• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Bulgaria: CL SENES – Hard Times for Well-established Solar Research Centre

    Next to the Tsarigradsko Chaussee, an important road artery leading to the outskirts of Sofia, one can make out a vast research area belonging to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). On its campus, some scientists produce food for astronauts, others focus on solar energy (see photo...

  • UK: Domestic RHI Tariff Applies to Installations After 15 July 2009

    In July 2013 the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirmed the tariff rates for the long-awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Government’s press release at 12 July 2013 promises that the solar thermal tariff will be set at ‘at least 19.2 Pound Stirling pence...


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