District Heating

  • Five new solar-bioenergy villages in Germany

    Five German bioenergy villages added solar fields to their district heating systems in 2018. It was a significant increase over 2017 and 2016, when only one larger field was commissioned once a year. Each village benefits from 100 % solar energy in summer, which leaves time to overhaul...
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  • “SDH – a proven technology with a long track record of success”

    In as little as nine months, a Chinese-Danish joint venture named Arcon-Sunmark Large-Scale Solar Systems Integration built its first solar district heating plant in Tibet, commissioning the installation in mid-December 2018. The system consists of 22,275 m² of flat plate collectors and a...
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  • “Coal-powered district heating should be gradually phased out”

    Poland is setting up a programme to promote renewable district heat, and thermal storage along with it. Called Heat from Renewable Energy Sources, or Cieplo z OZE in Polish, the scheme will be managed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management,...
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  • Sun meets 90 % of district heat demand in Tibetan town

    On 29 and 30 October, the Solar Academy of the IEA SHC Programme held a 1.5-day training course on solar district heating in Lianyungang, at Sunrain Solar Energy’s headquarters. It provided around 150 researchers, engineers, planners, other technical staff and students from organisations...
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  • Learn more about SDH in 13 languages

    The SDH website created by German research institute Solites has had some major updates, which include a facelift and translations into 13 languages. The Solites service offers solar district heating publications and expertise accumulated by national and international partners in the past...
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  • Renewable energy cooperatives for SDH

    Citizens’ interest in funding photovoltaic systems and wind farms is huge and opportunities to do so have often been seized within a few days. The current aim of the Austria Solar association is to repeat the success of those projects in another market: In September, it published a guide on...
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  • ISEC 2018: Working across technological boundaries

    The first International Sustainable Energy Conference, or ISEC for short, was held in October, and it was a roaring success. The three-day gathering of renewable experts in Graz, Austria, was attended by 370 people from 51 countries. Organiser AEE INTEC had put together a programme...
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  • Salaspils in Latvia plans 15 MW solar district heating project

    The first half of 2019 will mark the launch of a milestone project on solar district heating in Eastern Europe. The public utility which serves the Latvian town of Salaspils, near Riga, plans to install 21,672 m2 of collector area (15 MWth) to...

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  • Three November events to promote SHIP

    A lot of efforts still need to be put into raising awareness about solar thermal technologies meeting industrial heat demand. But the good news is that there are three events planned for November to promote solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP) among solar technology suppliers and end...
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    Support for SDH feasibility studies in Western Balkans

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is now funding feasibility studies under a programme called Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans, or ReDEWeB for short. Town and city governments, and project developers, can send applications to the bank’s headquarters in...
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  • Task 51

    Lessons learned from urban solar projects

    Cities and municipalities are thought to play a decisive role in transforming energy systems. Urban planners, municipal stakeholders and consulting firms need case studies to demonstrate that solar energy can be integrated successfully into new and existing urban neighbourhoods. It is why...
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  • 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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