There are several technological advancements that once we have succeeded in perfecting them, will change the world as we know it, forever. One of these disruptive technologies is cheap and effective energy storage for renewable sources such as wind and solar. The other for sure is solar powered air-conditioning.
With another record summer well underway in the northern hemisphere, the evidence of climate change is everywhere with drought and high temperatures causing famines and deaths around the world. You have only to look to Brazil, Pakistan,India and even California just to name a few.
Today Swedish innovation company Suncool AB and Zhong Fa Zhan Holdings Ltd, signed definitive agreements invest in and establish a Chinese business for the manufacturing, marketing and sales of innovative Solar Air Conditioning and heating products.
We are delighted about this deal. This marks the first step in ZFZ’s development into a new era of renewable energy and energy efficiency, Mr. Wu Hao, Chairman of ZFZ, says.
With China’s vast amounts of buildings in need of indoor comfort, Solar Air Conditioning is a transformational market opportunity. We are optimistic about the addressable market in Greater China for this new solar panel business will be generating more than RMB 20 billion revenue per year in the future, Mr. Hubert Chan, CEO of ZFZ continues.
The solar thermal market in China is by far the world’s largest with more than 80% share of the global market and some 50 million m2 solar collectors sold every year. The technology exclusively acquired by ZFZ enables the manufacturing of solar collectors that cannot only produce heating and hot tap water, but also directly supply air conditioning. Target customers include hotels, hospitals and other commercial buildings as well as the residential sector and distributors of solar powered solutions.
The new operating company will be established in Yuyao (Zhejiang province) with active support from the local government. Furthermore, the new venture will receive strategic and operational advisory support from the leader of green energy in China, the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP), through its multi-national vehicle China-UK Low Carbon Enterprise (CULCE) which is led by its CEO, Mr. Liu Haoming, who states:
We believe that this deal is very important since it has a huge impact on reducing China’s total energy consumption in buildings through cost competitive use of renewable energy. By marrying deep knowledge of growing competitive business in China with innovative and ground-breaking technology, it truly combines the strengths of China and Sweden.
The business plan for the new company, a wholly owned subsidiary of ZFZ, is to exclusively commercialize the unique solar heating and cooling technology in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
We believe that the best way to capture the single largest market opportunity in the world is to have a strong, long-term Chinese Partner. We are pleased to have found such a Partner in ZFZ. We look forward to joining forces with ZFZ and to grow this business as fast possible, says Mr. Per Olofsson, Chairman of Suncool.
Shanghai based investment bank E. J. McKay advised Swedish firm Suncool AB and its shareholders in the transaction. James Z. Li, E. J. McKay’s CEO, shares his view:
In Northern Europe there are developed technologies that fit perfectly into the transformation of Chinese energy efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions. By partnering such technologies with Chinese businesses we can add value both to Chinese society and to shareholders, for many years to come.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.