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  • Heat supply contracts: Popular but hard to implement

    Heat supply contracts: Popular but hard to implement

    A popular business model for solar thermal companies is a heat supply contract. More than 80 % of the businesses shown on the global map of turnkey systems providers for industrial solar heat, also known as SHIP, see these contracts and ESCOs as important means to boost sales. Almost the...
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  • Industrial Solar and Gasco join forces

    Industrial Solar and Gasco join forces

    In February, Germany’s Industrial Solar and Australia’s Gasco signed a cooperation agreement to develop the solar process heat market in Australia and its neighbouring countries by offering hybrid systems which use both solar and fossil energy. The photo shows a solar field installed by...
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  • Demand falls as Kenya ends solar thermal regulations

    Demand falls as Kenya ends solar thermal regulations

    In August 2018, Kenya’s parliament revoked the rules that stipulated the installation of solar thermal systems in buildings needing more than 100 litres of hot water per day. Drafted by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in 2012, they came into effect on 25 May 2017 following a...
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  • Position papers on daylighting and standards & certification

    Position papers on daylighting and standards & certification

    Why promote the use of daylight in non-residential buildings? What measures should government agencies take to help the market? How vital is it to standardise and certify solar thermal products? Answers to these questions can be found in position papers recently published by the IEA Solar...
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  • World’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers in 2018

    World’s largest flat plate collector manufacturers in 2018

    2018 saw much consolidation in the global collector industry. In spite of a shrinking market around the world, however, the largest flat plate collector manufacturers managed to increase production output by 7 %. Their success was due to steadily growing sales in China and the bright...
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  • 20,000 subsidised solar water heaters in Jordan

    20,000 subsidised solar water heaters in Jordan

    The Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) has launched a project to bring solar hot water to all parts of the Hashemite Kingdom. Its aim is to have 20,000 solar water heaters (SWHs) installed in the residential sector between 2013 and 2019. The business in charge of...
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  • Swiss study identifies 5.6 GWth of SHIP potential at up to 100 °C

    Swiss study identifies 5.6 GWth of SHIP potential at up to 100 °C

    Theoretically, Switzerland would need to install 8 million m² of collector area (5.6 GWth) to exploit the full potential of industrial solar heat below 100 °C, considering an annual yield of 400 kWh/m². The related study, titled Sol-Ind Swiss, was presented by its author,...
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  • Mexico, China and India lead global SHIP market

    Mexico, China and India lead global SHIP market

    In 2018, suppliers of industrial solar heat technology commissioned 104 systems with a combined collector area of at least 57,283 m² (40 MWth). The number of systems was nearly identical to that a year earlier, when 107 installations came online. At the end of last year, at least...
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  • “Growing competition from heat pumps and gas boilers”

    “Growing competition from heat pumps and gas boilers”

    The Chinese market for solar thermal systems has nearly been cut in half since the peak year of 2013 and is almost back to 2008 levels. 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...
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  • ESCO solar heat projects in Spain

    ESCO solar heat projects in Spain

    More and more system suppliers are offering solar heat supply contracts, which reflects a growing trend in the solar heating and cooling market. And while most see Energy Service Companies, or ESCOs, as one among several options, Sumersol, based in Spain, specialises in this business,...
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  • New U.S. standard for solar pool and spa heaters

    New U.S. standard for solar pool and spa heaters

    The solar thermal industry in the United States can now rely on a new standard for solar thermal systems for pools and spas. The new standard will be published in the 2021 International Swimming Pool, and Spa Code (ISPSC), and will be released in 2020. The ISPSC is used and...
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  • SWOT analysis of building-integrated solar systems

    SWOT analysis of building-integrated solar systems

    Which solar envelope systems are available for sale and what are their main features? A new report that is being drafted in Task 56 (Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting) of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme will provide stakeholders with a...
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