Europe

  • POLYSOL Report Summary (2014)

    POLYSOL is an EU-funded project, which started in 2011 under the 7th Framework Programme for Research for SME’s, with the aim to develop a modular all-polymer solar thermal collector for domestic hot water preparation and space heating which could be an alternative to conventional...

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  • Europe: Online Database on Large-Scale Solar Heating Plants

    Europe: Online Database on Large-Scale Solar Heating Plants

    The database on Europe’s largest solar heating plants, which can be found on the EU project SDHplus website, dates back to 1997. In the meantime, it has grown to 131 solar heating plants totalling a collector area of 586,000 m² (410 MWth). The first plants included...
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  • Solar Thermal and Concentrated Solar Power Barometer (2014)

    This report published by the French organization EurObserv’ER provides an overview of the Solar Thermal and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) markets in Europe in 2013.  The first section of the report is dedicated to CSP. After analyzing the global and European markets, the barometer...

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  • REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    According to REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, which was published at the UN-hosted Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York at the beginning of June, solar thermal technologies contribute significantly to hot water production in many countries and increasingly to...
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  • Europe: 1.19 GW and 15,000 Jobs Lost Since Boom Year of 2008

    Europe: 1.19 GW and 15,000 Jobs Lost Since Boom Year of 2008

    It’s a disaster. There is not much more to say about the statistics of the solar thermal market in Europe. The newly installed capacity dropped again, this time by 11% compared to the previous year, down to 2.14 GWth (see the attached document).  All large markets...
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  • Europe: Energy Security Strategy to Improve Relevance of Renewable Heating

    Europe: Energy Security Strategy to Improve Relevance of Renewable Heating

    The European Commission has now published its Communication on Energy Security, which proposes a set of immediate actions to address the current crisis, but mostly concentrates on other measures to be implemented in the longer term. The proposed actions include "an accelerated...
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  • European Solar Days: Raising Awareness in Eastern European Countries

    European Solar Days: Raising Awareness in Eastern European Countries

    The European Solar Days, Europe’s largest solar energy grassroots movement, is growing fast throughout Europe, with events expected to attract more than 700,000 participants. The Europe-wide campaign is promoting the use of solar energy for the production of electricity, heating...
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  • Europe: Pedro Dias Appointed New ESTIF Secretary General

    Europe: Pedro Dias Appointed New ESTIF Secretary General

    ESTIF’s Board of Directors has appointed Pedro Dias to serve as new Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation. The former deputy general follows in the footsteps of Xavier Noyon, who left ESTIF at the end of March. Accordingly, the association has reduced...
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