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Worldwide: Largest Flat Plate Collector Manufacturers in 2013

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 5, 2014
The number one in the ranking of the worldwide largest flat plate collector manufacturers based on collector area produced in 2013 is still Austrian OEM collector manufacturer Greenonetec, followed by three non-European manufacturers from BRICS countries: Soletrol from Brazil, as well as two companies from China, Prosunpro and Five Star. Germany’s largest flat plate collector manufacturer, Bosch Thermotechnik, only came in fifth place, down from being second in the previous ranking in 2012. German agency solrico created the ranking after carrying out a worldwide survey among companies serving the solar thermal sector in September and October 2014. Who has ranked how well this year shows a lot about the international trends of the global solar thermal industry. 
Source: solrico / manufacturers' information

Germany: Management Buyout of Schüco’s Collector Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 14, 2013

Newly founded German company SolMetall has purchased Schüco’s assembling line for collectors and mounting systems and will continue to produce the products previously offered by Schüco. The three former Schüco employees who founded SolMetall in the German town of Spenge near Bielefeld on 14 January 2013 were Alexander Altemeier (former Purchasing Manager Production Plants), Uwe Berg (former Head Collector Factory) and Andreas Rosenwirth (former Head Collector Development). “Each of us owns 8 % of the company. The other 76 % of the shares are held by German Surikate Mittelstands AG,” confirms Berg, one of the three Managing Directors of SolMetall. The involvement of Surikate is no coincidence, as its subsidiary Schmöle had been a supplier to Schüco’s collector production since 1998.

Chile: Solar Association ACESOL Fights to Extend Tax Rebates

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 3, 2013

2010’s “Law 20.365” tax rebate has made Chile´s solar thermal market grow substantially over the last years. Until now, however, the government has not yet agreed on continuing the rebate after 2013. The law enables construction companies to deduct a certain share of their investment costs in a solar thermal system (including installation) from the down payments that the law requires on any tax declaration. Chile’s solar industry association ACESOL is lobbying to extend the tax rebate scheme, because the country´s solar thermal industry has already been affected: As the law applies to large-scale construction projects, which take a long time to plan and build, several developers have just decided to exclude solar water heaters from their construction projects.
Photo: Schüco International KG

Germany: Schüco Closes Bielefeld Collector Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 17, 2012

It was the beginning of December when German collector manufacturer Schüco International KG officially announced to close its collector factory in the German town of Bielefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia. The announcement ended the speculations that had already circulated among German industry players since summer 2012. At the beginning of August, the company had stated to lay off 475 of its solar department employees in the photovoltaics and solar thermal field. Back then, Schüco had been planning to close down the two plants manufacturing thin-film PV modules in the eastern part of Germany, but nothing had been said – officially - about the Bielefeld plant.

Europe/Asia: Solar Cooling Gains Traction

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 3, 2012

Large Japanese and Chinese companies have recently taken a greater interest in solar cooling. The photo shows an installation by Chinese company Jiangsu Huineng New Energy Technology (Huin), which started supplying solar cooling systems this year. New system kits help drive down costs, although investments in sorption chillers are still higher than for compression chillers. After the Intersolar Europe conference in Munich, Germany, and its dedicated solar cooling session, Uli Jakob, Vice President of the German sorption chiller association Green Chiller, noted: “Solar cooling was one of the highlights of the conference.”
Photo: Huin

Germany: Disparity between Photovoltaic and Solar Heating and Cooling increases

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 30, 2010

 Schueco Heating System” In Germany, the disparity between the photovoltaic market on the one side and the solar heating and cooling market on the other is increasing. “Whereas in 2004, the turnover of the PV sector with EUR 1.2 billion was twice as high as the turnover of the solar thermal industry, it rose to ten times the revenues of the solar heating and cooling sector last year,” Joachim Berner, journalist and solar thermal expert, argues in an article in Sonne Wind & Wärme.. In absolute figures: EUR 1.2 billion of solar heating and cooling versus EUR 11 billion of photovoltaics.
Figure: Schüco

Turkey: Ezinc Celebrates a Total of 3,000,000 m2 of Produced Collector Area

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 15, 2010

 jubilee collector of Ezinc” Jubilee collector on display in the headquarters building: This collector panel completed in December 2009 the total of 3,000,000 m2 of produced collector area Turkish manufacturer Ezinc Metal San. has produced since it started production in 1983. Photo: Ezinc

Solar Cooling Kits for Europe

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

Solar Cooling in MaltaSolar cooling for an office building in Kordin, Malta: The Chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 uses 30.5 m² flat plate and 7 m² of vacuum tube collectors to generate 10 kW of cold in an ammonia/water absorption chiller. Photo: Solarnext


Slow down after Boom in Germany?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 1, 2008

The crises of the financial markets did not seem to harm the speedy growth of the solar thermal market in Germany. Industry insiders at the conference Forum Solarpraxis in Berlin on the 20th/21st November agreed that the collector area installed in Germany will reach 1.7 to 1.9 million m2 (1.2 to 1.3 GW). This is almost a doubling of the 2007 market volume of 950,000 m2 (665 MW).

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