Germany

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    Solar thermal and biomass – a winning solution for district heating

    Biomass may be cheap and carbon-neutral, but a solar upgrade of biomass-fired district heating could further improve efficiency and reduce local emissions. For example, solar heat helps avoid having to start up and shut down wood-chip boilers or operate them at partial load. It can even...
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  • Molten salt storage 33 times cheaper than lithium-ion batteries

    Cost-effective energy storage is key to transitioning to a low-carbon society. Energy can be stored in the form of heat or electricity. A popular storage method for high-temperature thermal applications is a molten salt tank. Fact sheets created by the German Energy Storage Association, or...
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    Sonnenkraft, Holter and Tisun – the changing face of Austria’s industry

    Two strategic decisions taken by Austrian-based supplier Sonnenkraft in early 2018 have strengthened its position on the market. First, it secured an exclusive national distribution agreement with Holter, an Austrian wholesaler of heating equipment. Installers of Sonnenkraft equipment can...
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  • Wagner & Co

    Germany: Solar thermal loses out to other renewables

    2017 was the weakest year for solar thermal collector sales in more than a decade, according to the combined statistics by associations BDH and BSW-Solar. Their data reveals that only 78,000 systems were sold last year. The newly installed collector area added up to 625,000 m², down 16 %...
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  • Task 61

    Daylight and electric lighting: new research initiative

    The IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme has approved Task 61, a new research initiative concentrating on integrated daylight and electric lighting solutions. The task will tackle unresolved issues and challenges of a growing market which meets 19 % of the total electricity demand...
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  • Solar Heat Europe

    Three ways to read European market statistics

    There is more than one way to read 2016’s market statistics published by Solar Heat Europe about 2 months ago. One could emphasise the great achievements made in reducing emissions and creating jobs in the solar heating and cooling sector in Europe. One could likewise point to Denmark as a...
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  • Global certification saves money and time

    To enter new markets, solar thermal collector manufacturers need to have their products tested and certified as meeting local standards. Thanks to GSCN, the Global Solar Certification Network, they can complete several certification processes with only one test cycle. “A collector...
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  • SHC SWC 2018

    SHC-focused conferences in 2018

    Currently, our 2018 calendar lists 57 events from all corners of the globe. Below is a summary of selected ones that put a clear focus on SHC.Photo: Masdar Institute at Khalifa University of Science and Technology 

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    Solar thermal goes digital

    On 14 December 2017, members of industry associations Austria Solar and BSW-Solar met founders of start-ups to draw up digital strategies for solar thermal. One of the key findings from the one-day workshop in Vienna, Austria, was that “traditional solar thermal companies cannot take on...
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  • IRES 2018, Düsseldorf

    Outstanding scientific presentations, exciting discussions, renowned speakers, international (expert) audience and the newest insights into research and developments – with these factors the IRES-conference has established as the leading venue in the international storage world. From 13 till 15...
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  • Symposium Thermische Solarenergie 2018, Bad Staffelstein

    The 28th Symposium “Solar Thermal Technologie” takes place from 13 to 15 June 2018 at the former German monastery Banz, Bad Staffelstein. Main topics are the latest technical developments but also aspects of economy and market policy. Architects will find a forum to discuss problems and experiences...
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