Australia

  • 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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    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 concentrating solar power to rank third...
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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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  • World’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers in 2017

    The 2017 ranking of the world’s largest flat plate collector producers clearly shows the market dominance of Chinese companies. Even second-ranked Greenonetec, an Austrian collector manufacturer, is now majority-owned by the Chinese-based Haier Group. The...
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  • SHC industry roadmap for Australia

    Despite Australia’s high levels of solar irradiation and rising energy costs, its solar heating and cooling market has been in decline each year since 2010. The newly installed glazed and unglazed collector area went from a peak of 1.14 million m2 in 2009 (798 MWth) to 544,670 m2 in 2016 (...
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  • Global certification saves money and time

    To enter new markets, solar thermal collector manufacturers need to have their products tested and certified as meeting local standards. Thanks to GSCN, the Global Solar Certification Network, they can complete several certification processes with only one test cycle. “A collector...
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  • All-Energy 2018, Melbourne

    All-Energy 2018 will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3 to 4 October 2018. 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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    Australia: Think Big, Think Solar

    In Australia, the deployment of large commercial solar thermal plants is picking up speed. This year, Monash University had a solar field of 0.5 MW put into operation and aims to expand it to 1 MW. The solar heat that is fed into the district heating system of the large campus area in...
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    SHC 2017 / Stephen White: Solar Cooling Technologies in Australia

    The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)in Australia is bringing solar cooling technologies to the market. For residential use, PV powered air conditioning is the technology of choice. For large scale applications such as hotels, solar thermal cooling technologies...

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  • IEA Paper: How to Decarbonise the Industrial Sector

    The industrial sector is the hardest to decarbonise. “Stakeholders are in fierce competition, so to adapt any source that is even slightly more expensive than the fossil fuels they are used to is difficult,” Cédric Philibert, Senior Analyst in the IEA Renewable Energy Division, said during...
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