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Nobel Laureates discuss new strategies for sustainability


No fewer than fifteen Nobel Laureates and more than thirty leading scientists will be joined by a host of renowned representatives from the world of politics, business and public affairs, when they meet up for the First Interdisciplinary Symposium for Global Sustainability in Potsdam (Germany) on October 9th -10th 2007. Focal point of the discussions during these two days will be the development of strategies to combat climate change and its adverse ecological and socio-economic effects. The Potsdam Memorandum, to be issued at the end of this Symposium, summarising the content of the discussions, is addressed to the United Nations Climate Summit being held in Bali at the end of this year. Read more...

EREC presented position paper on renewables directive

EREC: 20% EU target can be met with strong legislation coming soon


The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) on October 1st presented a position paper on the future Renewable Energy Framework Directive to outline the industry’s needs and concerns. "One of the most important issues now is the rapid proposal and adoption of the framework directive. We only have 13 years left to fulfill the target, so we need to implement the necessary legislation rapidly. We expect no more time to be wasted by the Commission or Member States due to lengthy negotiations. The EU target will only be met if legislation is adopted timely", says EREC Policy Director Oliver Schäfer. Three key targets on renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gases have been agreed by the Heads of State earlier this year for 2020. Read more...

SOLON AG invests in U.S. solar installation companies


SOLON AG, headquartered in Berlin and one of Europe's largest manufacturers of solar modules and photovoltaic systems, is expanding its U.S. activities. SOLON AG announced the acquisition of strategic investments in two U.S. solar power companies at Solar Power 2007, North America's largest solar energy event in Long Beach, California. The first investment involves The Solar Center, Inc., located in Denville, New Jersey. The Solar Center was founded in 2005 and specializes in photovoltaic and solar thermal installation. SOLON AG is investing in The Solar Center via its parent, American Clean Power, Inc. Forecasts predict that a total of 1.5 gigawatts of electricity will be generated from photovoltaic solar systems by 2020. This figure puts New Jersey at the fore of renewable energy production in the U.S. Read more...

aleo solar AG is "ready to go" for the North American market


The North American market for solar modules is now open to aleo solar AG. Uwe Bögershausen, a member of the Management Board of aleo solar AG, received the UL 1703 safety certificate for the aleo S_16 and S_18 modules at the Solar Power Expo & Conference in Long Beach, California. This certification will enable aleo solar AG to sell its solar modules in the USA and Canada. The modules passed the tests of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany, which carried out most of the tests for durability, the safety of their electrical insulation, mechanical stability and flame retardancy, as required by the international ISO 61730 and UL 1703 safety standard. aleo solar concluded that the modules would be free of defects even after 25 years. Read more...

SOLON AG to expand photovoltaic production capacity to 500 MW


SOLON AG für Solartechnik, headquartered in Berlin and one of Europe's largest manufacturers of solar modules and photovoltaic systems, plans to expand Group-wide production capacities from the 210 MW available at the end of 2007 to a total of 500 MW by the end of 2008. To achieve this, the Company will increase capacities at existing production locations; SOLON reports in a press release. Read more...

Solar obligations to be adopted for substantially renovated and new buildings in Europe.

European Parliament votes for renewable heat obligations


On September 25th 2007 the European Parliament approved by overwhelming majority the “Thomsen Report” on the Roadmap for Renewable Energies in Europe. Crucial for the future of solar thermal: the call for the adoption in all Member States of renewable heat obligations, at least in new buildings and those undergoing major renovation. Read more...

Swiss CSEM develops a concept for "Solar Islands" to produce electricity and hydrogen


CSEM, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, has signed a contract with the government of the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to develop a prototype of a "Solar Island". The aim of the project is to validate a concept for the large-scale transformation of solar energy into hydrogen and electricity at very low cost, CSEM reports in a press release. The project is funded with 5 Million US$ by the Gouvernment of Ras al Khaimah. The plan is to build large "Solar Islands" floating in the sea. These giant floating islands will be fitted with solar panels which will convert solar energy into electricity and/or hydrogen. Read more...

Solar thermal action plan for Europe.

Solar obligations: first comprehensive study on best practice published by ESTIF


The first comprehensive study on solar obligations was published by ESTIF on September 18th 2007. The study is based on case studies and experiences from five countries. Solar obligations are considered as a key instrument to promote a renewable and sustainable heat supply in Europe. Solar obligations are regulations requiring a minimum share of the heating demand to be covered by solar energy. They are usually applied to new buildings and those undergoing major renovation. In the last few years, solar or renewable heat obligations have been adopted or are being discussed in a number of countries, regions and municipalities in Europe and beyond. In July 2007, a wide majority of the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament called on the European Commission to speed up the widespread adoption of such regulations in all Member States. Read more...

SOLON AG to build 44 MW solar power plant in Spain


SOLON AG, headquartered in Berlin and one of Europe's largest manufacturers of solar modules and photovoltaic systems, has been commissioned to develop and construct a 44 MW solar power plant in Spain by Scan Energy A/S, a Danish renewable power producer company. Read more...

Access to the grid is a precondition for the solar photovoltaic market to take-off.

EPIA: Access to the grid is a precondition for the solar photovoltaic market to take-off


The 3rd EPIA Round-table in a cycle of 7 debates, running until December 2007, raised the issue of access to the grid for photovoltaic (PV) applications. Although existing EU legislation gives priority access to the grid for renewable energies, Germany is the only Member State that provides effective grid connection. The debate’s participants emphasised the need for clarification of the grid-access rules and harmonisation of grid-connection rules in the Commissions upcoming proposal. Today, almost 20 European countries have put a feed-in tariff scheme in place, however, only the German market has actually taken off. "The European photovoltaic market should not rely on the performance of one single country. It is vital that a diversification of markets starts to take place" EPIA emphasizes in it's press release. Read more...

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