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Newsletter February 2021
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Demand for clean space heating rebounds in Germany

The German solar heat market is back on a growth path. In a joint press release published on 4 February, the BSW Solar and BDH associations said the newly installed collector area increased by 26 % in 2020, amounting to 643,000 m2 (450 MWth) or about 83,000 new solar thermal systems. This means that there are now more than 2.5 million solar thermal systems in operation across Germany. Both associations cite the improved funding situation since the start of 2020 as the main driver of growth. Furthermore, relevant market indicators point to continued growth: Not only is the German solar thermal business index at its highest level in over 10 years, but demand for MAP solar grants has recently tripled.
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TOP NEWS OF THE MONTH
Up to 500,000 home renovations in France by 2021
by Bärbel Epp

The #SolariseHeat initiative has helped Europe’s solar associations push for better funding conditions. Enerplan’s efforts, plus the pledge that Solar Heat Europe drew up in July, proved enough to pressure France into launching the extended home renovation support scheme last October instead of this January.

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New tool helps utilities make the right choices
by Frank Stier

As early as November 2020, national association Austria Solar put a new decision-making tool called Quick Check BIOSOL on its website. The program helps plant owners find out whether their district heating networks could benefit from solar heat integration.

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RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Using solar energy to recover acids and metals from wastewater

An IEA SHC research group has created a matrix depicting thermal separation methods for industrial wastewater treatment. The group took a closer look at which industries could benefit from using solar heat to reclaim acid and metals from wastewater streams.

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SRCC revises standards to enforce labelling and PVT testing

“Revising the standards has taken us a big step forward,” noted Shawn Martin, Vice President of Solar Rating & Certification Corporation, USA. In early December 2020, three revised SRCC standards were made available for view and purchase.

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

ISES and IEA SHC partner up to host Solar World Congress 2021

In 2021, the Solar World Congress will continue as an online event offering a wide variety of digital networking opportunities. ISES will now host the event online, from 25 to 29 October 2021, supported by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme as a key partner.

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Industrial solar heat: status quo and costs

IRENA and Solar Heat Europe have both announced webinars that will highlight measures for decarbonising Europe’s industrial sector. Solutions Cheaper than Electrification will be presented on 9 March.

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