Solar Thermal

America’s largest solar thermal plant is operational

On the roof of the Stapelton-Spence Packing Company a solar system with an area of over 1,900 m2 has been installed. Full-polymer collectors by the company Fafco preheat the source water by up to 30°. The water is then fed to a gas boiler, which thus requires less energy to achieve the desired temperature.

China joins the IEA solar thermal programme

As of late April, China is officially the 21st member of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). “China is not only the largest market for solar thermal but also a centre for RD&D in solar heating and cooling technologies.

“Nanosol” solar hot water without a big deal

  Modern design and little place requirement: the Nanosol water heater from Ezinç. (Photo: Ezinç)

Turkish flat plate collector producer Ezinç introduced a new solar water heater model called “Nanosol NA 130”. The system combines a solar collector and a 130 L enamelled storage tank in one unit. As a passive system in which the water is heated directly it does not need pumps, a separated storage tank or heat exchangers.

Chromagen completes supply for large-scale project in Ecuador

Israeli solar company Chromagen won a large-scale social housing project in Ecuador, which entails nearly 2,700 solar systems in its first stage. This project is part of a governmental initiative to reduce electricity consumption and to support Ecuador’s conversion to solar water systems.

Joint Venture between Alanod and Xxentria

The German coating company Alanod and Xxentria Technology Materials Company from Taiwan have started a joint venture. Based in Taiwan, the new company was founded on 1st January this year under the name Alanod-Xxentria Technology Materials.

Austria's large plant subsidisation goes into the fourth round


In Austria, the fourth tender for large-scale solar installations has begun. Between the end of April and the end of September, applications for the subsidisation of demonstration plants of large solar thermal plants can be submitted to the Austrian Climate Fund.

Russian solar thermal energy industry on verge of big changes

Solar systems in Sibiria

The Russian solar thermal industry is on the verge of big changes. Despite the massive protests of local oil and gas lobbyists, the national government has approved a set of measures aimed at supporting it.