Europe

  • QualiCert Newsletter - December 2009

    The first edition of the QualiCert Project Newsletter has been published and it is availble here

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  • ESTIF: Xavier Noyon appointed new Secretary General

    Xavier Noyon has been appointed Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), effective from 1 November 2009. The French national brings with him a vast experience in working with associations at the European level. Photo: ESTIF

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  • BDR Thermea: A new European Heating Giant

    Together, De Dietrich Remeha Group and Baxi Group have just established BDR Thermea, the third largest heating corporation in Europe. Five solar brands are part of the newly founded company: De Dietrich, Oertli, Baxi, Baymak, Brötje.
    Figure: BDR Thermea

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  • European Institutes to Test According to Australian Standards

    The Australian solar thermal market is growing rapidly – on average 27 % within the last two years. One factor in the countrywide growth is the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) provided for newly installed solar thermal systems.

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  • IEA-SHC 43: On the Way to Harmonize Testing and Certification

    At the request of the US Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC), the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) formed Task 43, the “Solar Rating and Certification Procedure”.
    Photo: IEA SHC

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  • European Solar Days

    The next European Solar Days will be celebrated from 1 to 16 May 2010 in 16 European countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia , Spain, Switzerland, Denmark , Norway, Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Hungary, Poland and Sweden. The two weeks event is coordinated by the European...
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  • Solar Thermal in Spain (2007)

    This document produced by the Spanish IDAE (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía) in 2007 explains what is solar thermal energy, its benefits and applications, providing at the same time practical information like for instance the incentive programmes existing in Spain (for...

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  • Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

    The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) raises the alarm: “The new plans of the European Commission for energy-labelling requirements with respect to 'dedicated water heaters' include highly problematic testing requirements for entire systems.”

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  • Potential for Solar Heat in Industrial Processes (2008)

    This paper from 2008 wants to highlight the potential use of solar thermal plants to provide heat for industrial applications. It reports on studies which have been carried out accross the world: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

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  • An Overview of CSP in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (2008)

    This document from 2008 gives a comprehensive overview of CSP development in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The paper first looks into the key drivers and key inhibitors that impact the growth of CSP. Particular attention is given to the cost factor of CSP such as initial investment...

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