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Hungary: New Money for Commercial and Public Solar Thermal Systems

Norway: Solar Collectors Support District Heating

Czech Republic: Environment Ministry Proposes New Subsidy Scheme

Southern Africa: SOLTRAIN's Demonstration Systems Achieve up to 800 kWh/m²a

Sweden: Vacuum Tube Produces Heat and Cold Depending on Day or Night

USA: New US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance
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Thailand Subsidy Scheme One of 38 in Incentive Programme Database
The number of Thailand’s subsidised commercial solar thermal systems is increasing year by year. German engineering company Aschoff Solar has just commissioned a 2,000 m2 collector field on a local leather factory, supported by the country’s Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency. If you want to know more about the requirements of phase VI of the subsidy scheme in Thailand, simply go to the database of incentive programmes. Altogether, the database includes 38 support schemes in 26 countries. Each scheme shows a table containing key information, such as target groups, duration, eligible technologies, finance providers and maximum subsidy levels. For example, Cyprus has just approved a relaunch of its grant programme, which will also subsidise solar cooling installations and the Eco Fund in Slovenia has just allocated EUR 20 million to support solar systems in single- and multi-family houses. Please contact us if one of your national programmes is missing in our database. Regarding financial schemes in the USA, please refer to www.dsireusa.org.

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Hungary: New Money for Commercial and Public Solar Thermal Systems
by Frank Stier

Since the end of 2011, the Hungarian government has been asking the European Commission (EC) to allow the transfer of funds not spent within the Transport Operational Programme to the Environment and Energy Operational Programme. The EC finally agreed in September 2012 and the government was able to announce the first tenders a few months later. The National Development Agency presented five different tenders which support renewable energies, including the installation of solar thermal systems in 2013. The target groups in all five cases were projects of enterprises, public institutions or non-governmental organizations.

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Norway: Solar Collectors Support District Heating
by Eva Augsten
 
In November 2012, the Norwegian power supplier Akershus Energi celebrated the inauguration of its new 13,000 m² solar district heating plant in the town of Lillestrøm close to Oslo. Built by Danish company Sunmark, it is the largest solar thermal plant in Norway to date. The plant is to deliver 20 to 30% of the heat required by the district heating network during the summer time. All year round, it is to produce 4.2 GWh of solar heat (323 kWh/m² of collector area), which equals little more than 3% of the network’s total heat supply.
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Czech Republic: Environment Ministry Proposes New Subsidy Scheme
by Vladislava Adamenkova
Now the debate in the Czech Republic is about whether to revive the national subsidy scheme. In November 2012, the Czech Minister of Environment, Tomáš Chalupa, introduced a draft for a so-called Nová Zelená Úsporám or New Green Savings programme. The aim of the programme is to increase the energy efficiency of private and public buildings, such as nurseries, retirement homes, cultural buildings or sports centres. Both private households and municipalities would profit from grants financed through the sales of Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) in emission trading.
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Southern Africa: SOLTRAIN's Demonstration Systems Achieve up to 800 kWh/m²a
by Stephanie Banse
 
The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) has agreed to sponsor also the second phase of the successful Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN). At the beginning of December, the project partners from Austria, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe met to thrash out precisely how to implement SOLTRAIN 2. The picture shows a test facility at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa - established in phase 1 of the project. In SOLTRAIN 1 seven systems had also been equipped with measuring instruments and were monitored for at least twelve months. The specific annual collector yield was between 302 kWh/m²a for a 99 m² pumped system with an 8,000 litre storage tank and 800 kWh/m²a for an indirect thermosiphon system with 4 m² of collector area and a 300 litre storage tank.
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Sweden: Vacuum Tube Produces Heat and Cold Depending on Day or Night
by Bärbel Epp

The latest development of Swedish Company ClimateWell is called CoolStore and can be integrated into a collector casing. The former producer of absorption chillers has completely altered its product range to become a component supplier for boilers and air-conditioners for vehicles. The new product, however, has still not been entirely uncovered, because “we do not want to disclose too much yet”, explains ClimateWell’s CEO, Per Olofsson. The company integrated the triple-stage absorption cooling cycle into an all-glass evacuated tube. The cold side of the tube delivers tap water heating during the day and air-conditioning during the night.

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USA: New US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance
by Bärbel Epp
A strong voice for the solar thermal industry: that is the aim of the new US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance (SHC Alliance), a division of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA announced the new elected board in a press release on 19 February 2013. The US Solar Heating and Cooling Council which governs the SHC Alliance consists of five persons. First, there are Chairman Mike Healy from Skyline Innovations, Vice Chairman Matt Carlson from Sunnovations and Treasurer Eileen Prado from the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). The other two positions will rotate and are currently held by Les Nelson, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Ole Pilgaard from Heliodyne.

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