Austria

  • Challenge of the world market: “Europe is stuck with high installation costs”

    Challenge of the world market: “Europe is stuck with high installation costs”

    “Competition on price” was one of the key questions of the panel discussion at the international conference SMEthermal 2011 in Berlin on 10 February. Representatives from the major solar thermal markets worldwide discussed the challenges of the world market among them (left to right):...

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  • Dominican Republic: Purchase Agreement between Sunmaxx and Retecsa

    Dominican Republic: Purchase Agreement between Sunmaxx and Retecsa

    Installation company Retecsa from the Dominican Republic and US-American system supplier Sunmaxx have entered into a purchase agreement. Part of this new cooperation was a 4-day training in January by Sunmaxx instructor Todd Paternoster at the Retecsa company site in Santiago. Besides...

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  • SOLTRAIN: Solar Thermal Training in South Africa

    SOLTRAIN: Solar Thermal Training in South Africa

    Thirty seven solar water heating industry leaders and academics have just attended the third SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) solar thermal technical training course in Pretoria, South Africa. The training was formally opened by the regional...

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  • Solar Cooling: German Fraunhofer ISE compares PV and Solar Thermal

    Solar Cooling: German Fraunhofer ISE compares PV and Solar Thermal

    Over the last 5 years, the number of installed solar cooling systems worldwide increased tenfold. The main obstacles for a more pervasive and faster market development are high upfront costs and lack of experience among main stakeholders, such as planners and architects. Based on various...

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  • Austria: Greiner takes over Sun Master, Xolar and Solution

    Austria: Greiner takes over Sun Master, Xolar and Solution

    The new face in the solar thermal industry: Hannes Möseneder, CEO of Greiner Technology & Innovation GmbH, will incorporate three new companies into his division: ”We are convinced that the inclusion of Xolar, Sun Master and Solution into Greiner Technology & Innovation is a...

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  • Austria: Solar District Heating Workshop and Plant Visit Tour

    Austria: Solar District Heating Workshop and Plant Visit Tour

    Solar District Heating (SDH) is making its first step into the market. According to the website of IEE project “SDHtake-off - Solar District Heating in Europe”, experts estimate a long-term potential for solar district heat of 5% and an annual solar heat production of roughly 30 TWhth...

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  • Workshop and Plant Visit Tour Solar District Heating, Graz

    The Workshop and Plant Visit Tour Solar District Heating will take place in Graz, Austria from 16 to 17 March 2011. The workshop’s objective is the facilitation of the development of new Solar District Heating plants in towns and villages, focusing on Southern and Eastern European ‘newcomer...

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  • USA: Second Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration

    USA: Second Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration

    The 2nd Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, taking place in Las Vegas on 2 February, will bring together top experts from Europe and North America - among them Christian Holter, SOLID (Austria), Steve Hunter, Vanir Energy (California/US), Daniel Mugnier, TECSOL (France),...

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  • Austria: Number of new Jobs in the Solar Thermal Sector underestimated

    Austria: Number of new Jobs in the Solar Thermal Sector underestimated

    The Austrian government seems to underestimate the number of jobs which the solar thermal sector could create over the next ten years. In the “Masterplan green jobs” published in October 2010, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Environment estimates that around 66,000 new jobs are going...

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  • USA: Slowdown in 2009 while Imports go up

    USA: Slowdown in 2009 while Imports go up

    Slowdown in the US: After the 2008 peak, the total sold area of medium temperature collectors decreased by 5 % in 2009, to 204,700 m2. Exports amounted to only 2,100 m2 of collector area, which means that the newly installed collector area in the United States in 2009...

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  • Austria: Great Demand for large-scale Solar Systems Funding

    Austria: Great Demand for large-scale Solar Systems Funding

    The results have convinced the sceptics: The interest in large solar thermal systems between 100 and 2,000 m2 of collector area has been enormous in Austria. 76 requests have been submitted in the framework of the incentive programme “Solar Thermal - Solar large-scale"...

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