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Italy: Market Decline Continues Despite Appealing Incentives

Denmark: New Solar District Heating World Record

Austria: Tisun Sees Rising Interest in Solar Thermal in Gulf Region

Turkey: Over 1,000 Professionals Attend SolarTR 2016

Russia: “I estimate the potential at 2 million m², half each for tourism and single-family homes”
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China: Much Work Needed to Meet 2020 Square-Metre Target of 0.8 Billion

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader, 

 

The Chinese industry’s great efforts to open up new applications, such as space heating, industrial process heat and space cooling, are starting to bear fruit. The solar thermal market decreased by only 9 % in 2016, after a sharp decline of 17 % in 2015 and 18 % in 2014. The statistics presented during the annual assembly of the Chinese Solar Thermal Industry Federation in early December (see photo) showed 39.5 million m² (27.7 GWth) to have been installed last year, 60 % of what had been set up in the peak year of 2013. The industry now needs to go to great lengths to meet the target from the draft of the most recent Five-Year Plan: a total solar thermal capacity of 0.8 billion m² by the end of 2020. Achieving this target would almost double the area that had been installed at the end of 2015 (0.442 billion m²). It will certainly be a big challenge, as the government has only issued policies for PV and CSP after the Five-Year Plan’s publication.

 

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Italy: Market Decline Continues Despite Appealing Incentives
by Riccardo Battisti

Italy’s solar thermal market experienced another 10 % drop in 2016 despite the availability of at least two appealing incentive schemes: a 65 % tax reduction for small systems and Conto Termico 2.0, a revised national support scheme in place since the beginning of 2016 to support plants of up to 2,500 m². To find out more about the primary reasons for the continuing decline of the national market, solarthermalworld.org spoke with Federico Musazzi, Secretary General of Assotermica, the Italian Association of Manufacturers of Equipment and Components for Heating Systems.

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Denmark: New Solar District Heating World Record
by Bärbel Epp
 

The Danish town of Silkeborg now holds the record for having the world’s largest solar heating system. The solar district heating plant of 156,694 m² (110 MWth) came online as scheduled in December 2016 after only seven months of construction. Municipal utility Silkeborg Forsyning intends to use the harnessed solar energy to meet 20 % of the annual heating demand of the 21,000 plant-connected users. The solar field was divided into four subfields to make it possible to set up the installation and hydraulics systems on this irregularly shaped piece of land.

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Austria: Tisun Sees Rising Interest in Solar Thermal in Gulf Region
by Eva Augsten

Austrian collector manufacturer Tisun is currently the supplier for three major projects in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Its subsidiary, Tisun GCC with two Dubai stakeholders, have been the ones helping the company enter the Arab markets. Tisun’s first reference project in the region was a 500 m² solar field built in 2012 for a food-processing factory and it has opened many doors since. One current Tisun project is the planning and development of a 1,173 m² solar thermal system for the new university campus near Kuwait City. 

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Turkey: Over 1,000 Professionals Attend SolarTR 2016
by Bärbel Epp
 

The biannual SolarTR 2016 conference attracted more than 1,000 national and international solar energy stakeholders to Istanbul, Turkey, between 6 and 8 December 2016. The science- and technology-focused event showcased the development of PV technology across the country and around the globe and offered presentations in parallel sessions in Turkish and English, in particular about solar heating and cooling. “Turkey has made great progress in the last two years. (...) there have been improvements in the field of solar process heat and steam as well as with large solar heating and cooling systems,” Dr Bülent Yeşilata, Professor at the Engineering Faculty of Sanliurfa’s Harran University and Scientific Chair of SolarTR, said in his closing speech.

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Russia: “I estimate potential at 2 million m², half each for tourism and single-family homes”
by Eugene Gerden

Professor Vitaly A. Butuzov is one of Russia’s well-known experts on solar heating and cooling. He is professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Heat and Renewable Energy of Kuban State Agrarian University in Krasnodar, the capital of the region which bears its name. This region is one of the main economic centres in southern Russia. Additionally, Butuzov is Director of Krasnodar Power Technologies, which offers solar thermal systems in combination with geothermal units and energy efficiency projects. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with him about market development in Russia.

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