Switzerland

  • Solarwärme Schweiz 2012, Luzern

    The first Swisssolar conference Solarwärme Schweiz 2012 will take place on 25 January at the Grand Casino in Luzern. The event focuses on the question how to revitalise the stagnating market for solar thermal. Key topics are:

    • The potential of solar thermal in Switzerland...
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  • Australia: Vacuum Tube Collector with Overheating Protection

    Australia: Vacuum Tube Collector with Overheating Protection

    Chinese company Hejia Solar Energy presented a new collector type at the All-Energy Australia 2011 trade fair in Melbourne in October 2011. The collector’s automated coverage prevents the system from overheating during daily operation. The participation in the fair was organised jointly by...

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  • Swiss Bank Sarasin: World Market Reaches 45 GWth in 2011

    Swiss Bank Sarasin: World Market Reaches 45 GWth in 2011

    This week, the Swiss Bank Sarasin published the 12th edition of their solar industry report, covering all three solar technologies: solar heating and cooling (ST), photovoltaics (PV), and concentrating solar power (CSP). The chapter on solar thermal identifies great differences...

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  • Switzerland: Jenni Energietechnik AG expands Production Capacity

    Switzerland: Jenni Energietechnik AG expands Production Capacity

    Orders for large solar storage tanks are on the rise: Swiss Jenni Energietechnik AG is currently expanding its production capacity to meet the greatly increased demand. At its Oberburg headquarters, the solar company is constructing a new building for the manufacturing of large storage...

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  • New IEA Task for Solar Process Heat

    New IEA Task for Solar Process Heat

    At their meeting in June, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) gave green light to a new task for solar process heat. The IEA-SHC (Solar Heating and Cooling) Task 49 – “Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications“ - will...

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  • Germany: Vacuum Tube Collectors withstand 40 mm Hailstones

    Germany: Vacuum Tube Collectors withstand 40 mm Hailstones

    The extra-thick double-glass vacuum tubes by German company Soltark have survived a test with 40 mm hailstones at the Swiss test institute SPF Solartechnik in Rapperswil. A systematic investigation of vacuum tubes at SPF Rapperswil two years ago showed that most of the 26 tested...

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  • Intersolar Speakers present latest figures of key Solar Thermal Markets

    Intersolar Speakers present latest figures of key Solar Thermal Markets

    Several well-known speakers shared their market figures from key solar thermal markets worldwide with the audience of the Global Solar Thermal Markets session at the Intersolar Conference at the beginning of June. Whereas India and Brazil maintain high growth rates, the European solar...

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  • Launch of ISOL Navigator: Asia moves up, while Europe lags behind

    Launch of ISOL Navigator: Asia moves up, while Europe lags behind

    The ISOL Navigator has been launched at the Intersolar Europe in Munich at the 8th of June. The international study presents the current and future market development in 16 key solar heating and cooling countries. The ISOL Navigator is based on the “ISOL Index”, an international business...

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  • Swiss: U-turn in Energy Policy

    Swiss: U-turn in Energy Policy

    The 25 May may prove to be a historically important turn in Switzerland's energy policy: The Swiss Federal Council adopted a law stipulating that no new nuclear power stations are to be built in the country. The existing plants could run as long as the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety...

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  • Germany/Poland: Hydro Aluminium Pipes as Standard Product soon

    Germany/Poland: Hydro Aluminium Pipes as Standard Product soon

    Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro ASA announced its first clients to order aluminium tubes for the production of absorbers in a press release at the end of January. In the press release, the corporation named German collector manufacturer Solarbayer GmbH and Polish collector...

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  • Switzerland: Support Mechanisms differ a lot at cantonal Level

    Switzerland: Support Mechanisms differ a lot at cantonal Level

    Last year was the first in which all 26 Swiss cantons have had their own financial support mechanism for solar thermal. For a 5 m² solar thermal system, these subsidies cover, on average, 20% of the investment costs, plus tax reductions that go even up to 40%. But the amount of support...

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