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IEA Study "Solar Heat Worldwide": Global Market Growth of 22 % in 2006

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2008

2006 was an extremely satisfying year for the global solar thermal industry. According to the new study “Solar Heat Worldwide. Markets and contribution to the Energy Supply 2006” on behalf of IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme the new installations grew 22 % in 2006. The authors from the Austrian research institute AEE Intec surveyed 48 countries and added up the newly installed collector area to 18.3 GWth (26.1 million m2).

The following table shows the twenty biggest solar thermal markets worldwide and their market growth in 2006. The United States and the United Kingdom reached the highest market growth in 2006.

New installed capacity in 2006 [MWth]

Market growth in 2006

United Kingdom

38

93%

United States

88

92%

France including overseas

207

86%

Spain

123

64%

Germany

1050

58%

Mexico

47

58%

Poland

29

50%

Italy

128

46%

Turkey

490

46%

Denmark

26

45%

Switzerland

37

25%

Austria

205

25%

India

350

25%

China

12600

20%

Cyprus

42

20%

Greece

174

13%

Israel

155

11%

Brazil

304

10%

Taiwan

86

9%

Australia

120

5%

Japan

197

-8%

 Further information: “Solar Heat Worldwide. Market and Contribution to the Energy Supply 2006”, a study from the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme. May 2008: http://www.aee-intec.at/index.php?seitenId=11

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