Solar Thermal

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) marks its 10th anniversary and elects a new Board of Directors

Brussels - On 29 November, ESTIF held a reception to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The following day a new board of directors was elected at the General Assembly in Brussels.

Largest solar power plant in the world inaugurated

Even larger power plants are already under construction. Currently, Shams 1 is the largest solar thermal power plant in the world, with an impressive 2.5 km2 area and 100 MW.  Photo: Total

In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the 100-MW power plant Shams 1 recently commenced operation. It is currently the largest power plant of its kind, even if it will lose this title again in the foreseeable future. Shams 1 is designed as a parabolic trough power plant, and functions like most other solar thermal power plants do.

Salzburg housing companies rely on solar heat

In May 2013, a 2,000 m² collector area began supplying the urban development project Stadtwerk Lehen with renewable energy (Photo: TiSUN)

As of early this month, a complete residential area in Salzburg, with almost 300 homes, a kindergarten, a student residence and shops, is being heated by solar collectors with a surface area of over 2,000 m².

Energy-independent private houses inaugurated in Freiberg

Caption: Two energy-independent private houses have been inaugurated in Freiberg

To be independent of energy suppliers and rising energy prices – the owners of two energy-independent private houses have now made this dream come true for themselves in Freiberg in Germany. Helma Eigenbau AG was in charge of planning and coordinating the construction work. Over 150 guests came to see the houses, among them well-known politicians such as Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. He was thrilled by the concept: "This is a great thing for the builders as well as the Free State of Saxony, but especially for the energy turnaround in Germany."

Arabian oil company buys majority stake in MAN Ferrostaal

The corresponding share purchase contract between IPIC and MAN AG took effect at the end of March, following the approval of the international competition authorities.

Kioto Clear Energy starts collector production in Mexico

General Manager Klaus Maier, Sales Director Marlon Rechberger and the Chairman of the Board, Robert Kanduth (from left to right) with members of staff of the new collector factory. <br><br>Photo: Kioto Clear Energy<br>

Kioto Clear Energy is investing € 4 million in the new factory. In the first development stage, the company will produce 100,000 m2 of collector area annually. In addition, stands for thermosiphon systems as well as the corresponding hot water tanks will be developed and produced in cooperation with local partners. More than 30 new jobs have thus been created in the region.

Support for solar water heaters in Mexico

From January 2010, households with low incomes will be supported with the equivalent of € 100 each for the purchase of a solar water heater. This is only one of more than 30 support programmes in 19 countries worldwide that are listed in the database on the website of the Global Solar Thermal Energy Council.

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