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  • The Dutch approach to transforming the heating sector

    The Dutch approach to transforming the heating sector

    How can the Netherlands organise the transformation towards a renewable district heating sector and what role will monopoly suppliers play in this process? Finding answers to these questions was the aim of a workshop organised by the Energie-Nederland and Euroheat & Power trade...
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  • Where you can meet renewable heating specialists over the next six months

    Where you can meet renewable heating specialists over the next six months

    The European Green Deal has been the new EU Commission’s most striking announcement to date. Its aim is to make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent in the world by 2050. The commission announced it would propose a European Climate Act in the first 100 days of its term, which is why...
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  • UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    UK: “Solar heat has fallen out of awareness against PV”

    When the British Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) started in November 2011, solar thermal specialists all around Europe were enthusiastic about the implementation of a pure performance-based incentive for non-domestic applications. Unfortunately, the programme did not become the expected...
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  • Germany: “It makes sense to invest in renewable heating now”

    Germany: “It makes sense to invest in renewable heating now”

    The bill to implement Germany’s 2030 climate protection package was passed by the country’s parliament on 15 November 2019 and came into effect at the beginning of this year. It contains a wide variety of provisions that should support the implementation of the national climate action plan...
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  • Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    The first edition of the Renewables in Cities Global Status Report was published by REN21, France, at the end of 2019. In all, 380 people, mostly volunteers, contributed to this report, supplying data on the progress of the renewable energy transition across municipalities, including...
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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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  • Chart: Task 58

    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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