Solar Thermal World 600

 December 2009 
Table of Contents

Lebanon: Performance of a Solar Water Heater - a Case Study  

California's Solar Thermal Incentive Programme will Finally Start   

Key Pillars For Market Success
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In the USA, the solar thermal business was much quieter this year than in 2008. Hence, it is an important sign that the Californian solar thermal incentive programme is about to start, after a two year pilot phase. The collector manufacturers also confirm a shift from residential towards commercial systems.
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The editorial team
LebanonLebanon: Performance of a Solar Water Heater - a Case Study
by Hanna Schober 

The Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation Project (LCECP) has published the promising results of a study about the performance of one particular residential solar water heating installation in South Lebanon. The system covered 98% of the annual hot water demand of a family with five members - saving 1,776 kWh of electricity per year or US$ 105.
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CaliforniaCalifornia's Solar Thermal Incentive Programme will Finally Start
by Hanna Schober 
Following a two-year pilot phase, the Californian Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) published the so-called "Proposed Decision" at the beginning of November, recommending a state-wide incentive programme for solar thermal technologies up to 2017. The California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program would allow retroactive applications for systems installed after 15th July 2009.
AnanodUSA: Alanod Enters into a Framework Agreement Regarding Royalties for Laser-Welded Absorbers 
by Bärbel Epp
In mid-November, Alanod-Solar Inc. and US collector manufacturer Heliodyne signed a framework agreement stipulating the payment of royalties for laser-welded collectors sold in the US. "We entered into the framework agreement with Heliodyne to avoid a situation in which our customers would have to directly notify Heliodyne of their quantities sold in the US," Alanod-Solar CEO Ingo Beyer explains the reason for concluding such an agreement.
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ESTIFESTIF: Xavier Noyon Appointed New Secretary General
by Bärbel Epp
Xavier Noyon has been appointed Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), effective from 1 November 2009. The French national brings with him a vast experience in working with associations at the European level. "I would like to further increase the visibility regarding EU institutions. ESTIF is the voice for solar thermal in Europe," said Noyon when asked about his objectives.
SMEthermalSMEThermal: International Conference on Automation and Production Processes
by Bärbel Epp
SMEThermal is the first international conference dedicated exclusively to the manufacturing of solar thermal absorbers, collectors and tanks. The one day event, organised by Solarpraxis AG, will take place on 4th March 2010 in Berlin.   

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