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  • Commercial installations in Russia

    Commercial installations in Russia

    Alrosa, a Russian-based group of companies that specialise in mining, processing and selling diamonds, is pleased with the performance of its solar field, which began supplying heat to shift workers’ homes at a factory in Nyurba three years ago. The system is located in the northern Russian...
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  • Source: ZAE Bayern

    In search of cost-effective, advanced PCMs

    Salt hydrates are the most interesting phase change material in the low-temperature range of up to 150 °C. Their volume-related enthalpy at melting is much higher than the enthalpy of paraffins and sugar alcohols (see the chart above) and they are comparatively inexpensive. This is why the...
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    Compact thermal energy storage: research in cycles

    Research into compact thermal energy storage is made difficult by the fact that the performance of storage materials depends significantly on their intended purpose. For example, storage tanks that are integrated into space heating systems are made of materials different from those used to...
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  • Chinese market keeps shrinking, but exports on the rise

    Chinese market keeps shrinking, but exports on the rise

    At the beginning of December 2019, the Chinese Solar Thermal Utilisation Specialisation Committee (CSTIF) held its annual conference, which gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about the latest trends in the solar thermal market. Xiaoli Zhang, Director of CSTIF, which is part of the...
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  • Solar heat champions

    Solar heat champions

    Last year brought the European solar heating and cooling sector back on track for growth, the Solar Heat Europe association based in Brussels, Belgium, emphasised in a press release published on 13 December. The newly installed collector area in the 28 EU member countries and Switzerland...
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  • SHC 2019

    SHC 2019: 15 Expert Interviews highlight technology and market trends on Tape

    At the beginning of November, the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile brought together more than 400 researchers, industry specialists and other experts on solar heating and cooling. With 15 video interviews filmed at the conference, the conference organiser, the IEA Solar Heating and...
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  • Solar Heat for Cities – brochure and infographics

    Solar Heat for Cities – brochure and infographics

    Why is solar heat such a smart way to create sustainable communities? It improves energy security, keeps heat costs stable for at least 20 years and cuts air pollution in towns and cities. To encourage more mayors, local council members and municipal utilities to look into this cost-...
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  • SDH system with parabolic troughs in Tibet

    SDH system with parabolic troughs in Tibet

    Tibet’s first solar district heating plant made up of parabolic trough collectors was put into operation in late October, confirmed Vicot Solar Technology, the turnkey solar field supplier based in Dezhou, China. The 20,000 m2 system supplies heat to 1,800 households in the town...
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  • Large-scale solar heat is cost-competitive in Germany

    Large-scale solar heat is cost-competitive in Germany

    In Germany, seven solar district heating plants with a total capacity of 26.6 MWth either came online or are still under construction this year. This is a significant increase compared to the end of 2018, when total SDH capacity reached 43 MWth (33 systems) according to Solites, a research...
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  • Source: there100.org

    Committed to 100 % renewable power! And what about heat?

    RE100 is a global initiative to support multinational corporations which are committed to using 100 % renewable energy sources for electricity by 2050 at the latest. Since its launch five years ago, the campaign has been coordinated by the international NGO Climate Group. Today, it counts...
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  • Photo: Natália Chaves

    Industrial solar heat strategy and training

    The SHIP training course that took place in São Paulo from November 12 to 14 was well-received by those attending it. Almost 40 engineers, planners and industry representatives participated in the three-day event held by Pedro Horta and Fanny Hübner, of ISE - Fraunhofer Institute for Solar...
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  • Photo: IEA SHC / Randy Martin

    Solar heat cost-competitive with fossil fuels if used in large projects

    The organisers of the joint SHC/SWC 2019 conferences, which took place in November in Santiago, Chile, introduced a new session format, when they held three Research meets Business Forums. The third one on Wednesday, Deployment of Solar Thermal Solutions for Industrial Process...
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