The Weekly Digest-13th issue
Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative <<SHAMCI>>
RCREEE, League of Arab States (LAS) and Egyptian New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) have organized a workshop to launch the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI). The workshop was held at NREA premises on the  18th of December, 2012. SHAMCI certification model, designed in cooperation with ITW Stuttgart University, was presented to the Arab States in order to be adapted as an Arabian Quality Scheme for solar thermal products and mainly Solar Water Heaters (SWHs). SHAMCI model has been developed by the SHAMCI network wherein representatives of involved stakeholders from most of the Arab states contributed in designing the model and its annexes. Besides, the network members held their third meeting on the 17th of December to elaborate the final version of the model and to plan for future implementation strategy.
Check the presentations of the workshop on our website. 

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Source in Arabic: Al Arabiya

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