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Europe: Market Decline Claims Four Victims in Collector Industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 17, 2015
WattOvercapacities in the collector industry, declining demand and the associated drop in collector prices have given European manufacturers a hard time. Over the last 12 months, four well-known collector manufacturers in four different countries have had serious financial troubles: Watt in Poland, Astersa in Spain, Solvis in Germany and Clipsol in France all followed fairly different approaches to cope with their financial problems. Only one, Astersa, has disappeared from the market – the other three manufacturers are still in business. The photo shows the inauguration of Watt´s production unit in Poland in 2011 which is put on hold at the moment.
Photo: Watt

Poland: Rules Change for Vacuum Tube Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 30, 2013

On 2 September, the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (Polish initialism: NFOŚiGW) announced new requirements for its residential subsidy scheme on its website. From 1 October 2013 on, the grant cap will refer to a collector’s aperture area and not its gross area. "The revision is needed, because new collector models with much bigger gross surface than aperture area have started to appear on the market," NFOŚiGW explained. Funding is capped at 2,250 PLN/m² of collector area (EUR 536), which corresponds to a share of 45 % of the investment costs. From October onwards, the calculation will be based on aperture area, drastically changing the regulations for vacuum tube collector suppliers.

Poland: Market in Transition

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 30, 2013

The Institute for Renewable Energy (Polish initialism IEO) presented its latest market figures at the annual Solar Energy Industry Forum, which took place in the Polish city of Toruń between 13 and 14 May. Poland’s solar thermal market seems unaffected by the country’s economic slowdown: The newly installed collector area grew by 19 % last year to 302,000 m², according to IEO research. The industry, however, is undergoing a big transition, with imported vacuum tubes gaining market share. The chart shows the annual collector area, in which the green columns depict imports. In 2012, every third panel was imported, despite unused production capacities in the local flat plate collector industry.
Chart: IEO

Poland: Growing Demand to fund Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 11, 2011

 Number of Solar Thermal Applications per Year in PolandBy 15 October 2011, a total of 11,386 applications have been submitted by banks within the residential subsidy programme of the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW). The monthly application rate has increased tremendously - from 15 applications in the starting month September 2010 to 1,658 in September 2011 almost one year later. The figure from October 2011 in the chart above represents only half the month, which means this year’s total collector area can be expected to climb even steeper.
Source: NFOŚiGW

Germany: Cost reduction, labeling and new materials are topics of SMEThermal 2012

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 7, 2011

 SMEThermal conference The global breakthrough of solar thermal will depend on how well the industry masters the challenge of cost-effective tank and collector manufacturing. This is the key issue of the 3rd SMEThermal conference on 7 February 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The international event is dedicated exclusively to process optimization, automation, and new materials in the solar thermal industry. The organizer, Berlin-based Solarpraxis, launched the complete programme at the end of October (see attached pdf).

Poland: various commercial Grant Programmes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 5, 2011

 Installation in Szczawnica” By the end of 2010, the total surface area of solar collectors in Poland reached 655,000 m2. Newly installed collector area amounted to 146,000 m2, roughly 2,000 m2 more than in 2009. Over the next years, the number of new solar thermal installations is thought to increase significantly because of various grants at the national and local level: The local incentive programme in Szczawnica in southern Poland has already helped in setting up more than 1,500 collectors in households (see photo).

Poland: Collector Manufacturer Watt gets Economy Award

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 25, 2011

 Marek Szymanski (right), Managing Director of Polish collector manufacturer Watt” Marek Szymanski (right), Managing Director of Polish collector manufacturer Watt, received the Economy Award from the hands of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in Poznan on 14 June. Watt is the only renewable energy company among the four award winners which received a prize that had been suspended for a few years despite the prestige that comes with it.
Photo: Watt

Poland: Mixed Review of the first ever residential Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 3, 2011

 Rebate and loan programme in Poland” After the first six months of the first ever residential rebate and loan programme in Poland, the industry was left with mixed feelings toward its success. On the one side, the sector welcomes the expansion of eligible technologies. Since 17 January 2011, solar combi systems which supply space heating and hot water, too, are eligible for the scheme run by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW). However, collector manufacturers have criticised some of the regulations which have led to a much lower subsidy rate than was promised. Whereas the NFOŚiGW announced that up to 45 % of the investment costs of the system including installation are covered by the rebate, in reality, this share decreases to 20 to 30 %.

Poland: a Coalition Setting High Solar Thermal Targets

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2009

 Solar Energy Industry Forum in Poland” Grzegorz Wisniewski (left), President of the Institute of Renewable Energy (IEO) in Warsaw, initiated the foundation of a coalition between solar thermal manufacturers and distributors during the second Solar Energy Industry Forum in Poznań, Poland, in May this year. Photo: IEO

“Security Measures Make Vacuum Tube Collector Systems More Expensive”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 8, 2009

 Marek Szymanski of Watt” Marek Szymanski, technical department manager of the Polish collector manufacturer Watt, spoke with about the problems they had with the vacuum tube collectors in the beginning. Photo: Watt


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