Since the beginning of the nineties, growing use of the
Austrian Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Construction System has extended the
country's installed collector area by more than 100,000 m2 p.a.
This growth has drawn attention to the Austrian solar market from western as
well as eastern neighbouring countries.
visitors to Austrian DIY-Construction Groups may attend solar technical and
organisational seminars. The seminars offer informative materials and the
special "tool kits" needed for collector production, adapted to
country-specific circumstances. Through the seminars, workshops, education of
trainers, and informational materials, the construction groups disseminate
solar know-how across the borders. The mobile "tool kits" are geared to help
participants to realise pilot projects and to start production of solar energy
systems in their respective local areas.
associations are established in this connection that hereafter offer seminars
and organise DIY-Construction Groups in their own
Some of the current solar projects were
started through bilateral cross-border activities of various NGOs, whereas
others began as single, specific initiatives, like the Solar-Information
Transfer to The Baltic States, funded by the European Union
The Austrian Solar
DIY-Construction System has led to increasing use of solar energy all over
Europe, in Central and Eastern Europe, as follows:
The Czech Republic
solar activities, workshops, and training seminars financed by Austrian NGOs
and government subsidy, as well as 3 "tool kits" for solar installation
and a solar handbook in the Czech language, are now available. From 1993
this led to 20 new installations with a total area of 200 m2.
installers produce solar systems and offer solar installations according to
the Austrian DIY Construction System. By the end of 1996, this had led to 100
new installations and to 1,000 m2 of solar collectors.
financed by a bilateral Austrian-Slovenian project, offering solar information
and consulting for solar DIY construction systems by "Bauinstitut" Ljubljana for 3 years, completing 30 to 50 solar installations a year.
From 1994 to 1996, this led to 120 new installations with a total collector
area of 1,200 m2.
The Baltic States In the
framework of the EU programme Inco-Copernicus the
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Erneuerbare Energie organised the transfer of solar
technology to the Baltic States by means of seminars, a practical workshop,
organising an industry forum, and a solar demo installation.
The basic equipment for a family household of four people
contains 10 m2 of solar collector area and a 500-l storage tank. At
a solar radiation of 1,100 kWh/m2 a year, the system covers fully
the hot water supply during the summer season (April - October) and 40% of
preheating on clear winter days.