HELIOS – a 2 000 m² solar plant for district heating in Graz

Graz is making constant efforts to increase the share of renewable energy in the city’s district heating system. So the project ‘HELIOS’ in Graz with its 2 000 m² solar plant has been put into operation on September 2017. The thermal energy is fed into the district heating grid […]

Arcon-Sunmark supplies first large-scale installation in Vietnam

Arcon-Sunmark has just initiated the construction of the first large-scale solar heating installation in Vietnam. The installation will supply industrial process heat to a factory situated south of Ho Chi Minh City. At Arcon-Sunmark this is regarded as a breakthrough with a major potential.

The solar heating installation comprises 5,000 […]

German government launches solar district heating scheme

The Germany Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi, has launched District Heating Networks 4.0, a new subsidy scheme for grids which use solar, biomass or waste heat to meet at least 50% of their customers’ annual demand.

Since July, utilities and cooperatives have been able to apply for a […]

Switzerland: plans for solar district heating pilot system

‘Why is there no solar district heating in Switzerland?’ Swiss scientists were asking after their visit to Denmark. Now, the Swiss-based SPF – Institute of Solar Technology has begun to work with a district heating company on giving the country its first pilot plant.

SPF had been investigating the feasibility […]

Switzerland: Plans for solar district heating pilot system

“Why is there no solar district heating in Switzerland?” Swiss scientists were asking after visit to Denmark. They had been investigating the feasibility of solar heat in district heating networks in the St Gallen canton and published a 50-page study this March (see the attached document in German). As it […]

Lithuania: Can solar thermal beat low biomass heat prices?

With biomass prices on the rise, solar district heating could become profitable in Lithuania. But without investment grants, payback periods were still too long, it said in the conclusion of a 2015 SDH market study by LEI, the Lithuanian Energy Institute (see the attached document in Lithuanian). The photo […]

UK ‘eco-town’ to feature solar and district heating

A planned housing development in the UK is to feature solar panels and district heating.

The £80m Elmsbrook eco-town development in Oxfordshire is a joint venture between building firm Crest Nicholson and housing provider A2 Dominion.

The town will feature 232 ‘eco-homes’ on a 10 ha site, with 30 per cent […]

Solar energy to boost EU’s thermal heating

Solar heating could cover more than 80% of domestic heating requirements in Nordic countries

Solar energy has the potential to generate over 80% of heating energy from thermal storage for Finnish households, according to researchers at Aalto University.

As the price of heating energy obtained from solar heating systems needed to […]

Solar thermal district heating could help UK decarbonize

The UK could benefit from integrating solar thermal technology into district heating schemes, a new article has claimed.

Writing for the Energy Institute, Kathy McVeigh, managing director of solar heating systems firm CoolSky, argued that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) new £320m ($423m) fund to support district […]

New subsidy program for 4th generation district heating in Germany

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched a new subsidy scheme for ‘District Heating Pilot Projects 4.0’ on the 1st of July. In order to get funding, district heating networks have to cover at least 50 % of the annual heat consumption from renewable energy sources or […]

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