Solar Thermal

Solar thermal in Europe: the market is shrinking, but there are exceptions

The solar thermal market in Europe declined in 2014. However, some countries like Denmark or Greece saw a growing market. (Grafik: ESTIF)

The solar thermal market across Europe shrank again in 2014. The overall amount of newly-installed collector area fell by 7%. Nonetheless, some countries are growing against the trend.


New Business Models for Commercial Solar Thermal

A large solar thermal system on the roof of a bank in Geneva. (Photo: Helvetic Energy)

Which approach works best for commercial solar thermal? Several participants presented their successful business models in a webinar. S&WE recaps the most interesting points they mentioned.


Start-up company presents autonomous parabolic trough collector

The new parabolic trough collector that perSolar displayed at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. (Photo: Jan Gesthuizen)

The Berlin-based start-up company perSolar unveiled a new off-grid parabolic trough collector at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. It allows conventional pipes to be used as absorber tubes.


GREENoneTec is now selling under its own name

The new thermosyphon system from austrian manufacturer GREENoneTEC. (Photo: Jan Gesthuizen)

The Austrian OEM solar collector manufacturer GREENoneTEC has now begun selling solar energy systems under its own name for the first time. In Central and Northern Europe, however, this will go largely unnoticed.


Intersolar Award: And the winner is ...

Proud winners of the Intersolar Award 2015 (Photo: Solar Promotion)

At the start of the Intersolar Europe, particularly innovative solutions in the areas 'Photovoltaics' and 'Solar Projects in Europe' received the Intersolar Award. The prize was awarded for the eighth time as part of an official ceremony at the trade fair's Innovation Exchange.


Intersolar Europe opens doors

1,000 exhibitors are awaiting 40,000 anticipated visitors. (Photo: Solar Promotion)

Intersolar Europe has opened its doors. More than 1,000 exhibitors present their products and services on the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry in Munich.


Parabolic solar collector for harsh conditions

The parabolic dish collector is specifically designt for harsh conditions in remote desert regions. (Photo: ZED Solar)

Solar thermal power plants with highly concentrating collectors that are located in deserts usually have an abundance of sunlight to generate energy with. Unfortunately, the mirrors must also be cleaned regularly and water is scarce and expensive in such regions. Maintenance work in remote areas is time-consuming and not exactly inexpensive.