The second-largest segment was multi-family property, one mostly supplied by centralised pumped systems. BSRIA expects sales in this segment to increase, as one- and two-family buildings are often replaced by houses offering several individual units. Most of the non-residential segment consists of hotels and leisure centres, followed by educational and healthcare facilities. Flat plate collectors have been used primarily as part of large centralised systems at commercial buildings and multi-family property. The size of commercial systems varies greatly, but will, on average, be between 30 and 100 m². The supply chain is mostly in the hands of Turkish-based flat plate collector manufacturers; the largest brands found on the market last year were Eraslan, Solimpeks, Sergun, Anages, Ezinç and Baymak.
One-third of sales in informal sector
Over the last years, Kutay Ülke, who used to be export manager at Ezinç Metal and is working today for Bural Heating, has provided annual sales figures for the entire Turkish market, both the formal and informal one. Ülke´s statistics show that there were 2.1 million m² newly installed in 2015. The informal sector is assumed to make up the difference between this number and the 1.5 million m² researched by BSRIA, so that around one-third of all collectors were supplied by small “backyard producers” from the corresponding region.
The 38-page study Solar Thermals: Turkey can be purchased from BSRIA, a British-based consultancy focused on strategic market research in the building services industry. BSRIA’s report on the Turkish market situation was based on interviews with key stakeholders from the country’s solar thermal market, including solar collector and tank manufacturers. The country reports on solar thermal include comprehensive information on solar thermal market size, broken down by type of collector and system, plus details on segmentation, market trends and drivers, supply structures, distribution and target groups. Similar reports have been available for air conditioning, heating, renewable technology, energy, smart homes, cabling and building controls. BSRIA is headquartered in Bracknell, near London, and engages more than 200 staff.
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