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Brazil: Chinese Technology Dominates Imports

South Africa: Building Regulation Not Applied as Intended

France: Mixed Feelings about 2015 Industry Development

Poland: Swiss Contribution Ups Solar Thermal Funding

Czech Republic: Third Call for Nová Zelená Úsporám to Start in April 2015
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IRENA: “They speak about energy, but they mean electricity”

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader, 

 

It was a busy Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week this January: First, there was the fourth assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on 17 and 18 January, which brought together 1,200 high-profile attendants; second, the four-day World Future Energy Summit betweem 19 and 22 January. Renewable electricity was definitely the hot topic of all debates and speeches. There were only a handful of exhibitors and speakers who focused on solar heating and cooling technology. In addition, IRENA's current major projects, such as the online search tool REsource and the funds for renewable energy projects in developing countries only concern renewable electricity. It seems as if even the “global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange,” as IRENA calls itself, must first come to realise that over 50 % of the global final energy consumption is used for heating and cooling around the world, as the International Energy Agency says.

 

Have a good read and sunny regards

The editorial team 

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Brazil: Chinese Technology Dominates Imports
by Vanessa Kriele
Brazil´s solar thermal market grew by 20 % in 2012 and 2013, and therefore has been attracting an increasing number of international suppliers. Imports, mainly from China, have tripled since 2009. According to online portal AliceWeb, which includes the official foreign trade statistics for 2014, Brazil imported solar water heater equipment registered under code NCM 84191910 at a value of USD 4.6 million. This means that a still rather small share of 2.6 % of the solar thermal market volume consists of imports.
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South Africa: Building Regulation Not Applied as Intended
by Bärbel Epp
 
Extended South African National Standard SANS10400 XA, Energy Usage in Buildings, is the big hope of the country’s solar thermal system suppliers. Part XA 2, which was added to SANS 10400 in September 2011, reads: "A minimum volume fraction of 50 % of the annual average heating requirement for hot water shall be provided by means other than electric resistance heating or fossil fuels.” The regulation applies to all new buildings with hot water consumption, as well as refurbished ones if the refurbishment requires planning approval from a local authority. After a transition period and a broad discussion among those affected by the new regulation, XA officially became law on 9 September 2014. The photo shows one of the workshops within SOLTRAIN.
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France: Mixed Feelings about 2015 Industry Development
by Bärbel Epp

The solar thermal industry in France is going through difficult times: In 2014, market volume decreased again, this time by around 15 %, and business satisfaction among solar thermal system suppliers has been low. As every cloud has a silver lining, there are two policy improvements this year: The tax credit for energy efficiency measures and renewable heating systems in residential homes will remain at 30 % until 31 December 2015 and the budget of the national subsidy scheme Fonds Chaleur (Heat Fund) will double from EUR 220 million in 2014 to EUR 400 million in 2017 and benefit multi-family and tertiary buildings. All in all, expectations for 2015 are low. “Stagnating at best,” so the statement of one of the market players.

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Poland: Swiss Contribution Ups Solar Thermal Funding
by Bärbel Epp
 
The binational cooperation between Switzerland and Poland to support solar thermal technology has reached the halfway mark: According to the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), there were around 30,000 m² of solar water heaters installed between 2012 and 2014. Until the end of the implementation process in December 2016, this number should rise to at least 103,000 m² for an estimated 20,000 private households and 195 public institutions. The photo shows a solar thermal collector field at a public hospital in Poland.
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Czech Republic: Third Call for Nová Zelená Úsporám to Start in April 2015
by Bärbel Epp

The stop and go of the national Czech subsidy scheme, Nová Zelená Úsporám (NZU) or New Green Savings, continues: The last application was accepted on 31 December 2014, the programme administrators from the Czech State Environmental Fund said in a press release published on 8 January 2015. According to Lenka Brandtová, the spokes woman of the State Environmental Fund, the plan is to relaunch the programme for residential homeowners on April 2015. The second call for applications ran from April to December 2014 and resulted in 6,110 submitted applications, of which 44 % included solar water heaters.

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