Europe

  • BDR Thermea: A new European Heating Giant

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    The report states...

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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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  • Solar Cooling Kits for Europe

    Solar cooling for an office building in Kordin, Malta: The Chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 uses 30.5 m² flat plate and 7 m² of vacuum tube collectors to generate 10 kW of cold in an ammonia/water absorption chiller. Photo: Solarnext

     

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  • Energy Directive Adopted by European Parliament

    It's a great step forward acknowledging solar heating and cooling to be a key factor for climate protection: For the first time, heating and cooling is covered by an European Directive. The new Energy Directive was adopted with 634 votes in favour and only 25 against and 25 absent in the...

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