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India: College Hostel Enjoys Very Competitive Solar Heat Prices


SMEThermal 2014: “The challenge is the energy storage”

India: Bus Tickets Generate Publicity for Solar Water Heaters

South Africa: Solar Thermal Experts Lecture at University of Pretoria

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SMEThermal 2014: “Take the risk away from the customer and the financier”

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader,

Solar thermal is not just about technology, it´s also about financing. It takes much more than just an improved, mature technology to have a successful industry. It needs new business models which attract the financial sector and it requires transparency in terms of performance and costs when dealing with commercial clients. These were the major topics of a roundtable discussion at SMEThermal, an international conference for industry professionals held in Berlin on 18 February. “We try to take the complication out of the energy business and make solar thermal as appealing for small business as possible,” said Justin Schafer, Product Manager at US-based energy service company Skyline Innovations (second from right). “To us, it is absolutely crucial to continuously optimise the cost/performance ratio, because we tender for projects,” emphasised Søren Elisiussen, CEO of Arcon, a Danish collector manufacturer and large-scale turnkey solar systems provider (first from left). Make solar thermal an easy and adaptable technology for all customers was the final takeaway for the audience.


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India: College Hostel Enjoys Very Competitive Solar Heat Prices
by Bärbel Epp
Cost-competitive heat prices can be a convincing argument for solar thermal in India. That shows the case study of a solar hot water system for the college hostel of the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) in the city of Hyderabad in the south of India. The calculations by solar thermal system supplier Emmvee Solar Systems result in a solar heat price of 3.2 Indian Rupees (INR) per kWhth (39 EUR/MWh) over a life cycle of 10 years, whereas electric water heaters would cost the university 6.7 INR/kWhth (82 EUR/MWh) - double as much. 
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SMEThermal 2014: “The challenge is the energy storage”
by Stephanie Banse
 
Large storage capacity, modular design, high storage density and low heat losses: These are the current requirements for solar thermal heat storage. The result is that hot water storage products are often stretched to their limits. Alternatives could be phase change materials (PCMs) or thermo-chemical materials (TCMs). During the SMEThermal 2014 conference in Berlin, Dr Henner Kerskes, Research Associate at the Research and Testing Centre for Thermal Solar Systems, TZS, of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Monte C Magill, Business Development Director at US company Entropy Solutions, explained the design, operation and possibilities of latent heat and thermo-chemical energy storage solutions.
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India: Bus Tickets Generate Publicity for Solar Water Heaters
by Jaideep Malaviya
A bit more than two years ago, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited, the state agency of Rajasthan, a state in western India, launched a massive publicity campaign in order to increase awareness of solar energy systems. The advertisements for solar water heaters in local language were printed on the back of intra-city bus tickets. Additionally several TV channels and cinemas showed video clips and radio stations played the respective jingles. The publicity campaign counted one million impressions per day and grew the solar collector business by nearly 50 % over the last 2 years. 
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South Africa: Solar Thermal Experts Lecture at University of Pretoria
by Stephanie Banse
 
Learning from professionals: On 3 and 4 February 2014, solar thermal experts offered a specialist workshop on Solar Heat for Industrial Applications at the University of Pretoria. The 40 places for the workshop were exclusively limited to persons who had attended previous SOLTRAIN courses or who had experience with large solar water systems in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe. Lesotho has also been part of the SOLTRAIN project since October 2013. "The best SOLTRAIN course ever," was the positive response of the attendees.
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EBRD and USAID Promote Solar Thermal in Armenia
by Frank Stier
Armenia is better known in the world for unresolved territorial disputes with its neighbour Azerbaijan than for being a pioneer in solar thermal energy. In fact, the utilisation of solar energy for water heating and space cooling is not as common among the around 3 million Armenians as it could be. The sun in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, shines almost 2,600 hours each year and the average annual solar radiation across the country is around 1,720 kWh/m². In 2007, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched the Caucasus Energy Efficiency Programme  as a USD 60 million credit line for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Armenia and Georgia. Last July, the budget was increased by an extra USD 40 million.
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