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Renewable Energy

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During the past fifteen years the solar thermal market in Europe has increased more
than tenfold. The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation ( ESTIF ) has formu-
lated an ambitious target for Europe. According to ESTIF about one square metre
of installed collector area per capita could be possible until 2020 and more than
three square metres in the long term (Figure 6.24 ). This would be 60 times more
than in 2008. The number of people employed in the European solar thermal sector
could then increase to hundreds of thousands. The potential is considerably higher

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Figure 6.24 Many roofs still have space for solar collectors. Photos: www.wagner-solar.com .

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6.8 Outlook and Development Potential

in the very sunny countries of the world. Here the solar thermal share could reach
percentages in double figures. In addition to those aimed at heat production, systems
that provide solar cooling will gain large market shares and in the long term displace
conventional cooling systems. Due to the growth in the number of installations, it
is anticipated that the costs of solar thermal systems will continue to drop slightly.
However, it is not expected that the reductions in price will be quite as high as with
photovoltaic systems.

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