Domestic Hot Water and Heating

  • Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

    Portugal: Incentive Programme with Obstacles

    At the moment, the most important factor for the sales success in Portugal is to either be able to join the incentive programme – or to be left out of it. Only seven companies acquired the programme's membership so far (as of mid-May): The three Portuguese brands Norquente, Openplus and...

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  • Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

    Antarctic Polar Station with a German Solar Thermal System

    Producing heat in the cold climate of the Antarctic: The vacuum tube collectors from the German manufacturer Consolar cover the entire heating demand of the first emission-free polar research station, called Princess Elisabeth. Photo: Consolar

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  • Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    Australian RECs: An Overview after 8 Years of Certificate Trading

    As a purchaser of a solar hot water system in Australia, you not only benefit from a federal or state rebate, but are also able to sell so-called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). After these certificates had been introduced in 2001, they became a key factor for the 30% annual growth of the...

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  • Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

    Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

    The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) raises the alarm: “The new plans of the European Commission for energy-labelling requirements with respect to 'dedicated water heaters' include highly problematic testing requirements for entire systems.”

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  • Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

    Victoria: Every Second New Building Heats Its Water with the Sun

    Solar water heaters and rainwater tanks become common place in Victoria´s homes nowadays. The reason for this development is a building code named 5 Star, which was implemented in the Australian state in 2005. The regulation affects all new houses and single storey units designed after the...

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  • Bank of Maharashtra’s Financing of 17,472 Systems

    Bank of Maharashtra’s Financing of 17,472 Systems

    The Honourable President of India, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil (second from left) handing the awards to the winners: The Bank of Maharashtra received the Best Bank Award for the five-year Solar Water Heating Systems Loan Programme (2002-2007). Photo: Bank of Maharashtra

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  • Solar Thermal Utilization in Thailand (2008)

    This 2008 document from the Thai Solar Thermal Association (Stasolar), gives a summary of the state of play of solar thermal in Thailand as well as its future market development. Only recently, the government is giving more attention to solar thermal which has lead to the first solar thermal...

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