Certification

  • 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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  • Austria: One World Solar Collector Receives Solar Keymark

    Austria: One World Solar Collector Receives Solar Keymark

    The One World Solar Collector developed by Austrian company Sunlumo finally received a Solar Keymark certificate in October 2015 (see the attached PDF). This is a milestone in the long design and development process, which started in 2009. “We designed a completely new collector...
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  • Germany: Debate about Voluntary Collector Output Label Solergy

    Germany: Debate about Voluntary Collector Output Label Solergy

    The new collector label Solergy has just been created and has already sparked a lot of debate in Germany. On the one hand, there is a growing number of collector manufacturers, associations and also the certification body DIN Certco – which are supporting the...
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  • Brazil Offers New Green Building Credit Terms

    Brazil Offers New Green Building Credit Terms

    Since June 2015, the CAIXA bank owned by the Brazilian government has been offering improved financing conditions for energy-efficient housing projects built under the social housing programme Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) to promote energy saving. As growing electricity demand is constantly...
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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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  • Germany: Label for Existing Heating Boilers to Increase Retrofit Share

    Germany: Label for Existing Heating Boilers to Increase Retrofit Share

    Finally some good news from Germany, the largest market in Europe, which declined for four years in a row between 2011 and 2014. After a very sluggish first quarter in 2015, demand for solar thermal systems was increasing over the summer months because of the...
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  • Solar Hot Water: Value By Design (2011)

    This brochure comes from the solar energy company Heliodyne. It explains how solar thermal technology works, its benefits, and offers case studies of solar thermal water heating in action. This document would be useful to anyone interested in examining the current market for...

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