The International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating & Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) just published its annual statistics report on the state of solar thermal in the world. The 2020 edition of Solar Heat Worldwide (SHW) shows the key figures of solar heating and cooling markets in Europe and in the world.
In 2019, the market grew in several countries, especially in Denmark by 170%, but also in China and Germany. The report also highlights the role of solar thermal in climate protection and decarbonisation. Indeed, with an energy generation of 479 GWth last year, solar heating and cooling systems saved 41.9 million tons of oil equivalent, and avoided 135.1 million tons of CO2 emissions. At least 74 new large scale systems (above 350 kWth) were commissioned to provide heat for district networks and large buildings. Hybrid systems, or photovoltaic-thermal collectors, also also increasing in the European market.
About Solar Heat Worldwide
The SHW report was first published in 2005. It is the most comprehensive report on solar heating and cooling markets in the world, with data from 68 countries. The report provides information on installed capacities, costs and share of applications of solar thermal.
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Picture source: SHW 2020 cover