Domestic Hot Water and Heating

  • Testing collector durability in China

    How well will evacuated tube collectors made in China hold up after prolonged exposure to sunlight? The answer to this question can be found in a new report, titled Development of Accelerated Ageing Tests for Evacuated Tube Collectors. Created by the China Academy of Building...
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  • Shifting priorities: SWH design and quality

    Consumers are paying increasing attention to the design and quality of solar water heater systems, confirmed most of the SWH kit suppliers responding to a global survey by German market research agency solrico in November and December last year. Businesses agreed with the statement that a...
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  • Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    In 2018, solar water heater suppliers headquartered in Europe were more satisfied with sales than those not located on the continent. In all, 78 % of the former saw a strong or slight increase in sales volume last year compared to 2017. Elsewhere, the same was true for only 51 % of all...
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  • Exciting prospects in Kenya, Morocco and the UAE

    Some countries in northern and eastern Africa will grow into important markets for solar thermal products in the coming years: This was a statement the majority of the 58 export-orientated technology suppliers participating in a global survey from November to December 2018 (see the chart...
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  • App-controlled solar thermal equipment

    Even though the European market for solar thermal controllers has become more diverse over the last years, the number of suppliers has remained the same, a market survey has found. Created by German research institute Fraunhofer ISE, the document has recently been made available online (see...
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  • Recovering construction industry bolsters solar growth in Cyprus

    The solar thermal market in Cyprus started growing again between 2014 and 2016 thanks to a building sector that was gradually recovering from the financial crisis of 2008. In a report titled Cyprus Solar Thermal Market Analysis (see the attached document), the authors noted that...
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  • Innovative solar-assisted heat pumps

    The principal objective of a recently launched, EU-funded project named SunHorizon is to optimise solar-assisted heat pump systems in residential and commercial buildings. The endeavour will demonstrate a wide variety of solutions for both technologies, such as thermal compression,...
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  • Solar retrofit of Kiev´s childcare facilities

    In mid-December, several websites reported about the installation of solar water heaters at four preschools in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev. The photo shows the 20-collector system on the roof of Playi, which is among the city´s most technically advanced nurseries. Photo: budport...
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  • Market for heating appliances in Poland

    After two years of declining collector sales, the market in Poland picked up again in the first half of 2018. The chart shows the amount of collector area added each year, based on regular surveys run by SPIUG, the Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Heating Appliances. The yellow...
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  • Solar-heated homes promoted on Austrian TV

    National association Austria Solar has managed to bring solar-heated houses into the mainstream. On 9 November, Austria Solar’s Managing Director Roger Hackstock was interviewed for konkret, a consumer programme on ORF 2, one of Austria’s public TV channels. His loud and clear...
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  • Rwanda Looks Forward to Second Phase of SolaRwanda

    The Eastern African country of Rwanda has plans to extend its national SolaRwanda programme. Backed by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and the Nordic Development Fund, this support scheme has subsidised 3,400 residential solar water heaters since it was set up in 2011....
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  • Solar thermal cooling and hot water at hotel in California

    US-based company Energy Concepts has been offering absorption chillers for more than 20 years. In 1996, it installed its first commercial ammonia absorption chiller in Kotzebue, Alaska, and that unit is still in use today, during the salmon season in summer. In August 2016, it started up a...
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