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  • Photo: Absolicon

    Parabolic trough collector production line shipped to China

    Absolicon, a Swedish supplier of concentrating solar thermal technology, has recently delivered its first production line to a Chinese company. The equipment to manufacture parabolic trough collectors, which the Swedish business developed in-house, arrived in China in mid-April. The line is...
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    Switzerland: Borehole Storage Regeneration as Solar Thermal’s Ray of Hope

    On 24 November, the fifth Solar Heat Switzerland (Solarwärme Schweiz) conference organised by the solar industry association Swissolar, the building services association suissetec and the Federal Office of Energy was held in Lucerne, Switzerland. As 2017 funding for solar heat incentives...
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    IEA SHC: New PVT System Enhancement Research

    After seven years, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) is planning to launch another international research cooperation on PVT technology. PVT includes panels which combine photovoltaics and solar thermal into one unit either as glazed or unglazed systems. The first and...
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  • Wolfgang Streicher; Eicke Weber; Victor Martinez Moll

    Spain: EuroSun 2016 Focuses on Complete Solar Systems

    From 11 to 14 October, more than 300 experts in solar energy met in Palma de Mallorca for the EuroSun 2016 conference. Organised by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in cooperation with the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), the conference is attended mainly by scientists...
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  • Switzerland: The Advantages of Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Combinations

    Combining a heat pump and a solar thermal system increases overall system efficiency and substantially reduces the heat pump’s electricity consumption. The various possibilities of using both technologies together were illustrated by Dr Michel Haller’s presentation entitled...

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  • Germany/Poland: Hydro Aluminium Pipes as Standard Product soon

    Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro ASA announced its first clients to order aluminium tubes for the production of absorbers in a press release at the end of January. In the press release, the corporation named German collector manufacturer Solarbayer GmbH and Polish collector...

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  • European Facilities Testing Products for the US Market

    Accredited for SRCC testing: The SPF Institute for Solar Technology from Switzerland is one of six European testing institutes being able to test collectors according to quality standards by the US-American Solar Rating & Certification Corporation.
    Photo: SPF Rapperswil...

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  • Monopoly on Laser Welding in the USA

    Laser welding machine for absorber sheets: A patent in the United States could slowdown the development of this technology.
    Photo: Sunlaser Consulting

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