Tax-neutral incentive schemes are an important factor in successfully realising a market's potential. This newsletter presents two innovative models.
More and more state governments in the USA are approving Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) which include a certain solar energy share. Washington D.C. and North Carolina have become the first two states which allow utilities to meet requirements by also buying Solar Renewable Emission Certificates (SRECs) produced by solar water heaters.
And more good news from Asia: India's first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project with solar thermal technology was formally registered in November. The project bundles 15,000 small-size solar water heaters. Indian project developer G.K. Energy Marketers shares its benefits with the other participating 26 solar thermal manufacturers.
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|USA: Solar Thermal SRECs Traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina
by Bärbel Epp
Washington D.C. and North Carolina are the two first states which allow utilities to meet solar requirements in Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) by solar water heaters. This is a great chance for the solar thermal market, since the so-called Solar Renewable Emission Certificates (SRECs) are traded at a much higher price than renewable RECs, which can be also generated by wind, geothermal or cogeneration plants. One SREC is issued as soon as 1,000 kWh of energy savings are generated.
France: Process Heat Application at Viessmann's Faulquemont Factory
by Bärbel Epp
German heating systems manufacturer Viessmann operates a solar process heat system at its factory in Faulquemont, France. 260 m2 of the new heat pipe vacuum tube collector Vitosol 200-T have been installed on the roof and at the facade of the building. The system is used for heating up an alkaline cleaning bath to up to 60 °C, in order to degrease hot water storage units before enamelling. Vitosol 200-T is the first single glass heat pipe that can be mounted horizontally. The tubes are produced in Viessmann´s factory in Dachang near Beijing and assembled in Faulquemont.
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by Stephanie Banse
Solar Cooling: German Fraunhofer ISE Compares PV and Solar Thermal
Based on various simulations, the German Institute Fraunhofer ISE analysed the saved primary energy and total annual costs of solar thermal, photovoltaic and conventional solutions for heating and cooling by using the example of a hotel in Madrid. Among others, the following conclusions were drawn by Hans-Martin Henning, Deputy Director at the Fraunhofer ISE and solar cooling specialist: A large solar heating & cooling system with an overall solar fraction of about 65 % leads to an increase of the total annual costs of about 4% compared to the reference system with a gas condensing boiler and compression chiller. However, solar heating & cooling is the only system which leads to a reduction in peak electricity consumption of about 8%.
by Bärbel Epp
Canada: Solarbeam Replaces up to 15 Flat Plate Collectors
The Canadian company Solartron Energy Systems installed the first nine Solarbeam Concentrator collectors. The subsidiary of the Canadian company EG Energy Controls was founded two years ago, to launch and market the medium temper-ature parabolic collector that provides solar hot water up to 98 °C with high flow rates. So far Solarbeams are used as a solar preheating system at a bottling plant in Nova Scotia as well as for covering domestic hot water demand. Solartron Energy Systems is now in the rollout of the technology searching for distributors - even in Europe.
India: First Solar Water Heater CDM Project
by Jaideep Malaviya
India's first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project with solar thermal technology was formally registered on 12 November 2010. The CDM project bundles 15,000 small-size solar water heaters with a total installed collector area of 64,000 m2. The Indian project developer G.K. Energy Marketers Pvt paid the fees of EUR 100,000. None of the industry partners were asked to invest or shoulder the risk. However, the system manufacturers pay a certain fraction of the financial benefits from the CDM project to G.K. Energy Marketers.