market development

  • Residential Incentive Programme in Malta revised

    Thermosiphon system in Malta: Since the beginning of 2010, the incentive programme for domestic solar water heaters on the Mediterranean Island of Malta has had new frame conditions in place. The government hopes to invite a stronger response with its new scheme than it achieved with the...
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  • Great Britain: Drafting of NREAP without consulting the Public or Stakeholders

    Great Britain is a country with a fair number of governmental initiatives intended to save carbon emissions. Two major documents are the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan and the Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) published in July 2009, which cover all industries and renewable technologies. There is...

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  • USA: Low Expectations and a Shift towards Commercial Systems

    Commercial applications have gained momentum in the US over the last two years. The system shown in the picture is a project by the The Leveredge company from Florida. The 223 m2 installation heats up to 15,000 litres per day.
    Photo: The Leveredge

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  • Canada: Steep increase in unglazed Solar Collectors in 2008

    The Canadian solar thermal market is taking up speed:  Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published the preliminary results of a market survey that found the number of installed collector area to have doubled in 2008, from 61,000 to 125,000 m2. Source: NRCan

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  • Switzerland: Comprehensive Market Survey of Swissolar

    2008 was a very good year for the solar thermal market in Switzerland: The figure shows the annually sold collector area of different technologies. Source: Swissolar market studies Solar Energy 2005 to 2007

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  • Potential of Solar Thermal in Europe (2009)

    This report from 2009 has been commissioned by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and looks into the potential of solar thermal in the European Union. The objective of the study is to provide the European Commission and the Members States with information on how solar thermal...

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  • Slowdown of the Solar Thermal Market in Germany

    The growth of the German solar thermal market is coming to halt – or even worse: The market statistics of the solar industry association BSW-Solar and the heating industry association BDH (BDH/BSI statistics) show a strong decrease during the summer months.
    Photo: Bärbel Epp...

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  • Mexico: Every Third Solar System is Used Commercially

    Commercial use of solar water heaters is gaining momentum in Mexico. Hotels, public swimming pools and industries used about 30 % of the 165,632 m2 (116 MWth) of collector area installed in 2008 to cover their demand in hot water or heating (see the following figure),...

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