Switzerland

  • Glasspoint

    Miraah in Oman: “Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget”

    Replacing gas with sunshine for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is a cost-effective solution. This is the key message of US-based company Glasspoint, which has mobilised the biggest investment ever in a solar steam-producing unit in Oman. State-owned Petroleum Development Oman is building a...
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  • Solarwärme Schweiz

    Switzerland: Borehole Storage Regeneration as Solar Thermal’s Ray of Hope

    On 24 November, the fifth Solar Heat Switzerland (Solarwärme Schweiz) conference organised by the solar industry association Swissolar, the building services association suissetec and the Federal Office of Energy was held in Lucerne, Switzerland. As 2017 funding for solar heat incentives...
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  • PVT Optimisation Chart

    IEA SHC: New PVT System Enhancement Research

    After seven years, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) is planning to launch another international research cooperation on PVT technology. PVT includes panels which combine photovoltaics and solar thermal into one unit either as glazed or unglazed systems. The first and...
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  • ESTIF

    Europe: ESTIF Publishes Comprehensive Market Analysis

    Last year, the amount of newly installed glazed collector area added up to 2.7 million m² (1.9 GWth) in the European Union’s E28 and Switzerland combined. It is another decline compared to the previous year, this time by 7 %. The annual market statistics of the European Solar...
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  • 12th Conference on Advanced Building Skins, Bern

    The aim of the Conference on Advanced Building Skins, which will take place in Bern from 2 to 3 October 2017, is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists and manufacturers to reduce energy consumption of buildings. By fostering lively...
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  • Wolfgang Streicher; Eicke Weber; Victor Martinez Moll

    Spain: EuroSun 2016 Focuses on Complete Solar Systems

    From 11 to 14 October, more than 300 experts in solar energy met in Palma de Mallorca for the EuroSun 2016 conference. Organised by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in cooperation with the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), the conference is attended mainly by scientists...
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  • Task54 Brussels Workshop

    IEA SHC: Cost Reduction Analysis Workshops at German University of Stuttgart

    System cost reduction is one of the most urgent challenges of the solar thermal sector, especially in central Europe. The aim of Task 54 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems, is to lower solar heat prices by up to 40 %. Germany’s...
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  • Events

    Conferences with Clear SHC Focus in Second Half of 2016

    Usually, the period between September and December is a popular time for holding conferences and fairs. This year is no different. Below, you will find a number of international events dedicated to solar heating and cooling in different corners of the globe. You can also go to the...
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  • PVT Oberfeld

    Switzerland: PVT System Output Reaches 330 kWhth/m² on Top of 163 kWhel/m²

    Crystalline PV modules utilise only 12 to 15 % of the incoming sunlight, while the rest is usually treated as waste heat. Hybrid solar panels, also called PVT elements, will channel this unused low-temperature heat, as shown by a large-scale demonstration plant in Switzerland. The PVT...
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  • Switzerland: Solar Thermal Market Decline, Unclear Policy Situation

    Switzerland: Solar Thermal Market Decline, Unclear Policy Situation

    In 2015, the solar collector area newly installed in Switzerland shrunk by 16 % compared to 2014. Imports outperformed domestic production, and larger systems for multi-family and commercial buildings, particularly those with vacuum tubes, have gained market shares. These are some of the...
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