Solrico

  • Estimated Global Solar Thermal Turnover in 2013: around EUR 18 billion

    Estimated Global Solar Thermal Turnover in 2013: around EUR 18 billion

    Solar heating and cooling is not really the most transparent sector regarding market and industry figures. There is no global solar heat industry council and companies around the globe are using quite different technologies and supply chains – which is exactly why all entities and...
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  • France: Mixed Feelings about 2015 Industry Development

    France: Mixed Feelings about 2015 Industry Development

    The solar thermal industry in France is going through difficult times: In 2014, market volume decreased again, this time by around 15 %, and business satisfaction among solar thermal system suppliers has been low. Both results are outcomes of the second one-day workshop held in Aix-les-...
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  • Portugal: Market Transformation in Time of Crisis

    Portugal: Market Transformation in Time of Crisis

    The Portuguese solar thermal market seemed to have stabilised in 2014: The first estimates by the Portuguese national solar industry association, Apisolar, show that the collector area sold last year was at around the same level as in the year before. According to a press release from...
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  • Turkey: State Activities in Solar Thermal Market Difficult to Research

    Turkey: State Activities in Solar Thermal Market Difficult to Research

    Multi-family houses with central solar hot water systems, such as the ones on the photo, have become increasingly common in Turkey. According to the latest survey among collector manufacturers, which was carried out by German agency solrico, more than half of the larger Turkish companies...
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  • Worldwide: Largest Flat Plate Collector Manufacturers in 2013

    Worldwide: Largest Flat Plate Collector Manufacturers in 2013

    The number one in the ranking of the worldwide largest flat plate collector manufacturers based on collector area produced in 2013 is still Austrian OEM collector manufacturer Greenonetec, followed by three non-European manufacturers from BRICS countries: Soletrol from Brazil, as well as...
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  • Greece: Nobel Moves Solar Water Heater Production to Bulgaria

    Greece: Nobel Moves Solar Water Heater Production to Bulgaria

    Greek manufacturer Nobel Xilinakis moved its solar water heater production to the Elin Pelin industrial park in the Sofia region of Bulgaria. The relocation had already been completed at the end of 2013, but became public only through the current World Map of the Solar Thermal Industry,...

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  • Norway: Research Community Visits Estate Built with Polymer Collectors

    Norway: Research Community Visits Estate Built with Polymer Collectors

    Norwegian collector manufacturer Aventa and the University of Oslo’s Department of Physics jointly hosted two meetings in the middle of October: The meeting of Task 39 (Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications) of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and...
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  • Austria: Search for Innovative Incentive Schemes

    Austria: Search for Innovative Incentive Schemes

    Austria has a leading position in solar energy use worldwide. 3.5 GWth (5 million m²) of solar thermal capacity had been installed in total until the end of 2012. Based on the specific collector area per inhabitant, Austria ranks third after Cyprus and Israel. The key...
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  • Germany: World Map of Solar Process Heat Collector Industry 2014

    Germany: World Map of Solar Process Heat Collector Industry 2014

    There is enormous demand for industrial heat in the temperature range between 100 and 250 °C all around the world, and solar thermal technologies are said to play an important role in covering this demand over the next decades. A joint project by magazine Sun & Wind Energy and German...
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  • SMEThermal 2014: “The challenge is the energy storage”

    SMEThermal 2014: “The challenge is the energy storage”

    Large storage capacity, modular design, high storage density and low heat losses: These are the current requirements for solar thermal heat storage. The result is that hot water storage products are often stretched to their limits. Alternatives could be phase change materials (PCMs) or...
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