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  • IKEA to invest EUR 4 billion in clean energy

    IKEA to invest EUR 4 billion in clean energy

    By 2030, furniture retail giant Inter IKEA Group intends to minimise its carbon footprint and even get climate-positive while continuing to grow its business. The goals set by IKEA’s sustainability strategy People & Planet Positive published in August 2020 include the aim to generate...
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  • How to design an 85 % solar-heated and 100 % solar air-conditioned house

    How to design an 85 % solar-heated and 100 % solar air-conditioned house

    During an online meeting from 1 to 2 July, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme will launch a new global research platform called Task 66 Solar Energy Buildings. The researchers participating in the new task intend to develop and popularise a building standard focused on...
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  • Water-energy nexus in wastewater management

    Water-energy nexus in wastewater management

    Solar-powered water treatment can significantly reduce industrial manufacturers’ water and energy footprints and turn municipal water treatment plants into energy distributors. An example of this, a demo plant in Spain producing renewably sourced hydrogen and oxygen from wastewater, was...
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  • Mixed performance of world's largest flat plate producers in COVID year

    Mixed performance of world's largest flat plate producers in COVID year 2020

    Last year’s outbreak of Covid-19 around the globe reduced sales of most of the largest flat plate collector manufacturers not based in China. Only a small number of non-Chinese businesses saw an increase in sales, the result of a new support policy in Germany. Chinese flat plate collector...
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  • Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Europe’s solar thermal industry has achieved quite significant cost reductions since 2014, with economies of scale at the project level helping to drive down costs, Michael Taylor, of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said at a 9 March webinar titled Cheaper than...
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  • Improving SDH efficiency

    Improving the efficiency of SDH

    Since the end of IEA SHC Task 55 – Large Solar District Heating and Cooling Systems last December, there have been multiple calls for continuing the work of this successful research platform in some fashion. In response, Viktor Unterberger, a senior researcher at the Austrian BEST –...
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  • #SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

    #SolarHeatWomen: Women leaders in the solar thermal sector

    Every day, women around the world work hard to promote solar thermal technology and solutions. But a clear gender gap persists. And the few women who have made it to the top often do not get the visibility they deserve. To shine a light on their successes, solarthermalworld.org has launched...
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  • SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    SRIAs pave the way for a clean energy future

    According to the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, nearly half the energy consumed across Europe is used to heat residential, commercial and industrial buildings. On 15 October 2020, the then-...
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  • 25-year heat supply contract for 4 MW SDH plant

    25-year heat supply contract for 4 MW SDH plant

    Supported by a community financing model, southern Austrian solar heat specialists Unser Kraftwerk and Greenonetec have joined forces to build a 4 MW solar district heating plant in nearby Friesach by summer. While Greenonetec is producing the 5,750 m2 of large flat plate...
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  • Quick Check BIOSOL: New tool helps utilities make the right choices

    Quick Check BIOSOL: New tool helps utilities make the right choices

    As early as November 2020, national association Austria Solar put a new decision-making tool called Quick Check BIOSOL on its website. At a German-language webinar following the upload, Austria Solar’s Managing Director Roger Hackstock then explained what the tool does and how it works. In...
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  • Spotlight on SDH potential in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria

    Spotlight on SDH potential in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria

    Solar thermal will have a key role to play in growing western Europe’s solar district heating markets over the next decades. During last year’s mid-October workshop organised by IEA SHC research platform Task 55 – Towards the Integration of Large Solar Systems into District Heating and...
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