Domestic Hot Water and Heating

  • Viessmann: Own Production Facility for Vacuum Tubes in China

    Viessmann: Own Production Facility for Vacuum Tubes in China

    Viessmann will expand its own production plant for vacuum tubes near Beijing, China. The German manufacturer for heating systems had bought into an already existing German-Chinese joint venture in autumn of 2007. The German company Eurocol GmbH held 51% on the manufacturer Eurocon.

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  • Clariant: Heat carriers for high stagnation temperatures

    At the beginning of August the Swiss company Clariant brought a new heat transfer medium for solar thermal systems out onto the market under the name Antifrogen Sol HT. The antifreeze has been designed to survive stagnation temperatures of over 270 °C unscathed.
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  • Renewable heating law in Germany: solar - an option among others

    With the Renewable Heating Law (EEWärmeG) the German government aims at increasing the share of renewable energy in the heating demand from 6 to 14 % until 2020. From 1 January, 2009 on owners and operators of private, commercial and public buildings will have to provide a minimum share of their...

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  • Solar Obligation in Barcelona: Pioneers in Europe

    The Barcelona Solar Thermal Obligation was the first of its kind adopted in a large European city. The first version entered into effect in August 2000. The revised version was approved in February 2006. Main changes are that the regulations now apply to more buildings and that the solar...

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  • Spain: Solar Obligation since 2006

    In March 2006 the Spanish Government passed the new Technical Buildings Code (CTE). It has been the most significant reform of the country’s building sector in decades. The law covers safety, health and noise protection issues in buildings, and it deals with sustainability and energy...

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  • MTS: International Player from Italy

    MTS: International Player from Italy

    Solar thermal factory in Italy: Flat-plate collectors for the MTS Group’s business are produced at this new site in central Italy. Photo: MTS Group

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  • Energy Company Bosch Buys Cell Manufacturer Ersol

    Energy Company Bosch Buys Cell Manufacturer Ersol

    Robert Bosch GmbH has taken over the Thuringian solar cell manufacturer Ersol Solar Energy AG, Germany. In August the world’s largest automotive supplier and electronics company bought up 44.76 % of the shares from the previous majority shareholder Ventizz Capital Partners Advisory AG. Since...

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  • Solar Coatings: Tinox Gets a Strong Partner

    Solar Coatings: Tinox Gets a Strong Partner

    During the solar fair Intersolar 2008 in June, the German-based MAGE Industrie Holding AG and the Italian-based Almeco Group announced the merger of their coating activities in the solar thermal business field. The combination of the Almeco Group and the MAGE subsidiary Tinox GmbH brings together a...
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  • Confident Newcomers in the U.S.

    Confident Newcomers in the U.S.

    After almost 20 years of stagnant markets, since 2005 the U.S. solar thermal market is exploding. According to the official governmental statistics (www.eia.doe.gov) the market rose by 77 % in 2006 to 111,480 m2 (78 MWth). After many years of winter sleep the local industry is...
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  • Summer boom in Germany

    Summer boom in Germany

    Germany's solar thermal market is growing again, and this at an astonishing rate. After market sales plummeted by 37 % in the past year, the monthly sales statistics of BDH (Federal Industrial Association Germany House, Energy and Environmental Technology) – as they are available to the author –...
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  • Process Heat: the Solar Thermal Challenge of the Future

    So far solar thermal technology is mostly used for domestic hot water, pool heating and room heating. It´s often forgotten that there is a huge demand for heat below 250 °C in industry, which can easily be reached with solar thermal collectors.

    An international team of researchers...

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