Germany

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    20 years of funding renewables in Germany

    The start of this month marked the 20th anniversary of the German Market Rebate Programme, also known as MAP. At the time, it was the country’s first set of funding guidelines for renewables. Since coming into force on 1 September 1999, MAP has paid out about EUR 3 billion to...
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  • Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Despite a booming building sector and a national support programme, the German solar thermal sector had to grapple with another decline in sales, this time by 10 %, in 2018. Statistics compiled by the associations for the solar and heating industries, BSW Solar and BDH, indicate the...
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  • Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Researchers working for the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme have created a list of urban solar heat projects that not only met but exceeded the ambitious aims set for them initially: Seven best-practice examples and two scoping studies of systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden...
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  • “Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”

    “Solar process heat is a hot topic in research and development”

    To provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to pursue a career in sustainable engineering is the aim of the Bachelor degree course Energy Systems and Renewable Energies at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, a university based in Bavaria. Last winter, 15 students who...
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  • Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018

    Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018

    Approximately 33.3 GWth of new solar thermal capacity was commissioned in 2018, increasing total global capacity by 2 % to around 480 GWth. China accounted for about 74 % of global additions, followed by Turkey, Brazil and the United States. While China’s gross...
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  • Construction starts on Germany's largest SDH plant

    Construction starts on Germany's largest SDH plant

    On 21 June, local utility Stadtwerke Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim (SWLB) was given the go-ahead to put up Germany's largest solar thermal field, a flat plate collector installation measuring 14,800 m² (9 MWth). Once it comes online, presumably by the end of this year, it will...
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  • SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    The focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) will be on technology suppliers and financial service providers that have created successful financing mechanisms. The jury has chosen six finalists, one of which will be presented with the SHC...
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  • “Digitalisation improves and streamlines the entire process”

    “Digitalisation improves and streamlines the entire process”

    Digitalisation is quickly transforming the heating market: While consumers are increasingly turning to online sources for advice, a growing number of heaters are being connected to the cloud. In an interview with solarthermalworld.org, Steffen Zimmermann, Managing Director of...
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  • New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    The Solar Keymark Network has expanded its range of options by including in situ testing. At a meeting in March 2019, a revised version of the Solar Keymark (SK) Scheme Rules was approved to allow collector efficiency tests in a real-life environment. It is now possible to create efficiency...
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  • SHIP feasibility assessment within a few hours

    SHIP feasibility assessment within a few hours

    After four years of intensive scientific-technical work, the Association of German Engineers, also known as VDI, will soon publish VDI 3988, a guidance document intended to support  the preliminary design of systems that supply solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP). The document...
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  • Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    In 2018, Italy was an attractive market for solar cooling solutions thanks to high investment subsidies by national support programme Conto Termico 2.0. Three sorption chiller manufacturers launched projects in the country last year: Maya, an Italian joint-venture with the Japanese company...
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  • PV-Thermal collector area tops 1 million

    PV-Thermal collector area tops 1 million

    PV-Thermal systems, which generate heat and electricity from the same collector, are gaining ever more traction: For the first time, they have now been included in the Solar Heat Worldwide report. Data supplied by 26 manufacturers from 11 countries indicates that more than 1 million m2...
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