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Solar Water Heating Techscope Market Readiness Assessment Report and Analysis Tool

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 12, 2015

 The Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report (SWH TechScope Report) was developed under the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, a joint initiative undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with co-financing by the International Copper Association (ICA).

This report was developed to support the growth of the global solar water heating market (SWH) by providing a replicable, high-level, and publicly available Methodology to evaluate the solar water heating policy, finance and investment, business, and quality control infrastructure across countries: the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Methodology. The report is intended to be used in concert with two Excel-based evaluation tools, the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator.

Regional Market Assessment Report in the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2014

The purpose of this regional market assessment report is to help overcome some relevant barriers which currently prevent solar water heating (SWH) systems from providing a larger share of energy supply in Mediterranean countries, i.e. the lack of knowledge and trust on the technology, as well as the lack of systematic statistics on the solar thermal market and industry, and the very limited return on experiences.

Regional Workshop for the Transformation and Strengthening of Solar Water Heating in Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 9, 2012

This workshop report summarises the regional meeting held in Chile from 22-23 June 2011 as part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). Organised by the Latin American Energy Association (OLADE, and regional partner for the project) together with the Chilean Ministry of Energy, the Regional Workshop looked to strengthen the network for SWH in Latin America and the Caribbean, with expert speakers and participants from nine Latin American countries.

Regional Workshop Report for the Transformation and Strengthening of Solar Water Heating in the Mediterranean

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 6, 2012


This report summarises the second regional meeting held as part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). The meeting was held from 18-19 April 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon. The event was coordinated by the Renewable Energy Division of OME in cooperation with the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, UNEP and UNDP. It gathered 50 experts from 10 Mediterranean countries for knowledge sharing across the two day programme. This report summarises the presentations made across the opening and thematic sessions.

Presentation on Engaging Banks in providing end-user financing to the SWH Industry

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2012

This presentation summarises the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s efforts to engage banks in providing end-user finance to support the development of the Solar Water Heating Industry. It works to support the banking sector and other financial players in creating tailored energy finance mechanisms to support the national industry.

As a case study, the presentation summarises the PROSOL project in Tunisia, a financial support mechanism with loans financed through local banks. The project was underwritten by Italy, and has resulted in 285,000m2 installed Solar Water Heaters (95,000 installations).

China: Workshop on Building-integrated Solar Energy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2012

 IMSIA workshop The International Metal Solar Industrial Alliance (IMSIA) and the newly founded China Association of Building Energy Efficiency (BISE) have started off their official cooperation at the beginning of March by organising a first shared workshop on Building-integrated Solar Energy in Chengdu, Sichuan province. The objective of the new initiative is to increase the share of energy-efficient buildings and the use of renewable energies in the construction sector.
Photo: IMSIA

Brazil: Solar Water Heater Case Studies in Multi-family Housing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 22, 2012

 Multi-family buildings in Brazil In cooperation with engineering office SE-Studio Equinócio, the International Copper Association (ICA) Latin America has released a publication which highlights the use of solar heating in large residential buildings. Three installations that have been monitored for several years show the economic, environmental and operational results of solar hot water use. The main conclusion: Solar heating reduces gas consumption by between 30% and 50% and pays back in less than four years (see the attached PDF in Portuguese).
Photo: ICA

China: Architects and Engineers Surveyed on Solar Obligations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 6, 2012

 Joseph Huang “The solar mandatory laws in provinces and cities in China constitute a very good policy. Only the implementation methods seem rather inappropriate in some cases,” Joseph Huang summarised the results of a study among architects and engineers in the Chinese solar thermal sector in a presentation held at the conference Solar Thermal Power Forum in Beijing in February 2012. The study was carried out on behalf of the Chinese International Metal Solar Industry Alliance (IMSIA). Huang himself is Project Manager Building Energy Management at the Chinese office of the International Copper Association (ICA) and also founded the IMSIA in November 2010.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

Solar Water Heating Calculator

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 17, 2012

The requirement of hot water varies from person to person depending upon his water uses pattern. However, it is estimated that the average hot water requirement per person per day in an average household in India is around 65 liters at 40º C. For calculations of hot water requirement and sizing of solar water heater system, a software was designed in India to help any resident to calculate their Solar Water Heating System needs.

Solar Heat for Industrital Process Technical Report. State of the Art in the Mediterranean Region

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 9, 2012

The objective of this technical report is to provide an overview of the state of the art of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP), to describe the main technologies existing worldwide, particularly in the Mediterranean, and give recommendations aimed at supporting the spread of this technology. Although there is a very limited penetration of solar technologies in the industrial sector, there is a great untapped potential.


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