ESTIFEuropean Solar Thermal Industry Federation
ESTIFExtended Systems Test and Integration Facility
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ESTIF estimates that the European Union has a long-term potential of developing 1,200 thermal gigawatts of solar water and space heating, which means that the sun could meet most of Europe's low-temperature heating needs.
More complex forced circulation systems that are necessary for solar combi systems are more common in central and northern Europe (ESTIF 2007).
ESTIF Secretary-General Xavier Noyon stated that a contributing factor to the downturn in the European solar thermal market is "the lack or unpredictable nature of incentive frameworks.
Given the negative climate, Robin Welling, newly elected president of the ESTIF, is calling for more focus from the EU on renewable heat.
Last month, ESTIF reacted strongly to Germany's immediate ban on further federal support for solar heating, biomass and heat pump installations.
"In 2008, solar thermal heating and cooling solutions gained favour in more and more countries", says ESTIF President Olivier Drucke.
They should only be allowed to play or to trade if they have done their homework," said Gerhard Rabensteiner, president of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF).
Gerhard Rabensteiner, President of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) noted that the 23 January Commission proposal for a renewables Directive should lead to activities to promote awareness of renewables.
Organisers: ESTIF (European Solar Thermal Industry Federation)
Organised by ESTIF (European Solar Thermal Industry Federation).
The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) wants EU legislation to make solar heating obligatory on new buildings.
The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) calls for, by 2020, an EU goal of one square metre of collector area for each European, that is a total installed capacity of 320 Gigawatts.