There is good news from the U.S.A.'s solar thermal market. The cap of US$2,000 for the tax credits of home owners is gone and new labs for the SRCC certification will be on board soon.
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The testing bottleneck for the SRCC quality standards could be relieved in 2009. According to Les Nelson, the SRCC executive director, at least one new lab will be on board in April this year.
Enlarging Testing Facilities in the USA
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Middle East discovers Solar Thermal
Tisun was the only solar thermal manufacturer from Europe at the World Future Energy Summit 2009 in Abu Dhabi in the middle of January. The Austrian collector and tank manufacturer signed the first bigger contracts in the region.
Solar Cooling: a new Field for Simulations
by Joachim Berner
Solar cooling plants need planning tools. A new version of the Swiss simulation software Polysun with a simulation model for sorption chillers will be published in summer this year. Valentin EnergieSoftware from Berlin, Germany, will follow with a solar cooling model for TSol by the end of the year.Read more here
Tremendous Market Growth in Germany
by Bärbel Epp
The German solar thermal market more than doubled in 2008. According to the solar industry association BSW-Solar and the heating industry association BDH, 2.1 million m2
of new collector area (1.5 GWth
) were installed on German roofs last year. A crosscheck with data from the governmental support scheme, however, raises some interesting questions.Read more here
Monopoly on Laser Welding in the USA
No company can produce, sell or distribute solar collectors with laser-welded absorbers on the U.S. market without an agreement with the Californian manufacturer Heliodyne. Their patent right could slowdown the market for this technology in the USA.
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