District Heating

  • Solplat

    Spain: Stakeholder Platform Solplat to Promote New Applications

    On 4 October 2017, the Spanish Ministry of Economy hosted the first general meeting of the newly created Technology Platform on Low Temperature Solar Thermal, Solplat. Funded by the ministry and promoted by Spain’s solar association ASIT, the umbrella platform was created to help companies...
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    Germany: Renewable District Heating Grants

    German politicians are beginning to appreciate the benefits of solar district heating, or SDH for short. Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi, has launched District Heating Networks 4.0, a new subsidy scheme for grids which use solar, biomass or waste heat to meet at...
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  • EU Renewables Directive Revision Could Give New Impetus to Solar Thermal

    EU Renewables Directive Revision Could Give New Impetus to Solar Thermal

    The European Parliament is planning to vote on a revised Renewable Energy Directive next February. About 1,300 amendments had been submitted until July 2017 related to the first draft of the revised directive from November 2016 (see attached document). The amendments are currently discussed...
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  • SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

    SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

    Administrators of successful solar thermal support schemes are in the focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). The jury has chosen five finalists, of which one will receive the SHC Solar Award during the IEA SHC’s joint conference with ISES...
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    Solar District Heating: How to Tackle Land Use Issues

    Usually, solar district heating (SDH) plants require large fields for collector installations, which has raised concerns at local level because of competing land uses and a system’s potential visual impact on the surroundings. One way out of this dilemma is to combine heat generation and...
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  • Switzerland: Plans for Solar District Heating Pilot System

    Switzerland: Plans for Solar District Heating Pilot System

    “Why is there no solar district heating in Switzerland?” Swiss scientists were asking after their visit to Denmark. They had been investigating the feasibility of solar heat in district heating networks in the St Gallen canton and published a 50-page study this March (see the attached...
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  • Slovenia: On the Path to Renewable District Heating

    Slovenia: On the Path to Renewable District Heating

    District heating networks supplied by renewable energy sources (RES) are widely recognised today as one of the most effective ways to decarbonise the heating sector. The EU’s CoolHeating project has been supporting the implementation of small, modular renewable heating and cooling grids for...
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    IEA SHC Task 52: Solar Thermal’s Role in 2050 Energy Mix

    What role solar thermal will play in the energy sector in 2050 is one of the principal questions that the international Task 52 research project Solar Heat and Energy Economics in Urban Environments intends to answer. As part of this IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme task,...
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  • Serbia: EU Supports 903 m² Solar District Heating Installation

    Serbia: EU Supports 903 m² Solar District Heating Installation

    Throughout the last years, the EU has been criticised for many things, and the UK has now been the first to decide on leaving. Still, there are good examples of how the union can benefit even non-member countries. For instance, there is a project called Energy Efficiency – The Premise...
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  • Lithuania District Heating

    Lithuania: Can Solar Thermal Beat Low Biomass Heat Prices?

    With biomass prices on the rise, solar district heating could become profitable in Lithuania. But without investment grants, payback periods were still too long, it said in the conclusion of a 2015 SDH market study by LEI, the Lithuanian Energy Institute (see the attached document in...
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