Portugal

  • Industrial sector sees record-breaking capacity additions in 2019

    Industrial sector sees record-breaking capacity additions in 2019

    In 2019, solar heat capacity additions reached record-breaking levels in industrial sectors around the world, coming to 251 MW in total. The countries at the top of the list were Oman (180 MW), China (53 MW), Mexico (3 MW), India (2 MW) and Germany (1 MW). Ranked by the number of new SHIP...
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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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  • Position papers on daylighting and standards & certification

    Position papers on daylighting and standards & certification

    Why promote the use of daylight in non-residential buildings? What measures should government agencies take to help the market? How vital is it to standardise and certify solar thermal products? Answers to these questions can be found in position papers recently published by the IEA Solar...
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  • Portuguese industry without representation

    Portuguese industry without representation

    Since 2016, Portugal’s solar industry association Apisolar has had to make do without official data on the country's solar thermal market. The most recent figure, which shows 46,134 m² (32 MWth) of newly installed collector area, dates to 2015 and marked a 9 % drop compared to...
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  • Solar thermal in agri-food industry

    Solar thermal in agri-food industry

    Four industrial sites owned by businesses producing goods for the agri-food sector will be the real test of whether solar process heat can gain a foothold in the industry. The companies are partners to SHIP2FAIR, which was launched in April in Brussels (see photo) and is scheduled to end in...
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  • Energy and Sustainability 2019, Coimbra

    The 8th International conference on Energy and Sustainability will take place in Coimbra, Portugal from 3 to 5 July 2019. The successful series started in the New Forest, UK, home of the Wessex Institute in 2007; followed by meetings in Bologna (2009); Alicante (2011); Budapest (2013); Kuala Lumpur...
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  • Videira Team

    Portugal: 35 Years’ Solar Storage Tank Production

    Videira, a family-owned storage tank manufacturer from Portugal, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. In 1982, José Oliveira Rocha (sitting) and three of his five children (back) established a small business in Paredes in northern Portugal. In the beginning, it was only...
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  • SolarCool Installation

    SolarCool Europe: Solar Heat Reduces Chiller Electricity Consumption

    In April 2016, British company SolarCool Energy put into operation its largest SolarCool system, which was installed on the roof of Chingford Fruit’s processing plant (see photo) in Dartford Kent, UK. Fifty-four retrofitted vacuum tube collectors totalling 160 m² have since reduced the...
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  • Aviso 20

    Portugal: Two New Incentive Schemes on the Horizon

    Good news for the Portuguese market: This year’s agenda includes two new schemes to support energy efficiency measures in buildings, and solar thermal has been put into the spotlight. The first programme,...
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  • Portugal: Incentive Scheme Fails While Sales Take Another Dive

    Portugal: Incentive Scheme Fails While Sales Take Another Dive

    The latest Portuguese incentive scheme for solar thermal energy proved to be a major failure: Launched by the national Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) in May 2015, the call to support the restoration of solar thermal systems installed before 2005 received only four applications in the end....
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  • Solrico Portugal Market Assessment

    Portugal: New Government with Good Intentions but Lack of Action

    After a politically unstable last quarter of 2015, Portugal’s path for the next years seems to be finally set. The new socialist government, led by António Costa, took office by the end of November and brought back the old promise of supporting renewable energy sources. At least, this is...
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