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Business Prospects for Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 11, 2009

This study from 2006 published by Vitae Civilis analyses technical and financial alternatives to traditional water heating systems with a view to boost the development of new business models using solar thermal energy in residential, commercial and services sectors in South American countries.

Solar obligation by the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

The state of Rio de Janeiro is the front runner in terms of solar building codes on a state level. In January 2008, its state government approved a law that makes the installation of solar water heating systems mandatory for public buildings.


Solar Obligation by the Municipality in São Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

The huge city of São Paulo, with its approx. 19 million inhabitants, approved the first solar obligation on a municipality level in July 2007. Solar water heaters have since become mandatory in a wide range of new residential and non-residential buildings.

Growth Above Average in Brazil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 1, 2009

Since 2006, the solar thermal market in Brazil has shown growth rates above average. And according to some experts, these growth rates will continue during the coming years, despite the global economic crisis.

Brazil has used solar thermal technologies to heat water in domestic households for about 20 years now. The increase in newly installed solar collectors per year has been slow, but stable (see chart below) - with the sole exception of the Brazilian electricity crisis in 2001 that caused the rate of installed collectors to increase to 50 %.

R-energy, Sao Paolo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 21, 2009

R-energy is a global initiative to create a comprehensive expo and congress network for the renewable energy industry. During the events visitors will find exhibition areas dedicated to wind energy, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas, etc. The first two editions of R-energy will be held in Buenos Aires and one week later in Sao Paolo. Both editions of R-energy will offer a conference programme with lectures on the latest trends and developments in business and academic sectors of renewable energy in Argentina and Brazil.

Brazil Evaluates Its Solar Thermal Installations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 17, 2008

institute GREEN in Brazil Evaluation project in Brazil: The Grupo de Estudos em Energia (GREEN) at Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, also called the Brazilian Center for the Development of Thermo-Solar Energy, checks the quality of components and installed systems. Foto: GREEN

3rd ISES Latin American Regional Conference and 2nd Brazilian Solar Energy Congress, Florianopolis

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2008

The main objective of the second Brazilian Solar Energy Congress and the third ISES Latin-American Regional Conference is to gather the community involved with the more diverse forms of utilization of solar energy in Brazil and Latin America. Besides thermal and photovoltaic conversion processes, the covered subjects include wind energy, biomass, micro hydro and hydrogen as an energy storage medium. The main focus is scientific and technological but impact analysis, energetic policy and social discussions are not out of range.

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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