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Abstract

The ambitious goal set by the Chinese Government of reaching a 40-45% of energy supply from renewables by 2020 is one of the reasons why great importance is being given to the development of clean technologies. Solar water heaters (SWH) are the undiscussed protagonists of this shift from a coal-based energy supply to a sustainable one. The Shandong province is home to the world’s biggest manufacturers of solar water heaters. The huge domestic demand, coupled with a surprisingly beneficial (but not determinant) governmental intervention has spurred the development of this cluster. The presence of favourable conditions such as a lack of cheap oil resources, a vast network of suppliers and good infrastructure have done the rest. Nevertheless, the cluster is an emerging one and still presents issues that need to be addressed. The recent increases in trade barriers related to photovoltaic panels and the issues related to the low eco-compatibility of its manufacturing process both make the SWH alternative more appealing to households.
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Abstract

The ambitious goal set by the Chinese Government of reaching a 40-45% of energy supply from renewables by 2020 is one of the reasons why great importance is being given to the development of clean technologies. Solar water heaters (SWH) are the undiscussed protagonists of this shift from a coal-based energy supply to a sustainable one. The Shandong province is home to the world’s biggest manufacturers of solar water heaters. The huge domestic demand, coupled with a surprisingly beneficial (but not determinant) governmental intervention has spurred the development of this cluster. The presence of favourable conditions such as a lack of cheap oil resources, a vast network of suppliers and good infrastructure have done the rest. Nevertheless, the cluster is an emerging one and still presents issues that need to be addressed. The recent increases in trade barriers related to photovoltaic panels and the issues related to the low eco-compatibility of its manufacturing process both make the SWH alternative more appealing to households.

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Location:
Industry:
Size:
Large
Other setting(s):
2013

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