In this issue
Canada: District Heating with 90 % Solar Fraction

Greece: How Will the Solar Thermal Industry Survive the Financial Crisis?

Portugal: Market Players Facing Serious Problems

Poland: Rapid Growth in 2011

ESTEC 2011

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Kingspan Solar Quiz at ESTEC 2011

Quiz & Estec

Dear Reader is pleased to invite you to participate at the Quiz, taking place at the ESTEC conference in Marseille, France, on 20 and 21 October 2011. Come and visit us at booth 22 in the exhibition area. You can test your knowledge on solar heating and cooling issues and win a free conference ticket (Forum Solarpraxis, CIS Italy and SMEThermal) or an annual subscription of the magazine 'Sun & Wind Energy'.

Hope to see you soon in Marseille

The editorial team

Canada: District Heating with 90 % Solar Fraction
by Eva Augsten

The solar district heating system at the Drake Landing Solar Community in Canada has - in its fourth year of operations - almost reached the planned solar heating fraction of 90 %. In addition to borehole heat storage of 34,000 m3, the system is equipped with two short-term storage tanks. 52 single-family houses benefit on their two storeys from the generated district heating energy. As for domestic hot water, each house has its own solar water heater, which generates around 50% of the water heating energy, while a gas-fired boiler supplies the rest.

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Greece: How Will the Solar Thermal Industry Survive the Financial Crisis?
by Bärbel Epp
pic1KellenThe solar thermal industry in Greece has not been as much affected by the financial crisis as other sectors in the country. Demand in the solar water heating market is only slightly lower than last year – maybe around 5 %. A good example is Elitherm, one of the pioneering collector manufacturers in Greece, whose core business is floor heating products, piping and plastic window frames. “We had to reduce our number of employees from 150 to just 30”, explains Emmanouel Kastanakis, the owner of the company. The remaining staff is now focusing on the production and sales of solar water heaters and photovoltaic systems. Read more»
Portugal: Market Players Facing Serious Problems
by Filipa Cardoso

Two months after the new government came to power, its strategy for solar energy still remains a mystery. The new subsidy programme barely mentions renewable energies, but focuses on energy efficiency instead. The two subsidy schemes for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as Private Social Solidarity Institutions (IPSS) and sports facilities were stopped last year. Moreover, the tax rebates of roughly EUR 800 for residential clients who purchase renewable energies equipment are no longer in place since the agreement between the Portuguese government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Poland: Rapid Growth in 2011
by Marcin Czekanski

picKellenThe stagnation in the Polish solar thermal market in 2010 seems already ancient history. The Polish Institute of Renewable Energy (IEO) expects the solar thermal market to grow by one third this year: “we estimate that up to 200,000 m2 of solar collectors will be installed in Poland in 2011,” IEO President Grzegorz Wiśniewski (right hand photo) says. One reason for the upward trend is that the residential subsidy programme by NFOŚiGW has been gaining momentum. “At the beginning, the programme was subject to many limitations,” Janusz Starościk (left hand photo), head of the Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Heating Appliances (SPIUG), explains. “These barriers were removed in January 2011, which greatly increased people's interest in the programme”.

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Denmark: Solar District Heating Capacity Increases 5-Fold
Ukraine: First Low-Interest Loan Programme Spreads Across Lviv Region
China: Huang Ming Receives Right Livelihood Award
Sweden: Feeding Solar Heat into the Grid
Canada/Denmark: Cooperation Between Enerconcept and Solarventi
Japan: Tsunami Victims Receive Solar Water Heaters
Austria: Solar Thermal Market on the Verge of Collapse in one Province
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