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First EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling

Germany: One Week, Three Global Solar Certification and Standardisation Meetings in Berlin

Smart Heat: Heat from the Cloud

Solar Process Heat: „It all depends on the conventional heating equipment”

Chile: New Tax Credits - Better Late than Never
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SOLTRAIN: SADC Region on the Rise

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SOLTRAIN is an excellent showcase for a successful long-term market development project. The Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) worked on all four pillars necessary to establish a sustainable solar thermal market: Raising awareness, increasing competence, demonstrating that solar thermal technology works and last but not least, setting targets and specifying actions as part of technology roadmaps.  The project coordinators now presented the key results from SOLTRAIN I and II (2009 to 2015) during a conference in Midrand, South Africa, on 12 February. Around 2,150 people were trained in 80 courses across the five SADC countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – and 187 solar thermal systems were installed at social institutions and small and medium enterprises, totalling almost 2,000 m² of collector area. Additionally, three national Solar Thermal Technology Roadmaps were published for South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia. The photo shows the technical tour of a flat plate collector drainback solution at the Chalmar Beef production unit, where two 60 m² systems produce hot water for cleaning processes. 

 

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First EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling
by Bärbel Epp

The European Commission published its long-awaited EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling on 16 February 2016. It was the first time that the commission took the initiative to address exclusively renewable energy use for heating and cooling in buildings and industry, which accounts for 50 % of the EU´s annual energy consumption. “This is an important milestone to improve the policy framework for the solar thermal sector, as it sets the direction for the incoming EU legislative revisions for 2016,” the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation lauded the publication in a press release.

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Germany: One Week, Three Global Solar Certification and Standardisation Meetings in Berlin
by Bärbel Epp
 

Between 8 and 11 March, Berlin will be the venue of choice for standard and certification experts from all corners of the globe. Then, the city will host three international meetings to discuss standard and certification issues at European and global level: First, there is the meeting of the Solar Keymark Network (SKN) headed by Jaime Fernández González-Granda (left); second, there is the one of the Global Solar Certification Network led by Harald Drück (middle). The third event is the kick-off meeting of the newly created Task 57, Solar Standards and Certification, which will be headed by Jan Erik Nielsen (right).

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Smart Heat: Heat from the Cloud
by Eva Augsten

German IT company Cloud&Heat offers its customers two products which would have seemed totally unrelated a couple of years ago: cloud computing and heat for space or water heating. To extract usable heat, Cloud&Heat has developed a special water cooling system for server cabinets to achieve temperatures of 55 °C. Usually, 90 % of the electricity consumed by servers is waste heat. “Our Green Cloud doubles down on saving energy by covering both the cooling and heating demand of residential buildings,” explains Jens Struckmeier, one of the three founders of Cloud&Heat. A business model that could also inspire solar thermal system suppliers?

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Solar Process Heat: „It all depends on the conventional heating equipment”
by Bärbel Epp
 

Dr Bastian Schmitt can look back at more than ten years of experience in the field of solar process heat. As part of his doctoral thesis, the mechanical engineer developed a classification system for the integration of solar thermal systems providing process heat on industrial premises. Today, he is a member of Task 49 of the IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and heads the working group Process Heat at the Institute of Thermal Engineering (ITE), a department of the University of Kassel, Germany. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with him about the latest research into solar thermal integration and the goals set in last year’s guidelines.

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Chile: New Tax Credits - Better Late than Never
by Alejandro Diego Rosell

Two years after the end of the tax credit scheme that was part of law 20.365, the Chilean parliament approved an extension of the support programme for solar thermal systems in January 2016. Construction companies can offset parts of the solar thermal investment costs as part of their next year´s tax declaration. The tax credit cap will decrease progressively until 2020. Although it is good news for domestic solar system suppliers and installers, the approval process for the new incentive took one year longer than expected and many local companies are in critical condition after a prolonged downturn in the industry’s economic activity.

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NEWS TICKER
USA: Extended Tax Credits for Weak Solar Thermal Market
SHC2015: “Participants were very confident about the future of solar thermal”
Czech Republic: Residential Subsidy Scheme until 2021, More Eligible Technologies
Austria: Low Oil Price and Lack of Political Support Weakens Market
Great Britain: Rumours of Closing down Renewable Heat Incentives
Italy: Conto Termico 2.0 Refers to Expected Yield
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