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IEA SHC: New PVT System Enhancement Research

Switzerland: Borehole Storage Regeneration as Solar Thermal’s Ray of Hope

Worldwide: Flat Plate Collector Manufacturer Ranking

Canada: Solar District Heat Meets Community’s Entire Space Heating Demand

Great Britain: Solar Thermal to Remain in the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme
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Austria Solar: “It’s about faster and simpler access to solar systems”

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader, 

 

In September 2016, Roger Hackstock returned as Managing Director of Austria Solar after having already occupied this position between 2002 and 2013. In the three years that he was not at the helm of the Austrian industry association, there has been a steady rise in demand for integrated heating system solutions, and the first start-ups which offer heating systems online have been growing at a rapid pace. Hackstock emphasised in an interview with solarthermalworld.org that installers need to show some courage if they intend to no longer rely on a traditional two- to three-tier distribution channel. “A survey in Austria among customers, planners, architects and installers has shown that the industry is making it rather difficult for consumers to obtain a solar thermal system. This needs to change completely,” the association’s managing director said. (Cartoon: Michael Hüter)

 

Best of luck for your business ventures in 2017

The Editorial Team

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IEA SHC: New PVT System Enhancement Research
by Bärbel Epp

After seven years, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) is planning to launch another international research cooperation on PVT technology. The first and only task on PVT systems was completed in June 2010. The new one, entitled Application of PVT Collectors and New Solutions with PVT Systems, is in the definition phase. It is expected to start in July 2017 and run for 3.5 years. Interested researchers and industry representatives have been invited to attend a two-day workshop at ETH University in Zurich, Switzerland, from 16 March (1 p.m.) to 17 March (12 a.m.) in order to discuss crucial aspects and the structure of the global initiative.

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Switzerland: Borehole Storage Regeneration as Solar Thermal’s Ray of Hope
by Eva Augsten
 

On 24 November, the fifth Solar Heat Switzerland (Solarwärme Schweiz) conference organised by the solar industry association Swissolar, the building services association suissetec and the Federal Office of Energy was held in Lucerne, Switzerland. As 2017 funding for solar heat incentives remains in doubt in several cantons and the priorities of the country‘s energy policy haven’t been announced yet, the market outlook for solar thermal has not been very encouraging. But there seems to be a ray of hope in the form of low-temperature collectors for borehole regeneration and solar district heating.

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Worldwide: Flat Plate Collector Manufacturer Ranking
by Bärbel Epp

The ranking of the largest flat plate collector manufacturers is headed by the same four companies as last year: Greenonetec from Austria, Fivestar from China, Soletrol from Brazil and Bosch Thermotechnik from Germany. But aside from the continuity at the top, last year shows what different paths some markets have taken. Whereas Australian-based Solahart, one of the pioneers of global solar collector trade, as well as Soletrol, the largest Brazilian manufacturer, have lost ground, several others – such as Sunrain from China, Hewalex from Poland and Eraslan from Turkey – were able to report above-average growth for 2015 and rise through the ranks.

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Canada: Solar District Heat Meets Community’s Entire Space Heating Demand
by Bärbel Epp
 

The Canadian Drake Landing Solar Community has hit a new performance milestone, recording its first year of solar-only space heating during heating season 2015-2016. The community’s SDH plant, which has been in operation since 2007, was initially designed to achieve a solar fraction of 92 to 93 %. System improvements have increased that share and have made last winter the first time that solar energy was able to meet 100 % of the space heating requirements of the 52 energy-efficient residential buildings which heat their hot water with their own solar water heater and a gas-fired boiler.

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Great Britain: Solar Thermal to Remain in the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme
by Chris Laughton

After several months of consultation about removing new solar thermal systems from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) starting in 2017, the British government announced on 14 December 2016 that the support will in fact continue without changes. “The UK’s Solar Trade Association lobbied strongly for inclusion and it is fantastic to see their efforts awarded,” said Kathy McVeigh, Managing Director of CoolSky. “We feel very positively that many projects that were in limbo, will now go ahead.”

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