SOLAR THERMAL WORLDWIDE:
Solar thermal often combined with gas boilers in U.K.
Solar Thermal World Nov 2017: The UK government provided additional dRHI statistics which provide further useful characteristics of the national solar thermal market especially in single-family households. For example with all other dRHI technologies the majority of installations favoured away from the main natural gas network. But for solar thermal in England the majority were fitted in properties on the gas grid. When considering the type of house that ST was fitted, the owner or occupier detached house was the most likely type even compared to all other house types added together. These included semi-detached, terraced, bungalow, flat or maisonette. Although 78% of household ST was fitted in England, the three most likely regions were Southeast England, Southwest England and Scotland.
Solar thermal energy languishes in N America., while Solar PV (Photo Voltaic i.e. Electricity) reigns supreme even though Solar Thermal is 4X more efficient. And yet, some countries are taking note:
Nov 2017: Surprise Arizona USA: The town of Surprise has begun high speed evaporation of waste water using solar thermal CSP heat generation. The semi-solids can then be trucked easily and possibly set up for use in other industries.
Nov 2017: Abu Dhabi UAE. Experts from over 50 countries attended the 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, This resulted in resulted in the largest group of experts meeting to discuss integrated Solar Heating & Cooling solutions for buildings, industry, cities, regions and utilities, and there were in over 300 presentations to over 500 attendees.
Oct 2017 Germany: Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi, has launched a new District Heating Networks subsidy for locations where solar, biomass or waste heat is used to meet at least 50 % of their clients annual demand. In September BMWi ran a workshop called Solar Heat in District Heating, during which planners and turnkey system suppliers discussed the excellent performance of some recently completed SDH (Solar District Heating) plants in the German city of Chemnitz and the town of Senftenberg. http://ritter-xl-solar.com/en/applications/district-heating/senftenberg-...
Oct 2017 Belo Horizonte, Minas Geraise, Brazil: High rises use solar thermal to provide roughly half of all hot water in the served high rises. Also, there is a national plan to construct about 1 million new houses in Brazil for low-income population over the coming years, and this should stimulate and accelerate the Solar Hot Water market.
16 May 2015, Niagara Falls, Ont. CANSIA Game Changer Awards 2016: “SOLAR THERMAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR” DSH ranks in the top 5 at Canadian Solar Awards ceremony. ...Maybe Next Time.
2015 Confederation Place Hotel, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Installation of solar hot water for 94 guest rooms including showers, its on-site laundry facilities, the hotel kitchen and a seasonal pool.
Oct 2013 Ivanpah Ariz USA: Worlds largest solar thermal plant with storage comes online
2011 Drake Landing, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada: Wins 2011 Wold Energy Globe Awards for sustainability