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Potential of Solar Thermal in Europe (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on October 23, 2009

This report from 2009 has been commissioned by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and looks into the potential of solar thermal in the European Union. The objective of the study is to provide the European Commission and the Members States with information on how solar thermal energy can contribute to reach the renewable energy target.

The study is based on a detailed analysis of 5 countries i.e. Austria, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Spain of which the results were extrapolated to the EU27. For each of the reference countries, the report looks into the short-term, medium-term and long-term potential for solar thermal.

For the short-term 2020 target, the report concludes that - under the most optimistic scenario - solar thermal can contribute 6.3% to the EU’s 20% renewable energy target.

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