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Czech Republic: Subsidy Programme Halted

FIFA World Cup 2022: Solar-Cooled, 500-Seat Showcase Stadium in Qatar  

Australia: Reasons for the Slowdown of the Solar Thermal Market

Chile: Producing Collectors in Jail

Brazil: "Solar Water Heaters will Become a Culture"   

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We would like to keep you updated on the changes and trends in major international solar thermal markets. In today´s newsletter, you will find the reasons for the "up" in Brazil and the "down" in Australia. Also covered is the "stop" of the rebate programme in the Czech Republic and the "go" for commercial applications in the framework of the California Solar Initiative.

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The editorial team
CzechCzech Republic: Subsidy Programme Halted
by Vladislava Adamenkova

The Czech Ministry of the Environment and the State Environmental Fund announced on 25 October that the subsidy programme Zelena Usporam (Green Savings) would come to a halt between 29 October 2010 and 1 February 2011. The reason for the sudden and unexpected stop: due to the enormous interest in the subsidy programme and the exponential growth of applications during the past few months, the Ministry of Environment lost track of exactly how much of the budget is still left for distribution. The three month pause will be used to evaluate the already submitted applications.

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QatarFIFA World Cup 2022: Solar-Cooled, 500-Seat Showcase Stadium in Qatar
by Bärbel Epp

The German company Mirroxx is manufacturing a solar cooling plant in the middle of Qatar's desert. The plant includes fresnel collectors with an aperture area of 1,400 m2 (700 kW) and delivers the energy for an adsorption chiller which cools a showcase football stadium with 500 seats. The structure is part of Qatar's bid to host the World Cup Games in 2022. The FIFA inspection team visited the site in the middle of September.
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AustraliaAustralia: Reasons for the Slowdown of the Solar Thermal Market
by Bärbel Epp

In Australia, solar water heating systems are more and more overshadowed by photovoltaic installations. According to Chris Mundy, General Manager,  Renewable Energy at Rheem Australia, the solar thermal market is going to decrease by around 30 % this year. Other reasons for the slowdown are: the decrease of the rebates, an imbalance in the calculations of the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and their low price.

ChileChile: Producing Collectors in Jail
by Bärbel Epp    

Chile's first and so far, only collector manufacturer is producing its collectors at the Colina 1 jail in Santiago de Chile. The workers earn a wage which allows them to help their family. In 2009, the workshop produced 1,500 m2 of collectors with copper fins. Initiator of the project is Jaime Briceño (far left on the picture).

BrazilBrazil: "Solar Water Heaters will Become a Culture" 
by Stephanie Banse

Carlos Faria is the founder of Brazilian consultancy Studio Equinócio and former director of the Brazilian solar industry association ABRAVA. At Eurosun 2010 in Austria, solarthermalworld.org spoke with Faria about the drivers of the Brazilian solar thermal market: solar mandates, exemption of corporate tax and VAT for the solar thermal industry, the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.
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