ESTIF

  • Romania: A Subsidy Scheme and its Implementation Problems

    Romania is the only major country in Europe without a commercial manufacturer of solar flat plate collectors. The photo, however, shows a small, non-commercial collector manufacturing unit in Timişoara, in the west of Romania. It produces collectors for some solar water heating systems...

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  • Market Statistics: Three Studies Analyse Solar Thermal Market Development

    There are signs that the strong decline of the European solar thermal market reported over the last two years came to a halt in 2011 – at least according to three market reports published in June 2012. On 11 June, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) presented its...

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  • Solarthermalworld.org Quiz: All-rounder Win Prizes

    Solar thermal professionals from all around the world took part in the third round of the solarthermalworld.org quiz at the Intersolar Europe in Munich. The three winners, who were announced at the third day of the fair, came from three different countries as well. Daniel Mugnier (center),...

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  • Finland: “Most of Them Think: We Don’t Have Enough Sunshine”

    The Finnish market for solar thermal technology is still in its infancy, but could offer a worthwhile potential. The solar radiation in southern Finland is only 10 to 15 % lower than in Northern Germany and the first domestic manufacturers have already presented collector solutions which...

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  • European Solar Days Expect more than Half a Million Participants

    Grassroots campaign drums up enthusiasm for clean energy: From Tuesday, 1 May, to Sunday, 13 May, hundreds of thousands of European citizens are gathering at locations all across the continent to show their interest in solar energy during the European Solar Days (ESD). At hundreds of events...

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  • Jose Antonio Perez Speaks at ESTEC 2011

    This is an interview with Jose Antonio Perez, from BDR Thermea Group BV, the third largest heating company in Europe. Mr Perez is a Board Member of ESTIF. In this interview he speaks about the importance of solar for his company and gives his opinion on how solar thermal could become more...

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  • Solar Thermal Markets in Europe. Trends and Market Statistics 2010 (2011)

    As in previous years, ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, has issued this publication with detailed data and numbers about the solar thermal market in the EU 27 and Switzerland in 2010.

    In 2010, the European solar thermal market totalled 2.586 MWth (3.694,940 m²...

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  • Great Britain: Launch of the UK Renewable Heat Incentive

    After considerable delays and uncertainty, the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been finally launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme on 28th November 2011. Solar heating is one of the included technologies. The first phase of the tariff...

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  • Swiss Bank Sarasin: World Market Reaches 45 GWth in 2011

    This week, the Swiss Bank Sarasin published the 12th edition of their solar industry report, covering all three solar technologies: solar heating and cooling (ST), photovoltaics (PV), and concentrating solar power (CSP). The chapter on solar thermal identifies great differences...

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  • Portugal: Increase in VAT Rate in 2012

    Apisolar, the Portuguese national solar association, expects a 30% decrease in newly installed collector area this year. The forecast until the end of 2011 is 127,000 m2 (89 MW), whereas around 180,000 m2 of collector area were newly installed in 2010. This year's low...

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  • European Solar Days: Date Set for 2012 Campaign

    The next edition of the European Solar Days – a campaign of national events aimed at promoting the use of solar energy – will be held from 1 to 13 May 2012. The initiative now includes more than 20 participants from 16 countries, who gathered on 7 and 8 November in Prague for the second...

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