market development

  • Ireland: Solar Thermal Market takes a Nosedive

    Ireland: Solar Thermal Market takes a Nosedive

    The Kingspan Breffni Park Stadium in County Cavan, Ireland, has profited from its vacuum tube collector installation since August 2010. The solar combi system by Irish company Kingspan Renewables provides solar-heated water for the showers and the heating system of the player’s sanitary...

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  • Greece: How will the Solar Thermal Industry survive the Financial Crisis?

    Greece: How will the Solar Thermal Industry survive the Financial Crisis?

    The solar thermal industry in Greece has not been as much affected by the financial crisis as other sectors in the country. A good case in point is Elitherm, one of the pioneering collector manufacturers in Greece, whose core business was floor heating products, piping and plastic window...

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  • Russia: Krasnodar Krai may become Centre of Solar Industry

    Russia: Krasnodar Krai may become Centre of Solar Industry

    Russian solar thermal system supplier Yuzhgeoteplo is planning to build a new solar collector factory, according to an interview by Russian business paper Delovaya Gazeta Ug with the company’s General Director Vitaly Butuzov. The company is located in Krasnodar Krai, one of Russia...

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  • Austria: Solar Thermal Market on the Verge of Collapse in one Province

    Austria: Solar Thermal Market on the Verge of Collapse in one Province

    In the Austrian province Lower Austria, the cut of direct incentives has led to an almost total collapse of the market for solar thermal systems. The industry association Austria Solar estimates that instead of 6,000 systems as in 2010, only 1,700 new systems are going to be installed in...

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  • Poland: Rapid Growth in 2011

    Poland: Rapid Growth in 2011

    The stagnation in the Polish solar thermal market in 2010 seems already ancient history: The Polish Institute of Renewable Energy - EC BREC (IEO) - expects the solar thermal market to grow by one third this year. “We estimate that up to 200,000 m2 of solar collectors will be...

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  • Portugal: Market Players facing Serious Problems

    Portugal: Market Players facing Serious Problems

    Two months after the new government came to power, its strategy for solar energy still remains a mystery: The new subsidy programme barely mentions renewable energies, but focuses on energy efficiency instead. Last year's two subsidy schemes for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as...

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  • Renewable Energy in Europe. Markets, Trends and Technologies (2010)

    This second edition of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) study presents the latest political, technological, financial and economic information on renewable energy technologies in the fields of heating and cooling, electricity and biofuels in order to reach the binding 2020 target...

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  • Macedonia: "Electricity more important than Heat"

    Macedonia: "Electricity more important than Heat"

    In Macedonia, a solar system has just been installed on the roof of a primary school. The system, which will provide power for lighting and the school computers, is at least a small step towards establishing solar energy in the country - but unfortunately, only in the direction of...

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  • Poland: “Wind of change” blowing for Solar Thermal

    Poland: “Wind of change” blowing for Solar Thermal

    While in most of Europe the solar heating and cooling market has been suffering from a decline in sales since 2009, Poland has experienced a slight growth in its national industry. According to data gathered by ESTIF (European Solar Thermal Industry Federation), Poland was the 8th...

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  • Poland: various commercial Grant Programmes

    Poland: various commercial Grant Programmes

    By the end of 2010, the total surface area of solar collectors in Poland reached 655,000 m2. Newly installed collector area amounted to 146,000 m2, roughly 2,000 m2 more than in 2009. Over the next years, the number of new solar thermal installations is...

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  • Argentina: Market Situation and Barrier Analysis

    Argentina: Market Situation and Barrier Analysis

    Björn Nienborg, researcher at the German institute Fraunhofer ISE, has carried out a survey among solar collector manufacturers and importers in Argentina as part of his Master's study “Renewable Energy Management” at the University of Freiburg. His recently published “Solar Thermal Water...

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