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  • Germany: BSW Solar Presents Solar Heat Roadmap - Finally

    Germany: BSW Solar Presents Solar Heat Roadmap - Finally

    With half a year delay, the German solar industry association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW Solar) officially presented its Roadmap for Solar Heat at the Intersolar Europe in June 2012. The roadmap describes scenarios to develop solar thermal in Germany and shows the policies needed to...

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  • Intersolar Award 2012: Efficiency Wins

    Intersolar Award 2012: Efficiency Wins

    On 13 June, it was time for the fifth Intersolar Award at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The solar industry’s international prize pays tribute to companies, products and services in the categories of Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Technologies and PV Production Technologies. It was awarded...

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  • USA: San Francisco Hosts First SHC Conference in 2012

    USA: San Francisco Hosts First SHC Conference in 2012

    From 9 to 11 July 2012, San Francisco will host the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry – the SHC 2012. The science conference is organised by the International Energy Agency's Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) in cooperation with...

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  • Germany: Solar Heating Saves more CO2 than Maximum Insulation

    Germany: Solar Heating Saves more CO2 than Maximum Insulation

    Solar thermal heating makes houses up to 67% more energy-efficient than a perfectly optimised building envelope. This is the result of a paper which compared the efficiency of solar thermal systems with building insulations. The study, which was commissioned by the German Federal Solar...

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  • Germany: Association and Ministry Discuss Market Development

    Germany: Association and Ministry Discuss Market Development

    The symposium “Solar Thermal Energy” - the largest German-speaking conference dedicated to solar heating and cooling technology – has painted a mixed picture of the current development in Germany. The 3-day event, which was organised by German company Otti and took place at...

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  • Germany: President Gauck Visits Ritter Group

    Germany: President Gauck Visits Ritter Group

    Solar thermal technology seems to have made quite an impression on the new German head of state. Only one month after taking office, the new President, Joachim Gauck (centre), visited the Ritter Group on his inaugural trip through Baden-Wurttemberg, one of Germany’s states leading in...

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  • Germany: Waiting for Politicians to Act

    Germany: Waiting for Politicians to Act

    Since the beginning of the year, only a few solar thermal installations in Germany can still receive incentives from the German Market Rebate Programme for Renewable Energies (MAP). A new tax rebate for energy-efficient modernisation of buildings could encourage home owners to invest in solar...

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  • Germany: “Solar Thermal Business might have a Structural Problem”

    Germany: “Solar Thermal Business might have a Structural Problem”

    2011 was a better year for the German solar thermal industry than 2010, but it still has been far from a good one: Compared to the so far best year, 2008, the collector area installed in 2011 was around 40% less, although figures are still 10 % above the previous year 2010. German’s solar...

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  • Germany: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies

    Germany: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies

    The solar thermal industry is facing major challenges: Costs of storage and collector components have to be reduced even further if large solar plants are to offer investors competitive prices for heating. Hence, 170 industry representatives and scientists from all around the world came...

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  • Winners of the Solarthermalworld.org Quiz 2011

    Winners of the Solarthermalworld.org Quiz 2011

    Second round of the solarthermalworld.org quiz: The winners of 2011 were announced at the end of the ESTEC 2011 conference in Marseilles, France, on 21 October. The photo shows the three participants who were able to answer the ten questions in the shortest time (from left): Jan Knaack (...

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