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The Mediterranean region is endowed with significant, yet largely untapped solar resources. Solar water heating (SWH) systems are already commercially viable and, in some cases, already cost competitive. In particular, domestic solar water heating applications are the most well-known and widespread. A great potential is still to be tapped in other niches. Thus, promising future applications include process heat, district heating, cooling and desalination.
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.
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.
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.
This paper looks into the possible applications of CSP on the coastal areas of the mediterranean region. Starting with providing a short overview on the available CSP technologies, the document also looks into what the potential and market perspectives are for this technology.