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Austria: Solar Power Market Up, Renewable Heat Down

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 4, 2017
Market Report Austria 2016
Last year, the Austrian solar thermal market declined for the seventh time in a row. The newly installed glazed collector area added up to 111,040 m² (78 MWth), 19 % below the one of 2015. Sales of biomass boilers experienced a similar drop, with wood chip boilers (<100 kW) down by 12 % and pellet boilers by 14 %. PV capacity was the only one growing again, rising to 156 MWp, 3 % above its 2015 total. These key figures have been taken from a report published annually by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, bmvit, and titled Innovative Energy Technologies in Austria – Market Development (see the attached document in German). This year’s 242-page document was first presented on 22 June in Vienna, Austria. The chapter starting on page 131 provides a comprehensive overview of the Austrian solar thermal market, including sales by collector type and application as well as export and import statistics. 
Image: bmvit
 

Austria: Hope for Market Decline Slowdown

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 9, 2015
Austria market developmentThe market report Innovative Energy Technologies in Austria. Market Development 2014 published by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) shows that in 2014, the national solar thermal industry had to deal with declining sales for the fifth time in a row. The solar thermal market in Austria dropped by 15 % from 2013 to 2014, resulting in a total annual volume of 108.6 MWth (155,170 m²) last year. The pie chart shows the share of different segments in the collector area newly installed in 2014 [2013]. Multi-family buildings have significantly increased in importance. According to recent data by the industry association Austria Solar on the first two quarters of 2015, the decline seems to be slowing down, partly because of a new federal incentive programme. 
Source: Market development report 2014
 

Austria: Search for Innovative Incentive Schemes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 7, 2014
AEE studyAustria has a leading position in solar energy use worldwide. 3.5 GWth (5 million m²) of solar thermal capacity had been installed in total until the end of 2012. Based on the specific collector area per inhabitant, Austria ranks third after Cyprus and Israel. The key factor for the country’s success has been the mix of incentive and R&D programmes, as well as awareness-raising campaigns since the mid-1980s. In one area, however, these measures have not succeeded: The system prices for the end consumer have remained unchanged and have not followed the cost reduction curve of the photovoltaic sector. This is why the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) had mandated AEE Intec, the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Technologies, to carry out a stakeholder survey in order to develop innovative incentive instruments which could give fresh impetus to increases in price performance ratios of solar thermal systems of all sizes.
 

Austria: All-in-One Climate Protection

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 18, 2013

Two blocks of flats in Kapfenberg, Austria, were turned into energy-plus buildings this year (see photo). Prefabricated facades and building service elements were the basis for a fast and efficient retrofit, which is part of the project “e80^3 Buildings – reconstruction concepts towards energy plus house standard with prefabricated active roof and facade elements, integrated home automation and network integration”. The project is the flagship of the research and technology programme Building of Tomorrow, which was initiated by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and is being coordinated by the Austrian AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC).
Photo: AEE INTEC

Long-term Trend in Austria: Combi Systems in retrofitted Houses

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 27, 2011

 Share of combi systems ” Austrian flat plate collector manufacturers may smile again: Last year's decline seems to have been overcome. A quarterly anonymous survey carried out by an Austrian accounting company among 25 members of the solar thermal industry association Austria Solar (representing 75 % of the total market volume) showed an increase in sales of 22 % in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the previous weak year. The annual market statistics carried out by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) also show several other interesting trends, such as the one towards combi systems (see figure).
Figure: BMVIT/Austria Solar

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