2.5 MW solar plant with CSUN modules completed by Day Energy in Romania

The solar park was installed in only 50 days and connected to Electrica’s grid 35 km orthwest of Bucharest. The system takes up 6ha of space and will provide 3.2 TWh of electricity per year to the County of Dambovitsa. The solar park was accepted by the Romanian Energy regulatory Authority (ANRE) and receives six Green Certificates out of which 4 can be traded immediately. The project uses more than 10,000 CSUN high efficiency modules connected to Power One string inverters and Schneider Electric transformer stations.

In addition to turnkey provision of the solar park to the investor, Day Energy also took care of the grid connection and provides operation and maintenance as part of a two year operations guarantee.

Daniel Nikolov, responsible for turnkey developments and EPC at Day Energy underlines that “the 2.5 MW solar park is part of a structured multiple portfolio deal, which Day Energy managed to sign due to its diversified strategy of cross-border partnerships and cooperation with strong suppliers such as CSUN. This allows us to differentiate our offering from other EPCs and turnkey providers, because we are able to provide a yield guarantee, which is an important factor for banks who expect great flexibility in providing bridge financing and expertise allowing to provide such guarantees.”

William Sheng, Vice President Global Sales and CEO of CSUN’s EMEA operations add: “For CSUN partnerships with company’s such as Day Energy who have proven their excellence in realizing large photovoltaic projects are essential. Particularly Day Energy’s

cross border approach makes them an interesting customers, as they are able to provide the necessary expertise to other developing solar markets, e.g. in Turkey or in Africa.”
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CSUN receives Carbon Footprint certificate for its Turkish modules for the French Market

CSUN, a specialized manufacturer of solar cells and modules is pleased to announce that it has received Carbon Footprint certificates from the French photovoltaic engineering company Solstyce. The certificates were issued for the mono- and poly-crystalline CSUN modules “Made in Turkey” at its recently opened factory in Istanbul.

The Carbon Footprint certificates are a mandatory requirement to participate in French tenders for solar plants  with a size larger than 250 kWp. Tenders for more than 400 MW have been issued for submission by contractors to be handed in until 16th of September.

William Sheng, the Vice President Global Sales and CEO of CSUN’s EMEA operations explains: “CSUN’s “Made in Turkey” products received the Carbon Footprint certificate right on time for our customers to participate in the tender process for larger photovoltaic plants in France. Particularly our poly-crystalline modules rank among the best of the industry with a very low carbon footprint of 597 kg CO2 per Watt-Peak. Our mono-crystalline modules achieved the Carbon Footprint certificate at 658 kg CO2 per Watt peak. These results underline CSUN’s strive for excellence and environmental sustainability.”

The modules produced at CSUN Eurasia are made from silicon produced in South Korea and Germany, wafers from Taiwan and Japan, which are than used for cell production directly at CSUN Eurasia.
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All Energy Turkey - specialist trade fair and congress, 11 and 12 September 2013, Istanbul

The “All Energy Turkey” (AET) congress trade fair (11 and 12 September 2013, Istanbul) will focus on topics dealing with the energy market and energy trade. Alongside trade, marketing and sales, the accompanying workshops at the trade fair will cover themes such as the legal framework in the energy sector, risk and portfolio management, market regulation, prices and the design of the market for the whol esale trade in energy.

In addition, “All Energy Turkey” will focus on the fundamentals of energy trade, the role of Turk ey as an energy hub between Europe and the Middle East, the establishment of EPIAS, the interaction between regional energy providers and their service providers, and the advancing privatisation process in the electricity and gas sectors.
 
Turkey has developed into one of the fastest-growing energy markets and is rapidly establishing a competitive market structure. According to estimates by the Turkish Electricity Transmission Company, the demand for electricity in Turkey will increase by six per cent per year between 2009 and 2023. The total level of investment required to cover the energy demand in Turk ey up to 2023 has been estimated at around 130 billion USdollars ( www.invest.gov.tr , 5.7.2013 .).

The planned energy stock exchange EPIAS underlines the importance of Turkey as an energy hub: “The establishment of a Turkish energy stock exchange is decisively important for the liberalisation and growth of the electricity market,” explained Metin Kilci, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy and
Natural Resources, on the occasion of the agreem ent between the European Energy Exchange (EEX) and the Turkish network provider Teias.

