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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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    On-site collector testing: new standard in development

    Once a large solar field is set up at its designated location, what tests can be conducted to show that it performs as expected? Soon, the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme may have an answer to this question, as it is working on internationalising Denmark’s testing procedure. No...
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    Indian manufacturers face strong competition from Chinese imports

    Vacuum tube-based solar water heaters imported from China are posing a serious threat to the viability of domestic manufacturing in India. This was the key message from the STFI, the Solar Thermal Federation of India, at a mid-January consultation meeting of the Parliamentary Standing...
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  • Global certification saves money and time

    To enter new markets, solar thermal collector manufacturers need to have their products tested and certified as meeting local standards. Thanks to GSCN, the Global Solar Certification Network, they can complete several certification processes with only one test cycle. “A collector...
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    SHC 2017 / He Tao: Improving the Quality in China´s Solar Thermal Market

    With more than 400 million square meters of solar collector area, China is the largest market for solar water heaters in the world. Since the 1980ies, the country is working on setting up quality standards and testing labs. Today, 80 percent of the domestically produced solar thermal systems...

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    SHC 2017 / Jan Erik Nielsen: Global Solar Certification Network

    To enter new markets, solar thermal manufacturers need to test and certify their products according to the local standards. The Global Solar Certification Network enables them to complete several certification processes based on only one testing cycle. This saves a lot of money and time.

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    Spain: Stakeholder Platform Solplat to Promote New Applications

    On 4 October 2017, the Spanish Ministry of Economy hosted the first general meeting of the newly created Technology Platform on Low Temperature Solar Thermal, Solplat. Funded by the ministry and promoted by Spain’s solar association ASIT, the umbrella platform was created to help companies...
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  • Switzerland: Plans for Solar District Heating Pilot System

    “Why is there no solar district heating in Switzerland?” Swiss scientists were asking after their visit to Denmark. They had been investigating the feasibility of solar heat in district heating networks in the St Gallen canton and published a 50-page study this March (see the attached...
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  • Europe: Solar Keymark Network to Improve Complaint Procedures

    The Solar Keymark Network has decided to establish a working group in order to revise and improve the complaint procedures and put them into one document, as they have so far been described in several different papers and various articles: The Solar Keymark Scheme Rules, Article 2.2,...
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