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  • EINSTEIN: Expert System for the Intelligent Use of Solar Thermal in the Industrial Sector

    Using solar heating for industrial processes is still far away from being a standardised solution. Any industrial process has to be analysed and individual solutions have to be developed. To simplify this approach, a European Consortium developed EINSTEIN, a software tool which works out an energy...
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  • Solar Heat Used Rarely in Industrial Processes

    If solar heat likes to gain more importance in the future, it should not ignore the industrial sector. Task 33 of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Solar Heating & Cooling programme performed an analysis of industrial energy needs and looked for the potential of solar heat within the...
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  • Promotion of Solar Water Heaters

    This 55-page study "International Experiences with the Promotion of Solar Water Heaters on Household-level", published in October 2006, introduces possible promotion mechanisms for solar water heaters on a household-level. Criteria for their assessment are defined in compliance therewith. The main...
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  • Solar Thermal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Sun

    The video shows the use of solar thermal energy for heating in Europe. Examples from Denmark and Spain show the use in different climates. Interviews with users and manufacturers give a good overview of this clean energy technology. The video is provided for free by the Sustainable Energy Europe...
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  • Solar Obligation in Barcelona: Pioneers in Europe

    The Barcelona Solar Thermal Obligation was the first of its kind adopted in a large European city. The first version entered into effect in August 2000. The revised version was approved in February 2006. Main changes are that the regulations now apply to more buildings and that the solar...

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  • Spain: Solar Obligation since 2006

    In March 2006 the Spanish Government passed the new Technical Buildings Code (CTE). It has been the most significant reform of the country’s building sector in decades. The law covers safety, health and noise protection issues in buildings, and it deals with sustainability and energy...

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  • GENERA’09, Madrid

    The trade fair Genera reflects the relevance of a sector that is expanding and full of opportunities in Spain, thanks to a progressive increase in social and corporate awareness and, in particular, due to the effect of the regulatory framework promoting its development.
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  • Immosolar, Malaga

    The event, taking place parallel to SIMed Real Estate Fair, provides a platform for international companies from the photovoltaics as well as the solar thermal sector and the Spanish building industry to establish business relations. During three days, Spanish and international companies from the...
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  • Conferencia de la Industria Solar - Espana 2008, Madrid

    Conferencia de la Industria Solar - Espana 2008 (CIS-ES 2008) aims to become the main platform for debate and for the exchange of information and knowledge across the solar energy and related fields. It aims to bring the members of the sector into contact with political representatives, the...
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  • IEA Study "Solar Heat Worldwide": Global Market Growth of 22 % in 2006

    2006 was an extremely satisfying year for the global solar thermal industry. According to the new study “Solar Heat Worldwide. Markets and contribution to the Energy Supply 2006” on behalf of IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme the new installations grew 22 % in 2006. The authors from...

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  • What are the advantages of solar thermal technology at a national level?

    “Replacing imported fuels with local jobs”, this slogan of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) sums up perfectly the advantages of solar thermal technology for a national economy. The six biggest solar thermal markets in Europe – Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece and France – already exceeded 34,000 full time jobs in 2007 (check related article here). With an annual average growth rate of 20 % that is 6,800 jobs more each year. In the boom year 2008 in Europe this calculation results in 116,000 full-time jobs.

    Furthermore solar thermal technology is an export trigger. In mature markets solar thermal industry is reaching high export rates. In 2007, Austria produced four times as many collectors as were newly installed in the country. In Greece, for the first time in 2008, the export will exceed local sales. Further Information: “Solar Thermal Action Plan for Europe” by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) http://www.estif.org/policies/st_action_plan/

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