Australia

  • A new solar cooling standard for Australia

    On 28 June, Standards Australia’s Committee CS-028 on Solar Water Heaters published its first standard on solar air conditioning, named AS 5389. It contains a methodology to calculate the cooling or heating loads of buildings under a variety of climatic conditions. Work on the document...
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  • The versatility of concentrating collectors

    By the end of 2018, more than 500,000 m² of concentrating collector area had been installed globally to provide heat for large commercial and industrial facilities. The biggest installations were started up in China and Australia in 2016 and in Oman in 2017, while a notable number of small...
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  • SHC experts become Mission Innovation Champions

    This May, two experts in solar heating and cooling – Dr Korbinian Kramer and Christian Holter (second and fourth from right, respectively) – were presented with Mission Innovation Champion awards in Vancouver, Canada. Kramer is researcher at the Division Thermal Systems and Building...
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  • Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC 2019), Canberra

    The 6th Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC 2019) will be held from the 3 to 5 December 2019 in Canberra at the Australian National University. The Conference provides a unique opportunity to combine the annual research reviews of Australia’s key solar research groups, representing...
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  • Industrial Solar and Gasco join forces

    In February, Germany’s Industrial Solar and Australia’s Gasco signed a cooperation agreement to develop the solar process heat market in Australia and its neighbouring countries by offering hybrid systems which use both solar and fossil energy. The photo shows a solar field installed by...
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  • Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2020, Sydney

    Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2020 will take place in Sydney from 7 to 8 April 2020. It is the 58th annual free-to-attend conference and exhibition powered by the Smart Energy Council – incorporating the Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council. 
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  • All-Energy 2019, Melbourne

    All-Energy 2019 will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 23 to 24 October 2019. The business-to-business conference and networking forum will be hosted alongside an impressive exhibition showcasing renewable energy, clean energy, sustainable transport and energy...
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  • Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2019, Sydney

    Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2019 will take place in Sydney from 2 to 3 April 2019. It is the 57th annual free-to-attend conference and exhibition powered by the Smart Energy Council – incorporating the Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council. 
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  • Photos: Heat Changers

    Crowdfunding the Heat Changers campaign

    The German Solar Heating Initiative has put together a crowdfunding project to fund a consumer campaign called Heat Changers. Its initiators, Marisol Oropeza and Stefan Abrecht (first and second image from top left), have already brought some well-known supporters on board, including Markus...
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  • collector labels Solergy (left) and Solar Keymark (centre top) as well as the EU Energy Efficiency label (right)

    Three labels in Europe – what are the differences?

    Labels and trademarks should give the end-consumer a clear feedback on the quality and performance of the labelled product. Currently there are three labels available for solar products or solar assisted heating systems in Europe, so there is an increasing need to explain the differences to...
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    Rising demand for solar heat in large buildings and industry

    By the end of 2017, the market for solar heating and cooling had grown by 472 GWth, which again made it the largest for solar energy in the world. The one for photovoltaic systems gained 402 GWp to become the second-largest, and 5 GWel was enough for...
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  • Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC 2018), Sydney

    The 5th Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference (APSRC) will be held in Sydney at the University of New South Wales from 4 to 6 December 2018. The Conference provides a unique opportunity to combine the annual research reviews of Australia’s key solar research groups, representing researchers from...
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