solar thermal systems

The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

So far seasonal storage systems, mostly realised as hot water storage systems, had to be rather large in order to use summer heat for heating during the winter. Smaller storage systems tend to cool down too quickly. Therefore seasonal storage systems are mostly applied for housing estates or large consumers. Within the SolSpaces project, scientists are developing and testing a new solar heating system including an evacuated tube air collector and a thermochemical heat storage system to store solar heat for the use in winter.
Post date: 4 Jul 2016
Type: News

Bisher waren saisonale Wärmespeichersysteme (meist ausgeführt als Warmwasserspeichersystems) sehr groß, um die Nutzung von sommerlicher Wärme in der Winterzeit zu ermöglichen. Kleine Speicher kühlen zu schnell aus. Deshalb wurden solche saisonalen Speicher auch meist in Siedlungen oder für Großverbraucher eingesetzt. Im SolSpaces-Projekt des ITW der Universität Stuttgart entwickeln und testen Forscher ein neues solares Heizsystem das Vakuumröhren-Luftkollektoren mit einem thermochemischen Speicher koppelt.
Post date: 4 Jul 2016
Type: News

CLEAR stands for Consumers Learn Engage Adopt Renewable Energy Technologies. It is an international project guiding consumers actively through all the stages leading to the purchase of domestic renewable and low-carbon energy technologies, lowering barriers to buying these and raising consumers’ capacity to take informed decisions.  
Post date: 6 Jun 2016
Type: Link

The International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access will take place at Bad Hersfeld, in Metropolitan area Frankfurt, Germany, on 21-23 September 2016. The international character of this conference and exhibition will bring together academia, practitioners, industry and development institutions with the aim of sharing experiences and the latest technology developments, learning from each other and networking.   The objective of the event and the challenge to be faced are:  
Post date: 24 Mar 2016
Type: Event

This guide’s objective is to help contractors in the implementation of a solar thermal system for domestic hot water in social housing. The document shows the conditions for success. It is intended to be a decision making tool, in the framework of a comprehensive approach covering all aspects (technical, legal, architectural, financial, etc.).   The guide has been published by L'Union Sociale pour l'Habitat (The Social Union for Housing, a confederation of about 850 social housing providers throughout France), together with ADEME, ENERPLAN and GRDF.  
Post date: 15 Mar 2016
Type: Publication

A new report published by EurObserv'ER, the body that monitors trends in renewable energy in Europe, demonstrates that the renewable energy sector employed over one million people in Europe and created a turnover of around €143.6 billion in 2014.  
Post date: 9 Mar 2016
Type: News

  For sixteen years now, EurObserv’ER has been collecting data on European Union renewable energy sources to describe the state and thrust of the various sectors in its focus studies or barometers.  
Post date: 9 Mar 2016
Type: Publication

The November 2015 issue -Volume 62- of the Newsletter of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling (IEA SHC) Programme contains information on the latest developments relating to the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, announcements of upcoming events and new publications.  Specific articles of this issue include: 
Post date: 18 Nov 2015
Type: Publication

EuroSun 2016 will be a unique platform to discuss the latest developments in solar energy with leading solar energy specialists as well as policy makers and industry representatives. The event will host topic sessions, keynote speakers, plenary sessions and open discussion forums, as well as social events.   The topics of the conference include:  
Post date: 11 Nov 2015
Type: Event

In solar active houses the combination of solar thermal systems and heat storage systems can meet between 50 and 100 per cent of the heating requirements for space and domestic hot water heating. The German project “HeizSolar”, led by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), has now analysed 9 different solar active houses over several heating seasons and investigated proportions of solar coverage from an economic, technical and practical point of view. They looked into different storage systems and sizes as well as collector efficiencies and sizes.
Post date: 19 Jun 2015
Type: News