Which are the major solar thermal markets worldwide?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2008

By far the largest solar thermal market in the world according to newly installed solar thermal capacity per year is China. In 2008, around 21 GWth (30 million m2) were sold in China, which was around 80 % of the world global solar thermal market.

Is solar thermal technology still a niche market?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2008

There are a number of mature markets like Israel, Austria, Barbados, China or Cyprus where solar thermal is used by a wide majority of people for heating the domestic hot water and sometimes for room heating.

Which are the main market drivers?

Submitted by admin on May 5, 2008

Generally speaking, you can differentiate between naturally growing markets and incentive driven markets. In the former, low-cost solar water heaters are already an economic alternative for households to produce hot water instead of using fossil fuels or electricity. Some examples are: China, which is the biggest solar thermal market in the world, Cyprus which has one of the highest solar thermal capacities in operation per capita in the world, and Turkey, which is the third biggest market in the world.

Barbel arrives

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on April 11, 2008

Barbel Arrives at ECI office

A new record: 553 MW of Solar Power

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on September 25, 2007

The Mojave Desert in California will be the host for the largest solar power project in the world with 553 MW installed capacity. The Mojave Desert already HAS nine solar power plants in operation, summing 354 MW.

The world's largest solar thermal power plant

Submitted by Hans De Keulenaer on September 25, 2006

Kramer JunctionThe world's largest solar thermal power plant (47) has been in operation for 2 decades in the California Mojave desert.

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