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  • Solar Heat Worldwide 2021 – a rich source of global, national and sector-specific data

    Solar Heat Worldwide 2021 – a rich source of global, national and sector-specific data

    In 2020, Germany was the world’s leading solar district heating market, while China saw the largest increase in the number of industrial solar heat systems added in a single country, according to Solar Heat Worldwide 2021. This year’s edition, presented last week during a Solar Academy...
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  • PV-Thermal: Major markets and most sought-after technologies

    PV-Thermal: Major markets and most sought-after technologies

    IEA SHC Task 60, Application of PVT Collectors, shows how a fruitful collaboration between industry and research can lead to a thorough analysis of current and future technological developments. Besides developing a series of standardised key performance indicators to assess the...
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  • SRCC revises standards to enforce labelling and PVT testing

    SRCC revises standards to enforce labelling and PVT testing

    In early December 2020, three revised Solar Rating & Certification Corporation standards cleared an important hurdle, receiving the Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee’s stamp of approval. Following final submission to US ANSI, they were made available on the...
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  • “Use mandates to boost established markets, but not to build up new once”

    “Use mandates to boost established markets, but not to build up new ones”

    Ten years after Hawaii’s Solar Hot Water Mandate was issued the Hawaii Solar Energy Association won a lawsuit to weed out a fatal flaw of the regulation that required all new single-family homes to install a solar water heater since 2010 unless one of four variances can be met. The flaw was...
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  • Solar cooling concepts for hot climates

    Solar cooling concepts for hot climates

    The just started international research platform Solar Cooling for the Sunbelt region is very popular among research institutions, manufacturers and consultancies around the world. Already more than 50 organisations from the green-marked countries on the map have signed a letter of...
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  • Shareholders force Glasspoint into liquidation

    Shareholders force Glasspoint into liquidation

    Since Danish manufacturer Arcon-Sunmark closed its doors at the end of March 2020, the solar thermal sector has been hit with another piece of bad news. According to reports published in mid-May, Glasspoint was forced into liquidation after investors agreed to halt additional funding for...
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  • Industrial sector sees record-breaking capacity additions in 2019

    Industrial sector sees record-breaking capacity additions in 2019

    In 2019, solar heat capacity additions reached record-breaking levels in industrial sectors around the world, coming to 251 MW in total. The countries at the top of the list were Oman (180 MW), China (53 MW), Mexico (3 MW), India (2 MW) and Germany (1 MW). Ranked by the number of new SHIP...
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  • Absolicon to build SHIP demonstration plant at AB InBev brewery

    Absolicon to build SHIP demonstration plant at AB InBev brewery

    Renewable solutions company Greenline Africa, based in South Africa, was one of 17 businesses chosen to join the 100+ Accelerator programme launched by brewing group AB InBev in mid-February in New York. At the kick-off event, it presented the benefits of using the T160 parabolic trough...
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  • Using solar steam to clean wastewater

    Using solar steam to clean wastewater

    Manufacturers have begun looking for solutions to lower the cost of wastewater disposal. One way for them to reduce the volume of contaminated water is to evaporate water on site by using solar steam. In early 2019, Rioglass Solar, a supplier based in Spain, installed a solar steam system...
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    John O. Donnell: Economy of scale for solar industrial heat

    Economy of scale allows the US-based company GlassPoint to offer solar heat which is below the cost of natural gas. In the interview at SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile John O. Donnell announced that the first 300 MW of solar steam production in Oman are online. Once completed the project...
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  • SHC 2019

    SHC 2019: 15 Expert Interviews highlight technology and market trends on Tape

    At the beginning of November, the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile brought together more than 400 researchers, industry specialists and other experts on solar heating and cooling. With 15 video interviews filmed at the conference, the conference organiser, the IEA Solar Heating and...
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    Solar heat cost-competitive with fossil fuels if used in large projects

    The organisers of the joint SHC/SWC 2019 conferences, which took place in November in Santiago, Chile, introduced a new session format, when they held three Research meets Business Forums. The third one on Wednesday, Deployment of Solar Thermal Solutions for Industrial Process...
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