France

  • Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Sometimes, it takes a while until good ideas are copied. This has been the case with solar/renewable building codes, which were invented in Israel more than 30 years ago. It has just been over the last ten years, however, that this political instrument reached all five continents....

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  • September in Germany: Two conferences in one week

    September in Germany: Two conferences in one week

    This September, Germany’s Black Forest will be the top spot for solar thermal experts from all around the world: From 23 to 25 September, the second International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC 2013) will take place in Freiburg, Germany´s unofficial solar capital. It will...

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  • France: Restructuring SAED

    France: Restructuring SAED

    SAED or Sophia Antipolis Energie Developpement, which is a start-up located in the south of France, produces a heat pipe protected by two patents. The company developed a...

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  • France: One Voice for Renewable Heat

    France: One Voice for Renewable Heat

    In France, players of solar thermal, geothermal, heat pumps and biomass founded the Alliance Chaleur Renouvelable (translated as Renewable Heat Alliance) in February 2013. "This network speaks with one voice when it comes to the demands and suggestions from the renewable heat industry,"...

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  • France: Third Player to Launch PVT Panel on Market

    France: Third Player to Launch PVT Panel on Market

    In February 2013, French manufacturer Dualsun launched its hybrid solar panel, also called PVT, a technology which produces electricity and heat simultaneously. Dualsun has been the third French company after solar specialists Sillia and ABCD International to introduce this new...

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  • France: High Solar Thermal Standing, But Shrinking Market

    France: High Solar Thermal Standing, But Shrinking Market

    French people like solar thermal, but their wish to install a system seems to hardly come true. According to a recent survey among 1,008 persons, which was conducted by French survey company Ifop in January 2013, 5% claim to own a solar water heater and 4% a combined system for hot water...

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  • ecobat 2013, Paris

    The 10th Edition of Ecobat – the event for construction and sustainable city - will take place from 20 to 22 March 2013 at Porte de Versailles, Paris, France.

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  • France: Influence of New Building Standards in 2013

    France: Influence of New Building Standards in 2013

    The solar thermal industry in France looks with mixed feelings to next year. Certain system suppliers are convinced that the French building regulation RT2012 will push solar water heaters in the residential segment in 2013. In contrast, others are afraid that hot water heat pumps will...

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  • France: Solar District Heating with Energy Costs around 0.06 EUR/kWh

    France: Solar District Heating with Energy Costs around 0.06 EUR/kWh

    A new business and housing area in suburban Toulouse in southern France, called Balma-Gramont “eco-district”, will be connected to the country´s first solar-supported district heating network. Special vacuum tube collectors made in France and installed over a parking area are to provide...

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