Worldwide capacity of solar thermal energy greatly underestimated (2004)

This document publishes new statistics on the use of solar thermal energy, provided by the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and major solar thermal trade associations. These statistics are to show the vast underestimation of the capability for solar thermal installations to meet energy demands.

Solar thermal installations have traditionally been measured in square meters of collector area; this unit however is not comparable with other energy sources.  For this reason there has not been a correct estimation of the power that solar thermal energy actually holds.  Solar thermal experts from 7 different countries along with the the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) came up with a new conversion system to rectify this issue.

In the document there are links to the organization who contributed in the meeting to come up with this conversion system.  There is also a link to a more in-depth discussion of the conversion factor. 

Author: Uwe Brechlin

Date: 2004

Pages: 4

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