2015 was the first full calendar year following the realignment of the Sonnenhaus Institut, which allowed the combination of photovoltaics and heat pump for the first time. Most Sonnenhaus homes are still heated using solar thermal systems, but photovoltaics are also finding their place.
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Heating with Renewable Energy is a new textbook written by John Siegenthaler, and published by Cengage Learning. This 850 page full colour text shows how to design and construct practical systems that supply space heating and domestic hot water using renewable energy heat sources.
A new research project by the European Union is funding the development of innovative heat storage systems with more than 4.7 million euros. The technologies are intended to help store solar heat generated during the summer inexpensively for use in the winter.
On the first of January, strict rules for construction came into effect in Germany. Heating new buildings without using renewable energy is nearly impossible. Oil heaters will probably not be used anymore in new single family houses.
As part of a research project, the Swiss Institute for Solar Technology SPF in Rapperswil has developed a new solar heat pump heating system that achieves energy savings of up to 30%. At the same time, the system ensures that almost no errors can occur during installation.