Solar Thermal World 600

December 2008
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Germany1Slow down after Boom in Germany?
by Bärbel Epp
The crises of the financial markets did not seem to harm the speedy growth of the solar thermal market in Germany. Industry insiders at the conference Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin on the 20th/21st November agreed that the collector area installed in Germany will reach 1.7 to 1.9 million m2 (1.2 to 1.3 GW). This is almost a doubling of the 2007 market volume of 950,000 m2 (665 MW). 
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greenonetecRecord Breaking: one million Square Metres
by Bärbel Epp 
It is a true record. For the first time in history, a manufacturer of flat plate collectors succeeded in producing 1,000,000 m2 in less than a year: Greenonetec in Austria. This solemn occasion prompted Greenonetec to invite guests from politics, business and the media to an exclusive event, including a gala dinner, at the end of November.
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einstein1EINSTEIN: Expert System for Solar Process Heat
Probably one of the most up-to-date collector plants in Europe: Vaillant Group has automated their new production in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with the help of the automation specialist Reis Robotics.
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ThailandNew Association And Subsidies in Thailand
by Bärbel Epp
The solar thermal sector in Thailand finds its voice. After one year of preparation, the Solar Thermal Association (STA) is very close to being approved by the government. "We will try to secure governmental support for solar thermal technology in various areas and improve the quality of installed systems", promises STA president Somsak Chutanan.