The establishment of the energy stock exchange EPIAS – planned for the end of 2014 – offers numerous investment opportunities in Turkey. It will require management and IT solutions, for example,in the areas of energy portfolio optimisation, data procurement and evaluation or the forecasting and modelling of processes. As a result of its advancing liberalisation,the Turkish energy market is also becoming increasingly interesting for international investors.

more info on http://bit.ly/AET2013
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Prva regionalna konferencija o procjeni utjecaja na okoliš, First Regional Conference on Environmetal Impact Assment from Croatia

Croatian Association of Experts in Nature and Environmental Protection (HUSZPO) be held
FIRST REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection of the Republic of Croatia, in Falkensteiner Resort Borik conference center in Zadar, from September 18th to 21st, 2013.

Topics of the Conference are divided into five sections:
• Strategic environmental impact assessment (SEA)
• Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
• Natura 2000 – ecologic network impact assessment
• Public involvement
• Environmental protection and project financing.

Conference is included in the Professional Development Program of the Croatian Chamber of Civil Engineers, Croatian Chamber of Architects, and the Croatian Chamber of Engineers in Forestry and Wood Technology.

More info on http://www.huszpo-konferencija.com/en/
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Belorusneft to build 50MW solar power plant in Rechitsa District, Belarus

On 26 August the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee decided to allocate two land plots with the total area of over 110ha for the Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft to build a photovoltaic power plant. The land will be rented by the company for 50 years, BelTA has learned.

The alternative energy facility will be located in Rechitsa District close to the company’s operations base. Once the designed capacity is reached, the power plant will be able to generate 50MW. The performance will make it a unique power-generating facility of the kind in the CIS states.

Since oil extraction is declining in Belarus, the construction of the photovoltaic power plant will become an alternative business avenue for Belorusneft in an effort to ensure the national energy security. Preparations at the land plot where solar cells will be located are supposed to start this year.

According to previously announced plans this year the Belarusian natural gas processing plant and the Svetlogorsk department for drilling operations are supposed to commission photovoltaic power plants with the total capacity of 4.3MW. The facilities will allow generating an extra 4.3 million kWh of electricity in 2014.

The industrial group Belorusneft was founded in 1966. The company specializes in surveying, prospecting and developing oil fields, drilling wells, extracting oil and associated petroleum gas. The company operates as part of foreign oil industries, too, including Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Ecuador.

source :  www.belta.by
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TIAB - high quality works for three PV solar parks

TIAB9.94 MW Grojdibodu PV Park
Grojdibodu, Olt county – the largest solar project developed in Romania with an area of 33ha comprises 42.000 solar modules and can supply about 10.000 households annually. The project, property of STUDINA SOLAR developer and carried out by TIAB in partnership with EFACEC Central Europe Limited as main contractor, has started on October 15 th, 2012 and was generating power on December 14, 2012 (two months). TIAB has proved once again speed of reaction and a high level of quality in execution.

7.55 MW Stanesti PV Park
Stanesti, Giurgiu county – the third largest photovoltaic park in Romania, houses 30.888 solar modules that are producing clean energy on the 17 hectares site. The works began mid October and the project was generating power approximately 10 weeks later, thus being executed in a short term target. The project is the property of Long Bridge Millenium and was developed by TIAB for its client ABB GmbH Mannheim, the main contractor of the project.

5.44 MW Leu PV Park
Leu, Dolj county – the park, property of XALADINE ENERGY and developed in partnership with ANSALDO SISTEMI INDUSTRIALI as main contractor, spans on an area of 17ha and incorporates 23.000 solar modules. The project has started on November 21st, 2012 and was producing energy on February 24th, 2013 (three months).

TIAB has once again demonstrated its involvement in performing high quality works with tight deadline, relaying on its qualified specialists.

source:  www.tiab.ro
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Share of electricity generated from RES in Latvian gross electricity consumption

Share of electricity generated from RES in Latvian gross electricity consumption


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SOLON strengthens its presence in Romania. Completed supply of 1 MWp in the Arges district.

