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  • Photo: KBB Kollektorbau

    Berlin-based technology pioneer shuts down collector production

    German OEM manufacturer KBB Kollektorbau has announced plans to shut down its collector and absorber production in Berlin after 25 years. Stephan Fintelmann, Managing Director of KBB, said he will put the company’s modern 11,000 m² office and production building, situated in the city’s...
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    Uncertain prospects for growth in Italy

    Figures from different sources have painted a mixed picture of Italy’s solar thermal market in 2018. According to Assotermica, the country’s Association of Manufacturers of Equipment and Components for Heating Systems, the sector declined by 8 % in 2018 compared to the previous year, mainly...
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  • Illustration: PlanEnergi

    Danish SDH market reaches new milestone

    Denmark has consolidated its lead in the global solar district heating market, as capacity topped 1 GWth in August. The 120 solar district heating plants that are now in operation throughout the country total 1.1 GWth (around 1.6 million m²), according to statistics...
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  • Source: David Ferrari for 2014 to 2018; Solar Heat Worldwide for 2009 to 2013

    Australian market under pressure from multiple sides

    For the second time in a row, the Australian solar heat market showed modest growth (6 %) in the number of glazed collector systems as the new collector area totalled 183,200 m² (128 MWth) in 2018. The above chart is based on preliminary data provided by Dr David Ferrari, who...
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  • Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Germany: Big incentives fail to stop market decline

    Despite a booming building sector and a national support programme, the German solar thermal sector had to grapple with another decline in sales, this time by 10 %, in 2018. Statistics compiled by the associations for the solar and heating industries, BSW Solar and BDH, indicate the...
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  • Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018

    Sales increased in 10 of the key markets 2018

    Approximately 33.3 GWth of new solar thermal capacity was commissioned in 2018, increasing total global capacity by 2 % to around 480 GWth. China accounted for about 74 % of global additions, followed by Turkey, Brazil and the United States. While China’s gross...
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  • Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    Attractive solar cooling market in Italy

    In 2018, Italy was an attractive market for solar cooling solutions thanks to high investment subsidies by national support programme Conto Termico 2.0. Three sorption chiller manufacturers launched projects in the country last year: Maya, an Italian joint-venture with the Japanese company...
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  • “Breakthrough could occur if countries cut fossil fuel subsidies”

    “Breakthrough could occur if countries cut fossil fuel subsidies”

    Over the last 15 years, the annual Renewable Global Status Report has grown into one of the most respected sources of information about the energy market transformation worldwide. It contains data and explanations provided by the REN21 network, which has more than 900 contributors who cover...
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  • The versatility of concentrating collectors

    The versatility of concentrating collectors

    By the end of 2018, more than 500,000 m² of concentrating collector area had been installed globally to provide heat for large commercial and industrial facilities. The biggest installations were started up in China and Australia in 2016 and in Oman in 2017, while a notable number of small...
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  • Stagnating market in Russia

    Stagnating market in Russia

    Compared to the size of the country, Russia’s solar thermal market was still small last year. Dr Semen Frid, who works at the Russian Academy of Sciences, or, more specifically, at its Joint Institute for High Temperatures (JIHT), estimates that 460 m² of collector area was added in 2018....
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  • Megawatt installations on the rise

    Megawatt installations on the rise

    The solar heating and cooling markets show a reversing trend. The majority of the largest markets outside of China saw demand increase for the first time since 2015. This trend change is due to several factors – improved cost-competitiveness of solar thermal systems, rising interest among...
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  • Five multi-megawatt district heating plants under construction

    Five multi-megawatt district heating plants under construction

    Denmark’s turnkey system suppliers are dominating the European solar district heating market. Over the past weeks, they have begun construction on five solar fields larger than 10,000 m² (7 MWth), with four having been announced by Arcon-Sunmark and one by Aalborg CSP. All of...
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