Switzerland

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    Eurosun 2016 / Maria Cristina Munari: How to integrate solar into architectural design

    Integrating Solar Technology in architecture is not just a matter of taste. Maria Cristina Munari Probster of the Solar Energy Laboratory of Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne is working on hard criteria for this critical issue.

    This video was filmed during the Eurosun 2016 in Palma...

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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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  • Big Ups and Downs on Global Market

    Big Ups and Downs on Global Market

    The global solar thermal market went into another year of notable decline in 2015. With 37.2 GWth, the newly installed glazed and unglazed collector capacity in the 18 largest countries was 14 % lower than in 2014 (43.4 GWth). Between 2013 and 2014, the decrease in...
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  • Norway Aventa

    IEA SHC: Task 56 Kick-Off Meeting on Building Integrated Solar

    Almost 30 experts from 25 partner organisations met in Bolzano, Italy, on 21 and 22 March for the kick-off meeting of IEA SHC Task 56, Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting. The overall goal of the task is to find out “why some ways of solar integration...
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  • Saudi Arabia: “Cheap might still be too expensive”

    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 the list...
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  • Costa Rica: Rising Energy Prices to Benefit Solar Water Heating

    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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