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  • NREAPs: Only 8 countries to plan with significant Area and Growth Rates

    NREAPs: Only 8 countries to plan with significant Area and Growth Rates

    Clear-cut concepts and mandatory targets to protect the climate was what the European Commission requested from the 27 EU members as they created their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). On 30 June 2010, 23 states delivered their national version – with meagre success for solar...

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  • “We were prepared for this Outcome”

    “We were prepared for this Outcome”

    In most of the National Renewable Energy Plans (NREAPs), solar thermal was not a priority. Only 8 countries announced significant collector area and growth rates (see news here). solarthermalworld.org asked Xavier Noyon, Secretary General of the European Solar...

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  • ESTIF: Call for Paper for estec 2011

    ESTIF: Call for Paper for estec 2011

    The 5th European Solar Thermal Energy Conference (estec) will take place in Marseilles, France, on 20 and 21 October 2011. The international event is organised by both the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and the French solar energy association Enerplan and, supported by...

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  • Norway: Building Cooperative OBOS invests into Collector Manufacturer Aventa

    Norway: Building Cooperative OBOS invests into Collector Manufacturer Aventa

    OBOS, the largest Nordic building cooperative, has become a major shareholder of Norwegian solar company Aventa AS. The latter is specialized in the production of solar thermal collectors made entirely of high-performance polymers. The photo shows Aventa collectors mounted on the south-...

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  • Solar Cooling: 20 Questions assess Project Success Rate

    Solar Cooling: 20 Questions assess Project Success Rate

    Can a solar cooling system be integrated in my building or my industrial processes? Answering this question with a simple Yes or No is not as easy as it seems. If a solar cooling system turns out to be a feasible investment largely depends on the parameters of the existing heating and...

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  • Tunisia: First Steps towards introducing Qualisol and Solar Keymark

    Tunisia: First Steps towards introducing Qualisol and Solar Keymark

    Quality label for installers: By adapting French installer certification Qualisol, Tunisia's market development project Prosol has already entered “the 3rd Dimension” of quality control since its launch in 2005. Training is provided by the National Chamber of Renewable Energies (CNSEnR)...

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  • France: More than 9,000 Quality Checks of Solar Thermal Systems

    France: More than 9,000 Quality Checks of Solar Thermal Systems

    The quality of solar water heaters is improving steadily. Evidence of this trend can be found in the results of the 8,000 Qualisol audits, which have been carried out since 2007. Within four years, the share of “excellent” installations more than doubled, from 20 to 55.5 %. The share of “...

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  • Renewables for Heating and Cooling (2007)

    This document, prepared by the International Energy Agency, comes as a follow-up of the 2006 seminar “Renewable heating and cooling – from RD&D to deployment technology and policy” aimed at exploring guidelines and policy initiatives to boost technology development and market deployment for...
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  • German Heating Giant presents Selective Absorber Coating

    German Heating Giant presents Selective Absorber Coating

    Viessmann manager Stefan Hirzinger (right) describes the company's new coating as, “one of the best selective coatings available on the market”. The product passed the accelerated life testing under the name Task X.
    Photo: Joachim Berner

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  • European Solar Days: Around 6,600 Events in 17 European Countries

    European Solar Days: Around 6,600 Events in 17 European Countries

    Everything revolves around the sun: 17 European countries participate in the 3rd edition of the European Solar Days from 1 to 16 May 2010. Around 6,600 events are planned for this year’s campaign, involving several hundred thousand citizens at a local level.
    Photo: Fotostudio...

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