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Austria: Up to 500 MWth for District Heating in Graz

UAE: Green Buildings Certification and Impact on Solar Technology Deployment

India: Association Discusses Alternative Support Measures Including Successful Solar By-Law

Demonstration project: Finnish Collector Field Operating in Denmark

Germany: Label for Existing Heating Boilers to Increase Retrofit Share
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Latin America on Its Way to Solar Thermal Quality Standards

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader, 

 

Quality assurance is advancing in Latin America: Brazil is going to implement compulsory certification of solar water heating equipment in 2015. Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Mexico have already had laboratories for testing, and Costa Rica has recently set up one. The next step should be the creation of a technical committee to run an inter-laboratory Round Robin test for solar water heaters. This was one of the conclusions of a Regional Forum with 50 experts from 14 countries. The forum took place in Costa Rica at the end of June within the framework of the project Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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Austria: Up to 500 MWth for District Heating in Graz
by Bärbel Epp

Solar district heating in Gigawatt size. Graz, the capital of one of Austria’s federal states, Styria, is planning to increase the share of solar thermal in its district heating grid by 20 %. The regional utility Energie Steiermark and the Austrian turnkey provider S.O.L.I.D. are currently carrying out a feasibility study for a collector field of up to 0.5 GWth with a matching seasonal storage. The study should be finalised by the end of 2015 to find a decision on the realization in early 2016.

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UAE: Green Buildings Certification and Impact on Solar Technology Deployment
by Bärbel Epp
 

The countries in the Gulf region have taken the path of mandatory green building certifications instead of solar building obligations, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leading the ranking on the highest number of green buildings. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman follow far behind. The photo shows a Platinum-rated green office building in Dubai. The interesting question is now whether these green building rating systems will increase the deployment of solar heating and cooling technology in the UAE.

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India: Association Discusses Alternative Support Measures Including Successful Solar By-Law
by Jaideep Malaviya

The Indian industry had to face a severe drop of –40 % in volume in financial year 2014-15. To discuss alternative ways of fostering the deployment of solar heating technology, the Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) joined forces with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to organise a workshop in New Delhi at the end of July. Industry representatives proposed several support measure alternatives to capital subsidies – a promising one are solar obligations represented in case studies such as the successful one in Bengaluru, Karnataka state.

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Demonstration project: Finnish Collector Field Operating in Denmark
by Bärbel Epp
 

The first solar district heating collector field in Denmark with direct-flow, aluminium absorbers from Finnish company Savo-Solar came into operation in July 2015. Municipal district heating company Løgumkloster Fjernvarme had ordered 9,400 m² of collector area (6.6 MWth) during the first phase of the project, planning to add 35,000 m² next year. Savo-Solar used this demonstration project for a successful entry into the Danish district heating market. The Finnish collector manufacturer won the tender by Jelling Varmevaerk in June 2015 and negotiated the final contract for the delivery of 15,000 m² collector area (10.5 WMth) with the municipality in southern Denmark.

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Germany: Label for Existing Heating Boilers to Increase Retrofit Share
by Bärbel Epp

Finally some good news from Germany, the largest market in Europe, which declined for four years in a row between 2011 and 2014. After a very sluggish first quarter in 2015, demand for solar thermal systems was increasing over the summer months because of the increased subsidy levels of the German Market Rebate Programme since April 2015. The number of applications for solar thermal systems in June and July was 31 % higher than in the previous year. And there is more good news for the sector: the announced energy label for existing heating boilers.

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