SOLON S.p.A has further strengthened its commercial presence outside of Italy as well.
In fact the company has recently completed the supply of 1 MWp in the district of Arges, in Romania. The supply included 4,082 SOLON Blue 220/16 modules, with 245 Wp peak power.

“This milestone reinforces and strengthens the presence of SOLON S.p.A at an international level“, explains Simone Quaratino, commercial director of the Components business unit of SOLON SpA.

“Eastern Europe and Romania in particular, are in fact very fertile areas for the development of our business in the international arena and it is important for us to be present commercially by investing in a long-term strategic plan.”
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Rios Renovables subsidiary from Romania go to insolvency

Firms Rios Solar Renovables and Rios Total Solar, part of Spanish group Rios Renovables, which develops green energy projects in Romania, filed for insolvency at the beginning of August.

The group have 10MW PV plant in Timis and projects to develop 140MW winds farms in Romania. This hard situation for Rios was after the change of green support at the middle of 2013.

Frimu Ghinea
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Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas

The Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas (ARBIO) is the representative of the Bio industries in Romania. It is already a member of the European Biogas Association (EBA) and European Biomass Association (AEBIOM). In a market with great potential, it promotes/ supports sustainable investments in the sectors of: Biogas, Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion, Waste to Energy, Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Recycling and more.

Short presentation make by Mr Ilias Papageorgiadis, the president of ARBIO (The Romanian Association of Biomass and Biogas) .

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ECOMEDIU 2013 Arad, Romania

ECOMEDIU - International Fair of technologies and equipment for drinking water preparing, technologies and utilities for waste water processing, urban, industrial and special waste management, projecting and execution of ecological landfills for urban and rural wastes, utilities for investigation, analyzing and quality control of water, air, ground , urban hygiene equipment and many other green technologies and products.

ECOMEDIU – first edition was made in 2003 and .Starting from the fourth edition ,the exhibition managed to bring together companies from Austria,Italy and Hungary.

6 reasons to attend Ecomediu:
1.European event
2.Low participation fees
3.International high quality Conferences
4.Free of charge participation to the International Conferences(for exhibitors)
5.With the support of our important partners and the media promoting,we shall bring the target group for your bussines  to the fair
6. International brokerage

Services offered by the organizers:

For exhibitors:
-stands-building
-constructia standurilor,
-renting furniture,
-advertising in the exhibition center,
-handling and storage exhibits
-passes
-ensuring safety
-cleaning,
-sound-system pavilion,
-international conferences,
- evening coktail for exhibitors,
-parking,
- assistance by the organizers,
-internet access
-renting conference rooms

For visitors:
Product presentations, attending conferences, demonstrations of equipment.

ECOMEDIU has reached its eleventh edition 16-18 October2013
Arad, Romania.

More info at:
http://www.expoarad.ro/targ/index.php?tg=12
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Energy Expo 2013 and Forum in Belarus

According to the National Calendar of the exhibitions organized in the Republic of Belarus in 2013, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus in cooperation with other interested bodies is organizing the 18th Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum, which includes the 18th "Energy. Ecology. Energy Saving. Electro" International Specialized Exhibition (Energy Expo – 2013), and the 18th Belarusian Energy and Ecology Congress on October 15-18, 2013 in Minsk (Roofed Football Arena; 20/2, Prospect Pobeditelei).

The goal of the forum is to showcase the modern achievements of science, machines and technologies in the field of energy, energy saving, automation, electronics, environment protection, and use of renewable energy sources.

The Energy Expo exhibition has been traditionally drawing attention of the leading Belarusian and international manufacturers of equipment, technologies and materials for the energy sector, environmental protection, energy saving and electrical engineering since 1995; today this is one of the largest exhibitions of the kind in the CIS and the Baltic States. The exhibition presented the products from about 350 companies and organizations from 15 countries of the world (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Finland, and the USA) in 2012. At that, over 25% of the participants were from abroad. The exposition structure envisaged the joint stands of the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Natural Recourses and Environment Protection, the Ministry of Housing and Utilities, the State Committee for Science and Technologies, the State Committee for Standardization.

