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Estimated Global Solar Thermal Turnover in 2013: around EUR 18 billion

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 4, 2015
TurnoverSolar heating and cooling is not really the most transparent sector regarding market and industry figures. There is no global solar heat industry council and companies around the globe are using quite different technologies and supply chains – which is exactly why all entities and brand associations have so far hesitated to publish a worldwide turnover for the solar thermal industry. This news piece by German agency solrico will make the first attempt at assessing the sector’s global turnover, which it estimates at EUR 17.996 billion. The following text will list all of the assumptions and estimations done to get to that number, so that any stakeholder or organisation with additional or different information may contact us to improve the assessment (epp@solrico.com). The chart on the left shows the distribution of newly installed, glazed collector area in 2013, and the chart on the right depicts the regional share in 2013 turnover. 
Source: solrico
 

India: PRINCE Offers Solar Cooking Workshops for New Entrepreneurs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 17, 2015
Prof. Ajay ChandakIndian organisation Prince – Promoters, Researchers and Innovators in New and Clean Energy – is offering training workshops on residential and institutional solar cooking to new entrepreneurs who manufacture or trade solar cooking systems. PRINCE has already conducted more than twelve workshops, and according to the organisation, more than 60% of the solar dish cooker manufacturers and suppliers registered with the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have benefitted from PRINCE’s training courses. The photo shows Professor Ajay Chandak, founder of PRINCE and Board Member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), demonstrating an improved cooker model during a workshop in February 2015.
Photo: Prince
 

RE-Invest Establishes India as New Global Renewable Hub

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2015
RE-Invest 2015RE-Invest 2015, the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo, organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), showcased the Indian government's commitment to the development and uptake of renewable energy in India, in order to meet the national energy requirement in a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable manner. The conference held in New Delhi from 15 to 17 February brought together the global investment community and renewable energy stakeholders from India. The photo shows the industry panel Make in India II, which was attended by representatives of well-known renewable energy manufacturers, among them D V Manjunatha, Founder and Managing Director of flat plate collector and tank manufacturer Emmvee Solar Systems (first from left). He bought back the 50 % stake in his company from Danish Solarcap in June 2014 and is now again the sole owner of a company with a turnover of between EUR 9 and 11 million and around 200 employees. 
Photo: MNRE
 

India: Statistics to Determine Vacuum Tube Market Share

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 17, 2015
India Market StatisticsFlat plate collectors – India’s dominant solar thermal technology about a decade ago – has lost a significant portion of its market share in recent years. Although the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the Indian authority responsible for solar heating statistics, has never published an official figure for the market share of vacuum tube collectors in a given year, a June 2013 interview with former MNRE Director Veena Sinha revealed that the share of vacuum tubes in the residential sector was close to 60 % in Financial Year 2012-2013. The 2014 statistics of online portal Solarwhin still show just about the same percentage: Of the 607,751 m² of subsidised collector area in 2014, 61 % were vacuum tube collectors (369,292) and 39 % flat plate collectors (238,459 m²) – see also the attached PDF, which resulted from a query to the online Solarwhin database. The pie chart above shows the Indian states in which most of the collector area was installed in 2014.
Source: Solarwhin
 

India: First Vacuum Tube Testing Centre Established

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 2, 2014
Pune UniversityThe School of Energy Studies at Savitribai Phule Pune University, located in Maharashtra state, has set up India’s first vacuum tube testing centre. The investment was around INR 4 million (about EUR 50,000) and was funded entirely by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). “Considering the expertise available at our university – in physics, electronics, as well as chemistry - it was the obvious choice,” Professor Subhash Ghaisas, Director of the School of Energy Studies, said. His institution also has the first testing centre for concentrating solar thermal technology, which was inaugurated in July 2014. 
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

India: 27 Field Visits of Solar Process Heat Installations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 23, 2014
SoPro IndiaIn cooperation with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, organised a workshop in New Delhi in the middle of October to present the first findings and measures within SoPro lndia, a project which aims at analysing and optimising existing industrial solar heat installations. The German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Fraunhofer ISE, and the Andhra Pradesh Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (APITCO) showcased their results from the first year of research. The photo shows the members of workshop panel (from left): Tarun Kapoor, the MNRE’s Joint Secretary (Solar), Dr Sohail Akhtar, Director of Solar Thermal at the MNRE, Timon Herzog from GIZ India, and Dr Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, Head of Energy Policy at Fraunhofer ISE.
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy
 

India: Request for proposal: Development of Material and Component Specifications of Six Standards Concentrated Solar Technologies as Reference Document for Maintaining Quality in the Field (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 2, 2014

In its effort to rely more and more on solar thermal energy and increase the use of Concentrated Solar Technologies (CST), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has implemented a project, supported by the UNPD/GEF, which aims at developing material and component specifications of 6 standards CSTs as reference document for maintaining quality in the field by manufacturers.  The Ministry has launched a request for proposal and published a bid document.

Overview of Solar Thermal Process Heat & Cooling in India (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 2, 2014

This presentation was given by Dr. A.K. Singhal of the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy at the 3rd Indo-German Energy Symposium in Delhi in May 2012.  The speaker provides a detailed overview of the various solar thermal technologies already available or still under development in India.  The presentation focuses on Solar Water Heating (SWH), Solar Air Heating, Process Heat and Solar Cooling.   SHW is well developed in India and in 2012 5.10 million m² of collectors had already been installed, with the objective to reach 18.7 million by 2022.

India: Government Stops Federal Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 25, 2014
“Channel partners are free to sell on their own without subsidy from Government of India,” the office memorandum by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy stated on 12 August 2014. This is an important victory for India’s solar water heater manufacturers, which pre-financed around INR 3 billion (about EUR 37 million) in subsidised systems over the last years without being compensated by the MNRE. The manufacturers or their dealers had to sell the solar collector systems as net-of subsidy and claim reimbursement by the government later. Through a strong and solidly united campaign, the Solar Thermal Federation of India made the ministry aware of the extremely difficult business situation over the last one-and-a-half years and called “for the immediate settlement of the pending claims in order to save the industry from bankruptcy”. MNRE’s Secretary, Upendra Tripathy, reviewed the situation and concluded that instead of liabilities mounting, the present subsidy scheme better had to be halted. The subsidy on off-grid PV up to 1 kWp had already been put on hold in April 2014.
 

India: Portable Kit Allows Testing Bulky Concentrating Collectors Onsite

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2014
Launch testing centerThe construction of the first testing centre for concentrating solar thermal technology was completed in record time: “The actual work began in mid-February 2014 and was completed by mid-July. It was a real challenge for us, which we are proud to have overcome,” Dr Subhash Ghaisas said in an interview with solarthermalword.org. Ghaisas is not only the Director of the School of Energy Studies, University of Pune, but is also responsible for the new testing site. The photo shows the guests invited to the opening of the testing centre on 22 July 2014, including Dr Ghaisas (sixth from right) and Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary for Solar at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (sixth from left). Also invited was Dr Avinash Singhal (third from left), National Project Manager of the initiative Market Development and Promotion of Solar Concentrator based Process Heat Applications, which financed the new testing centre. 
Photo: Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy.
 

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