District Heating

  • Renewable Energies Sources in Finland – OPET Report (2002)

    In 2000, 25% of Finland’s energy consumption resulted from renewable energy sources, which makes Finland share of RES in the total energy consumption the third highest in the EU. Nonetheless, the government launched a National Climate Strategy and Action Plan for Renewable Energy in 2001...

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  • Solar Thermal in Spain (2007)

    This document produced by the Spanish IDAE (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía) in 2007 explains what is solar thermal energy, its benefits and applications, providing at the same time practical information like for instance the incentive programmes existing in Spain (for...

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  • Market Study on Solar Collectors in Chile (2006)

    In 2004, the consumption of primary energy sources in Chile was still very significant (oil 39%; natural gas 19%; hydroelectricity 18%; coal 10% and wood and other fuels 14%). Given this high dependence on fossil fuels, the Government of Chile has set a target of supplying 15% of the new...

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  • Emerging Industry & Occupations Report (2008)

    In 2008 the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a survey of 212 solar and solar-related businesses throughout California, which enabled to identify the regions within California that exhibited the greatest need for workers: the Bay Area; the Greater Sacramento area; Southern California; and...

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  • Solar Water Heating Fee-for-Service Programmes in the Caribbean Region (2006)

    This 2006 guidebook, prepared with the support of several institutions (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Blue Moon Fund; Oak Foundation; Green Markets International; Caribbean Solar Technologies Limited; Vitae Civilis Institute) provides electric utility companies...

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  • Austria: Solar District Heating on the Rise in Graz

    Austria: Solar District Heating on the Rise in Graz

    On the 15th of May, the city of Graz saw the inauguration of another large-scale solar thermal installation (from left): Dr. Wolfgang Messner (Graz AG), Andrea Pavlovec-Meixner and Sonja Grabner (municipal councillors), Christian Holter (S.O.L.I.D) and Wolfgang Malik (Graz AG...

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  • Business Prospects for Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

    This study from 2006 published by Vitae Civilis analyses technical and financial alternatives to traditional water heating systems with a view to boost the development of new business models using solar thermal energy in residential, commercial and services sectors in South American countries...

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  • A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

    A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

    The quickest installation possible: It took only one month to set up the 525 flat plate collectors, each with a 14 m2 surface, in the open countryside. The 7,350 m2 solar thermal system feeds the district heating system of the Danish town of Tørring. Photo:...

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  • Transition to Solar Thermal – Roadmap of Holland Solar (2007)

    With this 2007 roadmap, the Dutch solar thermal association Holland Solar, sets out a future perspective for solar thermal market development in the Netherlands based on three timeframes i.e. 2015, 2030 and 2050. The document has to be seen in the discussion on the energy transition process...

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  • May in Europe: Four Solar Thermal Events Within One Month Alone

    May in Europe: Four Solar Thermal Events Within One Month Alone

    There are a lot of places in Europe during the month of May where you can listen to highly regarded solar thermal speakers. Four solar thermal conferences will then take place in three different countries: Germany, Italy and Poland.

    Solar thermal symposium...

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  • 50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

    50 % Growth and Other Achievements in the USA

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates in its latest publication, “U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review 2008”, that the solar thermal market in the United States has grown by 50 % last year, to almost 229,000 m2 (160 MWth). The state with the biggest share of...
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  • Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

    Enlarging Testing Facilities for SRCC in the USA

    The extension of the federal tax credits by eight years and the election of Barack Obama have suddenly made the U.S. market for solar thermal energy far more attractive. The importance of imports of collectors and systems is growing. The number of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors has...

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