In this issue
Great Britain: Start of Consultation on RHI for Domestic sector

Egypt: Solar Water Heaters to Help Cut Down Energy Subsidies

France: Uniclima Study Predicts Stagnating Market in 2012

Croatia: Solar Process Heat Benefits and Challenges Discussed at Eurosun 2012

China: Subsidy Scheme for Energy-Efficient Products  
Upcoming Events

Read more»



European Copper Institute 

SCHOTT Rohrglas GmbH 
BSW Solar
Danfoss A/S
SolarCAP A/S

Kingspan Solar


Training: One Key Pillar to Expand Large-Scale Solar Thermal Systems

Dear Reader,

The solar thermal week of the Thai-German Renewable Energy Advanced Training 2012 in Bangkok in September attracted a fair number of around 20 national and international participants (see photo). Professor Christoph Menke from the German University of Applied Sciences Trier (ninth from left) held lectures on how to plan, mount and operate large-scale solar water heating systems for hotels and industrial processes. Process heat applications will lead to a new era of solar heat usage, as the latest announcements from Chile seem to suggest. Codelco, the Chilean state-owned mining company, is planning to set up a collector field of 39,300 m2 in the high central desert in the far north of the country. The field is expected to save 250 truckloads of fuel per year.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news on solar heat worldwide and recommend this monthly newsletter to your colleagues!

Best regards
The editorial team

Read more on Thailand
Read more on Chile

Great Britain: Start of Consultation on RHI for Domestic sector
by Chris Laughton

On 20th September 2012 the UK Government opened a consultation on their plans to expand the current non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) to include the domestic sector. Under the new framework, four core renewable heating technologies will be eligible for the domestic RHI: solar thermal, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers. Although the proposal document gives some pieces of good news for solar thermal, there is a high degree of frustration in the UK industry that this consultation is causing yet another delay in the domestic RHI.

Read more»
Egypt: Solar Water Heaters to Help Cut Down Energy Subsidies
by Eva Augsten
Egypt’s tourism sector is about to become the first target group of an incentive programme and awareness campaign for solar water heating. Ahmed El Sherif, Secretary General of the Egyptian Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA), considers this the first big political success of his non-profit association. The organisation was founded in 2010, just before the revolution, with support from the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ Cairo’s private sector development programme. The photo shows the SEDA team at a workshop with international guests.
Read more»
France: Uniclima Study Predicts Stagnating Market in 2012
by Jean-Louis Busquet

Uniclima, the French union for the heating, cooling and ventilation industry, presented its latest take on the French solar thermal market in 2012 at a press conference in Paris on 18th  October. Compared to the previous year, the market remained, all in all, stable by the end of August 2012. Each type of solar thermal technology, however, took a very different path throughout the year. The collector area installed for domestic hot water in residential buildings decreased by 14% over the first eight months of 2012. Combi systems, which deliver energy for hot water and space heating again declined this year. Only the sector of solar hot water for multi-family houses showed an increase of 20% compared to 2011.

Read more»
Croatia: Solar Process Heat Benefits and Challenges Discussed at Eurosun 2012
by Vladislava Adamenkova

This time, the Eurosun took place in a beautiful coastal town in Croatia, Opatija, in the middle of September 2012. The Eurosun 2012 was already the ninth European conference of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). It was hosted by the Croatian Solar Energy Association, HSUSE, and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka. The photo shows Professor Bernard Franković, Conference Chairman, President of ISES Europe and Professor at the University of Rijeka.  In the solar thermal sessions, the experts discussed the benefits and challenges of solar process heat.The organisers were satisfied with the more than 100 conference participants and the 170 scientific papers presented and published during the event.

Read more»
China: Subsidy Scheme for Energy-Efficient Products
by Bärbel Epp

The Chinese government is taking further steps to consolidate the market and improve quality. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and China’s Ministry of Finance have launched a new initiative to support the distribution of high-efficiency solar water heaters (SWH). Since 1 June 2012, SWH with sizes between 80 and 600 litres have been subsidised at different rates, which vary between Renminbi (RMB) 100 and 550. Eligible systems must fulfil level 1 or 2 of the new China Energy Label.

Read more»
Mexico: Workshop on Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters
Costumers Appreciate ‘Made in Portugal’
SMEThermal: International Solar Thermal Industry Forum in Germany
Japan: Stagnating Market despite Renewables’ Image Boost
Portugal: 28% of Lisbon Buildings with Perfect Solar Thermal Energy Conditions
Lebanon: Successful Installation of Testing Equipment
Newsletter Marketing Powered by Newsweaver