Solar Thermal

Plumbers’ company wins sustainability award for green invention

Belfast based Willis Renewable Energy Systems was last night (1st July) announced as a winner in the 10th annual Ashden Awards, the world's leading green energy awards, in recognition of their plumbing innovation, Solasyphon. The invention speeds up and simplifies the retro-fitting of solar water heating, saving the cost and carbon impact of buying a new water tank.

MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH supplies new major US customer

MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH ( has succeeded in acquiring SunMaxx Solar (, a US supplier of solar hot water heaters, as a new major customer. During a company visit at MAGE SUNFIXINGS, both business partners, Adam Farrell, CEO of SunMaxx Solar, and Marcus E.

Improving knowledge on solar thermal markets and technologies – the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation and MarketScape A/S launch the Solar Thermal NewsCatalyst, a new market intelligence tool for the solar thermal industry

Brussels - ESTIF has joined forces with MarketScape A/S in designing and developing a unique intelligence tool for the solar thermal industry sector. The aim is to provide a high-end global business information service, offering daily news bulletins to business professionals with a focus on developing the solar thermal industry, even during challenging times.

Final building permission for 1,000 MW CSP plant Blythe

<b>Solar Millennium will use the new HelioTrough collectors at all US power plants. It is 10 % more efficent than the old modell</b><br><br><i>Photo: Solar Millennium</i>

A total of four solar thermal power plants are to be built there with an overall capacity of almost 1,000 MW. With the approval of the land use rights, the entire approval process has now been concluded. Initially, Solar Millennium will build two power stations with a capacity of 242 MW each. The construction work is scheduled to begin already this year.

Alliance for sustainable production

<b>Solar collectors from Ritter with a total area of 20,000 m<sub>2</sub> have already been used in 150 large-scale installations. </b><br><br><i>Photo: Ritter XL Solar</i><br>

The aim of the joint business model is the use of large-scale solar installations at industrial production sites, where a low primary energy demand improves the energy balance of the factory and of the individual product.

French subsidiary of Wagner & Co expands

Only three years after its foundation, the original French branch at Tournus in Burgundy had become too small. More space was urgently needed for the company, which has grown to employ 27 staff. The new premises in nearby Simandre covers a total area of 25,000 m2, including 900 m2 of offices and around 4,000 m2 of warehousing.

150 MW Crossroads Solar Energy Project approved

The approval includes the associated transmission line connecting to the Arizona grid.