Domestic Hot Water and Heating

  • UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    When the British Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) started in November 2011, solar thermal specialists all around Europe were enthusiastic about the implementation of a pure performance-based incentive for non-domestic applications. Unfortunately, the programme did not become the expected...
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  • Chinese market keeps shrinking, but exports on the rise

    Chinese market keeps shrinking, but exports on the rise

    At the beginning of December 2019, the Chinese Solar Thermal Utilisation Specialisation Committee (CSTIF) held its annual conference, which gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about the latest trends in the solar thermal market. Xiaoli Zhang, Director of CSTIF, which is part of the...
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  • Touring exhibition shows retrofits in 11 historic buildings

    Touring exhibition shows retrofits in 11 historic buildings

    In October, Vienna became the first venue for the new touring exhibition Historic Buildings Energy Retrofit Atlas. At the European Congress on the Use, Management and Conservation of Buildings of Historical Value held in Austria’s capital, 12 roll-up banners showed the positive impact that...
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    Heat utility in Russia’s far east operates first solar thermal system

    Government-owned heat utility Primteploenergo, based in the far east of Russia, has started up its first solar thermal system. It is made up of 18 vacuum tube collectors, which supply hot water to a kindergarten on Russky Island in the Andaman Sea, west of Japan. The installation was built...
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    Kenya scales up SWH experts training

    More than a year after Kenya’s parliament annulled the solar building regulations, the government is still scaling up the training of experts in the installation, maintenance and repair of solar heaters. The Kenyan environment ministry has been supporting 10 technical and vocational...
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    Solar heat for largest private hospital in Bogotá

    A new solar water heating system consisting of 220 flat plate collectors, as well as six air-to-water heat pumps used as backup energy supply, came into operation in Colombia’s capital Bogotá on 2 October. The system, installed on the roof of Hospital Universitario Mayor Méderi, has...
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    Green heat policies in China benefit heat pumps

    Several provinces in northern China have implemented green heat policies to avoid air pollution from coal boilers. Beijing was the first province to create a policy in 2016 and others, such as Hebei and Shan Xi, then followed suit. Heat sources and technologies recognised as renewable in...
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    Low demand for ESCO support in Spain

    In Spain, solar heat contracting has fallen short of expectations. Over the past nine years, the Spanish government has been offering low-interest loans to Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), which install, operate and maintain solar thermal systems. 29 solar heat contracts have been signed...
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  • Map: National Energy Strategy 2030

    Morocco, a quality-oriented market

    The COP 22 conference held in November 2016 in Marrakesh showed why Morocco is considered the leader in renewable energies in the region. At the conference, its energy ministry announced that the country would work towards adding 3,000,000 m² of solar collector area (2,100 MWth)...
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    Ukrainian environmental groups visit Odessa Law Academy

    Earlier this year, Odessa Law Academy based in Ukraine bought solar water heating systems for three accommodation buildings to reduce its dependence on gas, which had become increasingly expensive. This is part of the green strategy of the academy. In all, 25 representatives for...
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  • SWH performance label proposed in India

    SWH performance label proposed in India

    In mid-August, the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency hosted a debate with stakeholders in Bengaluru to discuss its proposed Standards and Labelling (S&L) rules on solar water heaters. The primary objective of the S&L programme will be to allow consumers to make informed choices...

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