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Estimated Global Solar Thermal Turnover in 2013: around EUR 18 billion

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 4, 2015
TurnoverSolar heating and cooling is not really the most transparent sector regarding market and industry figures. There is no global solar heat industry council and companies around the globe are using quite different technologies and supply chains – which is exactly why all entities and brand associations have so far hesitated to publish a worldwide turnover for the solar thermal industry. This news piece by German agency solrico will make the first attempt at assessing the sector’s global turnover, which it estimates at EUR 17.996 billion. The following text will list all of the assumptions and estimations done to get to that number, so that any stakeholder or organisation with additional or different information may contact us to improve the assessment (epp@solrico.com). The chart on the left shows the distribution of newly installed, glazed collector area in 2013, and the chart on the right depicts the regional share in 2013 turnover. 
Source: solrico
 

Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This article was written for “Tiempo”, a newsletter on climate and economic development.  It provides information on solar thermal water heating programs targeted for low-income families in Brazil.

Belo Horizonte's Steps Towards a New Solar Energy Legislation (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This case study was written by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. It focuses on the city of Belo Horizonte, which is the capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and recaps their experience in passing a solar thermal hot water heating system mandate for their city.

Belo Horizonte is a major city in Brazil and will host World Cup events in 2014. There are currently 2,600 buildings in Belo Horizonte which the case study claims have resulted in 22,000 tons of CO2 displaced.

Brazilian Scenarios of Solar Energy Applications Using SWERA Outputs (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

There is a large potential for a variety of solar energy, and in particular solar thermal, applications in the country of Brazil. This research paper uses data from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) to analyze the overlap of solar averages with other geographic and socio-economic data.

Solar thermal water heating for residential purposes is the most widely used solar application in Brazil.

Feicon Batimat 2016, Sao Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 8, 2015
The construction world will be gathered at the Anhembi Exhibitors Pavilion, Sao Paulo, where the 22th edition of Feicon Batimat will take place from 12 to 16 April 2016. Feicon Batimat is a trend toolbox for architects, interior designers, retailers, and manufacturers. Visitors can check out all the releases, trends and effective solutions to serve the demanding construction market and its growing demand.
 

Global view: Solar Thermal Markets Transitioning from Residential to Commercial

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2015
TransitionChange is coming to the world’s solar thermal markets: Single-family homes – currently the most important sales segment – are going to lose their significance in the future. Most solar thermal manufacturers across the globe predict their sales to be dominated by other segments over the coming years. These are just some of the results from international survey ISOL Navigator December 2014, a study published by German agency solrico. 365 solar collector manufacturers and solar thermal system suppliers from all corners of the globe participated in the survey. The figures in brackets show the number of questionnaires which were included in calculating the regional averages. 
Figure: solrico
 

“Very few countries have policies explicitly supporting renewable deployment in the industry sector”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 2, 2015
Ruud KempenerThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published two technology briefs last week. The 40-page documents, one entitled Solar Heat for Industrial Processes, the other Solar Heating and Cooling for Residential Applications, give a brief global overview of the market and technology development, including some recommendations for policy makers (see attached documents). It is the first time that the solar thermal sector is in the focus of a technology brief. The studies were published under the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (ETSAP) of the International Energy Agency. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with one of the authors, Ruud Kempener, Technology Roadmap Analyst at the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany.
 

Brazil: Mandatory Certification Postponed to September 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 18, 2015
Certifica SolOriginally, the Brazilian Labelling Program, PBE, was supposed to become mandatory in July 2014. Now, in 2015, the industry is still waiting for the so-called compulsoriedade to become reality. The label has so far only been mandatory for solar water heaters intended for the federal social housing programme Minha Casa Minha Vida (see photo). In January the press department of INMETRO confirmed per email that there was already a new deadline for manufacturers: From September 2015 on, Brazilians may only produce or import collectors and tanks adhering to the technical requirements for quality based on standard ABNT NBR 15747, which is European norm EN 12975-2 adapted to Brazilian climate conditions. INMETRO also confirmed that resellers would still be allowed to buy non-conforming products until March 2016. After that date they could only sell non-conforming products from their own stocks. From March 2017 on, Brazilian developers would no longer be able to buy or install any solar heating system without an INMETRO certificate – assuming that there won’t be any more delays in implementation.
 

Brazil: Chinese Technology Dominates Imports

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 26, 2015
Brazil ImportsBrazil´s solar thermal market grew by 20 % in 2012 and 2013, and therefore has been attracting an increasing number of international suppliers. Imports, mainly from China, have tripled since 2009. According to online portal AliceWeb, which includes the official foreign trade statistics for 2014, Brazil imported solar water heater equipment registered under code NCM 84191910 at a value of USD 4.6 million. The chart shows from where the equipment was imported.
 

CB-SOl 2015, Sao Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 20, 2015
The 3rd Brasilian Congress of Solar Heating CB-Sol 2015 will take place from 2 to 3 September at Expo Center Norte, Sao Paulo. During the congress, national and international guests will present innovative solar heating projects developed in several cities in Brazil and the world.The congress takes place parallel to the three day fair Intersolar South America from 1 to 3 September 2015.
 

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