Europe

  • Austria: Solar District Heating Workshop and Plant Visit Tour

    Austria: Solar District Heating Workshop and Plant Visit Tour

    Solar District Heating (SDH) is making its first step into the market. According to the website of IEE project “SDHtake-off - Solar District Heating in Europe”, experts estimate a long-term potential for solar district heat of 5% and an annual solar heat production of roughly 30 TWhth...

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  • Eco-energy Labelling: Good Consensus for Solar Thermal Industry

    Eco-energy Labelling: Good Consensus for Solar Thermal Industry

     

    The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation is optimistic that the regulations for the energy labelling of dedicated water heaters in the framework of the Ecodesign Directive (2005/32/EC) are going to be adopted in good consensus in mid-2011. During the...

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  • Austria: Number of new Jobs in the Solar Thermal Sector underestimated

    Austria: Number of new Jobs in the Solar Thermal Sector underestimated

    The Austrian government seems to underestimate the number of jobs which the solar thermal sector could create over the next ten years. In the “Masterplan green jobs” published in October 2010, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Environment estimates that around 66,000 new jobs are going...

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  • Europe: 2011 Conferences dedicated to Solar Heating and Cooling

    Europe: 2011 Conferences dedicated to Solar Heating and Cooling

    In Europe, only a few conferences focus exclusively on solar heating and cooling in 2011. Most events combine both solar thermal technology and photovoltaics, with two-thirds of the schedule being reserved for solar electricity and only one third for solar thermal. Please check the...

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  • Europe: Robin Welling new President of ESTIF

    Europe: Robin Welling new President of ESTIF

    The new President of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) is Robin Welling, Managing Director of Austrian collector manufacturer and system supplier Tisun, as well as Managing Director of Tisun LLC in New York. At the beginning of December, Welling was elected in Brussels...

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  • NREAPs: Only 8 countries to plan with significant Area and Growth Rates

    NREAPs: Only 8 countries to plan with significant Area and Growth Rates

    Clear-cut concepts and mandatory targets to protect the climate was what the European Commission requested from the 27 EU members as they created their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). On 30 June 2010, 23 states delivered their national version – with meagre success for solar...

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  • “We were prepared for this Outcome”

    “We were prepared for this Outcome”

    In most of the National Renewable Energy Plans (NREAPs), solar thermal was not a priority. Only 8 countries announced significant collector area and growth rates (see news here). solarthermalworld.org asked Xavier Noyon, Secretary General of the European Solar...

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  • European Solar Days 2011, Europe

    The next European Solar Days will be celebrated from 1 to 15 May 2011 in several European countries. The two weeks event is coordinated by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) in close co-operation with the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and supported by a large...
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  • Austria: Call for Papers/Speakers on Solar Process Heat

    Austria: Call for Papers/Speakers on Solar Process Heat

    The first international conference dedicated exclusively to solar process heat will take place in Wels, Austria, from 3 to 4 March 2011 as part of the World Sustainable Energy Days. It is organised by the O.Oe. Energiesparverband, the regional energy agency of Upper Austria, which is also...

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