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Solar thermal energy is a renewable energy. It requires little technology and therefore it is accessible to anyone in his individual housing. In fact, the association is mostly involved in this area.
A well sized installation works at low temperatures (below a 60 °, and possibly down to 35 °). The simplicity of such systems can make them accessible to all thanks to the possibilities of home made or home installed equipment. Such simple systems are accessible to all with the do it yourself (DIY) possibility or self installed equipment.

So, don’t wait! Let’s switch to solar thermal energy?
With nearly 44.3% increase in 2006 (latest figures available), the solar thermal market in Europe has reached three million collectors, equivalent to an additional power of 2015 MWth. This spectacular growth is driven by the shortage of non-renewable fossil fuels. France is one of Europe's most favored for solar radiation. In France, there are 18.5 m2 per ‘000 inhabitants to be compared to Austria with 343.4 m2, or 18 times more(!) and Cyprus 730.9m2 or 40 times more (!).

The objectives are far from being reached. After the 1973 oil crisis, in the heighties 80’and nineties 90’, France made significant efforts which paid off (recall the famous "we haven’t got any oil but we have ideas" in the French Media) but all the good ideas were left aside. Interestingly, in France new housing is equipped with electrical heating at 70% and gas at 30%. More edifying, in case of electricity, the power is transmitted via captive (?) technology (electrical resistive heating in a concrete slab !).

29% of the fossile energy is used for the housing heating and the DHW while agriculture accounts for only 2%, we spend 15 times more to heat buildings than to feed people! Therefore, there is much to gain by taking seriously the solar thermal heating.

In France, The solar thermal energy is mainly use for DHW (Domestic Hot Water Solar) because it is easier to install kits: manufacturers develop standard kits ready to be installed that do not requires any specific solar skills.

On the other hand, housing Solar heating, which is much more profitable, requires enormous skills (design, management of summer overheating, adaptation of existing installation.) And in France, we have really no efficient tools to train installers (solar heating Qualisol training lasts only two days). It is the same in the field of sustainable architecture (active solar, passive solar, etc.).

The Association helps APPER home builders or home installer for their Solar Home heating or DHW: advice on dimensioning, monitoring during installation, best price equipment, Forums ,...)

A daily use of renewable energies makes every citizen of the planet more responsible of it.

Pierre Amet, President Apper Solar.

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