Solar Thermal

Solimpeks opens new factory

<b>Solimpeks promises that its thermosiphonic systems are  maintenance free. They do not need a magnesium anode. The tank can be hidden behind the collector.</b><br><br><i>Graphic: Solimpeks</i><br>

The production line has a capacity of 6,000 tanks per year and is located near Solimpeks’ old facility in Turkey. The thermosiphonic systems are produced in two different sizes with a 200 or a 300 litres polyurethane tank. The new tanks are maintenance free and do not use a magnesium anode.

Austria presents master plan for solar thermal energy

The plan includes an offensive for solar heating and cooling in the private and commercial sectors. Over the next 10 years, this would create 55,000 jobs in production and in the installation trade, says a press release from the industry association Austria Solar.

Qatar applies for FIFA World Cup with a solar stadium

<b>Fresnel collectors in front of the model stadium in Qatar. </b><br><br><i>Photo: Mirroxx</i><br>

In order help get a decision in their favour, in September the application committee presented the FIFA inspectors a model stadium that had been erected especially for this purpose. It offers space for 500 people and shows what the World Cup stadiums might look like. The stadium is equipped with an air-conditioning system powered by the sun.

Correction to “Solar thermal world map”

In the 2010 world map of flat plate collector manufacturers Sun & Wind Energy made a mistake concerning the production figures of the Brazilian company Transsen Solar Heater.

French subsidiary of Wagner & Co expands

Simandre - Wagner & Co France SARL, a subsidiary of the german solar specialist Wagner & Co, has moved to larger premises.

Smart Cities need Renewable Heating and Cooling

Brussels - Heating and cooling with renewable energy must become an important part of the Smart Cities Initiative within the Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan of the European Union.

Alstom invests again in BrightSource

Alstom is now the biggest shareholder of BrightSource. This is Alstom’s second investment in BrightSource through which it becomes the biggest shareholder of BrightSource. In May 2010 Alstom invested US$ 55 million and both companies signed a partnership agreement in August 2010 to provide fully integrated solar thermal power plants.