-24,2 % The decrease of the solar thermal market in the European Union in 2017
Solar thermal energy is no doubt the ultimate physical form for transferring heat to water without emitting greenhouse gases or pollutants. Yet in 2017 the sector struggled to survive in the hot water production and heating market. According to EurObserv’ER, the annual solar thermal collector surface area in the European Union dropped below the 2 million m2 mark, i.e. by 24.2% compared to the previous year’s installed surface area. The individual national market figures vary widely, with several countries showing encouraging signs.
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