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Germany: 174 Solar Process Heat Applications in 2.5 Years

Germany: ISH 2015 and Its Prominent Novelties

Germany: Polymer Collector Design for EUR 25 Production

“Germany is one of the most challenging markets”

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Latvia: Newly Founded Association Calls for EU-based Standards

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Promoting the use of solar heat across the Baltic states is the vision that has united three competitors on the market: Raivis Skerstens, CEO of Sun Invest, Dainis Millersons, CEO of Taupi, and Eduards Melnikovs, CEO of Altenergo (from left). The three CEOs, who each head a Latvian solar thermal system integrator, founded the Latvian Association for Solar Collectors in December 2014 and convinced five more solar thermal system suppliers and two associations to join in. Several other companies have already shown interest in the new industry body. The members plan to organise training and awareness-raising events for various target groups, in order to inform the public about the advantages of solar collector use. The association has also called on the Latvian government to design standards and draft legislation based on European Union standards.

 

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Germany: 174 Solar Process Heat Applications in 2.5 Years
by Bärbel Epp
Over the last two and a half years, the German Market Rebate Programme for Renewable Energies, MAP, has been subsidising half of the net costs associated with solar process heat for industrial and commercial use in Germany. All in all, the administrator of the programme has received applications for 174 systems, of which 88 have so far been set up by the applicant and subsidised by the programme. “The programme started off well, but now the number of applications is stagnating,” Ralph Baller, Head of the MAP division, says. The University of Kassel’s additional publicity measures, which address planners and installers alike, are hoped to increase the popularity of the subsidy scheme again.
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Germany: ISH 2015 and Its Prominent Novelties
by Bärbel Epp
 
Managers from four different companies showcasing one innovation – a rare occurrence, even at a large fair like the ISH 2015 in Frankfurt. At the beginning of March, Rudolf Pfeil, CEO of Resol, Christian Beckmann, Sales Manager Key Account and OEM at Wilo, Günter Kohlmaier, CEO of Kioto Solar, and Karsten Pillukeit, CEO of Esbe Group (from left), jointly presented the newly developed fresh water module, Fresh Hydro, at the booth of Kioto Solar. Thanks to a patented temperature control, the fresh water module offers rapid response times without over- or undershooting. The fresh water system was one of a number of solar thermal innovations at the ISH which were worth taking a closer look.
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Germany: Polymer Collector Design for EUR 25 Production
by Eva Augsten

During project ExKoll, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Fraunhofer ISE, have developed a new low-cost design for solar thermal collectors. The entire production of an 80 cm x 160 cm collector made of polypropylene with an operating temperature resistance of up to 100 °C would amount to a mere EUR 25. A design which includes an absorber made of polyphenylene sulfide and which can resist operation temperatures of up to 250 °C would have production costs of around EUR 45 per panel. The polymer collectors are intended for use in non-pressurised drainback systems in which water serves as the heat transfer fluid.

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“Germany is one of the most challenging markets”
by Bärbel Epp
 

The Chinese Haier Group is a fairly young company, which has grown into a huge and still rapidly expanding corporation. Founded in 1984, Haier currently has 70,000 employees and achieved a turnover of USD 29.5 billion in 2013. In 2007, it started to manufacture solar collectors at its Chinese headquarters in Qingdao, Shandong Province, and has since 2011 offered solar thermal systems on the national, as well as the international market. The man who started the sale and distribution of Haier’s solar thermal products in Germany was Albert Looschen. solarthermalworld.org spoke with him at the ISH fair in Frankfurt in March.

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Denmark: Abundant Biomass, Little Solar in Industry Incentive Scheme
by Eva Augsten

Danish incentive programme RE for Production Processes has been extended by another year until 2021. In 2014, in its first full year, the scheme supported 196 renewable industry projects, of which only one included solar heat. "The reason for the relatively small number of solar heat projects is the purpose of the programme: to use the available fund money to pull away as much energy resources from fossil to renewables as possible – and not to target solar heat," Morten Christensen, consultant at the Danish Energy Agency, explains. According to the project guidelines, an individual grant cannot exceed an amount of 23 DDK/GJ (11 EUR/MWh) for the substituted fossil energy spanning over a 10-year operation period.

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