Solar Thermal

California: Solar heating proposed as alternative to natural gas

A relief well being drilled at the Aliso Canyon facility to stem the gas leak at an adjacent well in an underground storage field, in Porter Ranch, California, U.S. (Photo: dpa)

After a massive gas leak in a storage facility in California, solar thermal comes into focus as an alternative energy source for heating Californian homes. The administration under Governor Jerry Brown proposed an action plan to increase rooftop solar technologies and reduce the natural gas demand of the region.

12.04.2016

Solar thermal simulation software has been adapted to current funding applications

Creating an energy label with the new T*SOL 2016. (Photo: Valentin Software)

The Berlin company Valentin Software has released a new version of its simulation software T*SOL for solar thermal systems. The new version has been adapted to current funding regulations, enabling it to generate certificates of proof to apply for funding through the KfW as well as the Market Incentive Programme (German: Marktanreizprogramm, MAP).

29.03.2016

UK government proposes to drop solar thermal support

Will solar thermal systems thrive without an incentive? (Photo: The Solar Design Company)

The UK government wants to remove support for solar thermal from 2017, when the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations are revised. This applies to domestic and non-domestic solar thermal systems. The UK Solar Trade Association (STA) and other renewable energy organisations criticise the new plans.

04.03.2016

Living without a “second rent”

First the storage, then the house. Constructing a solar house, as here in Weißenburg, Germany, involves a few peculiarities along the way. (Photo: Haag & Ortner GmbH)

More and more multi-family buildings in Germany are being designed as solar homes. Solar storage then takes centre stage.

03.03.2016

STA Scotland proposes incentives to reach 2020 goals

Scotland and solar power – a good-looking partnership. An in-roof solar PV installation in Montrose, Scotland. (Photo: STA Scotland)

The Scottish Solar Trade Association has proposed a list of 20 “Asks” for the Scottish Government to reach Scotland’s 2020 goal of 100 % renewable electricity. These key asks include, but are not limited to, retaining the 5% reduced rate of VAT for all domestic solar retrofit, implementing an ambitious solar action plan for Scotland and establishing financial support mechanisms for PV and solar thermal.

25.02.2016

Solar thermal kit for easy installation of large systems

The new Opticube, an easy to assemble, modular kit for solar thermal applications. (Photo: Sunoptimo)

Opticube is a modular solar thermal kit to create ground-mounted solar systems with a total area between 30 and 3,000 m² that can be installed without special equipment or training.

23.02.2016

Larger systems on the rise

The ISOL-Navigator for December 2015. (Graphic: Solrico)

The market research agency Solrico puplished the new ISOL Navigator. The comprehensive overview of the global solar thermal market shows that large systems will become more and more important in the following years. The Index analysed 18 key markets and Solrico spoke to 330 stakeholders.

04.02.2016

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