The overall goal of the project is to implement activities that reduce the negative impacts from increasing cooling demand in Europe through an increased market penetration of sustainable cooling approaches and technologies. A “preliminary definition” of sustainable cooling consists of the following elements: reducing heat load; minimizing the electricity consumption; increasing the use of renewable energy sources.
To promote the use of solar energy, the European Commission started the “Soltherm Europe Initiative“ in 2002. The project is an initiative to enhance the rapid market growth of thermal solar plants in Europe.
The Network gathers 36 expert organisations throughout the Europe (12 EU countries, 9 Candidate countries and Israel), all having a mandate to promote innovative, energy-efficient energy technologies with a focus on building-related technologies.
In the framework of the project a solar water heater was developed, which is modular and can be manufactured by local companies from materials available in Zimbabwe. To guarantee the further development of the system and the adaptation of the plant concept to different users and requirements, an extensive training programme was conducted.