Austrian tech company ecop has developed a rotation heat pump with a reported coefficient of performance (COP) of 4.0 – 7.0. The 700 kW machine operates under temperatures of 150 degrees Celsius and is based on an anticlockwise running Joule process, during which there is no phase transition of the working medium that always remains gaseous.
The floater consists of a structure made of HDPE plastic which is claimed to withstand waves of up to 3m and currents of up to 2m/s. According to the manufacturer — Austrian tech company SolOcean — the floating structure can be used for either onshore or offshore projects.
Austrian oil and gas company OMV will invest around €4.5 million in the solar park, which will be connected to the facility’s internal grid and will be used exclusively to power its operations.
The new owner — Wien-based Irma Power GmbH — is planning to maintain and expand module production at the company’s manufacturing facility in Liebenfels.
The latest numbers released by EU data body Eurostat indicate renewables, including hydropower, contributed 37% of Europe’s gross electricity consumption in 2020, up from 34% a year earlier.
Industry association SolarPower Europe expects little change in the line-up of Europe’s biggest residential battery markets in four years’ time, with a rush of retrofits as turn-of-the-century solar feed-in tariffs begin to expire, set to keep Germany way ahead of the pack.
The company had started manufacturing activities at its factory in Liebenfels in November 2019. It wants now to start a restructuring process.
CCE Solar Invest GmbH has secured financing to build 600 MW of PV capacity in Italy.
The Austrian authorities will use €20 million to provide more support for the country’s rebate scheme for residential PV projects up to 50 kW in size.
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