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  • Compact heat battery with virtually no heat loss

    Compact heat battery with virtually no heat loss

    A compact thermochemical seasonal storage system put up at a demonstration site in Warsaw, Poland, is working as expected. The prototype, developed and tested as part of an EU research project called CREATE, consists of three evacuated modules filled with 400 litres of salt each to store...
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  • Climate neutrality will become binding EU target

    Climate neutrality will become binding EU target

    The European Commission’s implementation plan for Europe’s Green Deal is moving forward in spite of the Covid-19 virus outbreak. The Directorate-General for Climate Action published its proposal for a European Climate Law, including regulations on how to achieve climate neutrality by 2050,...
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  • Kuwait’s government supports solar thermal projects

    Kuwait’s government supports solar thermal projects

    The Kuwaiti-based company Ecobuild/Ecobold General Trading* is about to finish the installation of six solar hot water systems totalling 742 m2 of collector area on new campus buildings at Sabah Al-Salem University in Shadadiya, Kuwait. These systems, scheduled for commissioning...
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  • Acquisition of strategic importance

    Acquisition of strategic importance

    This week, a historic acquisition took place in the solar heating and cooling industry. Greenonetec, the largest collector manufacturer in Europe, purchased key parts of the business of Danish-based Arcon-Sunmark, the European leader in developing solar district heating projects. The...
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  • Stable solar thermal sales despite booming PV sector

    Stable solar thermal sales despite booming PV sector

    The Indian solar thermal market remained resilient in 2019, maintaining a high level of sales after two years with double-digit growth (17 % in 2018 and 26 % in 2017). According to a survey carried out by Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy, the total glazed collector area installed in India...
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  • Demand for central solar water heating peaks in 2019

    Demand for central solar water heating peaks in 2019

    Linuo Paradigma, one of the largest solar thermal manufacturers in China, had very good sales of large hot water systems nationally last year. Together with local businesses, its engineering team for the national market designed and supervised as many as six projects that focused on...

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  • World’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers in 2019

    World’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers in 2019

    One-half of the world’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers participating in the most recent survey expressed satisfaction with how business developed in 2019. One-third achieved production volumes ‘as expected’ and only one-fifth seemed dissatisfied. The large manufacturers again...
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  • Munich strengthens its climate targets

    Munich strengthens its climate targets

    As part of the most recent Fridays for Future protests in late November 2019, a huge crowd of young people gathered in the centre of Munich in southeast Germany, calling for more climate action. Barely three weeks later, the city council responded to their demands by declaring a state of...
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  • Prefabricated Fresnel collectors used in Spanish SHIP plants

    Prefabricated Fresnel collectors used in Spanish SHIP plants

    Ecotherm, an Austrian provider of steam and heat transfer solutions, is now offering concentrating solar systems based on the Linear Fresnel collector technology that it acquired from its former business partner Fresnex. The latter had to go into administration in August 2019 because it...
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  • Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    According to a Eurostat press release published on 23 January, renewable energy sources made up 18 % of total energy generation throughout the European Union at the end of 2018, which means the EU’s target of 20 % by the end of 2020 seems well within reach. And yet, the above chart shows...
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  • High scrappage bonus for oil boilers

    High scrappage bonus for oil boilers

    Germany has seen growing demand for solar energy and other renewable heating solutions since the beginning of this year. On 1 January, the country’s Market Rebate Programme, also known as MAP, started offering large incentives for getting rid of old heating systems. It made grants of 40 %...
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