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Another Opportunity in China – Solar Water Heaters

| Wednesday June 7th, 2006 | 13 Comments

solarwater.jpgWorldchanging points to a great article outlining the massive demand for solar water heaters in China. It’s a perfect example of the entrepreneurial opportuities that await in China – a country growing so rapidly it’s blinding, but were environmental consiousness is finally starting to sink in at a level where leapfrog technology, like solar heaters, can finally gain ground.
Now, fron an ecological perspective, if China is happy with solar water heaters things will be great, but if they start cashing them in for gas models, like switching from bikes to cars, then we might see a problem. But given the quality of good solar water heaters, that scenerio should be unlikely.


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  • http://www.crossprofit.com CrossProfit

    A report from summer 2002, the output / input ratio of energy created by ethanol from energy consumed is 1.34/1.00.
    http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=44646
    The above link posted by Faisal Laljee, quotes the U.S. Governments findings and questions its reliability.
    Upon nearing completion of extensive research on the ethanol issue I conclude that (corn) ethanol will never replace oil. Even if the 34% energy gain figure is correct (according to my research the figure is closer to 25%) there is no way possible to bring this up to 150+% to start replacing oil.
    A quick look at the global oil supply situation will reveal that things are about to get worse before they get better.
    DEMAND>>>
    Global consumption is increasing. China is only one component. On the unlikely event of a recession in China the Chinese consumption rate will still increase at least 3% per annum.
    More realistically, Asia and Eastern Europe combined will consume an additional 2.5 million BPD in 3 to 4 years time!
    SUPPLY>>>
    Iraq: Most people think that now that Saddam Hussein has been removed that all of a sudden all Iraqis are pro west etc. The reality is that the Badr Brigade and the Iraqi police force are more politically in line with Hamas than with Washington. Sad but true.
    Iran: It’s all about global power…
    Just a few months ago the Iranian foreign minister declared that his country would never use oil as a weapon. This was great PR as many news agencies concluded that this was a sign that there would not be another 70’s style oil embargo. Lo and behold the Iranians have changed their tune… As the current (nuclear) showdown between the U.S. and Iran proceeds you can bet your bottom dollar that Iran will use oil as a bargaining chip – at the very least – to gain standing. The disingenuous calculating Iranians want partners/allies like…
    Venezuela: An unnatural yet compelling ally of Iran. At present the fourth largest crude oil supplier to the U.S. Notice how the supply is gradually shifting away from the U.S. and going more to China. The ‘gradualism’ is a blessing in disguise.
    ETHANOL>>>
    Let’s take a totally hypothetical best case scenario.
    1) The U.S. can domestically produce 40% of its oil consumption.
    2) The entire production is miraculously transformed into ethanol with a 34% energy gain.
    3) The U.S. now has 53.6% of its energy needs.
    Obviously a 34% gain is insufficient. One wonders if all the capital being spent on ethanol would better be invested elsewhere. Solar power, hydrogen, windmills and hybrid cars will never make it in time to the finish line. This is why we are pushing ethanol. It is the only available technology that has a chance of making a dent on the looming energy crisis.
    Solar water heating in China is a step in the right direction but at the end of the day this will not have a major impact on oil consumption. Take Israel for example. In Israel over 70% of both private homes and apartment buildings heat their water using solar panels. Israel’s fossil fuel consumption per capita is still on par with the rest of the developed world.
    Whilst researching ethanol I compared several other technologies that are either in development or are readily available. Interestingly enough is the fact that most major rivers in North America have currents that are strong enough to produce electricity efficiently. We are not talking about building dams. The technology entails placing turbines on the riverbed.
    In conclusion, corn ethanol is an immediate ‘band aid’ technology with a limited life span. Solar energy, aside for heating water, is a long way off to becoming a viable energy solution.
    I suspect that the entire ethanol episode is more in line with the Strategic Reserves scenario. Neither solve the energy problem yet both send a clear message that the United States will not be held hostage by energy suppliers.
    Disclosure: This comment was written by a CrossProfit analyst. This is a personal opinion and may not reflect the opinion of CrossProfit.com.
    http://www.crossprofit.com

