vacuum tube collectors

  • Australia: Vacuum Tube Collector with Overheating Protection

    Australia: Vacuum Tube Collector with Overheating Protection

    Chinese company Hejia Solar Energy presented a new collector type at the All-Energy Australia 2011 trade fair in Melbourne in October 2011. The collector’s automated coverage prevents the system from overheating during daily operation. The participation in the fair was organised jointly by...

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  • Turkey: New Import and VAT Taxation for Vacuum Tubes

    Turkey: New Import and VAT Taxation for Vacuum Tubes

    The Turkish Ministry of Economy has introduced a new calculation method for import taxes and the VAT on imported vacuum tubes. The ’Protection and Inspection Tax’ (Korunma ve Gözetim Vergisi) was made official in the ‘Public Gazette’ and has been in place since 6 July 2011. The new regulation...

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  • Germany: Vacuum Tube Collectors withstand 40 mm Hailstones

    Germany: Vacuum Tube Collectors withstand 40 mm Hailstones

    The extra-thick double-glass vacuum tubes by German company Soltark have survived a test with 40 mm hailstones at the Swiss test institute SPF Solartechnik in Rapperswil. A systematic investigation of vacuum tubes at SPF Rapperswil two years ago showed that most of the 26 tested...

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  • “Made in Taiwan is a brand name which still sells”

    “Made in Taiwan is a brand name which still sells”

    Taiwan remains a country strongly dominated by flat plate collectors. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with local solar thermal manufacturers and planners about the advantages of the technology in comparison to vacuum tubes. The photo shows an installation at the elementary school in the...

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  • France: Process Heat Application at Viessmann’s Faulquemont Factory

    France: Process Heat Application at Viessmann’s Faulquemont Factory

    German heating systems manufacturer Viessmann operates a solar process heat system at its factory in Faulquemont, France. 260 m2 of the new heat pipe vacuum tube collector Vitosol 200-T have been installed on the roof and at the facade of the building. The system is used for...

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  • Canada: Retirement Home Solar Cooling

    Canada: Retirement Home Solar Cooling

    162 vacuum tube collector panels supplying the Oxford Gardens Retirement Village with domestic hot water, a warm water pool, space heating in winter and cooling in summer: According to project leader Suni Ball of Canadian solar system provider Proterra Solar, the system is the largest...

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  • USA: “Solar Thermal Electric Car Charging Station” wins first Prize

    USA: “Solar Thermal Electric Car Charging Station” wins first Prize

    Winners of the Honda iDream Student Challenge: The team Solar Solutions, formed by three students from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, won first place in the category Mobility. Their project describes a system that has the ability to charge a battery of an electric car using...

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  • Mexico: Vacuum tubes in 48 % of residential Solar Water Heaters

    Mexico: Vacuum tubes in 48 % of residential Solar Water Heaters

    The marketing campaign for solar hot water systems in the residential sector in Mexico, Procalsol (2007 to 2012), bore fruit: According to the annual market statistics of the National Association of Solar Energy (ANES), the newly installed collector area in households almost tripled from...

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  • Managing the Crisis in Spain: “by keeping our fixed Costs to a Minimum”

    Managing the Crisis in Spain: “by keeping our fixed Costs to a Minimum”

    “2009 was a very good year for us and 2010 looks very promising”, Nicolai Birch, Marketing Director of Amordad Holdings, stated in an interview with solarthermalworld.org. The Spanish company was founded 7 years ago as a wholesaler of solar thermal systems based on vacuum tube...

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  • New Zealand: 300 m2 for a new Swimming Pool Complex

    New Zealand: 300 m2 for a new Swimming Pool Complex

    The dream team: This team of installers from New Zealand-based company Solar Technology Systems needed only a few days to install 300 m2 of vacuum tube collectors on the roof of a swimming pool complex.
    Photo: Solar Technology Systems

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  • Solar Cooling in the German Funding Programme SOLARTHERMIE 2000plus (2008)

    This paper presented during the Eurosun Conference in Lisbon in 2008 by Edo Wiemken and Alexander Morgenstern from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, presents information on the status of the research for three solar cooling and air-conditioning demonstration plants...

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