market development

  • Shifting priorities: SWH design and quality

    Shifting priorities: SWH design and quality

    Consumers are paying increasing attention to the design and quality of solar water heater systems, confirmed most of the SWH kit suppliers responding to a global survey by German market research agency solrico in November and December last year. Businesses agreed with the statement that a...
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  • Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    Southern Europe: A good place for SWH companies to do business

    In 2018, solar water heater suppliers headquartered in Europe were more satisfied with sales than those not located on the continent. In all, 78 % of the former saw a strong or slight increase in sales volume last year compared to 2017. Elsewhere, the same was true for only 51 % of all...
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  • Exciting prospects in Kenya, Morocco and the UAE

    Exciting prospects in Kenya, Morocco and the UAE

    Some countries in northern and eastern Africa will grow into important markets for solar thermal products in the coming years: This was a statement the majority of the 58 export-orientated technology suppliers participating in a global survey from November to December 2018 (see the chart...
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  • China: Flat plate collector sales up despite shrinking market

    China: Flat plate collector sales up despite shrinking market

    China’s solar thermal industry needs to adapt to changing demand by focusing on innovation and quality: That was the key message coming out of the annual association meeting titled Practicing new development concepts and adapting to high quality requirements. Held from 11 to 13...
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  • Recovering construction industry bolsters solar growth in Cyprus

    Recovering construction industry bolsters solar growth in Cyprus

    The solar thermal market in Cyprus started growing again between 2014 and 2016 thanks to a building sector that was gradually recovering from the financial crisis of 2008. In a report titled Cyprus Solar Thermal Market Analysis (see the attached document), the authors noted that...
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  • Market for heating appliances in Poland

    Market for heating appliances in Poland

    After two years of declining collector sales, the market in Poland picked up again in the first half of 2018. The chart shows the amount of collector area added each year, based on regular surveys run by SPIUG, the Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Heating Appliances. The yellow...
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  • Canada’s diverse market declined in 2017

    Canada’s diverse market declined in 2017

    The solar thermal market in Canada, a long-term member of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, is comparatively small: Only 24,953 m² of collector area was installed last year. On top of this, the recently published Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets...
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  • Transportable Fresnel collectors to supply process heat in Spain

    Transportable Fresnel collectors to supply process heat in Spain

    Despite great untapped potential, the Spanish solar process heat market is not growing as expected. Is it perhaps because many in the industry are not targeting the right sort of customer? Valencia-based start-up Solatom seems to have devised a winning strategy, offering small and medium-...
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  • Chris Hewett, STA Chief Executive

    Serious economic uncertainties by Brexit in UK

    In 1978, the UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA) was formed to focus on solar water heating. This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary with a chance to reflect the progress made and the future ahead. Over 200,000 solar thermal systems have been installed in the UK during its...
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  • Entirely solar-heated blocks of flats in Switzerland

    Entirely solar-heated blocks of flats in Switzerland

    Switzerland’s solar thermal market showed a slight increase last year, thanks to growing demand for solar hot water systems in multi-family houses. According to a press release from Switzerland’s solar industry association Swissolar on 11 July, glazed and unglazed collector area...

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  • Renewables 2018 Global Status Report

    “Racing down the renewable electricity pathway only”

    The Renewables 2018 Global Status Report illustrates the sharp difference in growth between the renewable electricity and heat markets. Whereas PV had another record year, with newly installed capacity totalling at least 98 GWp in 2017, up from 75 GWp, and...
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    Rising demand for solar heat in large buildings and industry

    By the end of 2017, the market for solar heating and cooling had grown by 472 GWth, which again made it the largest for solar energy in the world. The one for photovoltaic systems gained 402 GWp to become the second-largest, and 5 GWel was enough for...
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