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2010 was a good year for the solar thermal industry in Canada. The total newly installed collector area (brown line) grew by 54 %, from 129,418 to 199,491 m2. Air collector sales (red line) doubled and – for the first – overtook the solar swimming pool market (blue line), which is more or less stagnating. With 150 %, the segment of glazed solar water collectors (pink line) experienced the highest growth, although the 20,000 m2 sold in 2010 make it still a low-level market.
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Canadian Standards Association released in September 2011 an updated edition of the CSA F378 Series, Solar collectors which replaces the previous edition of CSA F378, Solar Collectors, published in 1987.
The new test standard currently has two sections:
- F378.1, Glazed and unglazed liquid heating solar collectors
- F378.2, Air heating solar collectors
Europe will not be able to meet its obligation to supply 20% of its energy from renewable energy by 2020, states John Hollick, CEO of SolarWall Europe, Sarl. and Chairman of the Solar Air Heating World Industries Association (SAHWIA) due to an error in definition made by the European Parliament.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – Bombardier Inc. has been a corporate role model of energy efficiency for years, but recently the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer took initial steps toward more green technology by using a solar energy retrofit to preheat outdoor air at its Mirabel, Quebec industrial building.
Valenciennes, France: June 22, 2011 — Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) has inaugurated a SolarWall® installation at its facility in Valenciennes, France which produces the Yaris (Vitz) for Europe. The SolarWall® technology is a solar air heating system that uses the sun’s energy to heat ventilation air for commercial and industrial buildings. It substantially reduces traditional heating fuel expenses and GHG emissions. This technology, developed by Conserval Engineering, will help TMMF with their commitment to deploy renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions.
June 2, 2011 – Leading metal roofing and cladding system manufacturer and installer, CA Group, has been awarded the contract to supply and install the latest 80,000m2 distribution centre for a high street retail giant, in Castle Donnington. The development will incorporate Europe’s largest Transpired Solar Collector, or SolarWall®, installation on a single building. SolarWall® is widely recognised as one of the most efficient and cost effective renewable systems available.
- Conserval Engineering Inc. solar air heaters for the commercial and industrial buildings, inventor of the SolarWall transpired solar collector, pioneer in the solar air heating industry
- The CA Group Ltd. (UK) Solar air heating system manufacturer and supplier. One of the premier metal roofing and cladding systems manufacturers, contractors and suppliers for the industrial, commercial, public sector markets.
- YourSolarHome For residential solar air heating applications