Solar District Heating Application

Top 3 trends fostering solar district heating market outlook

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Solar district heating market forecast is expected to depict a major rise owing to increased urbanization along with population growth and continuously increasing heating demand across the world. District heating is one of the most vital concepts that helps in improving the overall energy efficiency of a community and allows incorporating a higher proportion of renewable heat. With the constantly rising energy prices and increasing expectations of comfort and indoor climate control, solar district heating industry outlook is poised to witness robust growth over the next few years.

It has been observed that buildings consume a vast amount of conventional energy and substantially contribute towards fossil fuels emissions, coercing many countries to plan for introducing policies for minimizing the consumption, by transitioning buildings into more energy efficient structures. Governments are playing a major role by implementing stringent regulations to focus on integrating renewables into existing energy systems. Enumerated below are certain trends outlining the prospects for global solar district heating industry share.

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Consumption behavior in the commercial and residential sectors

The use of solar energy has been critically important for commercial buildings such as malls, big-box stores, and office complexes. Natural gas and conventionally generated electricity have become the most common sources used in commercial spaces for cooling and heating purposes. Utilities are gradually shifting their preferences towards renewable energy sources for district heating and cooling that help in meeting rising urban energy needs and providing cost-effective option to commercial and residential buildings.

Prominent reports suggest that global residential solar district heating market is likely to reach a valuation of USD 3 billion by 2025. In August 2019, Savosolar has reportedly signed an agreement with a French based company Kyotherm Solar to deliver a solar heating system in Issoudun France. Savosolar will provide the largest part of the solar thermal plant and the construction and system delivery will begin during autumn 2019, with handover projected to start around spring 2020. Similar developments and increasing R&D activities help in utilizing solar energy more efficiently, propelling solar district heating market size.

Rising renewable energy expenditure in Asia Pacific region

Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world in terms of energy demand to fuel its increasing pace of economic expansion. Emerging economies like India, China, and Japan are adopting advanced methods for renewable energy deployment and placing them at the forefront of the energy transition. Countries like Japan have numerous district heating and cooling operators presently working across the country to meet varying consumption trends.

The government of Japan is accelerating efforts by massively spending on green innovations and promoting private and public partnerships to make the public aware about environmental preservation and economic development, augmenting opportunities for solar district heating industry. In 2018, Daiwa House in Japan had commenced its first energy self sufficient office, the first in Japan to use renewable energy and conduct verification testing and experiments for energy efficiency. Introduction of similar commercial buildings will foster possibilities for renewable-based heating and cooling.

Expansion of renewable energy infrastructure globally

Energy intensive industries like chemical, refinery, and paper sectors represent over 80% of the total global electric combined heat and power (CHP) capacities. Additionally, industries are directing rigorous efforts towards increasing the deployment of renewable energy technologies and providing local manufacturers a large scope of making efficient use of resources through favorable cost reductions.

In August 2019, Statkraft, a Norwegian state-owned hydropower company had acquired Airvolution Clean Energy, an onshore wind developer, for holding a 1.2GW renewables portfolio in the UK by 2025. The agreement has been made with the aim of deploying 600MW of solar power and onshore wind in the UK. With the initiation of these strategic agreements along with various government aided schemes, district heating and cooling systems can enjoy reliable sources of energy.

With the majority of technological advancements and investments in the developing smart and energy-efficiency cities, the demand for district heating and cooling systems will rise considerably. Investment in renewable energy is rapidly expanding across the world to tackling global warming. Favorable government policies along with strategic mergers and acquisitions to expand production capacities will be profitable for utilities looking to accelerate solar power adoption. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., solar district heating market size is expected to surpass USD 7 Billion by 2025.

Author NameDeeksha Pant