  • BOUCHRARA

    We are a Tunisian Company in Solar energy we look an industry to participat with us to product Solar Water Heaters for North Africa and all Africa for 200 Litres. Today we sell Greece SWH but the problem of the price is very diffeclut to succed.
    Waiting your answer as soon as possible
    General Manager
    Mohamed Fadhel BOUCHRARA
    mOBILE 00 216 98 301 190

  • http://solar-in-china.blogspot.com Dong Wang

    There are many good solar water heater manufacturers in China, please see http://solar-in-china.blogspot.com/2007/05/top-solar-heater-manufacturers-in-china.html

  • Solar in China

    Mohamed Fadhel BOUCHRARA,
    I talked with some solar water heater makers in Beijing last week, and I was told that their distribution price for one 300 liter system is about Euro 300.00, FOB Beijing or Tianjin.
    If you want to sell some cost effective solar water heater, please come to China to look for the suppliers.
    http://solar-in-china.blogspot.com

  • http://www.acb2b.com Moonzie

    That’s it:The market isn’t mature yet, but it’s rapidly picking up speed thanks to rising environmental consciousness and innovative initiatives.To helping protect the environment, maximising the use of solar energy in a house through passive solar design can make economic sense through reduced fuel and electricity bills.
    AC-solarheater is a company engaged in helping the American buyer to buy solar energy products such as the solar water heater,etc..
    AC-solarheater can guarantee the lowest price in the market. Meanwhile,we can also customize and process the water heater at the request according to the needs of American company.
    For more information, please check:http://www.ac-solarheater.com/ .

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  • http://www.sidite-solar.com giant star zhou

    China sidite solar water heater supplier in china, We specialize in china solar water heaters exporter, manufacturers. We can provide many kinds of solar water heaters, including: Heat pipe series Solar collector, U type series solar collector, Non-pressure series solar collector, Once heat-exchange Split solar water heater, Twice heat-exchange Split solar water heater, Twice heat-exchange Split solar water heater, Pre-heating solar water heater, Integrative pressurized solar water heater, Thermosiphon solar water heater, Normal vacuum tube, Three-target tube …Having made great achievements, we will never stop our steps for improvements. Our personnel warmly welcome clients both at home and abroad to negotiate with us for business relationships.

  • http://www.sidite-solar.com giant star zhou

    China sidite solar water heater supplier in china(http://www.sidite-solar.com), We specialize in china solar water heaters exporter, manufacturers. We can provide many kinds of solar water heaters, including: Heat pipe series Solar collector, U type series solar collector, Non-pressure series solar collector, Once heat-exchange Split solar water heater, Twice heat-exchange Split solar water heater, Twice heat-exchange Split solar water heater, Pre-heating solar water heater, Integrative pressurized solar water heater, Thermosiphon solar water heater, Normal vacuum tube, Three-target tube …Having made great achievements, we will never stop our steps for improvements. Our personnel warmly welcome clients both at home and abroad to negotiate with us for business relationships.

  • http://www.jinyi-solar.com giant star zhou

    Jiaxing Jinyi Solar Energy Technology Co.,Ltd.(http://www.jinyi-solar.com) is a global company focused on providing simple and effective solutions for families and businesses concerned about the effects of climate change and rising energy costs.
    Jinyi solar water heater systems are widely used in both residential and commercial applications to provide hot water, space heating, industrial hot water and even air-conditioning. Installing just one Jinyi solar water heating can reduce CO2 levels as much as planting more than 200 trees and is the perfect choice for people wanting to become part of the SOLUTION by reducing their carbon footprint.
    Jinyi’s range of renewable energy products are sold under the Jinyi trademark and exported worldwide through a network of official distributors and dealers.
    Products are designed and manufactured to meet international product quality and engineering standards, and have a strong emphasis on simplistic design and ease of installation and use. Please click here to view our Quality Policy.
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  • http://www.cnsolarwaterheater.com Nick

    We export solar water heater:
    http://www.cnsolarwaterheater.com
    My email:axinmail@gmail.com

  • http://www.cnsolarwaterheater.com Nick

    We export solar water heater:
    http://www.cnsolarwaterheater.com
    My email:axinmail@gmail.com

  • evergreensolar

    Evergreen solar water heater co.,ltd , specilized in china (http://www.solar-water-heater-china.com/)solar energy system,including solar collector, active split solar water heater ,pre-heating solar water heater ,high pressure compact solar water heater ,passive China solar water heater ,solar water heater project system.

  • evergreensolar

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