Solar Thermal

New 50 MW CSP project in India

Shriram EPC and ENER-T will found an equally held joint venture that will execute all design, engineering, procurement, supply, erection and commissioning works. The plant will include water storage, to supply the plant for 60 days independently.

New solar test facility

The test stand, from the company PSE AG in Freiburg, will for the first time allow the testing of photovoltaic modules, solar thermal collectors or a combination of the two in a solar simulator. The natural long-wave radiation is simulated by 12 MHG (metal halide) lamps produced by Atlas MTT GmbH from Linsengericht-Altenhaßlau. The radiation is controllable and can reach 1,200 W/m².

Termicol strengthens expansion on US market

By achieving the OG-100 certificate for its family of collectors with highly selective absorbers, Termicol has fulfilled the requirement for having access to public incentives for any solar thermal installation performed in the USA. Export Sales Manager Jacobo Romero Cortés considers the company’s trade fair appearance as a success. Contact with many American companies has been established.

Energy Globe World Award for borehole system

<b>Solar Seasonal Storage and District Loop</b>

The Drake Landing Solar Community achieves to cover 80 % of the heat demand with solar thermal energy. 52 homes are profiting from a system where heat from the summer sun is stored below the surface of the earth. In winter it is used to meet 80 % of the community’s entire energy needs.

New solar field design to reduce heliostats

The new design proposes that the mirrors are arranged in a pattern similar to the spirals on the face of a sunflower. With this pattern, the researchers say, the land used for the solar field can be reduced by 20 %, because it is very compact. “Concentrated solar thermal energy needs huge areas,” Alexander Mitsos, Rockwell International Assistant Professor, says.

Integrating heat into the roadmap

In a statement, 11 European associations from the thermal energy sector signed a statement criticising the oversight; among them were the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) and the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM).

Sunrain enters the stock market

The Chinese manufacturer of solar thermal products Sunrain Solar Energy Co., Ltd. has entered the Main Board of Shanghai Stock Exchange on May 21, 2012 with A shares. Sunrain is the first stock listed company in China’s solar thermal industry. Sunrain is a relatively fast growing company in operating revenue and annual increase in market share.