Switzerland

  • Switzerland: The Advantages of Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Combinations

    Switzerland: The Advantages of Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Combinations

    Combining a heat pump and a solar thermal system increases overall system efficiency and substantially reduces the heat pump’s electricity consumption. The various possibilities of using both technologies together were illustrated by Dr Michel Haller’s presentation entitled...

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  • Switzerland: New Factory for Large Storage Tanks

    Switzerland: New Factory for Large Storage Tanks

    Swiss tank manufacturer Jenni Energietechnik is about to complete its new production line for large solar tanks in the Swiss town of Oberburg. The company invested Swiss Franc (CHF) 14 million in machinery and a four-storey building. The first tanks are said to leave the factory at the...

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  • Embedded thumbnail for Maria Christina Munar, Solar Energy Laboratory Laussane, at SHC 2013

    Maria Christina Munar, Solar Energy Laboratory Laussane, at SHC 2013

    This is an interview with Maria Christina Munar Probst, of the Solar Energy Laboratory Laussange, at SHC 2013 in Freibug in September 2013. Munar Probst discusses her research as part of a European project on the development and design of an unglazed coloured facade collector system.

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  • SHC 2013: “Be transparent about the performance”

    SHC 2013: “Be transparent about the performance”

    Europe’s first International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, the SHC 2013, has been a success. Between 23 and 25 September, around 400 participants from 37 different countries met in Freiburg in the south of Germany to discuss research,...

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  • Switzerland: Unexpected Growth but Little Optimism

    Switzerland: Unexpected Growth but Little Optimism

    Instead of the 12% decline expected by the Swiss Solar Industry Association, Swissolar, in December 2012, the Swiss market for glazed solar thermal collectors grew by 3.1 % in 2012 compared to 2011, increasing to 99.4 MWth(142,000 m2) of newly installed...

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  • Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Sometimes, it takes a while until good ideas are copied. This has been the case with solar/renewable building codes, which were invented in Israel more than 30 years ago. It has just been over the last ten years, however, that this political instrument reached all five continents....

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  • Germany: Almeco Solar Presents Absorber Tube for Process Heat Collectors

    Germany: Almeco Solar Presents Absorber Tube for Process Heat Collectors

    German coating manufacturer Almeco Solar has designed a new absorber tube: Small in size with a working temperature around 200 °C and no vacuum. The company wants to beat both the performance and the current price of black chrome absorber tubes. The solution is called Tinox tube 2.0...

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  • Europe: Solar Thermal Energy Expands to Industrial Processes

    Europe: Solar Thermal Energy Expands to Industrial Processes

    During a Technology Workshop on Solar Process Heat for Industry organised by the Solar Thermal Technology Panel of the RHC-Platform, the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling, European experts presented the latest developments and insights into collector...

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  • 2. Tagung Solarwärme Schweiz 2013, Lucerne

    The 2nd Tagung Solarwärme Schweiz will take place on 28th of May in Lucerne, Switzerland. The conference programme will be available by the middle of March.

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  • Switzerland: Ultra-High Vacuum Collectors Heat and Cool Geneva Airport

    Switzerland: Ultra-High Vacuum Collectors Heat and Cool Geneva Airport

    The roof of the Geneva International Airport has now 282 evacuated flat plate collector panels with a back-side metal reflector. These Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) collectors will start working in winter this year and supply the airport with hot water and space heating. Next summer, the solar...

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  • Intersolar Award 2012: Efficiency Wins

    Intersolar Award 2012: Efficiency Wins

    On 13 June, it was time for the fifth Intersolar Award at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The solar industry’s international prize pays tribute to companies, products and services in the categories of Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Technologies and PV Production Technologies. It was awarded...

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