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  • USA: SRCC tackles Backlogs in Solar Thermal Testing and Certification

    USA: SRCC tackles Backlogs in Solar Thermal Testing and Certification

    The US-based Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) is on the fast lane. Within only one and a half years SRCC has increased the number of accredited test labs from two to fourteen. Collector and system suppliers that want to enter the US-market can now address test institutes...

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  • Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan (2010)

    This is the synopsis of a report prepared by Beyond Zero Emissions and the Climate Emergency Network, with the support from Climate Positive. The final version of the report will be launched on 14 July 2010.

    The Zero Carbon Australia 2020 project was conceived to develop a...

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  • USA: A.O. Smith, Rheem and Bradford White discover Solar Technology

    USA: A.O. Smith, Rheem and Bradford White discover Solar Technology

    The three major US-American water heater manufacturers - A.O. Smith, Rheem and Bradford White – are pushing into the solar thermal sector. All of them specialize in solar water heaters in the size of 60 / 80 and 120 gallons. Rheem and A.O. Smith additionally offer entire kits by purchasing...

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  • Australia and New Zealand: Design Handbook for Large-scale Systems

    Australia and New Zealand: Design Handbook for Large-scale Systems

    The Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia (MPMSAA) and Sustainability Victoria jointly produced the Large Scale Solar Thermal Systems Design Handbook, which provides guidance in best practice approaches for designing large-scale solar hot water systems.

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  • “There has been a Lot of Market Turmoil in Australia”

    “There has been a Lot of Market Turmoil in Australia”

    Solarthermalworld wanted to investigate why the Australian Government decided to discontinue its Solar Water Heater Rebate Programme and conducted an interview with Stephen Cranch, Sales and Marketing Manager of Solahart Industries Pty Ltd Australia.
    Photo: Solahart

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  • Australia: Solar Cooling for Dairy Farms and Cold Stores (2009)

    Australia: Solar Cooling for Dairy Farms and Cold Stores (2009)

    Solar cooling systems on dairy farms possess a high impact on the energy consumption of such businesses. Solar energy can contribute up to 80 % of the total cooling load and 57 to 65 % of the hot water load for a typical dairy farm, according to a study carried out by Australian company Solem...

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  • Seasonal Storage for Solar Thermal Systems in Australia? (2007)

    This study from 2007 explores the potential for setting up in Australia large centralized solar heating plants with seasonal storage. These are long-term storage systems, which allow energy being collected in summer, and delivered in winter. The study aims to evaluate these systems - which...

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  • India: Australian Grant for Developing a Solar Thermal Cooling System

    India: Australian Grant for Developing a Solar Thermal Cooling System

    The recently held workshop on solar cooling technology in India was a great success: Instead of a target audience of 30 to 40, almost 100 people joined the workshop in Delhi this October. The picture above shows Deepak Gupta, Secretary for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (right),...

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  • European Institutes to Test According to Australian Standards

    European Institutes to Test According to Australian Standards

    The Australian solar thermal market is growing rapidly – on average 27 % within the last two years. One factor in the countrywide growth is the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) provided for newly installed solar thermal systems.

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  • Global Potential of Concentrating Solar Power (2009)

    This paper presented at the 2009 SolarPaces Conference in Berlin sets out an analysis of the potential of concentrating solar power (CSP) on a global scale. The paper starts with assessing the level of direct normal solar irradiation needed for CSP plants which is combined with an analysis of...

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