flat plate collectors

  • Combining the strengths of collector technologies

    Task 55 of the IEA SHC Programme is currently studying the benefits of systems equipped with both flat plate and parabolic trough collectors to supply thermal energy to district heating networks. Preliminary results from a project in Taars, Denmark, have been encouraging, indicating how...
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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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  • Collector Ranking 2015

    Worldwide: Flat Plate Collector Manufacturer Ranking

    The ranking of the largest flat plate collector manufacturers is headed by the same four companies as last year: Greenonetec from Austria, Fivestar from China, Soletrol from Brazil and Bosch Thermotechnik from Germany. But aside from the continuity at the top, last year shows what different...
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  • Solar Thermal Trends, Performance-Based Incentives, and RPS (2012)

    This presentation was created by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and was presented originally as a webinar. It focuses on trends in solar thermal and the implementation of solar thermal technology as part of renewable energy statewide portfolios. In 2011, the largest...

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  • Laundromat Needs Create Thriving Solar Thermal Business (2008)

    This case study was written by Mondial Energy. It follows the company’s change from originally being a laundromat with a solar thermal hot water heating system to a successful solar thermal company.

    Alex Winch, owner of Mondial Energy, originally had purchased and operated a laundromat in...

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  • A Solar Design Manual for Alaska: Solar Technologies (2010)

    This report was written by Alaska Sun, which is a coalition in Alaska dedicated to furthering the use of solar energy in their state. It comes from their publication “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska” and focuses on various technologies that are commonly used in solar thermal systems.

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  • China: Flat Plate Collector Share is Growing

    Prof Guangming Xie is a well-known expert on the solar thermal industry in China and Executive President of the China Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF). He had been a researcher with the Beijing Solar Energy Research Institute (BSERI) before he came to work in leading positions...

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  • India: Flat Plate vs Vacuum Tube Technology

    Until now, the Indian solar thermal market has been dominated by flat plate collectors (FPCs). FPCs have several advantages, with the main being robust and long-lasting. In a price-sensitive market such as the Indian one, however, vacuum tube collectors (VTCs) have gained a foothold over...

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