Standards

  • New U.S. standard for solar pool and spa heaters

    The solar thermal industry in the United States can now rely on a new standard for solar thermal systems for pools and spas. The new standard will be published in the 2021 International Swimming Pool, and Spa Code (ISPSC), and will be released in 2020. The ISPSC is used and...
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  • Mexican quality standard published but not yet in force

    The implementation of Mexico’s new NOM-027-ENER/SCFI-2018 standard on solar water heaters has been postponed. Following its publication in the Official Journal of the Federation on 28 August 2018, it was expected to take effect 120 days later. Last December, however, the government...
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  • 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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  • Supporting quality standards in Jordan

    Jordanian-based NUR Solar Systems increased sales of solar water heaters significantly last year. Their share in total turnover jumped from 40 % in 2017 to 80 %. Laith Zatar, Project Manager at NUR, pointed to growing demand from NGOs and the residential sector as the key reasons for the...
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  • Quality and certification can push solar markets

    That a wider use of quality standards in the solar thermal sector leads to increased internationalisation and cost saving for manufacturers was the conclusion of those listening to a webinar on Solar Standards and Certification on 12 December. Organised by the IEA SHC’s Solar...
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  • Quality principles for solar air conditioning systems

    The latest generation of solar air conditioning systems comes in a vast variety of configurations. As shown in the diagram above, their source of energy is either solar heat or electricity. Some include storage tanks and can provide hot water or space heating in addition to space cooling....
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  • Online database on advanced PCMs

    Compared to water, phase change materials (PCMs) offer more capacity to store heat in tanks. As a consequence, researchers in all corners of the world have been developing new materials and their properties. To ensure the employment of a shared methodology and the use of equivalent terms to...
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  • Castle in Ghent, Belgium

    Producing hot water underneath natural slates

    A state-of-the-art solar thermal system has been installed under the slate roof of a castle in Ghent, Belgium. Roll-bonded Thermoslate absorbers measuring 44 m² have been integrated into the space between the wooden trusses and natural slate tiles of the historic structure built in the 12...
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  • Photo: Trimmel Wall Architects

    New standard to improve energy performance of historic buildings

    Maintaining the exterior of a historic building while raising energy efficiency is not necessarily a contradiction. The new EN 16883:2017 standard, Conservation of cultural heritage, provides guidance on how to improve the energy performance of historically significant structures....
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  • Andreas Bohren

    Solar Keymark Network gets new chairman

    The Solar Keymark Network meeting held in Spain this March saw a new chairman, Andreas Bohren (see photo), leading a reshaped organisation. From now on, the members of the network, also known as SKN, will have a physical meeting in spring and an online one in autumn. Votes can be held in...
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  • Image: Solar Heating Initiative

    EU labelling: “Solar devices to be classified as heaters”

    The German-based Solar Heating Initiative has developed a new calculation method to label solar thermal systems based on the Ecodesign Directive 2005/32/EC. It put the method, which allows for a fair assessment of solar thermal energy input into a heating system, forward for consideration...
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  • collector labels Solergy (left) and Solar Keymark (centre top) as well as the EU Energy Efficiency label (right)

    Three labels in Europe – what are the differences?

    Labels and trademarks should give the end-consumer a clear feedback on the quality and performance of the labelled product. Currently there are three labels available for solar products or solar assisted heating systems in Europe, so there is an increasing need to explain the differences to...
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