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Solar Thermal Action Plan for the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 10, 2014

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.

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.

Market Assessment Report and Solar Thermal Action Plan for the Mediterranean Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 26, 2013

“The Mediterranean region is endowed with a significant market potential and could become a frontrunner in the development of solar water heating and cooling technologies in several application areas.” This is one conclusion of the study “Solar Thermal in the Mediterranean Region - Market Assessment Report” published in September 2012. The association Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie (OME) worked on both the report and a “Solar Thermal Action Plan” for the Mediterranean Region, which was published in December 2012, on behalf of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (see the attached documents).

Albania: UNDP/UNEP Regional Workshop Illustrates Showcases in the Region

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2013

 

Around 30 solar thermal experts from 14 different Mediterranean countries met in Albania on 20/21 March 2013 to discuss strategies for market development. “The target of the workshop was to share knowledge among key experts from both the public and private sectors regarding best practice and deployment strategies in this region,” explains Amr Abdelhai, Project Coordinator at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The two-day workshop was part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH) and was organised by Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie (OME) one of the regional partners of this initiative. The photo shows the visit to the orphan house in Tirana, Albania, at which a 20 m² solar thermal collector field supports domestic hot water and space heating.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

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.

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.

Perspectives for Concentrating Solar Power in Coastal Areas of Mediterranean Sea

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 4, 2009

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.

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