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Market Report for Small and Medium-Sized Solar Air-Conditioning Appliances Analysis of Market Potential

www.solair-project.eu

SOLAIR – Paving the Way for Smartness
In nearly all European countries, a strong increase in the demand for building cooling and air-conditioning is detected and predicted for the following decades (by a factor of 4 in 2020). The reasons for this general increase are manifold, such as an increase in comfort habits, currently still low energy costs, architectural trends like an increased fraction of glazed areas in buildings and last but not least lowly changing climate conditions. This rising demand for cooling and air-conditioning in buildings involves unfavourable fossil fuel consumptions as well as upcoming stability problems in the electricity supply in Mediterranean countries, which in turn demands for costly upgrading of the grids to handle electricity peak power demand situations. On this account the use of solar thermal energy for air-conditioning and all involved downstream professions has a huge unexploited potential. This can become a significant contributing factor in the acceleration of the growth of the European solar market, particularly in the southern countries, not only in terms of sales and turn-over numbers, but also in terms of job creation. Moreover the potential for environmental impact is tremendous since the housing and building sector stands for more than one third of societal CO2 emissions. Thus, improved building concepts, and the use of alternatives in coverage the remaining cooling demands of buildings, are of interest. Solar driven or assisted cooling is one of the possibilities to provide actively cold. The SOLAIR project aims mainly at capacity building, promotion and influencing the process of decision making for the implementation of small and medium-sized SAC systems in order to increase the confidence on the technology and to encourage its implementation. SOLAIR also aims at resolving major market obstacles, such as the seasonal discrepancy between heating demand and availability of energy. Using solar energy for air-conditioning is a smart solution, because demand and supply correlate satisfactory. SOLAIR is running from January 2007 until December 2009, and consists of 13 partner organisations from 9 European countries.

Best regards

Erika Villa

Andreas Steege

target GmbH, SOLAIR project co-ordinators

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Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................5 Status Quo in the SOLAIR Countries ........................................................6 Austria ..................................................................................................12 France...................................................................................................14 Germany...............................................................................................16 Greece ..................................................................................................18 Italy ......................................................................................................20 Portugal ................................................................................................22 Slovenia ................................................................................................24 Spain ....................................................................................................36 SOLAIR Consortium ..............................................................................28 Imprint..................................................................................................30

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Introduction
In the framework of SOLAIR, one of the main basic activities planned was to carry out a market review and analysis of small and medium-sized solar air-conditioning (SAC) appliances. For this purpose, national market surveys were first conducted by...
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