This report was prepared within the framework of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an update of the one issued in 2009. The report documents the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide and its contribution in terms of supply of energy and CO2 emissions reduction. Documented collectors comprise unglazed collectors, glazed flat-plate and evacuated tube collectors with water as the energy carrier, as well as glazed and unglazed air collectors.
After describing the solar thermal operational capacity existing at the end of 2009, the subsequent chapters of the report are dedicated to market developments of newly installed capacities and the distribution of systems by system type and application. Positive impacts such as clean energy supply and job creation are also outlined.
The importance of the study rests with the comprehensiveness of the data, as well as the extensive coverage: information had been collected through a questionnaire survey across 53 countries, covering 61% of the world population and almost 90% of the solar thermal market worldwide.
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Author: IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme
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