Solar Heat Worldwide: Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply 2012 (2014 Edition)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 10, 2014

The report was prepared by Franz Mauthner and Werner Weiss of AEE INTEC in the framework of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA).  This report gives a detailed overview of the solar thermal market evolution by the end of 2012 in 58 countries, representing 95 % of the overall market worldwide.

Integrating Solar Thermal in Buildings – A Quick Guide for Architects and Builders (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 9, 2014

This guide was written as part of the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, which is the result of a joint collaboration between the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Bulgaria: Experts Discuss Solar Thermal at Renewable Energies in Buildings Conference

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 9, 2014
Uwe TrenknerOnce again, Bulgaria is facing political turmoil, with early elections due to take place in autumn. The outgoing cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has been embroiled in fierce disputes with both the conventional and the renewable energy sector. For example, when the government had tried to keep electricity prices low for political reasons, no public or private utility affected by the government’s decision received any kind of compensation for its losses. On 17 June, German and Bulgarian renewable energy experts and business representatives, among them solar thermal system manufacturers, gathered for the Renewable Energies in Buildings conference organised by the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Uwe Trenkner, a former Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, used the conference to speak about solar heating and solar cooling for buildings. “Obviously, the solar heat market in Bulgaria isn’t doing so well,” he said regretfully.
Photo: Frank Stier 
 

Hawaii/California: Sopogy Goes into Liquidation after More than a Decade in Business

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 7, 2014
After the Hawaiian manufacturer of parabolic trough systems, Sopogy, has stopped operations, its assets are now being liquidated as well. According to Pacific Business News (PBN), an attorney based in Los Angeles is handling the insolvency proceedings. While the PBN news piece was published in April 2014, Sopogy’s main phone line had already been out of service when German agency solrico carried out its research for the World Map of Solar Process Heat Collector Industry in late 2013. In the meantime, the company´s website has also been taken offline.
 

The Gaby Project: Large Scale Solar Plant for Chilean Copper Mines (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 4, 2014

This presentation was given by Sunmark Solutions’ Leo Holm at the International Solar District Heating Conference, held from 3-4 June in Hamburg, Germany. The speaker explains how his company built a large scale solar plant, the Pampa Elvira Solar Project, on one of CODELCO’s mining operations in Gabriela Mistral in the middle of the Atacama desert in Chile where weather conditions can be extreme.  

New ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Program : Background, Components, Process (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 3, 2014

On 13 June 2014, Hannes Bauer, Solar Thermal Program Manager at ECREEE, ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, gave a workshop in Cabo Verde on the new ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Solar Thermal Energy Program. 

The 1st part of the presentation focuses on the global market growth of solar thermal collectors, showing that from 2000 to 2010 the market has increased steadily by 20% each year. It also shows that West African States were not participating during that period. 

Germany: SunOyster’s New Approach to Combine PV and Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 1, 2014
SunOysterSunOyster Systems (SOS) based in Halstenbek, a town near Hamburg, Germany, has developed a new technology for the combined generation of solar heat and electricity (PVT). The first six SunOyster units are currently on their way to the Chinese town of Shuouzhou, 400 km west of Beijing. Yonghao Gangue Power Plant bought the system to feed electricity into its grid, as well as to supply heat to its district heating network. The network provides both space heating for an industrial area in winter and heat for a 10 kW adsorption chiller in summer. The photo shows company founder Carsten Corino next to the SunOyster demonstration unit at the company site in Halstenbek. The mirror on the left has been placed higher than the one on the right to minimise shading. 
Photo: Eva Augsten
 

Romania: Support Programmes to Increase SMEs’ Energy Efficiency

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2014
Romania has until 2020 to improve its energy efficiency by 20 % in order to comply with the EU Climate and Energy Package. Because a substantial share of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions is caused by industrial enterprises, offering a special renewable incentive for these companies seemed the logical thing to do - hence, the new grant programme, which started in March 2014 and addresses small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The energy efficiency programme for SMEs, RO 05, is funded by EUR 8 million of EEA grants from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism.
 

Ukraine: First Demonstration Projects Pave the Way for Solar District Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2014
Ukraine District HeatingTheoretically, the district heating networks from Soviet times could very well be supplemented by solar thermal heat. Except Poland, however, no eastern European state has had much experience with solar thermal district heating. Bulgaria and Romania have not yet had any plans or projects to combine district heating with solar thermal, but Ukraine has already taken the first step: Between 2008 and 2012, municipal utility Mariupolteploset, one of the biggest heat suppliers in Ukraine, set up three solar fields across Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, with all of them feeding into district heating networks. Other municipalities have also announced the construction of their first solar district heating demonstration systems when modernising local power stations and energy distribution networks.
Photo: Mariupolteploset
 

REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2014
top ten 2012According to REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, which was published at the UN-hosted Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York at the beginning of June, solar thermal technologies contribute significantly to hot water production in many countries and increasingly to space heating and cooling, as well as industrial processes. REN21 is a global multi-stakeholder network for renewable energy policy, connecting key actors from governments, international organisations, industry associations, science and academia, as well as civil society. First released in 2005, the report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy markets, industries, investments and policy developments worldwide. The renewable energy data is provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers and authors. According to report data, the world added 55.4 GWth (more than 79 million m2) of solar heat capacity in 2012, increasing the cumulative installed capacity of all collector types in operation by over 14 % for a year-end total of 283.4 GWth. The chart above shows the shares in global capacity in operation across 2012’s top ten countries.
Source: Renewables 2014 Global Status Report
 

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