THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION WINTER PACKAGE: ONE WINDOW OPEN FOR RENEWABLE HEAT AND SOLAR THERMAL, SEVERAL DOORS CLOSED FOR RENEWABLES AND DECARBONISATION
Brussels - November, 30.11.2016. The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) welcomes the new focus on renewable heat in the new Renewable Energy Directive, although regretting several incoherences in the Winter Package, and an overall low level of ambition for the renewable energy sector.
The European Commission released today a set of legislative measures related to the energy sector, referred to as the Winter Package. Most notably, it contains the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Together, they constitute the legislative pillars underpinning the EU renewable energy sector.
ESTIF welcomes the unprecedented focus on renewable heating in the RED, through the introduction of a new dedicated tool to boost deployment of renewable heating technologies such as solar thermal. To be effective enough, this measure must be now upgraded to a mandatory obligation scheme on heat suppliers, which must be carefully implemented by Member States, so that it really promotes renewable heating technologies such as solar thermal.
Solar Certification Fund: 8th call launched
Date: 18 November 2016
The Solar Certification Fund (SCF) launches today its 8th call for proposals to continue to provide regular and reliable support for (1) developing better and new Solar Thermal certification and standardisation processes, (2) ensuring quality assurance for tomorrow's solar thermal technology.
This new call has an indicative budget of 120 000 Euros and the final allocation will depend on the relevance and quality of the proposals submitted.
The main priorities of this 8th SCF call are extensive and include:
• The development of specific tools to improve the existing Keymark Certificate,
• Preparatory work regarding the broadening of the scope of Solar Keymark Certification
• Promotion and quality assurance of solar thermal technology and the Solar Keymark Certification.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Wednesday, 21st December 2016, 15h00 CET.
CONFERENCE: FROnT at EUSEW - How to make the EU number one in Renewable Heating and Cooling
Date: 15 June 2016
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Making renewable heating and cooling a priority means efficiently promoting European leadership in renewables, strengthening EU’s energy security, supporting innovative SME’s and improving the health of millions of citizens through better air quality.
The FROnT project consortium invites you to take part in its event integrated into the European Sustainable Energy Week and discuss the role of renewables in decarbonising the heating and cooling sector through national experiences.
Find out more at www.front-rhc.eu
Ms. Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Minister of Industry and Commerce (Iceland)
Mr Vidmantas Macevicius, vice Minister of Energy (Lithuania)
Tjalling de Vries, Program Manager Heat at Ministry of Economic Affairs (Netherlands)
Marie Donnelly, Director - Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency European Commission DG Energy (Belgium/Ireland)
Gabriela Prata Dias, CEO ADENE (Portugal)
Sean Kelly, Member of European Parliament (Ireland)
SOLAR THERMAL ENERGY FOR EUROPE 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE: EVENT POSTPONED
"SOLAR THERMAL ENERGY FOR EUROPE"
NEW DATES: 24 and 25 MAY 2016
We regret to announce that the event "Solar Thermal Energy for Europe 2020", scheduled for 07 & 08 April 2016, has been postponed due to the recent events in Brussels.
The workshop is being rescheduled to 24-25 May 2016 and will take place in Brussels, at Place du Champ de Mars, 2 - B-1050 Brussels.
All registered participants have received additional details regarding their payments by e-mail.
Why should you attend?
- Gain first-hand, up-to-date information on Horizon 2020
- Meet with the European community of industrial and research stakeholders
- Share your ideas and find partners for your future projects
What is it all about?
The European Solar Thermal Technology Panel (ESTTP) of the Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling is organising a workshop entitled “Solar Thermal Energy for Europe 2020”.
In a nutshell the event will bring up topics such as the European Heat Strategy, the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities as well as examples of Solar Active Houses in Germany or successful projects on Campact Storage and District Heating, among several other subject matters.
You can find the draft Agenda here.
There will also be a workshop from IEA-Task 54, on the 8th of April, right after the end of ESTTP's workshop.
To join us in these exciting days please register here until the 25th of March! There are limited places available, which will be attributed on a first come-first served basis.
160 EUR (VAT included). Three Sustainable Coffee Breaks and a networking Dinner will be provided. Further details on the payment will be made available in the registration form.
Do you know that interesting project idea you've been thinking about recently, but still didn't manage to find the right colleague with whom to develop it? Well, this might just be your perfect opportunity! Register here until the 11th of March so we can guarantee you a time slot within our brokerage event!
IEA SHC Task 54 Workshop: Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems
08th of APRIL 2016, 12:30 - 14:00
Task 54 is a project dedicated to making installed solar thermal systems more affordable and attractive for end consumers by developing sustainable ways of reducing production and/or installation costs.
To find more about the workshop, which will be hosted by the International Energy Agency, as well as to know more on its Solar Heating and Cooling Program (IEA SHC) click here.
ESTIF WEBINAR ON GLOBAL SOLAR CERTIFICATION
The interactive webinar on Global Certification was held on Thursday, the 18th of February from 11h to 12h (CET).
A video with all the content provided during the webinar will be made accessible soon.
SOLAR CERTIFICATION FUND - 7th CALL FOR PROPOSALS IS NOW OVER
Dear Candidates of the 7th SCF Call,
We received many propositions and they will be reviewed by the SCF Steering Group.
The final decision on the proposals which will be receiving funding shall be taken on the next meeting of the Solar Keymark Network, on the 8th and 9th of March 2016.
Once a final decision is reached, you will be informed! Stay tuned!
More information on the Call or on the Solar Keymark Scheme click here.
THE EUROPEAN SOLAR DAYS 2015
The European Solar Days promote the use of a free unlimited renewable energy source available everywhere to everyone to generate electricity as well as heating and cooling: the SUN.
These days have been successfully celebrated in an increasing number of countries, organised by diverse organisations, ranging from solar equipment manufacturers to schools and local authorities.
In 2013 around 6000 events were held in 20 European countries.
For more information visit the European Solar Days website.
SOLAR KEYMARK: A CERTIFICATION SCHEME FOR EUROPE
The Solar Keymark is widely recognised in solar thermal support programmes throughout Europe.
The mark certifies the conformity of a solar thermal collector or system to the relevant European Standards
(EN 12975 or EN 12976).
For information on how to obtain this Quality Label for Solar Thermal products within Europe, click here.
A STRATEGIC RESEARCH AGENDA FOR SOLAR THERMAL
Back in 2005 a group of industry experts and ambitious researchers realised Solar Thermal Technologies needed an improvement on its Research strategy. It was during the 2nd European Solar Thermal Energy Conference that the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP) was launched.
ESTTP's main goal is to make even better solar thermal products, able to work in more applications. Solar Thermal can be used for much more than just heating houses or sanitary water.
To learn more about the future of Solar Thermal technologies visit the Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling.
Solar Thermal News
PRESS RELEASE - The European Commission Winter Package: One window open for renewable heat and solar thermal, Several doors closed for renewables and decarbonisationDate : 30/11/16
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PRESS RELEASE - Solar Certification Fund: 8th call launched Fosters quality assurance for tomorrow’s Solar Thermal technology!Date : 18/11/16
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