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  • Europe: SDHplus Gathers Experts and Newcomers to Solar District Heating

    Europe: SDHplus Gathers Experts and Newcomers to Solar District Heating

    Just after the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project SDHtake-off will have ended in June 2012, there will be a follow-up project called SDHplus. Six new countries will join it: Spain, France, Lithuania, Croatia, Poland and Slovenia. Experienced partners from the...

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  • Europe: InSun Project Showcases Concentrating Collectors for Process Heat

    Europe: InSun Project Showcases Concentrating Collectors for Process Heat

    1 April was the starting day of the EU FP 7 Project InSun (Industrial Process Heat by Solar Collectors) coordinated by zafh.net, the Centre for Applied Research on Sustainable Energy Technology at the University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany. The participants of the project want to...

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  • Solar Thermal Markets in Europe. Trends and Market Statistics 2010 (2011)

    As in previous years, ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, has issued this publication with detailed data and numbers about the solar thermal market in the EU 27 and Switzerland in 2010.

    In 2010, the European solar thermal market totalled 2.586 MWth (3.694,940 m²...

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  • Europe: Which Path Takes the Small-capacity Sorption Cooling Industry?

    Europe: Which Path Takes the Small-capacity Sorption Cooling Industry?

    Whereas the global market for chillers with small cooling capacities has a volume of around 70 million units annually, the European industry of small-capacity sorption cooling is still in its infancy and is facing many challenges. A newly published study, “Scenario Planning for the...

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  • Swiss Bank Sarasin: World Market Reaches 45 GWth in 2011

    Swiss Bank Sarasin: World Market Reaches 45 GWth in 2011

    This week, the Swiss Bank Sarasin published the 12th edition of their solar industry report, covering all three solar technologies: solar heating and cooling (ST), photovoltaics (PV), and concentrating solar power (CSP). The chapter on solar thermal identifies great differences...

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  • European Solar Days: Date Set for 2012 Campaign

    European Solar Days: Date Set for 2012 Campaign

    The next edition of the European Solar Days – a campaign of national events aimed at promoting the use of solar energy – will be held from 1 to 13 May 2012. The initiative now includes more than 20 participants from 16 countries, who gathered on 7 and 8 November in Prague for the second...

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  • Estec 2011: “We need incentive tariffs for solar thermal”

    Estec 2011: “We need incentive tariffs for solar thermal”

    The crisis in the European key countries was present during the entire 5th European Solar Thermal Energy Conference (ESTEC) in Marseilles on 20 and 21 October 2011. Around 300 speakers and participants tried to deliver new ideas and concepts to get the industry back on track. At the second...

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  • European Solar Days 2012

    The next European Solar Days will be celebrated from 1 to 13 May 2012 in several European countries. The campaign raises public awareness and involves several hundred thousand citizens at local level. Pioneer countries such as Austria, Germany, Switzerland, as well as others that successfully...
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  • Solar Thermal Barometer (2010)

    This barometer, published by the French organisation EuObserv’ER, provides an overview and analysis of the evolution of the sector in Europe in 2009. In 2009, the installed area in the EU was of about 4166 056 m2 which resulted in a capacity of 22786,1MWth. The solar thermal sector...

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  • USA: High Subsidy Level and Slow Motion in California

    USA: High Subsidy Level and Slow Motion in California

    Demand for subsidised solar water heater is very different in Europe and the USA. A comparison between California and the Czech Republic shows that the growth potential is much higher in European countries. The number of applications submitted to the national subsidy programme has been 100...

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