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  • Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    According to a Eurostat press release published on 23 January, renewable energy sources made up 18 % of total energy generation throughout the European Union at the end of 2018, which means the EU’s target of 20 % by the end of 2020 seems well within reach. And yet, the above chart shows...
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  • How to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings?

    How to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings?

    Historic buildings make up 30 % of the European building stock and account for more than a third of the total energy consumption in the residential sector across the EU. However, architects and building owners are often lacking information about how to retrofit historic buildings while...
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  • Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Whether to include the building sector in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) was one of the key questions discussed at a workshop in Brussels in late January. Representatives from industry associations said at the event, organised by the European Heating Industry (EHI) association,...
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  • Role of life-cycle costs in NZEB projects

    Role of life-cycle costs in NZEB projects

    How much does it cost to construct, run and maintain a Nearly Zero Energy Building? What energy efficiency and renewable options could work best for a given project? Answering these and other questions is the aim of ...
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  • Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    The first edition of the Renewables in Cities Global Status Report was published by REN21, France, at the end of 2019. In all, 380 people, mostly volunteers, contributed to this report, supplying data on the progress of the renewable energy transition across municipalities, including...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Duncan Gibb: Highlights of the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

    Duncan Gibb: Highlights of the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

    The Renewables 2019 Global Status Report exposes the different speed of renewable energy development. Whereas a record 100 GW photovoltaic capacity was added in 2018, progress in heating cooling and transport is slow due to a lack of policy support. Duncan Gibb describes the encouraging as well as...
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    Arnaud Susplugas: Solar Award winner for a successful business model

    Congratulations - Arnaud Susplugas, CEO of the French-based third-party investor Kyotherm, has won the Solar Award 2019 during the SHC conference in Santiago de Chile. In the interview Susplugas explains his business model that encourages renewable heat technology suppliers to sign heat supply...
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  • Solar Heat for Cities – brochure and infographics

    Solar Heat for Cities – brochure and infographics

    Why is solar heat such a smart way to create sustainable communities? It improves energy security, keeps heat costs stable for at least 20 years and cuts air pollution in towns and cities. To encourage more mayors, local council members and municipal utilities to look into this cost-...
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  • Photo: Randy Martin, IEA SHC

    Kyotherm wins 2019 SHC Solar Award

    Kyotherm, a French-based third-party investor, has won the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme’s Solar Award for financing energy service companies (ESCOs) so end users in the industrial sector can reap economic benefits from day one. The first solar thermal project supported by...
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    Technology review of small-capacity absorption chillers

    A new scientific paper published in July gives readers an overview of state-of-the-art absorption chillers below 50 kW of cooling capacity. The document, titled Review of small-capacity single-stage continuous absorption systems operating on binary working fluids for cooling:...
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  • Photo: Sun Wei. ©2014 Beijing Institute of Residential Building Design and Research

    Solar planning experts meet in France

    Between 22 and 24 October, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc in Le Bourget-du-Lac, France, will be the venue for the first meeting about research platform Solar Neighborhood Planning. Professor Christophe Ménézo, who is organising the event, is inviting experts from a wide...
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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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