More than 18 thousand visitors representing enterprises, organizations, state management bodies, educational, R&D and design institutions from all regions of the Republic of Belarus visited the exhibition in 2012.

The 17th Belarusian Energy and Ecology Congress including the Plenary Session, scientific and practical conferences and seminars was held on October 10-11, 2012. About 500 specialists from 8 countries (Belarus, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and UK) participated in the Congress.

The Congress hosted 10 seminars and presentations made by the exhibiting companies, during which domestic and foreign experts presented the cutting-edge technologies and technological solutions in the field of energy and environment protection.

Please use the following contact details to participate in the forum: Mr. Andrei KAZIMIRCHIK, tel. +375 17 306 0606, fax +375 17 203 3386, e-mail: energy@tc.by.
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FOR THERM - 4th Trade Fair of Heating, Alternative Sources, of Energy and Air Conditioning

Trade fair of heating, air conditioning and alternative sources of energy FOR THERM is preparing for its 4th year in 2013. Previous edition introduced the largest Czech show of stoves, heat pumps and pellet boilers in 2012 and confirmed the position of FOR THERM as a top event focused on heating, air conditioning, chimney systems, control technology and alternative sources of energy.

Trade fair is for Czech and foreign exhibitors great chance how to present their services and products at international competition. Besides of various exhibitions FOR THERM offers rich accompanying program consisting of lectures, specialized workshops, conferences and competitions.
Index of products

- BOILERS, FIREPLACES, FIREPLACE INSERTS, STOVES, BURNERS
- HEATING SYSTEMS
- TECHNOLOGY FOR THE HEATING OF DOMESTIC HOT WATER
- MEASUREMENT AND REGULATION TECHNOLOGY
- RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES
- CHIMNEY SYSTEMS, FLUE GAS EXHAUST SYSTEMS
- AIR HANDLING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS,
- CENTRAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS
- SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR HEATING SYSTEMS
- SERVICES

Statistics of all fairs for the year 2012

Number of exhibitors at FOR THERM: 142
Net exhibiting area at FOR THERM (m2): 2 900
Number of exhibitors at FOR ARCH: 824
Net exhibiting area (m2): 18 325
Number of visitors: 69 357

For more information visit :
http://www.for-therm.cz/2013/en/prome.asp
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Brasov, Romania : The 6th Edition of the Energy Day

Transfer de Tehnologie si Management srl (TTM) Brasov is organizing its sixth edition of the Energy Day Brasov on the 17th September 2013. As during the past events, the focus will be set on renewable energy production, sustainability and energy-efficiency.
   
The venue will take place in Brasov Businesspark, Strada Ionescu Crum 1 in Brasov.
   
Following the recent amendments to the energy law 220/2008 – especially the ordonanta de urgenta 57/2013, applicable July 1st 2013, which will be discussed in Romanian parliament during the last week of August – the 6th Energy Day Brasov will focus on the outcome of decisions from the Romanian Senate and Parliament as well as the secondary legislation, which will be elaborated by ANRE, the Romanian Energy Regulation Authority.
   
The 6th Energy Day Brasov will thus consist of three major sections:
1. Update on energy legislation in Romania
2. Operating renewable energy production
3. Reducing energy consumption in Romania
   
Will be there representatives from Romanian Government, Parliament and Administrations, associations representing the renewable energy sector in Romania, lawyers, energy producers and consumers in order to gain a complete and competent view on the matter.

More info at : http://www.ziuaenergiei.ro/home-en.php
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German joint booth at the international renewable energy and energy efficiency fair Renexpo Bucharest

Then RENEXPO SOUTH-EAST EUROPE international trade fair on energy in Romania is just what you're looking for! The trade fair is back again for the fifth year running and this time it is presenting an entire assortment of renewable energy products at the Palace Hall in Bucharest between November 20st and 22nd.

A Meeting Point with Tradition: Ever since 2008, RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE has been a meeting point for key figures and experts in the energy sector to exchange their knowledge.

Romania's Energy Trade Fair: This international trade fair has become known not only as the largest and most important event in the Romanian renewable energy sector, but also serves as an energy platform for the entire South-Eastern European region!

