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  • India: New Standards for Vacuum Tube Collectors and their Storage Tanks

    India: New Standards for Vacuum Tube Collectors and their Storage Tanks

    The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has specified the standard requirements for evacuated solar collector tubes intended for non-concentrating solar collectors and related storage tanks. The increasing share of Vacuum Tube Collector (VTC) systems imported to India had...

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  • India: Solar Drying System with Vacuum Tubes Pays off within the First Year

    India: Solar Drying System with Vacuum Tubes Pays off within the First Year

    Indian company ACME Jelly Products has been successfully showcasing the use of solar thermal dehydration systems of agro-products since October 2011. The company, which is located near Ahmedabad in Gujarat state in western India, is one of the rare Indian examples of vacuum tube...

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  • ICORE 2013, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

    The International Congress on Renewable Energy (ICORE) is a flagship event of the Solar Energy Society of India (SESI). ICORE 2013 will take place from 27 to 29 November 2013 at KIIT University, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The event will provide an ideal opportunity to players in...

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  • India: Phase I Results of National Solar Mission

    India: Phase I Results of National Solar Mission

    The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission was launched in January 2010 as one of the eight Missions under Climate Change in India and was to be implemented by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). It set an ambitious target for the solar thermal sector: 20 million m² of...

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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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  • India: Copper Thefts from Collectors Observed in India

    India: Copper Thefts from Collectors Observed in India

    Flat plate absorbers contain close to 6 kg of copper in form to fins and tubes and are one of the most expensive items in any solar thermal system. India is largely dependent on imports of copper as its reserves are limited to 0.6 million tons only. Being a precious metal it provides...

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  • India: National Incentive Programme Reduces Grants

    India: National Incentive Programme Reduces Grants

    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) reduced its benchmark prices of solar water heaters within the national solar subsidy scheme under the National Solar Mission. As the level of subsidy is based on 30 % of the benchmark prices, the grants were also reduced. The new...

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  • India: “Test centres will educate manufacturers on quality measures”

    India: “Test centres will educate manufacturers on quality measures”

    From railway management to solar thermal technology: this is the how the life of Veena Sinha took a new path in December 2012. Sinha had worked with Indian Railways at the middle management level for 15 years. She had handled matters ranging from technology and human resources issues to...

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  • India: Drop Vacuum Tube Collector Subsidy?

    India: Drop Vacuum Tube Collector Subsidy?

    To protect local solar photovoltaic manufacturers, the Indian government has made it mandatory in its National Solar Mission to use locally made cells and modules. There is no such rule for the solar thermal sector, in which the state subsidises 30 to 60 % of the price of a solar water...

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  • India: Pilgrim Sites Use Solar Energy

    India: Pilgrim Sites Use Solar Energy

    India is the birthplace of three of the world's largest religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism - all of which admire nature and preach conservation. Some of the country’s leading religious institutions have walked the path of sustainable development. It has made India a...

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  • India: Industry Shifts to Vacuum Tube Collectors

    India: Industry Shifts to Vacuum Tube Collectors

    The renewed growth of the Indian solar thermal market has existing manufacturers expanding their production capacities and integrating vertically. Solar water heaters based on vacuum tube collectors are a popular product, already covering around 40 % of the newly installed 1 million m...

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