, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy published its annual solar market report carried out by the solar energy association Swissolar (see the attached document in German and French). In 2014, sales of glazed collectors dropped by 7 %, down to 113,000 m² of absorber area....
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  • Slovakia: Industry Waits on Incentive Programme Start

    Slovakia: Industry Waits on Incentive Programme Start

    Since Slovakia and its 5.45 million citizens joined the European Union in 2004, the country has made considerable progress in increasing its energy efficiency and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Solar thermal technology, however, is still a niche market with stagnating annual...
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  • Netherlands: Ambitious Targets for Sluggish Market

    Netherlands: Ambitious Targets for Sluggish Market

    The newly installed collector area in the Netherlands has not grown by a significant margin since 2011, and it even decreased slightly in 2013 (see the chart on the left). According to the Dutch industry association Holland Solar, this is to be considered a fair outcome, as the number of...
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  • Solar Days 2015: Individual Schedules in Eight Countries

    Solar Days 2015: Individual Schedules in Eight Countries

    The European Solar Days (ESD) seem to have lost some momentum. Since the European Union stopped co-financing the ESD, it seems that several national partners among the so far more than 20 participating countries have found it harder to get monetary support for their work and all of the...
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  • SHC 2015 in Turkey: Submit a Paper until 6 July

    SHC 2015 in Turkey: Submit a Paper until 6 July

    After San Francisco, Freiburg and Beijing, it is now Istanbul’s turn to host the next international conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2015, from 2 to 4 December 2015. This year, the IEA SHC is partnering with the European Solar Thermal Industry...
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  • Estimated Global Solar Thermal Turnover in 2013: around EUR 18 billion

    Estimated Global Solar Thermal Turnover in 2013: around EUR 18 billion

    Solar heating and cooling is not really the most transparent sector regarding market and industry figures. There is no global solar heat industry council and companies around the globe are using quite different technologies and supply chains – which is exactly why all entities and...
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