"Our annual statistics report, Solar Heat Worldwide, details the positive impact of solar heating and cooling technologies on climate protection. New to the 2019 edition is data on PV-Thermal technologies."
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Key Findings from Solar Heat Worldwide
Solar heat -- one of the top three renewable sources driving climate protection.
In 2018, solar thermal systems reached 480 GWth. This equates to 43 million tons of oil saved and 138 million tons of CO2 emissions avoided.
Lack of Policy Support
Since 2014 the annual growth rates of solar heat systems were far below the once from wind energy and photovoltaics which are supported technologies in far more countries worldwide. Policy support focusing on solar heat is needed to bridge this gap in future years.
Strong Growth Rates in Many of the Largest Solar Thermal Markets
In 2018 growth was reported from 10 of the top 20 countries worldwide, pointing to a turnaround in the solar thermal sector and a trend expected to continue in 2019.
A Record Number of Large Solar Heating Systems Commissioned in 2018
37 - the highest number of large-scale (>350 kWth) systems ever in a year - were commissioned in 2018. In total 339 large solar systems with almost two million m2 (1.35 GWth) provide heat for district networks or large buildings.
Over 1 Million PV-Thermal Systems Sold
PV-Thermal systems generate both solar heat and solar electricity, offering an increasingly popular solar option. Top countries for PV-Thermal were France, South Korea, China and Germany.
PV-Thermal used for a wide range of applications
Solar air systems dominate the PVT market mainly driven by France where almost all manufactured PVT collectors use air as heat transfer medium. Uncovered PVT collectors were mostly used for hot water preparation in single-family houses or commercial buildings.