Germany: First Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation Conference

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 21, 2014
Otti ConferenceOn 6 and 7 November, experts in development cooperation and solar specialists from all around the world met in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation conference. The two-day event by German conference organiser OTTI was held for the very first time and brought together about 100 participants from 25 different countries, who discussed the opportunities and the challenges of solar energy use in southern nations. The conference had a special focus on technologies and projects for solar heating, drying and solar thermal water treatment in new emerging markets – thanks to a scientific committee with a rich background in the technology (from left): Joscha Rosenbusch (BSW Solar, Germany), Joachim Koschikowski (ISE Freiburg, Germany), Werner Weiss (AEE INTEC, Austria), Bernd Hafner (Viessmann, Germany) and Stephan Gnos (NET Nowak Energie & Technologie, Switzerland). 
Photo: OTTI
 

Solar Thermal Energy in Cape Verde – State of Development (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 20, 2014

This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The presentation provides an overview of the usage of solar thermal energy in the touristic sector of Cape Verde.

Lebanon’s First National Survey Study of the Solar Water Heaters Market (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 19, 2014

This survey study on Lebanon’s solar water heaters market, conducted by the company Amer Nielsen, was funded by the Global Environment Funds under the Global Solar Water Heating and Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative project, and was supervised by the United Nations Development Programme and the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation.

Europe: Online Database on Large-Scale Solar Heating Plants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 18, 2014
District Heating per CountryThe database on Europe’s largest solar heating plants, which can be found on the EU project SDHplus website, dates back to 1997. In the meantime, it has grown to 131 solar heating plants totalling a collector area of 586,000 m² (410 MWth). The first plants included in the database were installed in 1979. 124 of 131 systems are solar heating plants, most of them for district heating (particularly those in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Poland and France), but also for large buildings, industrial use and other applications, whereas seven are cooling installations. The database contains "close to 100 % of all plants which have a minimum thermal output of 700 kW and started operating until the end of 2013,” says Jan-Olof Dalenbäck from the Chalmers University of Technology, who is in charge of updating the database as part of the SDHplus project. Eleven of these systems, with a joint output of 22 MW, have been shut down by now. The pie chart shows the installed collector area of district heating systems broken down by country.
Source: Database on SDHplus website
 

Mexico: Captasol to Enter Industrial Solar Drying Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 17, 2014
CaptasolSince 2006, Captasol has been a Mexican manufacturer of solar dryers used in the agricultural sector. Now, eight years later, the solar thermal collector producer is about to offer its first solar air-heating systems to the industrial market. The company claims that its solar air-drying units for agricultural applications have payback periods of around one year.
Photos: Captasol
 

Great Britain: Performance of UK Green Deal Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 14, 2014
Green DealUK Energy Minister Greg Barker, initiator of The Green Deal, called it a “flagship energy efficiency programme” during the launch of the scheme in the beginning 2013. One and half years later Barker stepped down as minister and the statistics of the Green Deal shows a rather poor performance despite more than half-a-billion pounds of taxpayers’ money being spent. The question is now whether the whole scheme can survive after the parliament members of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report delivered a highly critical review of the programme’s performance and describes how “the first eighteen months of the Green Deal have been largely wasted”. 
Banner: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
 

Argentina: San Luis Province Promotes Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 12, 2014
Solar ArgentinaThe Plan Provincial Termosolar, which originated from the Plan Estratégico de Energía 2012-2025, promotes the use of solar thermal technology in several small towns in central Argentina’s San Luis Province. After the two success stories in La Calera und Batavia, the town next in line will be La Carolina, where the local government is currently assessing the energy demand of the municipality’s households. The province authorities intend to extend the project to other neighbouring towns. The Energy Strategy Plan can be viewed online
 

Solar Thermal Action Plan for the Mediterranean Countries (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 10, 2014

This action plan was prepared by the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) as part of the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, which is the result of a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the International Copper Association and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Experiences, Challenges, Barriers, Needs and Expectations in Solar Thermal Energy in Senegal (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 7, 2014

This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The presentation was made by Ababacar Thiam from the Applied Energetics Laboratory of the Polytechnic Superior School of Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal.  

Solar Collectors for Air Heating: Profitability Analysis (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 6, 2014

This Master’s thesis, written by Joseba Moreno Mendaza, from the Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development of the University of Gävle in Sweden, is a feasibility study evaluating whether installing transpired solar air collectors in large industrial buildings in the city of Gävle would be profitable.

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