International Recognition: In 2012, 132 exhibitors participated in this event (from 14 different countries) and 4350 visitors attended (30% international). The conferences were also the subject of wide international interest.

If you want to Part of the Fair and of the German Common Booth, please find here the Registration forms required.( make click).
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Romania has a capacity of 378.5 MW of photovoltaic panels

At December 31, 2012 in Romania were photovoltaic parks with a combined capacity of 49.3 MW and at June 30, 2013 were 378.5 MW operational projects. Wind farms have evolved from 1,822 MW at the end of 2012 to 2,163 MW at the end of the first half.

However, the situation has not changed much in terms of biomass projects, whose capacity increased from 39.7 MW at the end of last year to 43.2 MW. Also, small hydropower installed capacity increased from 425 MW to 472 MW.

Further, in July, Regulatory Authority data (ANRE) submits that the foundation granted 39 permits for projects producing energy from solar sources.

Also in July, ANRE has issued two licenses for setting up wind projects, two for biomass energy production and authorization for hydro power generation.

Starting with 1st of July 2013, the Government decided to postpone the number of green certificates for wind, solar and small hydro until which had to be given, until 2017 - 2018.

The photovoltaic projects will receive from 1st of July 2013 only 4 green certificates per MWh, compared with 6 certificates allocated so far. Wind projects receive only a certificate of two and small hydropower, two certificates of three.

According to the Government Emergency Ordinance 57/2013, is postponed temporarily the accordance of one green certificate for new hydro installed which have a capacity of 10 MW, of one green certificate for wind power plants and of two certificates for solar power plants.

Recovery of green certificates will be deferred from 1 April 2017 and for hydroelectric and solar from 1 January 2018. For the wind plants the process will be staggered up to 31 December 2020.

The ordinance also provides limited accreditation for power / electrical group for promoting the application of green certificate system to the total annual installed capacity of power plants producing electricity from renewable sources, which is set in the National Renewable Energy Action ( PNAER).

Under the law, the investments will be monitored quarterly by ANRE, which allows to the adjustment mechanism of overcompensation to be applied immediately. Trading of green certificates will be made directly between producers and suppliers, transparent.

ANRE will be required to cover the annual quota quantity of electricity produced from renewable sources which will be taken by the National Power System.

Florentina Staicu
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Ecolabel for heat pumps prolonged until 31.10.2014

After consulting the European Union Eco-Labelling Board, the European Commission has adopted the decision to amend the 2007/742/EC Decision, which establishes the ecological criteria for the award of the Community eco-label to electrically driven, gas driven or gas absorption heat pumps.

The criteria normally expired on 31 December 2013. Yet, an assessment has been carried out to evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of the current ecological criteria, as well as of the related assessment and verification requirements, established by this Decision. Given the stage of the revision process for this Decision, the Commission found it appropriate to prolong the period of validity of the ecological criteria and the related assessment and verification requirements which it sets out.

Therefore, the period of validity of the ecological criteria and the related assessment and verification requirements set out in Decision 2007/742/EC will be prolonged until 31 October 2014.
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Hungary : tender for solar collector developments at public institutions

The Hungarian Ministry of National Development calls for tenders to install solar energy systems in buildings managed by residential public institutions as of 5 August 2013. The support may cover up to 100 percent of eligible historical costs. Financed from quota revenues, the total tender amount is HUF 867.2 million.

Tender support will be awarded to specialised social care institutions and residential child protection institutions maintained by the General Directorate for Social Care and Child Protection and under the professional supervision of the Ministry of Human Resources.

The obtained tender funds may be used to purchase solar energy collectors and accessories as well as to modernise certain parts of the related building mechanics systems. The non-refundable post-financing support may cover up to 100 percent of eligible historical costs. The upper eligibility limit is HUF 342,900 per capita, to be calculated on the basis of the maximum authorised number of persons in care in the residential institution concerned.

The eligible investments must reduce carbon-dioxide emission and improve energy efficiency. In addition, the solar energy collector systems to be installed must be organically suited to the existing building mechanics systems and be operative throughout the year.

