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Solar thermal energy: A large market in Brazil
This document looks at the significant potential of Brazil on solar thermal energies and how a widespread use of this source of energy, replacing electric showers, for instance, could soften the burden of fossil energies, besides bringing considerable savings.
Based on these advantages, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol is funding projects and offering many incentives to hasten the use of this technology in Brazil, so as to reduce the use of hydroelectricity and fossil fuels that dominate the Brazilian energy system. Nowadays, the Brazilian solar thermal market is still oriented to individual high and medium income households and little attention is devoted to sectors like residential apartment buildings, service and commercial businesses.
Compared to countries that integrate the Solar Heating and Refrigeration Program of the International Energy Agency (IEA), this document concludes that Brazil’s potential seems quite high, reaching already a little over 2 million m2 of area with solar thermal collectors.