Standards

  • A new solar cooling standard for Australia

    On 28 June, Standards Australia’s Committee CS-028 on Solar Water Heaters published its first standard on solar air conditioning, named AS 5389. It contains a methodology to calculate the cooling or heating loads of buildings under a variety of climatic conditions. Work on the document...
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  • New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    The Solar Keymark Network has expanded its range of options by including in situ testing. At a meeting in March 2019, a revised version of the Solar Keymark (SK) Scheme Rules was approved to allow collector efficiency tests in a real-life environment. It is now possible to create efficiency...
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  • SHIP feasibility assessment within a few hours

    After four years of intensive scientific-technical work, the Association of German Engineers, also known as VDI, will soon publish VDI 3988, a guidance document intended to support  the preliminary design of systems that supply solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP). The document...
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  • Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC

    The UNIDO-coordinated Regional Sustainable Energy Centres will become sponsor members of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme, a decision made by the IEA SHC Executive Committee at a meeting in Austria in early June. Seven Regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency...
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  • Big solar plans in Mexico City

    On 25 May, the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced plans to turn the capital into a solar city based on a new Energy Sustainability Strategy for the years 2019 to 2024. The goal is to install 787,000 m² of collector area by the end of 2024, some at residential units, some at...
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  • 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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