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    French SOCOL network analyses market drivers and barriers

    The SOCOL network has become more involved than ever in shaping the future of the French solar thermal sector, having grown quickly from just 155 experts in 2013 to 2,500...
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    Solar thermal plays minor role in Italy’s energy strategy

    Solar thermal had been mentioned in only five lines in the first draft of Italy’s National Energy Strategy in June 2017, before public consultation took place. The aim of the document has been to set objectives and provide scenarios for national energy supply and demand until 2030. The...
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    Spain: Marketing Activities Foster SHIP Market

    The Spanish market for Industrial Solar Heat (SHIP) is still small: Currently, there are only three installations ongoing across the country (see screen shot). Now, the Spanish Solar Concentra platform intends to support market development by identifying 130 potential industrial SHIP...
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    SHC 2017 / He Tao: Improving the Quality in China´s Solar Thermal Market

    With more than 400 million square meters of solar collector area, China is the largest market for solar water heaters in the world. Since the 1980ies, the country is working on setting up quality standards and testing labs. Today, 80 percent of the domestically produced solar thermal systems...

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    SHC 2017 / Helvi Ileka: Solar Heat reduces Energy Imports for Namibia

    Namibia is southern Africa´s front runner in terms of solar energy. Solar could provide energy security for the country that depends heavily on fuel imports. This includes power and water heating for homes, but also heat for the food and mining industry and desalination of water. Helvi Ileka...

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    Switzerland: Current CO2 Tax Does Little to Help Solar Thermal

    The solar thermal market in Switzerland has been shrinking for the past years because of increasing competition from photovoltaics and heat pumps. Additionally, the low oil price has led to a wait-and-see attitude among potential customers. The market continues to show no signs of an upturn...
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  • Belo Horizonte

    Belo Horizonte – Brazil´s Solar Capital

    Belo Horizonte, a municipality about 600 km north of Sao Paulo in the state of Minas Gerais, is also known as the solar capital of Brazil. Not only does it have a population of about 2.5 million, but solar water heater installations on many of its high-rise multifamily buildings. The photo...
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    Switzerland: Strong Heat Pump and PV Competition

    There couldn’t be a starker contrast between the market development of two renewable heat segments: Whereas Swiss heat pump sales remained at around 18,400 units per year from 2014 to 2016, collector sales dropped significantly from 117,634 m² in 2014 to 66,699 m² last year. Market volume...
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  • Slovenia: On the Path to Renewable District Heating

    Slovenia: On the Path to Renewable District Heating

    District heating networks supplied by renewable energy sources (RES) are widely recognised today as one of the most effective ways to decarbonise the heating sector. The EU’s CoolHeating project has been supporting the implementation of small, modular renewable heating and cooling grids for...
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    Brazil: Energy Ministry with Big Plans for Solar

    The focus of the Intersolar South America in Sao Paulo: photovoltaics. Increasing electricity prices in Brazil and net metering options have generated interest among PV manufacturers from all over the world. The fair organisers, German-based Solar Promotion, said that the number of...
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