Institutions may submit their applications to the address of National Environmental Protection and Energy Center Non-Profit Ltd. from 5 September 2013 until the tender budget is exhausted. The detailed tender documentation is available on the government portal (www.kormany.hu) and on the homepage of the tender manager (www.nkek.hu).

This is a new version of an earlier tender for households to install solar energy systems, launched by the Ministry of National Development in October 2011 within the New Széchenyi Plan Green Investment System, this time made available for institutions. The previous tender used a total budget of HUF 2.97 billion and reduced energy costs in approximately 4,200 homes.

source : Hungary Ministry of National Development
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1st Conference on Smart Grids in Poland. Conference for intelligent power industry

The objective of the conference for intelligent power industry is to familiarize the participants with the broadly defined Smart Grid. The meeting will focus on the latest technologies and products in the field of smart grids. Additionally, representatives of companies offering smart solutions will present the examples of implementation.

Moderator: Izabela Cieniak, Redaktor Naczelna Smart Grids Polska
   
Representatives of design offices from RES, electricity and construction sectors, representatives of power distribution companies, representatives of energy sections from industry companies and housing cooperatives, representatives of Polish and foreign contractor companies, electrical wholesalers representatives, electrical engineers, construction engineers, supervision inspectors, installers, developers, architects, building managers, representatives of municipal companies, farmers, representatives of Agricultural Consulting Centers (ODR) and local governments, commune and village administrators, associations and institutions from RES and electrical power sectors, representatives of academia (teachers, students, lecturers), sector media.


Date: Thursday, 17/10/2013
Place: Warsaw Exhibition Centre EXPO XXI
Language: Polish
Organizer: Smart Grids Polska

Registration:
http://www.renexpo-warsaw.com/391.html?&L=1
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3rd Photovoltaic Conference. Polish Photovoltaics on the threshold of change

The topic of the conference will be an overview of the practical problems concerning the support mechanisms and legal and administrative conditions of PV development in Poland. The conference, organized by Polish Photovoltaics Association in cooperation with RECCO, will include a review of the development of PV markets in Europe and worldwide. Experts from photovoltaics associations, as well as PV industry representatives, transport grid operators, representatives of state and regional authorities will discuss the opportunities and barriers for photovoltaics development in Poland.

They will consider specific recommendations concerning the ways to overcome arising difficulties. The conference will especially focus on the process of investment in PV sector in the light of the currently debated law on RES. Particularly, it will look at the investment process of PV systems and the barriers it encounters. During the panel discussion we will try to suggest particular recommendations concerning the ways to overcome arising difficulties. The obstacles faced by the PV industry representatives in Poland will be discussed against the background of other European markets experience.

Conference objectives
- Presenting detailed information concerning support mechanisms and legal and administrative barriers in the process of designing the installation of PV systems in Poland and Europe;
- Presenting suggested solutions to overcome existing limitations (specially developed for this purpose);
- Creating an opportunity to discuss presented recommendations;
- Creating conditions for tightening the contacts between representatives of industry, transport grid operators and authorities.

Date: Wednesday, 16/10/2013
Place: Warsaw Exhibition Centre EXPO XXI

More info on http://www.renexpo-warsaw.com/fotowoltaika.html?&L=1
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Commission rules out duties on Chinese solar panels - for now

The European Commission has decided not to impose provisional duties on Chinese solar panels but plans to continue its anti-subsidy investigation.

China and the European Union, following six weeks of talks, defused their biggest trade dispute last week with a deal to regulate Chinese solar panel imports and avoid a wider war in goods from wine to steel.

In parallel to that anti-dumping probe, the European Union's executive arm also launched an anti-subsidy investigation into solar panels, cells and wafers from China in November last year and had nine months to decide whether to impose provisional duties.

The Commission chose not to take provisional measures but it has until 5 December to decide whether to impose definitive anti-subsidy duties.

"The investigation will continue without provisional measures and the Commission will continue working actively on the case in order to arrive [at] definitive findings that are due at the end of this year," the Commission said in a statement on Wednesday (7 August).

The Commission said its decision not to impose any provisional anti-subsidy measures did not prejudice any subsequent decision at the final stage in December, after consulting interested parties.

The EU trade chief and his Chinese counterpart agreed on 29 July to set a minimum price for panels from China near spot market prices.

