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  • Portuguese industry without representation

    Since 2016, Portugal’s solar industry association Apisolar has had to make do without official data on the country's solar thermal market. The most recent figure, which shows 46,134 m² (32 MWth) of newly installed collector area, dates to 2015 and marked a 9 % drop compared to...
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  • District heating in smart cities drives market

    A new report published in December 2018 expects the global district heating market to grow by over USD 43.2 billion between 2018 and 2022, at an average rate of around 4 % a year, with the key driver being the implementation of district heating projects in smart cities. Consequently,...

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  • Networking app for renewable projects

    Fostering collaboration between investors, renewable technology suppliers and project developers has been the idea behind a new website called vestfind.com. The aim is to offer institutional fund managers and investors a database to find projects that suit their portfolios. The...
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  • Testing collector durability in China

    How well will evacuated tube collectors made in China hold up after prolonged exposure to sunlight? The answer to this question can be found in a new report, titled Development of Accelerated Ageing Tests for Evacuated Tube Collectors. Created by the China Academy of Building...
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  • Shifting priorities: SWH design and quality

    Consumers are paying increasing attention to the design and quality of solar water heater systems, confirmed most of the SWH kit suppliers responding to a global survey by German market research agency solrico in November and December last year. Businesses agreed with the statement that a...
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  • Exciting prospects in Kenya, Morocco and the UAE

    Some countries in northern and eastern Africa will grow into important markets for solar thermal products in the coming years: This was a statement the majority of the 58 export-orientated technology suppliers participating in a global survey from November to December 2018 (see the chart...
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  • Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    In 2018, solar water heater suppliers headquartered in Europe were more satisfied with sales than those not located on the continent. In all, 78 % of the former saw a strong or slight increase in sales volume last year compared to 2017. Elsewhere, the same was true for only 51 % of all...
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  • Five new solar-bioenergy villages in Germany

    Five German bioenergy villages added solar fields to their district heating systems in 2018. It was a significant increase over 2017 and 2016, when only one larger field was commissioned once a year. Each village benefits from 100 % solar energy in summer, which leaves time to overhaul...
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  • Supporting quality standards in Jordan

    Jordanian-based NUR Solar Systems increased sales of solar water heaters significantly last year. Their share in total turnover jumped from 40 % in 2017 to 80 %. Laith Zatar, Project Manager at NUR, pointed to growing demand from NGOs and the residential sector as the key reasons for the...
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  • China: Flat plate collector sales up despite shrinking market

    China’s solar thermal industry needs to adapt to changing demand by focusing on innovation and quality: That was the key message coming out of the annual association meeting titled Practicing new development concepts and adapting to high quality requirements. Held from 11 to 13...
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  • Concentrating solar heat for dairies in India

    A one-day workshop titled Solar – A Green Energy Alternate to Augmented Dairy Farmers’ Income has given stakeholders a chance to discuss how to increase solar heat use in India’s dairy industry. The workshop, which took place on 9 January in New Delhi, had been organised by the...
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  • “SDH – a proven technology with a long track record of success”

    In as little as nine months, a Chinese-Danish joint venture named Arcon-Sunmark Large-Scale Solar Systems Integration built its first solar district heating plant in Tibet, commissioning the installation in mid-December 2018. The system consists of 22,275 m² of flat plate collectors and a...
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