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Austria: Third Incentive Year for Large-scale Solar Thermal Plants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2012

 Julius Blum GmbH ” The great success over the past two years prompted the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund to extend its incentive programme for large-scale solar thermal plants into 2012 as well. When the programme was launched on 13 June, it was actually the third time. The scheme has already granted financial support to 38 (2010) and 52 (2011) systems in the past years - including the 460 m² for solar process heat at the production plant of an international manufacturer of kitchen fittings, Julius Blum GmbH (see photo). Now equipped with a budget of EUR 4 million, applications can start coming in until 21 September 2012.
Photo: Julius Blum GmbH

Switzerland: Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collector Manufacturer Relies on Vacuum Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 29, 2012

 MT Power Collector The - literally - hottest collector innovation comes from Switzerland. TVP Solar has developed an insulated high-vacuum flat plate collector which supplies a heat transfer fluid between 100 and 200°C. This makes it an ideal thermal energy source for cooling and heating applications in the medium temperature range. The MT-Power panel was introduced at the European Future Energy Forum in Geneva last autumn and has now been nominated for the Intersolar Award 2012.
Photo: TVP Solar

Solar Heat Worldwide - Markets and Contribution to Energy Supply 2010 (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 21, 2012

This report has been written by Werner Weiss and Franz Mauthner in contribution to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). It documents the solar thermal capacity installed in 55 countries, and ascertains the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO¬2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these systems.

Solar Heating and Cooling in Austria - Status Report (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 3, 2012

This report - presented to the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme in 2009 - gives an overview of the solar heating and cooling industry in Austria.

This includes an outline of the national and European regulatory environment, and the research programmes used to further technological development in the sector. Austrian public expenditure for energy research is specified as €31,886,023 in 2007, of which €826,852 was directed towards solar heating and cooling.

Technology Options of Solar Thermal Systems in South-East Asia – Lessons learned from Thailand and Vietnam (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 23, 2012

This power point presentation - given by Dr Ing Christoph Menke (University of Applied Sciences, Trier) – outlines the technology options and market potential for solar thermal systems in South-East Asia. After an overview of global solar thermal technology, it outlines the potential for solar water heating in Thailand, the temperature ranges for different food industrial processes, and gives an overview of the subsidy programmes implemented between 2008 and 2011.

These subsidies had several positive effects:

Macroeconomic Impact of the Solar Thermal Electricity Industry in Spain (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 19, 2012

This report - commissioned by Protermosolar and carried out by Deloitte – gives a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the main macroeconomic variables in Spain derived from technology from 2008 to 2010; and forecasts their future impact. It gives an overview of the different solar thermal technology in Spain and outlines the supporting regulatory framework. This is followed by sections on macroeconomic results, the research, development and innovation effort, and the environmental impact of current technology.

IPCC special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation – Direct Solar Energy (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 18, 2012

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation contains a dedicated chapter on Direct Solar Energy. This gives a synopsis of the state-of-the-art and possible future scenarios of the full realisation of direct solar energy’s potential for mitigating climate change. It includes a detailed analysis of the different solar technologies, including dedicated sections on passive and active solar heating and cooling, and concentrated solar power (CSP).

New Technical Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 13, 2012

Commissioned by the SCI Network, this report provides an overview of the different technologies for implementing solar heating and cooling systems in buildings.

This involves a survey of different collector types, a detailed comparison of different chiller types, and an assessment of the advantages and disadvantage of each system. The report also makes recommendations to prepare for implementation of solar heating and cooling system.

China: Utopia Garden Sets New Standard for Architectural Integration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 10, 2012

 Utopia Garden The solar installations above the apartment blocks of the “Utopia Garden” Project in the Chinese city of Dezhou attract attention even from a distance. The 504 vacuum tube collectors have been placed horizontally in a massive metal casing that has the form of a wave and covers the entire roof of the building. The solar fields with a gross collector area of around 1,400 m² consist of pressurised heat-pipe vacuum tubes, which harness the sun on the roof and feed it into a central heating and cooling system that runs through the entire building complex.
Photo: Himin Solar