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Big Ups and Downs on Global Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 26, 2016
The global solar thermal market went into another year of notable decline in 2015. With 37.2 GWth, the newly installed glazed and unglazed collector capacity in the 18 largest countries was 14 % lower than in 2014 (43.4 GWth). Between 2013 and 2014, the decrease in these 18 major countries – which represent 95-97 % of the world market – had been 15 %. The further slowdown last year was the result of diminishing collector area figures in China (-17 %), and in Europe (nine biggest nations down by -5 %). The countries with the highest growth rates last year were Denmark (+55 %), Turkey (+10 %), Israel (+9 %) and Mexico (+8 %). The chart shows both 2015’s newly installed collector area, broken down by collector type – flat plate, vacuum tube and unglazed collector area, and the 2014-2015 growth rate (excluding China, whose 2015 market volume was 21-times larger than Turkey, which ranked second). China added 30.5 GWth in 2015 of which 12.6 % were flat plate collectors (5.5 million m2). 
Figures: solrico, data: see bottom of the article

Taiwan and Japan: Commonalities and Differences

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 29, 2015

Taiwan and Japan have more in common as it seems at first glance: Both countries do not only belong to the same world region, but their 2014 market volume was of the same size too – around 100,000 m2 of newly installed collector area. And last but not least, vacuum tubes play only a minor role in both countries. Another factor which Taiwan and Japan have in common: they are hardly in the focus of the global solar thermal industry. One difference, however, is that Taiwan benefits from a support structure, whereas the Japanese industry is on its own – still, both markets are shrinking. The photo shows a larger swimming pool installation with collectors by Japanese manufacturer Chiryu. Photo: Chiryu


Japan: Stagnating Market despite Renewables’ Image Boost

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 30, 2012

The solar thermal market in Japan has not profited significantly from the energy crisis after Fukushima in March 2011. The latest statistics of the Japanese Solar System Development Association (SSDA) show that the number of newly installed collector area in 2011 was only slightly higher than in 2010. In fact, the 2011 market volume of 136,600 m² was merely 5 % above the previous year (129,839 m²). The chart depicts the SSDA market statistics for the last four years, including the share of each solar thermal technology.
Source: SSDA

Japan: Tsunami Victims receive Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 3, 2011

 Temporary houses in the nearby town of Rikuzentakata Japanese solar water heater manufacturer Chiryu Heater has equipped 110 new houses for the victims of the tsunami in the small town of Sumita. The beneficiary survived the Tsunami in the costal town of Rikuzentakata, 18 km south of Sumita. Rikuzentakata was one of the towns at Japan's north-east coast that was almost completely destroyed in March this year.
Photo: Chiryu

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