large-scale solar thermal installations

  • The versatility of concentrating collectors

    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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  • Drainback solution for industrial sector

    Drainback solution for industrial sector

    Four weeks ago, Belgian technology supplier Sunoptimo started up a solar thermal turnkey system at Lys Services, a tank cleaning company based in Merville, in northern France. The hydraulic components that are part of the 1,270 m² installation are housed inside prefabricated containers and...
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  • Sint Solar

    Ukraine’s Largest Collector Field Installed at Mariupol Port

    September saw the commissioning of Ukraine’s largest solar thermal system. Its 252 flat plate units add up to 518 m² of gross collector area and supply heat to the showers and kitchens at Mariupol, a major trading port on the Sea of Azov, near the Black Sea. The renovation of the boiler...
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  • Market Report Austria 2016

    Austria: Solar Power Market Up, Renewable Heat Down


    Last year, the Austrian solar thermal market declined for the seventh time in a row. The newly installed glazed collector area added up to 111,040 m² (78 MWth), 19 % below the one of 2015. Sales of biomass boilers experienced a similar drop, with wood chip boilers (<100 kW...
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    China: Sunrain Finalises Strategic Cooperation Agreements

    The Chinese Sunrain group, the world’s biggest collector manufacturer, is broadening its product portfolio to include large-scale solar thermal plants. Sunrain had already made the first step towards globalising its strategic partnerships by establishing a...
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  • Germany: “Performance-based incentives for all solar thermal plants”

    Germany: “Performance-based incentives for all solar thermal plants”

    In spring 2015, Germany´s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) introduced a performance-based incentive for solar heating as an alternative to the scheme offering incentives based on collector area. Recently published statistics have shown the new programme to grant...
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  • Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields

    Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields

    One key aspect of the energy and cost optimisation of large-scale collector fields (called arrays in this news) is collector array hydraulics. Optimal connection is achieved when (1) the costs and length of the connecting pipes is small, (2) the pressure drop over the entire array is low...
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  • Denmark: New Arcon-Sunmark Focuses on Large-Scale Turnkey Installations

    Denmark: New Arcon-Sunmark Focuses on Large-Scale Turnkey Installations

    Danish VKR Holding purchased collector manufacturer and turnkey system supplier Sunmark Solutions, also from Denmark, and incorporated the company into subsidiary Arcon Solar. The two firms have now merged to become Arcon-Sunmark, a direct subsidiary of VKR Holding and headquartered in...
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  • Austria: Solar Process Heat Cheaper than Oil Boiler

    Austria: Solar Process Heat Cheaper than Oil Boiler

    The solar process heat plant at Fleischwaren Berger in Sieghartskirchen, Austria, went into operation in July 2013. With its 1,067 m² of high-temperature flat plate collectors, it pre-heats water for steam and hot water production. According to calculations by Austrian company SOLID, which...
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  • Bulgaria: First Luxury Hotel in Sofia Heats Water with the Sun

    Bulgaria: First Luxury Hotel in Sofia Heats Water with the Sun

    Hilton Sofia has brought a large-scale solar thermal energy system into operation. The system, which consists of forty-five Bosch Solar 7000TF flat plate collectors on the roof of the building, heats 5,000 litres of the hotel‘s 8,000-litre demand per day. The big and modern hotel...

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