Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader,
When CSTIF, the Chinese Solar Thermal Industry Federation, held its annual assembly last year, the theme was Innovation and quality: Embark on a journey into a new era. The event with around 400 participants presented an opportunity for the association’s Executive Director Xiaoli Zhang (left) to announce the latest market figures. 2017 saw the installation of 37.23 million m² of collector area, a decline of 5.7 % compared to the year before (2015/2016: -9 %). Zhang said that new applications such as space heating and cooling, industry and agriculture had already contributed almost 10 % to the newly installed capacity.
Xinjian Xu, Founder and Board Chair of Sunrain Solar Energy (right), underlined the importance of two topics on the journey into the new era. The spotlight should now be on adding quality to quantity, which includes innovations in system development and business models. Second, he proposed a return to core business activities to strengthen the brand and sales.
Have a good read and sunny regards
The Editorial Team