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IEA SHC Task 53: Innovative Solar Cooling Systems

Austria: New Medium-Temperature Collectors Show Remarkable Yield in District Heating Use

Germany: High Rebates Not Enough to Offset Market Decline Due to Cheap Fossil Fuels

Argentina: New Survey Confirms Growth, National Incentives Expected Soon

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Surprisingly Popular: Solar Heat for Industrial Processes

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader, 

 

Vicot Solar Technology is one of 71 planners of SHIP (Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) systems depicted on the World Map of Solar Process Heat Specialists 2017. The photo shows Vicot’s 3,255 m² parabolic trough collector field at Siemens subsidiary Trench High Voltage Products. It provides heat at 150 °C for processes in the electronics factory of the Chinese-based business and is additionally used in winter for space heating of the 33,000 m² office and the production facilities. All in all, SHIP suppliers reported 389 reference systems for the world map. Comparing this information with the data on ship-plants.info will reveal a total of 525 plants in operation today. Their combined collector or mirror area adds up to at least 416,414 m² for SHIP applications around the world. It is a surprisingly large figure and indicates that solar heat is used more often in industry than many had assumed.

 

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IEA SHC Task 53: Innovative Solar Cooling Systems
by Bärbel Epp

The biggest challenge for a small market like the solar cooling one – which has still a long way to go – is how to reduce system costs. One way to achieve this objective besides increasing market volume is standardisation. Companies from around the globe have responded to the challenge by developing pre-engineered solar cooling kits. To provide a better overview of the innovative technologies in this field, the researchers of IEA SHC Task 53, New Generation Solar Cooling and Heating Systems, collected technical data on 10 small to medium solar cooling units and published them in table form.

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Austria: New Medium-Temperature Collectors Show Remarkable Yield in District Heating Use
by Eva Augsten
 

During the last seven years, a group of scientists has monitored selected large solar thermal installations in Austria on behalf of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. The gathered data confirms that these plants have been reliable and produce satisfactory yields. Particularly the new generation of large-scale medium-temperature collectors either with a foil or with a second glass cover shows remarkable results in district heating use. The 2,490 m² solar field (see photo) which has fed heat into the district heating network of Graz, Austria, reached a yield of 489 kWh/m².

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Germany: High Rebates Not Enough to Offset Market Decline Due to Cheap Fossil Fuels
by Bärbel Epp

Three weeks before the ISH 2017 opens its doors again between 14 and 18 March 2017, the German renewable heating associations published their annual market statistics for 2016. The trend is clear: Low oil and gas prices have reduced demand for solar water heating systems (-8 %) and biomass boilers (-3 %), whereas the German heat pump industry can be more than satisfied with 17 % growth.

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Argentina: New Survey Confirms Growth, National Incentives Expected Soon
by Alejandro Diego Rosell
 

Argentina has officially declared 2017 the Renewable Energy Year. A recent report published by the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI) confirms that the national solar thermal market has been growing: An industry survey shows the solar heat segment to have doubled each year between 2012 and 2015, and another increase is expected for 2016. Meanwhile new legislation intended to promote the Use of Solar Thermal Energy of Low and Medium Temperature is still on hold, but stakeholders see it being approved over the next two months.

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Webinar: Advanced Lighting Solutions for Retrofitting Buildings

LED technology has greatly changed the face of the lighting market: In just a few years, lighting systems have become twice as efficient and half as expensive. In this webinar on Advanced Lighting Solutions for Retrofitting Buildings researchers of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (IEA SHC) Programme will talk about the potential in lighting retrofit, introduce advanced solutions, and present an interactive electronic source book and toolbox called The lighting Retrofit Adviser. All stakeholders are invited to join the webinar scheduled online for 1.5 hours on Tuesday, 21 March 2017, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Central European Time.

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