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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


Taiwan/Germany: Newly Founded Joint Venture for Blue Coatings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2013

Until recently, a handful of German manufacturers had practically dominated the market for “blue” selective absorber coatings. Since 1 January 2013, a supplier from Taiwan has now been part of this select group, too: Alanod-Xxentria Technology Materials, headquartered in Tainan. The new company is a joint venture between the German Alanod Group, the worldwide largest producer of absorber sheets coated with PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition), and Xxentria Technology Materials. The latter is a stock-listed company which bought a new PVD coating line with an annual capacity of 8 to 10 million m² from German machinery supplier Von Ardenne Anlagentechnik GmbH one and a half years ago. With it, Xxentria was planning to offer selectively coated absorbers and highly reflective materials to the solar thermal industry. In addition, the new company operates a completely up-to-date anodising line, together with a slitting and cut-to-length facility. The capital invested in Alanod-Xxentria Technology Materials amounts to USD 66 million.

Taiwan: Regional Subsidy Programmes Are Main Force behind Growth

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 26, 2012

After the boom year of 2010, the latest market research from the Taiwanese National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) shows a strong decline in the Taiwanese market in 2011: With 116,000 m2 of newly installed collector area, last year’s figures were back to the level of 2009. The regional subsidy programme of the government of Kaohsiung city caused the 2010 sales peak of around 140,000 m² - before the programme ran out at the end of 2010. The authors of the study counted a subsidised 8,391 solar water heaters with 43,235 m² of collector area that were subsidised through the Kaohsiung city programme in 2010, 56 % more than in the previous year. This led the authors of the study to the conclusion that the “current national subsidy programme has recently lost its momentum in terms of expanding the market. This makes it all the more important for regional subsidy programmes to become the main force in growing sales.” NCKU´s 2012 market report is still under review and has not yet been published officially (find NCKU´s 2011 market survey attached below).
Photo: Appropedia

Taiwan: National Athletic Games in solar-heated Pools

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 21, 2011

 National Chung Hsing University ” Both the National High School Athletic Games (April 2011) and the National Intercollegiate Athletics (May 2011) were held at the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) located in Taichung City, Taiwan. To prepare for these important events, 691 m² of collector area were set up, heating pool water through sunlight. The operating solar thermal system was planned and installed by Taiwanese company Sunwe Pools Enterprise Co., Ltd. based in the same city.
Photo: Sunwe

“Made in Taiwan is a brand name which still sells”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 17, 2011

 Installation at the elementary school in the municipality of Jin-Yue, Taiwan” Taiwan remains a country strongly dominated by flat plate collectors. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with local solar thermal manufacturers and planners about the advantages of the technology in comparison to vacuum tubes. The photo shows an installation at the elementary school in the municipality of Jin-Yue - planned and installed by Taiwanese company Wang Aun.
Photo: Wang Aun

Record Year 2008: Global Market Growth of 35 %

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 5, 2010

 solar heat worldwide study In 2008, the global solar thermal market grew by a significant 35%. The main reasons behind such a strong upward trend were the high growth rates of glazed water collectors in China (+35 %), Europe (+63 %) and North America (+42 %). Graphic: AEE Intec

Taiwan: A Densely Populated Island with an Interesting Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2009

system of homemark in Taiwan” Thermosiphon systems with a horizontal storage tank positioned above the solar collectors are typically used for solar hot water production in Taiwan. Photo: Homemark

Incentive Measures for Promoting Solar Water Heating Systems in Taiwan

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2009

The national subsidy scheme in Taiwan is in place since 2009, however the level of subsidise changes regularly and depends now on the  type of solar collector and the location where the collector is installed. A residential homeowner receives between 1,500 and 4,500 New Taiwan Dollar (NTD) per m² (approximately 40 to 120 EUR/m2) . 

 

Effective Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2009

IEA Study "Solar Heat Worldwide": Global Market Growth of 22 % in 2006

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2008

2006 was an extremely satisfying year for the global solar thermal industry. According to the new study “Solar Heat Worldwide. Markets and contribution to the Energy Supply 2006” on behalf of IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme the new installations grew 22 % in 2006. The authors from the Austrian research institute AEE Intec surveyed 48 countries and added up the newly installed collector area to 18.3 GWth (26.1 million m2).

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