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Newsletter May 2019

World´s largest manufacturers increase production output

Even a globally shrinking market didn’t prevent the largest flat plate collector manufacturers from increasing production output by 7 % in 2018. What ensured their success were steadily growing sales in China and much higher exports from southern European collector manufacturers to the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. As in 2017, multiple Chinese companies made it to the top of the 2018 rankings, which are based on a manufacturer survey carried out this February and March. These rankings are updated once a year by German consulting firm solrico.
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ESCO solar heat projects in Spain
by Riccardo Battisti

More and more system suppliers are offering solar heat supply contracts. Sumersol, based in Spain, specialises in this business, having signed contracts to supply heat produced by 34 solar thermal systems totalling 4,670 m² of collector area.
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“Growing competition from heat pumps and gas boilers”
by Yaping Zhang

The Chinese market has nearly been cut in half since the peak year of 2013. There were multiple reasons for the steep drop in sales, according to an interview with Hongzhi Cheng, Managing Director of consultancy Sun’s Vision based in Dezhou, China.

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Cuts to electricity subsidies boost market
by Lotus Shaheen

For some time, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken steps to diversify into renewable energy generation. Residential buildings, followed by solar-heated pools and hotels, drive demand for hot water in the country. Technology suppiers expects growth because of “the volatile oil price and the cuts to electricity subsidies.”

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GBP 320 million for low-carbon heat networks
by Bärbel Epp

Just 2 % of buildings in the UK are connected to district heating networks. To increase this percentage, the Heat Networks Investment Project was launched last October. The IEA SHC Solar Academy organised a one-day workshop in March 2018 to discuss ways to integrate solar energy into district heating.

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SWOT analysis of building-integrated solar systems
by Riccardo Battisti

Which solar envelope systems are available for sale and what are their main features? A new report that is being drafted in IEA SHC Task 56 will provide stakeholders with a comprehensive SWOT analysis of commercial and prototype solutions.

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Mexico, China and India lead global SHIP market
by Bärbel Epp

In 2018, SHIP suppliers commissioned 104 systems with a combined collector area of at least 57,286 m² (40 MWth). The number of systems was nearly identical to that a year earlier, when 107 installations came online. These are some of the findings from surveying turnkey solutions providers listed on the SHIP Supplier World Map.

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