Solar Thermal World 600

 October 2009 
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Mexico: 25,000 "Solar Roofs" Programme

 
 
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China's vacuum tube producers are increasingly automating their production facilities. An increase in capacities, a decrease in costs and a guaranty of constantly high quality are the main reasons for these investments. This newsletter highlights, among other topics, some of the major technical trends in China.
 
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Mexico: 25,000 "Solar Roofs" Programme
by Bärbel Epp
  
 
MexicoThe German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) will start its 25,000 Solar Roofs Programme in Mexico. From the beginning of 2010 on, residential home owners, who want to buy a solar water heater, can apply for a subsidy of around EUR 100 per system - independent from the size of it. Small thermosiphon systems are in the focus point of this subsidy programme.
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HiminHimin: Automating Production in Dezhou's Solar Valley
by Bärbel Epp
 
Keeping up with growth rates is the overall strategy of the Chinese Himin Solar Energy Group. It implemented its first automated production line for vacuum tubes in April of 2007. The first process step is the cleaning line (see photo on the right) which needs only 3 people today, compared to the 10 people it required before automating the process.
 
KoreaOne million Green Homes in South Korea
by Bärbel Epp

South Korea wants to become green: This year, its Government initiated the so-called "One Million Green Homes Project", with a budget of USD 72 million. Geothermal and solar thermal applications will have a 35 % share in this year's funds. According to the latest requirements, all investors with a pumped solar thermal system of up to 30 m2 can receive a subsidy of 715 USD/m2 up to a maximum of 50 % of the investment costs.
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JosephChina: Insights from the Solar Autumn Trade Fair  
by Joseph Huang
 
The 5th China Solar Energy Autumn Trade Fair in Changzhou in the middle of September with more than 700 exhibitors and 40,000 m2 exhibition area topped last years figures. Despite being a regional fair, the event was able to show some of the major technical trends, such as heat pumps, which are seen more and more as an effective supplement for solar heating systems. The first heat pipe based flat-plate collectors were launched.  
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LinuoLinuo New Materials: Capacity for 30 Million Vacuum Tubes
by Bärbel Epp
 
Shandong Linuo New Material runs two fully automated production lines for vacuum tubes, with others to follow by the end of this year. Altogether the Chinese company group possesses three factories in Jinan and Tai'an, Shandong Province, and two others in Henan Province, specialised in manufacturing full-glass evacuated solar collector tubes. These factories reached a capacity of 30 million vacuum tubes annually.
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