This paper is the Cairo workshop report concerning Solar Water Heater (SWH) technologies used in the six Arab countries. The workshop was organized by the Egyptian-German Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP) in cooperation with GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation) and with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The aim was to compare the use of SWH technologies and to present a SWH market overview of those countries.
Each country is treated in a dedicated chapter, all chapters having a similar structure. After a summary of the SWH market and the existing local manufacturers and suppliers, the analysis outlines the potential of each country, both in terms of energy sources in general and solar thermal opportunities. The main body of the analysis encompasses the current market situation and the technologies in place, together with a detailed account of the existing market barriers: political/policy, economic, financial and social. Finally, the research proposes a country-by-country set of recommendations.
Besides compiling and comparing the status quo for SWH in the region, this initiative can be seen as a good example for regional cooperation between bilateral or regional programmes supported by European stakeholders.
Author: Egyptian-German Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP)
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