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  • SHC 2019: Solar award nominations and extended call for papers

    SHC 2019: Solar award nominations and extended call for papers

    The organisers of the SHC, the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, which will be held in November in Chile, have extended the deadline for submissions. Experts can now submit abstracts of up to three pages by Friday, 22 March. The first full...
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  • South Africa: Greatest SHIP potential in food and beverage

    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

    #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

    Building regulations stabilise Spanish market

    According to national solar energy association ASIT, the Spanish solar thermal market was up by 2 % and added 205,530 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

    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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  • “The market requires simple plug-and-play solutions”

    “The market requires simple plug-and-play solutions”

    Spanish-based supplier Endef is seeing increased demand for both its covered and uncovered PV-thermal systems produced in-house in Saragossa. Last year was the first in which the business installed devices at non-commercial buildings in Spain and implemented projects abroad. Endef is a...
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  • Portuguese industry without representation

    Portuguese industry without representation

    Since 2016, Portugal’s solar industry association Apisolar has had to make do without official data on the country's solar thermal market. The most recent figure, which shows 46,134 m² (32 MWth) of newly installed collector area, dates to 2015 and marked a 9 % drop compared to...
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  • District heating in smart cities drives market

    District heating in smart cities drives market

    A new report published in December 2018 expects the global district heating market to grow by over USD 43.2 billion between 2018 and 2022, at an average rate of around 4 % a year, with the key driver being the implementation of district heating projects in smart cities. Consequently,...

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  • Networking app for renewable projects

    Networking app for renewable projects

    Fostering collaboration between investors, renewable technology suppliers and project developers has been the idea behind a new website called vestfind.com. The aim is to offer institutional fund managers and investors a database to find projects that suit their portfolios. The...
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  • Testing collector durability in China

    Testing collector durability in China

    How well will evacuated tube collectors made in China hold up after prolonged exposure to sunlight? The answer to this question can be found in a new report, titled Development of Accelerated Ageing Tests for Evacuated Tube Collectors. Created by the China Academy of Building...
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  • Shifting priorities: SWH design and quality

    Shifting priorities: SWH design and quality

    Consumers are paying increasing attention to the design and quality of solar water heater systems, confirmed most of the SWH kit suppliers responding to a global survey by German market research agency solrico in November and December last year. Businesses agreed with the statement that a...
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  • Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    In 2018, solar water heater suppliers headquartered in Europe were more satisfied with sales than those not located on the continent. In all, 78 % of the former saw a strong or slight increase in sales volume last year compared to 2017. Elsewhere, the same was true for only 51 % of all...
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