The International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling program released earlier this month its annual study “Solar Heat World Wide” for 2020 which can be consulted at: https://www.iea-shc.org/solar-heat- worldwide.
The study highlights the growth of the solar collectors market for heating in urban heat distribution networks, with emphasis on Denmark, but also with marked growth in China and Germany. There is also a market growth in industrial and agricultural applications. In the residential sector, where the solar energy market has the most predominance, this growth is observed mainly in countries such as South Africa, Greece, Cyprus and Brazil.
Solar Heat Worldwide has been published annually since 2005. With data from 68 countries, it is the most comprehensive assessment of the solar heating and cooling markets worldwide. The main authors are Werner Weiss and Monika Spörk-Dür, from the Austrian research institute AEE INTEC. Solar Heat Worldwide has a solid reputation as a reference source among international organizations, including REN21 and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This study was again the main source of information for the REN21 Global Renewables 2020 Report on Solar Heating and Cooling, which is one of the main reports of renewable energy policy consultants.