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Newsletter May 2020

Growing calls for carbon taxes and mandatory quotas

Around the world, new industrial solar heat capacity reached record-breaking levels in 2019, coming to 251 MW in total. The top five countries in terms of capacity additions were Oman (180 MW), China (53 MW), Mexico (3 MW), India (2 MW) and Germany (1 MW). However, nearly all (93 %) suppliers of SHIP, or solar heat for industrial processes, were unsatisfied with business growth last year. These are the findings from surveying the about 80 companies listed on the SHIP Supplier World Map, which was created as part of the international Solar Payback project.

Despite their years-long focus on industrial customers , most turnkey system providers listed on the map were able to put up just one SHIP plant every two years, mainly because of clients’ slow decision-making processes and low fossil fuel prices. 

Consequently, the calls for introducing a carbon pricing on fossil fuels or mandatory clean energy quotas have become much louder. Today’s policy framework will need to improve significantly over the short term to prevent an eventual exodus of SHIP companies from the market, as they have been experiencing highly fluctuating demand for their services.

Three of this month’s news articles discuss the results of the latest SHIP Supplier Survey. We would also like to invite you to a webinar on the opportunities and challenges in the industrial solar heat sector. The event will take place on 14 May 2020 at 12 am Central European Summer Time. You can register for it online.

Update on SHIP markets 2019
SHIP supplier rankings
Factors driving SHIP growth 
Webinar invitation
Acquisition of strategic importance
by Bärbel Epp

Greenonetec, the largest collector manufacturer in Europe, purchased key parts of the business of Danish-based Arcon-Sunmark, the European leader in developing solar district heating projects, at the end of March. The company closed most of its business, because of considerable losses.

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World’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers in 2019
by Bärbel Epp

One-half of the world’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers expressed satisfaction with how business developed in 2019. The big manufacturers based in China consolidated their market positions, because of increasing demand for flat plate collectors in new high-rise buildings.

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Climate neutrality will become binding EU target
by Bärbel Epp

In early March, the European Commission published its proposal for a European Climate Law, including regulations on how to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Such a binding target would be a great achievement, since the EU has mostly had non-bunding climate goals so far.

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Hybrid solutions maximise solar yield per area
by Bärbel Epp

A record 840 people registered for the PVT solutions webinar in order to learn more about the wide range of applications in which hybrid PV-Thermal systems can be used. They offer attractive payback periods whenever a constant amount of heat is needed all year round and electricity is consumed on site.

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Compact heat battery with virtually no heat loss
by Bärbel Epp

A compact thermochemical seasonal storage system put up at a demonstration site in Warsaw, Poland, is working as expected. The prototype consists of three evacuated modules filled with 400 litres of salt each. The research project identified improved storage materials and components.

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