Solar Thermal World 600

June 2009
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A Solar Field of 7,350 m2 - and a Heat & Power Plant

Nepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water

São Paulo Feels the First Effects of its Solar Building Code

Antarctic Polar Station with German Technology

Eco-labelling Threatens the Solar Thermal Industry

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Solar thermal technology can be used for many different applications which range from water purification to district heating supply. You find promising case studies from Nepal, Antarctica and Denmark below.
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A collector area of 7,350 m2 supplies hot water at a temperature of 90 to 95 °C to the district heating system in Tørring, Denmark, which is fed by a combined heat & power plant. The solar system is an ideal solution, as solar energy can meet up to 80% of the total energy output.
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NepalNepal: Using the Sun to Purify Drinking Water
by Jaideep Malaviya
By harnessing solar thermal energy, the water purification system Solvatten can be a very useful tool in rural areas with contaminated water. When temperatures reach around 55 °C, an indicator signals when the water is "safe to drink".
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Paulo"São Paulo Feels the First Effects of its Solar Building Code" - Exclusive Interview
by Bärbel Epp

Cidades Solares (Solar Cities) - a very successful campaign for solar thermal technology has resulted so far in a number of 30 solar building codes in municipalities in Brazil. The São Paulo law from July 2007 is a milestone. "It is our hope that the created awareness will help to spread our campaign faster than before" says Carlos Arthur Alencar, president of the solar thermal industry association DASOL/ABRAVA in an interview with
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consolarAntarctic Polar Station with German Technology
Bärbel Epp 

The Princess Elisabeth Station is the first and only polar research base operating entirely on renewable energies. 30 tube collectors from the German company Consolar provide hot water, and melt snow in order to have drinking water while also supplying the bioreactor to treat the station's grey water for reuse. There is no backup heating system available.
ESTIFEco-labelling threatens the Solar Thermal Industry
by Bärbel Epp 
The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) raises the alarm: The new plans of the European Commission for energy-labelling requirements with respect to 'dedicated water heaters' include highly problematic testing requirements for entire systems. There are voices within the solar thermal industry, saying that it is better to vote for an exclusion of solar water heaters from the eco-design labelling, rather than accepting the difficult circumstances.
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