European solar panel makers have accused China of benefiting from huge state subsidies, allowing them to dump about €21 billion worth of below-cost panels in Europe last year.

The EU had planned to impose hefty tariffs from 6 August but, wary of offending China's leaders and losing business in the world's No. 2 economy, a majority of governments, led by Germany, opposed the plan, allowing for the compromise deal.

Europe is China's most important trading partner, while for the EU, China is second only to the United States. Chinese exports of goods to the bloc totalled €290 billion last year, with €144 billion going the other way.

source : Euractiv
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Romania : The Little Orchard with big solar power plant

Livada Mică (The Little Orchard) area, 30 kilometers from Satu Mare, Bester Generación from Seville (Spain) have under construction at the seventh - largest solar park - it is the company's second investment in Romania.

"In Romania it is very cost effective solar energy. Already have solar-powered park near Craiova and from them we have only positive experience's .We decided to continue investing in Romania," said project manager Ramses Ramirez Hernandez.

Under the project, the installation of solar cells will end no later than early September. The aim is that by the end of production can begin. Maximum capacity of the park will be 68 megawatts, which is enough to meet the needs of about 60,000 average families.

Frimu Ghinea
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Altek Energy expands solar fields in Hungary

Altek Energy Services Company PLC project t omake 243 kilowatts received 50% of funding through the Operational Program of the Hungarian Energy Environment reaching final investment to 146 million dollars. Thus it will expand with a new battery to be ready within two months.

Company has found a partner in Graboplast, a flooring manufacturer, and this will purchase some production. A total of 972 solar panels are placed on top of the production hall in Graboplast. They should work for 25 years.

Frimu Ghinea
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Apricus Donates To U.S. Solar Decathlon Team


Apricus has donated solar thermal components and technical services to West Virginia University for this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

The donation, valued at over $5,000, included an Apricus Residential Solar Thermal Packaged System consisting of an evacuated tube solar thermal collector, a solar tank, and a closed loop pump station.  West Virginia University will utilize the solar thermal components in their self-sufficient house designed for a self-sufficient family — a reflection of Appalachia culture and history.  The design will integrate innovation and passive design techniques to maximize energy efficiency and support sustainable design practices and approaches.   

This award winning Solar Decathlon Program challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.  This bi-annual event will take place on October 3rd through 13th at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

Open to the public and free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money.  The competition houses will be open to visitors on eight days over two weekends.  Public hours will be from 11 am to 7pm daily Thursday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 6th and Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th.

This is Apricus' 6th Solar Decathlon that sponsorship of teams has been provided.

“We are so proud to be a part of the Decathlon again this year,” said Shannon Horsley, Marketing Coordinator at Apricus.  “Education of clean-energy products and design solutions is so important in this day in age.  Clean-energy is the way of the future and as a solar thermal manufacturer it is our duty to ensure that the students of today understand these concepts so they can enter the workforce and make a difference in the years to come.”
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5th edition Focus on Energy 2013,Bucharest

Recently, Romania set up several short and medium term objectives aimed for improving the energy sector. One of them, and maybe the most important one, relates to the energy efficiency, targeting both companies and individual players. Other goals would be to improve the management and corporate governance of the state owned companies, as well as to increase the hydrocarbons production. Which of the objectives are doable? How will Romania manage to develop the energy sector by attracting new investments?


Program  Focus on Energy,
October 17, 2013, Romexpo, Bucharest

1. The future of the renewable sector following the modification of the support scheme
2. The market implications of falling electricity consumption
3. Recommendations for improving Romania’s energy strategy and legislation
4. Attracting investments into new generating capacities
5. The impact of Nabucco West’s failure on Romania’s energy security
6. The reform status in state-owned companies active in the energy sector
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System Performance : U-Tube vs Heat Pipe Solar Water Heaters

Discussions regarding the best solar system never stop between specialists. Today I want to bring to your attention a comparison between a solar system based on U-Tube and one on Heat Pipe.

The test was conducted by KS Ong and WL Tong from School of Engineering, Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia.

The full test can be read on :
http://www2.tku.edu.tw/~tkjse/15-2/02-ME10109.pdf
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