Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) has announced the addition of the "Solar Thermal Report - Ed 2 2009" report to their offering.
Solar thermal energy is a relatively new technology which has already shown enormous promise. It is a larger energy source than is commonly perceived. ST collectors have much more capacity and currently provide about half the energy generated from wind power and more than geothermal, solar PV and ocean energy combined.
At the end of 2007 there was 93,000 MW of wind power, 148,000 MW of solar thermal collectors for water heating and building heating or cooling installed, but only 414 MW of high temperature solar thermal collector generating capacity and about 8,000 MW of solar PV capacity.
This report describes solar thermal energy technology in its various applications. Although ST power generation is probably more well known, ST collectors employ a much lower level of technology and convert far more of the sun`s energy into useful heat. Perhaps least well known and in its infancy, but a technology of the future, is ST cooling.
The report describes the various technologies: collectors, receivers, heat storage systems and energy conversion units. The two principal generation alternatives are outlined; STEGS, the original dedicated ST generating technology and ISCCS, in which solar thermal power is integrated with fossil fuel power. When the author published the first report in this series we were of the view that power generation was the dominant partner in the technologies but we now rate the low temperature end of the market as very significant.
The last two or three years have seen strides forward in all of these technologies and large power generation projects are being developed. The major direct use solar thermal markets - China, USA, Turkey, Germany and Japan are outlined and current market sizes provided.
The low temperature end of the global solar thermal market is currently dominated by China, USA, Turkey, Germany and Japan. Israel is important for per capita use but relatively small in total. Between them, they have 75% of the global market for solar thermal collectors and ancillary equipment. The industry has been concentrated primarily on small-sale use to date, with large systems for commercial application to generate power now developing.
Key topics covered:
The main technologies
The different components of the technologies
The development of solar thermal technology
The world market for direct use solar thermal appliances
Major direct use solar thermal profiles
The development of solar thermal power generation
Solar thermal power generation technology