District Heating

  • Output Varese

    Italy: First-Year District Heating Yield Better than Expected

    The first and so far unique solar district heating plant in Italy completed its first year in operation in mid-May this year. According to metering by the operator of the 990 m² collector field, utility...
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  • Germany: Construction Starts on 2,230 m2 Solar Field in Chemnitz

    Germany: Construction Starts on 2,230 m2 Solar Field in Chemnitz

    On 11 May, construction work started on a new 2,230 m2 ground-mounted collector array (2,090 m2 of aperture area) in the city of Chemnitz. The project is said to be completed within about a month, and the plant is scheduled to come into operation a few weeks later. The collector...
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  • Bulgaria: Solar District Heating Becomes Realistic Option

    Bulgaria: Solar District Heating Becomes Realistic Option

     paradoxical: Although abundant sunlight is usually associated with southern Europe, the most solar district heating (SDH) plants in Europe are located in the north, mainly in Denmark, but also in Norway and Sweden. Milan Rashevski, a Bulgarian architect from the non-governmental Institute for...
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  • Kleine Zeitung

    Austria: Big Solar – EUR 200 Million Investment in Graz

    The Austrian municipality of Graz is preparing for the post-fossil fuel heating era: On 27 February, the front page of national newspaper Kleine Zeitung (copies sold each day: around 300,000) read “Graz plans largest solar storage worldwide”. According to the news article, regional energy...
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  • Heating with oil

    Austria: Low Oil Price and Lack of Political Support Weakens Market

    According to the ISOL Index by solrico and market data from the industry association Austria Solar, the solar thermal industry is heading into another year of declining markets. Low oil prices and corresponding campaigns of the fossil heating industry have had a substantial impact on this...
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  • Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields

    Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields

    One key aspect of the energy and cost optimisation of large-scale collector fields (called arrays in this news) is collector array hydraulics. Optimal connection is achieved when (1) the costs and length of the connecting pipes is small, (2) the pressure drop over the entire array is low...
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  • Europe: Strategy on Heating and Cooling Launches in February 2016

    Europe: Strategy on Heating and Cooling Launches in February 2016

    The publication of the EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling (Heat Strategy) is now scheduled for February 2016, when it will be published as part of the winter (legislative) package comprising a revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation and an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas. The...
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  • France Increases Public Support for Solar Thermal

    France Increases Public Support for Solar Thermal

    The French energy agency Ademe has been supporting renewable heat production in the industry, the district heating sector and at multi-family buildings since 2009. The budget of the national subsidy scheme, Fonds Chaleur (Heat Fund), will double in amount from around EUR 240 million per...

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