Brussels/Paris, June 22, 2010 - ESTEC is a biennial international conference bringing together key players in the field of solar thermal to share the latest information on market trends, political and regulatory developments as well as on innovations. In 2011, for the first time, an entire session will be wholly dedicated to installers, mainstay of the European solar thermal sector and its success.
With its 8% market share in Europe, the booming French market has grown from 83 900 m² (58,730 kWth) in 2003 to 335 000 m² (234 500 kWth) in 2009, i.e. a fourfold increase in installed capacity over six years. However, in 2009, after years of uninterrupted growth, the solar thermal market contracted in metropolitan France (-15%) in spite of an overall increase of 19% over the whole territory (including overseas departments)
The objectives set by the Multi-Year Investment Programme for renewable heat are ambitious and foresee a great potential for growth in the French market. One million square metres of solar panels should be installed annually in France by 2012 against 335 000 m² in 2009. Numerous companies have already invested in the production of solar collectors France and the solar thermal industry is a net exporter. The sector represents a real economic growth factor as in Europe it already employs over 40 000 people and generates a turnover exceeding 3 billion euros.
At ESTEC 2011 in Marseille, there will be a strong emphasis on emerging markets in southern Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East. Besides the Mediterranean Solar Plan, the European solar thermal industry must seek these new markets as well as actively contribute to their development.
The 5th European Conference on Solar Thermal – ESTEC 2011 - is organized by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and ENERPLAN with the support of ADEME. Over two days in 2009, more than 400 participants from 43 different countries attended ESTEC in Munich (Germany).
ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation
ESTIF is the voice of the solar thermal industry, actively promoting the use of solar thermal technology for renewable heating and cooling in Europe. With around 100 members from 19 European countries, ESTIF represents the entire supply chain.
ENERPLAN, the French Trade Association for Solar Energy
ENERPLAN represents the interests of the entire solar energy sector in France (manufacturers, designers, consultants, installers, architects, energy specialists, etc.).
Its mission: Encourage the promotion and development of solar energy.
Its strategy: Represent stakeholders in the solar industry, stimulate and shape the sector, develop applications.
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