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Italy: Plans to Simplify Conto Termico Administration

India: Chinese Manufacturers Dominate Solar Business at REI Expo 2014

Turkey: Three Vacuum Tube Manufacturers Eying Export Market

Germany: 2,200 m² Solar Thermal Installations on 22 Hamburg Mosques

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Italy: Plans to Simplify Conto Termico Administration
by Valeria Verga
Nearly two years after the start of Italian incentive programme Conto Termico, some difficulties still persist: There are currently around 7,000 applications for the programme, most of them for solar thermal systems, but this is a really small number compared to the funding available. Nevertheless, the constant pressure that the associations have put on decision-makers over almost the past two years seems to finally pay off.
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India: Chinese Manufacturers Dominate Solar Business at REI Expo 2014
by Jaideep Malaviya
 
Solar energy played a very prominent role during the 8th edition of the Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo 2014, which took place in the National Capital Region at the beginning of September: Close to 60 % of the nearly 375 booths presented solar PV and solar thermal technology, whereas the share had been a mere 15 to 20 % a few years ago. This year’s trade fair also saw an increasing interest in low-temperature solar thermal products. Most of the 50 exhibitors offering goods in this segment were vacuum tube and collector manufacturers from China.
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Turkey: Three Vacuum Tube Manufacturers Eying Export Market
by Bärbel Epp
Turkey‘s three vacuum tube manufacturers, which were set up in response to the high import taxes the government imposed on Chinese vacuum tubes in July 2011, have now become part of an export industry themselves. Lara Solar, Assolar and Solarsan all claim to have already been exporting vacuum tubes to different regions worldwide. Lara Solar’s General Manager Nurullah Aslan is quoted on the website as having said that he was proud to now sell vacuum tubes back to China, as some years ago, his company imported tubes from there.
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Germany: 2,200 m² Solar Thermal Installations on 22 Hamburg Mosques
by Eva Augsten
 
Atherm Solartechnik, located in Oberhausen, Germany, has installed identical solar thermal plants, each of them with 100 m² of vacuum tube collector area, on 22 mosques and other buildings belonging to Hamburg’s Muslim community. The photo shows the city’s Centrum mosque, which has 1,500 members. 
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Germany: Excel-Based IRR Commercial Project Calculations
by Bärbel Epp
German Fresnel collector manufacturer Industrial Solar is experiencing an increasing demand from clients all around the world: “Five years ago, we received two requests per month. Now, we receive around 50 each month and the requests are more serious,” Tobias Schwind, who is one of the Managing Directors of the company founded in 2009, confirms. Schwind has begun to notice a shift in the industry: “Whereas payback times of three to four years have, so far, been commonplace, the industry is steering towards five- to six-year periods,” he says and adds: “We, however, try to explain to our clients that they are investing in their infrastructure, and payback time is therefore not really the best criterion.” Industrial Solar offers potential clients a calculation of the Net Present Value (NPV) and the Internal Rate of Return (IRR). According to the managing director, an economic analysis based on these parameters often shows that solar process heat is worth further consideration.
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