Standards

  • Solplat

    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

    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

    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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  • Quality Infrastructure Crucial to Emerging Markets

    Quality Infrastructure Crucial to Emerging Markets

    In December 2015, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a comprehensive report on how to establish a quality infrastructure (QI) for solar water heaters on small-scale markets (see the attached document). The 76-page study is part of a series on Quality...
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  • Uruguay: The Battle for Market Growth Continues

    Uruguay: The Battle for Market Growth Continues

    Uruguay, whose population of 3.4 million makes it one of the smallest countries in Latin America, has shown positive market development since 2007. Cumulated installed solar thermal power saw a notable increase from 1 to 9.5 kWth per 1,000 inhabitants. According to numbers...
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  • Egypt and India: UNIDO Supports Industrial Solar Heat

    Egypt and India: UNIDO Supports Industrial Solar Heat

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) started two projects in the first quarter of this year with the aim of increasing the deployment of solar process heat: January of 2015 marked the launch of a 5-year programme in cooperation with the Indian Ministry of New...
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  • Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

    Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

    Brazil is going to implement compulsory certification of solar water heating (SWH) equipment in 2015. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Mexico already have laboratories for testing, and Costa Rica has recently set up one. Latin America is working through the regional Pan American Standards...
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