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  • Solar Heat Used Rarely in Industrial Processes

    If solar heat likes to gain more importance in the future, it should not ignore the industrial sector. Task 33 of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Solar Heating & Cooling programme performed an analysis of industrial energy needs and looked for the potential of solar heat within the...
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  • The Agenda for Solar Thermal in SEIA

    The Agenda for Solar Thermal in SEIA

    The solar thermal division of SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association in the USA, should be strengthened. This is the decision of a meeting of solar thermal stakeholders during the conference and exhibition Solar Power in San Diego in the middle of October. Representatives of the solar...
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  • USA: Solar Heating and Vacuum Tube Collectors are catching up

    The US-American domestic solar heating and cooling market grew by 31 % in 2007, after the rapid climb of 77 % in 2006. These are figures from the annual statistics of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which publishes the official energy statistics of the U.S. Government. In total 150,000...
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  • Heat Transfer Fluid from Corn

    Heat Transfer Fluid from Corn

    The US-American based renewable system supplier Solar Panels Plus LLC (SPP) has launched an alternative to petroleum-based propylene glycol. The new heat transfer fluid made from corn is completely renewable and biodegradable. “The underlying corn glycol product is made by chemical giant DuPont...
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  • Mature European Market: More than € 2 billion and More than 30,000 Jobs

    The solar thermal market in Europe is by far a mature sector with a substantial total turnover of more than € 2 billion and more than 30,000 jobs. This is shown by the Solar thermal barometer published in October by the French-based organization Observ´ER. These figures result from some simple...
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  • Riello finds its Way to the Sun

    Riello finds its Way to the Sun

    Riello Group, the Italian giant in fossil fuel burners, has discovered the solar thermal technology for itself. In September of 2008, the company started producing solar thermal collectors at its production facility in Padua, 35 km north of Venice. “We intend to produce 30,000 m2 of...

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  • Solar Victory in the U.S.

    Solar Victory in the U.S.

    The first days of October were sunny days for the renewables in the United States. First the Senate and two days later the House of Representatives passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 which extends the 30 % investment tax credits (ITC) for solar thermal systems as well as...

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