Solar Thermal

IEA SHC publishes Solar Heat Worldwide report

 IEA SHC publishes 2016 Edition of its seminal report “Solar Heat Worldwide” (Photo: IEA SHC)

The International Energy Agency, Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) released the 2016 edition of its report on the global status of the solar thermal heating and cooling market. It includes data from 61 countries resenting over 95% of the global solar thermal market and for the first time data on solar thermal cost and levelized costs of heat.


IEA SHC Solar Award for Green Brewery Göss

Andreas Werner, Master Brewer of Green Brewery Göss (fourth from left) received the IEA SHC Solar Award at Gleisdorf Solar 2016 in Austria from Ken Guthrie, Chairman of IEA SHC (third from left). (Photo: IEA SHC)

The Austrian Green Brewery Göss won the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) Solar Award for applying solar thermal to produce their product.


Chinese-Danish solar heating partnership formed

By joining hands Chinese Sunrain and Danish Arcon-Sunmark seek to supply the Chinese market with large-scale solar heating solutions: Xu Xinjian, Chairman of the Board, Jiangsu Sunrain Solar Energy Co., Ltd.; Torben Sørensen, Group Executive Officer of VKR Holding and Mads Kann-Rasmussen, Member of the Board of Directors VKR Group (from left to right). (Photo: Arcon-Sunmark)

Danish Arcon-Sunmark and Chinese Sunrain established a joint venture which aims to offer large-scale solar heating systems for the Chinese market.


Solar thermal in Antarctica

The refurbished station in Antarctica now has a solar thermal and PV system. (Photo: Elektro-Mechanik Meisl GmbH)

A German research station at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, is now equipped with nine air collectors to provide heating during the summer.


Vacuum tubes for autonomous sterilisation

Clean machine: When it is collapsed, the Life Shift Steriliser can be carried by one person on their back, allowing surgical instruments to be sterilised in the remotest places. The crowdfunding campaign for the user test is currently underway. (Photo: RSO Shift)

A new mobile sterilisation unit uses solar heat to sterilise surgical instruments, making it easier to perform operations in remote areas where there is no hospital.


Worldwide 14% fewer solar thermal installations than in 2014

Compared to 2014, the market for solar thermal collectors has shrunk by 14%. This value has been determined on the basis of 18 countries, in which solar collectors with an overall thermal capacity of 32.7 GW have been installed. In 2014 those countries installed a total of 43.4 GW.


Intelligent coupling is driving forward the heating transition

The energy centre of Police Academy Biberach in Germany: Two CHP units are combined using power to heat aggregates.(Photo:Duckek)

Combining the power and heat market requires sophisticated overall systems that do not just consist of a single CHP unit or a heat pump. A virtual electricity storage facility in Biberach, Germany, illustrates how this can be achieved.