Solar thermal Champion SOLID becomes Mission Innovation Champion
A sustainable future is built on promising ideas and by talented people across the globe. In this belief the Mission Innovation (MI) initiative was launched at COP21 in 2015 in the wake of the Paris climate agreement. Twentythree member countries, including Austria, tirelessly work together with the European Commission to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable.
SOLID aids Western Balkan countries in the energy transition
The countries of the Western Balkans, Serbia, BiH, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania are ready to hit the switch to renewables. District Heating and cooling used to be powered by fossil fuel, which also strengthened dependencies on foreign energy imports. To spark action in the field of district energy a new program was put into place by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which was funded by the Austrian government.
Municipal utility Erfurt integrates solar thermal technology into their energy mix
Solar district heating and district cooling are essential parts of the energy supply of the future. In mid-May, the first solar thermal plant in Erfurt was commissioned by SOLID. The solar system is part of a bigger project of municipal utility Erfurt and consists of flat collectors with an area of 535 m². 320 kW of thermal power are available to generate heat and feed it into the district heating network in Erfurt.
Chinese Experts visit SOLID
SOLID has been honored to be part of the European training program by one of the world's leading manufacturers of absorption machines, the Chinese company Broad. From 17th to the 18th of June, 3 leading experts from Broad visited SOLID in Graz. Broad and SOLID have a long-standing partnership. SOLID employees have been invited to China for trainings by Broad several times. In order to make the information accessible to a wider staff of SOLID, Broad has created a program specially tailored to SOLID.
Industry 4.0 in the solar thermal industry
If it rains tomorrow, we know thanks to the weather forecast of the previous evening, that we don´t leave the house without an umbrella the next morning. So far, solar thermal systems have not been able to include such weather forecasts in their regulation. A smart system regulation now brings higher, solar carriers, low costs and less maintenance. This was developed in the project SPC, “Solar Predictive Control” in close cooperation between SOLID and Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH.
The Solarenergiedorf Liggeringen is officially opened
It´s done. The Solarenergiedorf Liggeringen, a district of Radolfzell on Lake Constance, was officially opened on Friday, 22.03.2019. Since autumn 2017, SOLID, the Austrian solar service provider, has worked closely with “Stadtwerke Radolfzell” to realize this flagship project, consisting of a solar thermal system and a biomass boiler. With projects like this fossil fuels should soon be a thing of the past.