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Kazakhstan Railways Goes on a Sunny Journey

India: Ministry Presents Awards to Eight Solar Thermal Manufacturers

Spain: “Most of these companies will survive thanks to internationalisation”

Germany: Solar House Trend towards Multi-Family Buildings

China: 2013 Market Statistics and Trends
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2014: Internationalisation in Europe and China

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader,

The first newsletter in 2014 presents challenging markets outside Europe. A workshop in Germany in November 2013 discussed the 100,000 green hotel rooms programme in Egypt. Increasing fossil fuel prices and a Green Star Hotel Initiative have motivated hoteliers to install solar water heating systems. Kazakhstan is on its way to becoming a green economy and received a USD 40 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in December 2013 in order to install solar water heaters and other energy-efficient technologies in more than 100 stations and depots. The newly founded industry association German CSP established a work group for solar process heat, which took part in a workshop in Saudi Arabia in November 2013.

But it is not only the European industry which sees internationalisation as one way to overcome the currently low demand at home. Chinese manufacturers have been in a similar situation since the domestic market slowed down significantly to a 3.3 % annual growth rate in 2013, according to the preliminary market statistics presented at the annual meeting of the Chinese Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF). The result is increasing export activity, implemented at high speed and with great financial commitments – no doubt making for challenging competition worldwide.

Best wishes for a sunny and successful new year

The editorial team


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Kazakhstan Railways Goes on a Sunny Journey
by Frank Stier
Not much is known in the world about the country of Kazakhstan other than that it was once part of the empire of Genghis Khan and is one of the nations with the most fossil fuel reserves in the world today. Maybe that´s why it is also the country with the highest greenhouse gas emissions in Central Asia. To help lower these emissions, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) granted the national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) a USD 40 million loan in mid-December 2013 to support the company’s “drive to radically improve energy efficiency across its operations”. With the loan, KTZ intends to install energy-reducing technologies, such as LED lighting, solar water heaters and heat pumps, in more than 100 stations and depots.
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India: Ministry Presents Awards to Eight Solar Thermal Manufacturers
by Jaideep Malaviya
 
The Indian Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, presented in New Delhi awards to the most successful Channel Partners of the national solar thermal subsidy scheme. In front of around 250 participants from policy, industry and media, Dr Abdullah announced the ten winners of National Solar Thermal Awards in the solar water heater category and, for the first time, in the category of concentrating solar thermal collectors. The awards recognised manufacturers achieving the highest total sales, the highest growth rates, the best dealer network and the highest export rates.
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Spain: “Most of these companies will survive thanks to internationalisation”
by Alejandro Diego Rosell
Despite the seemingly never-ending recession in Spain, the solar thermal sector doesn’t throw in the towel. The sector is mainly dependent on the Technical Building Code, CTE, which mandates the installation of solar hot water systems in new structures and buildings undergoing major renovation. The burst of the housing bubble collapsed the construction market. Only 44,000 new houses were built in 2012 compared to 800,000 in 2006. Still, the economy shows the first signs of recovery, and the Spanish Solar Thermal Industry Association, ASIT, has been eager to find alternative markets and incentives that could improve the current situation.
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Germany: Solar House Trend towards Multi-Family Buildings
by Stephanie Banse
 
2013 will have been the first year in which the Sonnenhaus-Institut (Solar House Institute) has felt the effects of the general downward trend in the solar thermal market. According to a press release, the knowledge platform’s 14% increase in buildings in 2013 (176 new houses) marks a notable drop from the previous years. The 250 solar houses built in 2012 still represented a growth rate of 20%. This is why the participants of the general assembly at the end of November rather looked to the future than to the past: There are already plans to set up around 300 mainly solar-heated houses in 2014.
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China: 2013 Market Statistics and Trends
by Bärbel Epp
In cooperation with the China Association of Rural Energy Industry (CAREI), the China Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF) held its annual meeting in Zhuhai, a city in Guangdong Province, on 6 and 7 December. One of the key speakers was Zhentao Luo, former Chairman of CSTIF, who presented the 2013 market statistics. According to the preliminary CSTIF data, the newly installed collector area was 66 million m² (46.2 GWth), which means an increase of only 3.3%. The share of replaced collector area was 47 %, so that the total installed collector area increased to 310 million m² (217 GWth).
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