Switzerland

  • Saudi Arabia: “Cheap might still be too expensive”

    With a solar radiation of up to 2,550 kWh/m², Saudi Arabia seems destined to be a frequent user of solar thermal energy. Solar heating and cooling, however, are not very common in the Kingdom. A new housing programme launched by the government is now adding solar water heating to...
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  • Costa Rica: Rising Energy Prices to Benefit Solar Water Heating

    Costa Ricans currently spend up to 40 % of their electricity bill on hot water supply. With an average annual increase of 5.3 %, the demand for electricity has quadrupled over the last 20 years and prices have more than doubled during the same period. Therefore, one should assume solar...
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  • Switzerland: Shift towards Multi-Family Housing Projects

    In June, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy published its annual solar market report carried out by the solar energy association Swissolar (see the attached document in German and French). In 2014, sales of glazed collectors dropped by 7 %, down to 113,000 m² of absorber area....
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  • Workshop Solar Energy and Heat Pumps, Rapperswil

    The all-day workshop on the topic "Solar energy and heat pumps” organised by the Institut für Solartechnik SPF will take place at the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil on 18 November 2015. Various speakers from research and practice will present  results and analysis of...
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  • Solar Days 2015: Individual Schedules in Eight Countries

    The European Solar Days (ESD) seem to have lost some momentum. Since the European Union stopped co-financing the ESD, it seems that several national partners among the so far more than 20 participating countries have found it harder to get monetary support for their work and all of the...
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  • IEA SHC Task 52: Seeking Cost-optimised Urban Energy Systems

    How can solar energy be ideally integrated into an urban energy system? This has been the key question of IEA SHC Task 52: Solar Heat and Energy Economics in Urban Environments. One and a half years after the task´s start in January 2014, scientists from Germany, Denmark, Austria...
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  • Austria: Task 42 Meeting on Compact Thermal Energy Storage Systems

    IEA-SHC Task 42, entitled Compact Thermal Energy Storage, has entered into its final year and will end in December 2015. In February 2015, 44 scientists met for the 13th Experts Task Meeting in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the characterisation and development of materials for latent heat...
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  • Poland: Swiss Contribution Ups Solar Thermal Funding

    The binational cooperation between Switzerland and Poland to support solar thermal technology has reached the halfway mark: According to the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), there were around 30,000 m² of solar water heaters installed between 2012 and 2014. Until...
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  • Switzerland: New Buildings to Reach Nearly Zero Energy Standard by 2020

    On 9 January 2015, the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Energy Directors agreed on nationwide model rules for building energy codes. These rules include a nearly zero energy standard for new buildings from 2020 onwards and a 10 % renewable requirement for heating system retrofits. Although...
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