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What is is a new and global knowledge-based web portal for solar thermal professionals. It offers the latest news and background information on the development of the international solar thermal sector. Key areas include among others: news and trends, incentive programmes, policies, technological trends and market analyses. If you wish to receive news on a regular basis, you can subscribe to the newsletter for free.

This unique website forms a worldwide forum for experts on solar thermal technology and those interested in the development of the market. It is hosted by the Global Solar Thermal Energy Council (GSTEC), a collaborative platform between industry, research institutions and NGOs. Managed by the International Copper Association (ICA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Who is the website for?

The website has content that is suitable for the following sectors:
- Solar Water Heater (SWH) suppliers (incl. installers), researchers and trainers 
- Researchers and policy makers (incl. local SWH “lobbyists”)
- National authorities dealing with quality control
- Local and regional partner institutions 

- General public   

Where does the information come from? 

The information contained in this website has been selected and prepared with the support of the GSTEC staff and partners, an abstract and keywords has been developed for easy selection of similar information.  

For content that is from external websites, a link is provided to those external sites. GSTEC, its contributors and partners cannot be held responsible for actions or lack of action arising from the use of external sources.

Who is behind the site?

The concept and development of this site was started through collaboration with many partners including the UNEP and UNDP, members of European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP) and the broader solar industry in Latin America, North America and Australia.

The editorial team is made up of solar thermal experts from many countries and backgrounds brought together to deliver well developed insights into this fast growing global sector. 

How do I navigate the website?

The website is based around three 'axes':

- Pillars for Market Success
- Market Sectors of solar thermal technology, and
- 5 continents search facility

Content is assigned tags which classify information according to all three axes. One can find content either by clicking on the appropriate menu bar item, or by using the search facility.

Watch our short video on using the Filter Bar

If you have further questions, contact us


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