Certification

  • Switzerland: Process Heat Collector Performance Testing

    Process heat collectors in the range of 100 to 250 °C represent a rather new type of technology, and test institutes are facing some challenges when trying to test these collectors. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Dr Elimar Frank, Research Director at the Swiss Institute for Solar...

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  • Italy: New Regulations for All Incentive Schemes

    The new Italian budget Law 147 from December 2013 also includes important chapters on renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations. The law extends both the 65% tax deduction for energy efficiency measures and the 50% tax deduction for building renovations until the end of 2014....
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  • South Korea: Renewable Building Obligation Increases Market Size

    At the end of December 2013, South Korea published the official 2012 statistics for the national solar thermal market. The country saw the installation of an additional 63,774 m² of glazed collector area – a plus of 17 % compared to 2011 (see...
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  • South Africa: Rollout Delay Due to “70 % local production”

    Five years ago, the South African government launched its National Solar Water Heating Programme (NSWHP), aiming to install one million domestic Solar Water Heating (SWH) systems by 2014. Relief needed to come soon to South Africa´s overburdened power grid, which is why state-owned...

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  • COPANT: One Common Standard - Better than 31 Different Ones?

    To date, solar thermal energy has been a largely unregulated technology in Latin America. Most of the countries in the region are suffering from nationalised, uncoordinated and sometimes insufficient quality standards. This lack of agreement is hindering the development of a shared and...

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  • India: TERI Sets Targets for Large Buildings with GRIHA Label

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a policy research organisation, has created a tool to measure and evaluate a building's environmental performance. The tool was developed in the context of India's varied climate and building practices, called Green Rating for Integrated...

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  • Czech Republic: Rapid Market Consolidation

    Vermos, VK Technik and Láf Nerez are all former Czech producers or assemblers of solar thermal collectors which started in the 90s and closed down their business over the last three years. In 2008, there were twelve collector manufacturers in the Eastern European country. Seven have...

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    Korbinian Kramer, Fraunhofer ISE, at SHC 2013

    This interview was held with Korbinian Kramer, Head of Test Lab at Fraunhofer ISE, at SHC 2013 in Freiburg in September 2013. Kramer discussed the path toward harmonisation and certification of standards for solar thermal technology.

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    Prof Tao He, CABR, at SHC 2013

    This is an interview with Prof Tao He, research engineer within the China Academy of Building Research, made during the conference SHC in Freiburg, Germany in September 2013. Tao He speaks about the lack of test institutes in China.

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