European solar thermal market sees slight increase

(EurActiv, 10 Jul 2019) The solar thermal market in the European Union grew by almost 10% last year, a substantial increase, which remains insufficient to achieve short-term objectives. EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’Environnement reports.

“After a decade of poor performance, the European solar heat market recovered in 2018 with a growth of 8.4% compared to 2017 results,” according to a 2019 barometer published by Eurobserv’ER’s, a consortium specialising in monitoring the development of renewable energy in the European Union.

This means that the European solar thermal sector is seeing a slight increase.

Indeed, 2,208,681 square metres of solar thermal panels had been installed in the 28 EU member states in 2018, compared to 2,037,324 m2 in 2017.

By the end of 2018, 53,453,638 m2 of panels were operational in the 28 EU member states at the end of 2018 (+ 2.4% compared to 2017).

A slight increase

According to the consortium, this corresponds to a good performance that needs perspective.

“The late return to growth in the solar thermal market, even if it were to continue in 2019 and 2020, will not be enough for the European Union countries to achieve the targets they have set for 2020 (6.45 million tonnes of oil equivalent or  6.45 Mtoe).”

By 2020, 2.6 Mtoe should be reached.

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