Solar Thermal

Solar District Heating: How to Tackle Land Use Issues

One way out of the competition dilemma is to combine heat generation and fruit and vegetable harvest. (Photo: Hamburg Institut Research)

Usually, solar district heating (SDH) plants require large fields for collector installations, which has raised concerns at local level because of competing land uses and a system’s potential visual impact on the surroundings. One way out of this dilemma is to combine heat generation and fruit and vegetable harvest. As part of "SDHp2m…From Policy to Market, a Horizon 2020"-project, some regions are looking to create regulations based on best practice examples of land use or spatial heat planning. This article will present showcases from the Styria region in Austria, Hamburg in Germany and Valle d’Aosta in Italy).

11.10.2017

Solar Thermal’s Role in 2050 Energy Mix

Photo: Riccardo Battisti

What role solar thermal will play in the energy sector in 2050 is one of the principal questions that the international Task 52 research project Solar Heat and Energy Economics in Urban Environments intends to answer. As part of this IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme task, Denmark’s Aalborg University chose four major solar thermal countries in Europe – Austria, Denmark, Germany and Italy – to model their 2050 solar share in national heat production. The university’s estimates range from 3 to 12 % based on country and scenario, which would require 4 to 175 million m² of collector area in each of the four nations.

06.10.2017

Russia: 25 Years of Sustainable Architecture

The photo shows the FEFU campus model created by Natalia Bakaeva; several other design studies are presented in the document attached to this news article. (Graphic: FEFU)

Professor Pavel Kazantsev is an enthusiastic teacher of solar and sustainable architecture at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in Vladivostok, Russia. He encourages his students during the 3-year course on the Fundamentals of Sustainable Architecture to create eco-friendly designs for residential and commercial buildings. The first course was offered 25 years ago, in 1992, at the Far Eastern National Technical University, which became part of FEFU in 2011.

28.09.2017

IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar Planning in Times of Rapid City Growth

Just as on Stockholm’s coastline shown in the photo, cities are seeing new neighbourhoods develop or old ones restored and expanded at a rapid pace. (Photo: stockholmroyalseaport.com)

Urban planning is a highly complex issue, especially if it involves low-carbon living solutions and environmental regulations. The main objective of the international group of researchers working in Task 51, Solar Energy in Urban Planning, has been to “support planners, architects, and local and national authorities in creating urban areas with architecturally integrated solar solutions in mind.” In mid-September, task coordinator Maria Wall, Professor at the Energy and Building Design department of Sweden’s Lund University, and other researchers presented successful case studies and suitable planning and design tools during a webinar. A recording and the presentations from it are available at the IEA SHC Solar Academy page.

26.09.2017

Intersolar AWARD 2017 – And the winners are…

This year’s happy winners of the Intersolar and ees AWARD. The anniversary year saw exhibitors submit 133 projects from 21 countries. (Photo: Solar Promotion)

The Intersolar AWARD is celebrating its anniversary: For the tenth time running, the panel honored particularly groundbreaking solutions. Submissions were invited for products, services, concepts and solutions which have already been tested and are being presented for the first time, or which expand the use of existing technologies in an innovative way.

01.06.2017

Groundbreaking ceremony for Armacell manufacturing facility in Bahrain

Groundbreaking ceremony for Armacell manufacturing facility in Bahrain (from left to right): Daniel Hötger (Armacell), General Manager Operations EMEA, John O'Brien, Project Director of the BIIP, Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, •     Patrick Mathieu (Armacell), President & CEO, H.E. Zayed R. Al Zayani, Minister for Industry, Commerce & Tourism, H.E. Alfred Simms-Protz, Ambassador of Germany to Bahrain, Guillerme Huguen (Armacell), Vice President EMEA, Dr. Ebrahi

To celebrate the beginning of the construction works at its new production facility in Bharain, Armacell has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony. When finished in 2018 the new manufacturing facility will produce a comprehensive range of products, including high-density materials and elastomeric insulation for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

23.05.2017

Liquid storage of solar energy – more effective than ever before

The molecular solar thermal system developed in Sweden (graphic: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

Researchers in Sweden have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. The stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed while the storage medium is fully recovered – a so-called molecular solar thermal system.

20.03.2017

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