Process Heat, Policy, Latin Americas

  • Strong vacuum tube collector sales in India

    Despite a booming solar PV market, India’s solar thermal industry managed to increase sales by as much as 18 % in 2018. It sold 5.85 million vacuum tubes (2017: 4.59 million), with Chinese imports increasing by 28 %. By contrast, flat plate collector sales dropped 46 % (147 MWth...
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  • New parabolic trough demonstration plant at Transneft in Russia

    Russian Transneft, the world’s largest oil pipeline company, has commissioned a concentrating solar field equipped with German technology. In all, 135 glazed parabolic trough collectors were installed atop a building at the state-owned business’s oil depots in Grushovaya, southern Russia....
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  • 573 SHIP systems funded in Shandong province

    The coastal province of Shandong is not only a pioneering force in China’s solar thermal industry, but it is also leading in the support for solar process heat and space heating in manufacturing businesses. Four years ago, the provincial government launched Solar+, a support scheme...
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  • Rising demand for solar thermal in Uzbekistan

    Techno Future, which is part of the Uzbekistan-based Artel Group, has been satisfied with sales in its first year after starting production in 2017. Bahodir Karimov, Deputy Managing Director of Techno Future, said that the company had manufactured 10,000 collectors, sold under the Royal...
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  • C&I solar heat gains popularity in Mexico

    The Mexican solar thermal market continued to grow slightly in 2018. The newly installed collector area was up by 4 %, although some government programmes were stopped or changed because of last year’s presidential elections. Flat plate, vacuum tube and unglazed collectors each took a third...
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  • Solar steam ice cream and milk powder

    India’s first-ever commercial concentrating solar thermal plant, which consists of parabolic trough collectors made by German supplier Protarget, has been running successfully at a dairy owned by Hatsun Agro Products. As a result, Hatsun has inked a new agreement with the CST supplier to...
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  • “The workshop was extremely helpful”

    In early January, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) hosted a meeting between industry associations and renewable heating experts in Brussels. The objective of this half-day workshop, co-organised by Solar Heat Europe (SHE) and the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA),...
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  • “We reliably deliver solar heat at a much lower cost than diesel”

    UAE-based Ocean Rubber Factory has been satisfied with its new 240 m² solar process heat system made by Swiss supplier TVP Solar. Mounted on the company’s factory roof in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the installation not only produces heat at 180 °C, but it does so at a...
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  • South Africa: Greatest SHIP potential in food and beverage

    Food and beverage is the most important industry for solar process heat in South Africa, according to new research. Not only does it have by far the most demand for steam among all industries (see the chart), but it also showed a rise in production output over the last 15 years. It...
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  • #SolarHeat: the main Twitter hashtag

    #SolarThermal or #SolarHeat: Which of these two Twitter hashtags or keywords better represents the production of thermal energy from sunlight? Because of some recent, large concentrating solar power (CSP) projects, the term solar thermal seems to be in frequent use on social...
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  • Building regulations stabilise Spanish market

    According to national solar energy association ASIT, the Spanish solar thermal market was up by 2 % and added 205,505 m2 (144 MWth) of collector area in 2018 compared to 2017. An increase in newbuilds was the main reason for that growth – a trend which is expected to...
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  • Up to 55 % investment subsidy for solar process heat

    Solar process heat has been a focus of Germany’s Market Rebate Programme, or MAP, since 2013. Last year, the programme’s managers noted increased interest in MAP funding, with 76 applicants requesting grants for 12,729 m² altogether. The collector area of all systems combined was almost as...
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