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India: Statistics to Determine Vacuum Tube Market Share

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 17, 2015
India Market StatisticsFlat plate collectors – India’s dominant solar thermal technology about a decade ago – has lost a significant portion of its market share in recent years. Although the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the Indian authority responsible for solar heating statistics, has never published an official figure for the market share of vacuum tube collectors in a given year, a June 2013 interview with former MNRE Director Veena Sinha revealed that the share of vacuum tubes in the residential sector was close to 60 % in Financial Year 2012-2013. The 2014 statistics of online portal Solarwhin still show just about the same percentage: Of the 607,751 m² of subsidised collector area in 2014, 61 % were vacuum tube collectors (369,292) and 39 % flat plate collectors (238,459 m²) – see also the attached PDF, which resulted from a query to the online Solarwhin database. The pie chart above shows the Indian states in which most of the collector area was installed in 2014.
Source: Solarwhin
 

France: Mixed Feelings about 2015 Industry Development

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2015
Workshop Aix-les-BainsThe solar thermal industry in France is going through difficult times: In 2014, market volume decreased again, this time by around 15 %, and business satisfaction among solar thermal system suppliers has been low. Both results are outcomes of the second one-day workshop held in Aix-les-Bains, a city in Savoie, south of Geneva, on 16 September 2014. Around 130 experts from the industry, research and service providers followed the invitation of Enerplan, the Union of Professionals in Solar Energy, to discuss the “Current State of Solar Heat in France”. Two of the meeting’s hot topics were innovation and reductions in system costs. As every cloud has a silver lining, there are two policy improvements this year: The tax credit for energy efficiency measures and renewable heating systems in residential homes will remain at 30 % until 31 December 2015 and the budget of the national subsidy scheme Fonds Chaleur (Heat Fund) will double from EUR 220 million in 2014 to EUR 400 million in 2017 and benefit multi-family and tertiary buildings. On the other hand, the government extended the 7 kWh/m2 bonus for multi-family houses within building standard RT1012 until 2018. The industry hoped that the bonus found in the RT 2012 building regulations would be rescinded at the end of 2014.
Photo: Enerplan
 

Czech Republic: Third Call for Nová Zelená Úsporám to Start in April 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 31, 2015
Nová Zelená ÚsporámThe stop and go of the national Czech subsidy scheme, Nová Zelená Úsporám (NZU) or New Green Savings, continues: The last application was accepted on 31 December 2014, the programme administrators from the Czech State Environmental Fund said in a press release published on 8 January 2015. The second call for applications to the NZU programme ran from April to December 2014 and resulted in 6,110 submitted applications for a total value of Czech Crown (CZK) 1.377 billion (EUR 49.6 million). According to Lenka Brandtová, the spokes woman of the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic, 44 % of the applications in 2014 included solar water heaters, which corresponds to 2660 subsidised solar thermal systems.
 

Portugal: Market Transformation in Time of Crisis

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 29, 2015
Portugal chartThe Portuguese solar thermal market seemed to have stabilised in 2014: The first estimates by the Portuguese national solar industry association, Apisolar, show that the collector area sold last year was at around the same level as in the year before. According to a press release from last November, the association assumes a maximum decline of 7 % in 2014, resulting in a newly installed collector area of around 53,000 m². This brings the market back to the level of 2007, the year after the national solar obligation had come into effect in July 2006, but before the national incentive programme Medida Solar Térmico was launched in March 2009. After the stop of the incentive programme in May 2010, the market declined at double-digit rates over three years.
Source: Apisolar
 

Poland: Swiss Contribution Ups Solar Thermal Funding

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 28, 2015
Poland HospitalThe binational cooperation between Switzerland and Poland to support solar thermal technology has reached the halfway mark: According to the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), there were around 30,000 m² of solar water heaters installed between 2012 and 2014. Until the end of the implementation process in December 2016, this number should rise to at least 103,000 m2 for an estimated 20,000 private households and 195 public institutions. The photo shows a solar thermal collector field at a public hospital in Poland. 
Photo: SECO
 

Spain: Castile and León Region Approves New Solar Incentives

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 27, 2015
Castile LeonThe largest region in Spain, Castile and León, has launched a new incentive programme for energy efficiency measures and renewable energies such as solar thermal, geothermal and biomass. Groups of flat owners, individual home owners, as well as public institutions can submit applications to the regional authorities until 11 March 2015. Castile and León, with a population of 2.5 million, had a total installed solar thermal capacity of 154,000 m² by the end of 2013, which represented 4.8 % of the total installed capacity that year and corresponds with the fact that the region accounts for 5.4 % of the country’s total population. Newly installed collector area, however, has gone down over the last years according to data from the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving, IDAE.
Figure: IDAE
 

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.
 

Spain: Andalusia Incentives Continue Until June 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 18, 2015
AndalusiaThe good results achieved by the Andalusian solar thermal incentive scheme, Prosol, have encouraged the regional government to extend the programme, but only until June 2015. Prosol subsidies cover up to 40 % of the investment costs in new solar thermal systems. The Andalusian market contributed roughly one-third to the entire newly installed capacity in Spain in 2014.
Source: Energy Agency of Andalusia and own calculations
 

Bulgaria: New Solar Thermal Market Data Published

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 12, 2015
It is crucial for stakeholders – no matter in which markets they operate – to obtain accurate statistical data before making investment decisions. Sometimes, however, this is not an easy task; an example of how difficult it is to rely on published statistics is the Bulgarian market for solar thermal energy. The June 2014 market report by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) showed the newly installed collector area in Bulgaria in 2013 to add up to 5,600 m². But the country’s leading flat plate collector manufacturer, NES New Energy Systems, located in the town of Shumen in northeast Bulgaria, reported an annual production volume of 20,000 m² for 2013 and sales of 12,000 m² during the same year. This means that the NES collectors alone (assuming that they were installed) would double the market volume which was published in the ESTIF report. In an attempt to find an explanation for the diverging figures, solarthermalworld.org contacted the available sources.
 

Turkey: State Activities in Solar Thermal Market Difficult to Research

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 2, 2015
Toki project 2014Multi-family houses with central solar hot water systems, such as the ones on the photo, have become increasingly common in Turkey. According to the latest survey among collector manufacturers, which was carried out by German agency solrico, more than half of the larger Turkish companies consider multi-family buildings to have been the fastest-growing segment in 2014. Four in ten are convinced that this segment will dominate their sales in 2020. Solarthermalworld.org then tried to enquire about the role that the Housing Development Administration, TOKI, plays in the market’s transition – a rather difficult undertaking, as the following story shows.
Photo: Simsek
 

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