market development

  • Italy: Tax Credits extended but under worse Conditions

    Italy: Tax Credits extended but under worse Conditions

    Photovoltaic and solar thermal systems competing for roof space in Italy's residential sector: Solar electricity is booming, and the 55 % tax reduction for solar thermal installations was just extended for another 12 months. However, the conditions for it will not be as favourable as this...

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  • Canada: Ups and Downs in different Application Areas

    Canada: Ups and Downs in different Application Areas

    After experiencing high growth in 2008, Canada’s solar thermal industry had to cope with mixed results in 2009. The Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets in Canada (2009), conducted by Natural Resources Canada in the period from December 2009 to March 2010, shows...

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  • „Vietnam is a purely commercial market with no subsidies“

    „Vietnam is a purely commercial market with no subsidies“

    Danish company Sunmark A/S has run a collector factory in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, since 2006. Over the years, the factory has been expanded to 14,000 m2 and is currently employing 100 people. Most of the collector production output, an integral part of every Sunmark turnkey energy...

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  • USA: “Growing the SWH market requires long-term support”

    USA: “Growing the SWH market requires long-term support”

    Lisa Frantzis, Managing Director for Renewable and Distributed Energy at Navigant Consulting, has recently completed a study on the history, system types and supply chain of the solar thermal industry. She shared her findings with the participants of the Solar Thermal ’10, the second...

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  • Hungary: Interesting but highly fluctuating Market

    Hungary: Interesting but highly fluctuating Market

    Over the last years, Hungary has turned out to be an interesting but highly fluctuating market for solar thermal technology. Through its subsidiary in the neighbouring country, Austrian manufacturer Tisun has been doing business in Hungary since 2008 and has already made its mark on the...

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  • India: US-India Business Council creates Solar Task Force

    India: US-India Business Council creates Solar Task Force

    Chairwoman of the newly founded Solar Power Task Force in India: Aparna Doshi, Chief Operating Officer of India-headquartered Astonfield, a renewable energy facilitator. She shares the post with Bryan Ashley, Chief Marketing Officer at US-based photovoltaic manufacturer Suniva.
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  • Brazil: “Solar Water Heaters will become a culture”

    Brazil: “Solar Water Heaters will become a culture”

    Carlos F. C. Faria is the founder of Brazilian consultancy Studio Equinócio - SE and former director of the Brazilian solar industry association ABRAVA. Studio Equinócio is dedicated to the development of solar energy in Brazil. The company works in partnership with industries...

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  • Germany: Backlash against Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

    Germany: Backlash against Solar Heating and Cooling Sector

    Prospects for the German solar thermal industry remain gloomy. For the second time in a row, the market has shrunk significantly. The installed collector area in 2009 (1,615,000 m2) was already 23 % less than the record figure in 2008 (2,100,000 m2). In 2010, however,...

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  • Great Britain: Contradictory Results from two Market Surveys

    Great Britain: Contradictory Results from two Market Surveys

    A recent survey of UK Solar Trade Association (STA) members has concluded that solar thermal business has dropped dramatically over the last 3 months. Since the arrival of the new UK Coalition Government, the survey found that almost 50% of solar thermal installers are reporting a 75% or...

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  • “Hot water demand of 120 litres per day per person”

    “Hot water demand of 120 litres per day per person”

    Being a solar consultant, Johannes Waimer is advising the only solar water heater manufacturer in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai-based Premier Solar Technologies Inc. Twenty years ago, he developed an Integrated Storage Collector (ISC), which is still being manufactured today, in Premier...

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  • Wisconsin: Right Place for Solar Thermal Conference

    Wisconsin: Right Place for Solar Thermal Conference

    Solar water heater systems in the state of Wisconsin: The number of commercial systems made a big jump in 2009, whereas the market for residential systems stagnated. The photo shows a collector field on the roof of a high-school swimming pool.
    Photo: Focus on Energy

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