Bank of Maharashtra’s Financing of 17,472 Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 12, 2009

 Best Bank Award for Bank of MaharashtraThe Honourable President of India, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil (second from left) handing the awards to the winners: The Bank of Maharashtra received the Best Bank Award for the five-year Solar Water Heating Systems Loan Programme (2002-2007). Photo: Bank of Maharashtra

Solar Thermal Utilization in Thailand (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 12, 2009

This 2008 document from the Thai Solar Thermal Association (Stasolar), gives a summary of the state of play of solar thermal in Thailand as well as its future market development. Only recently, the government is giving more attention to solar thermal which has lead to the first solar thermal subsidy programme in 2007. 

Assessment of the World Bank/GEF Strategy for the Market Development of Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 11, 2009

This report from 2006 gives a detailed assessment on the approach of GEF towards concentrating solar power development. In particular it looks into the GEF's Operational Programme 7 (OP 7) which deals with the development of technologies with low greenhouse gas emissions that are not yet commercial, but which show promise of becoming so in the future.

Potential for Solar Heat in Industrial Processes (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 7, 2009

This paper from 2008 wants to highlight the potential use of solar thermal plants to provide heat for industrial applications. It reports on studies which have been carried out accross the world: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

The report states that the main focus of solar thermal today is on the residential sector, which, as is acknowledged, has a lot of opportunities. However, the report also shows that the potential for industrial applications may not be ignored due to its share in primary energy consumption.

Concentrated Solar Power as Part of European Energy Supply (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 7, 2009

This document from 2006 has been prepared by the Technical University of Delft - the Netherlands. The paper states that CSP is a way to ensure a more sustainable energy supply in the EU while contributing to the Kyoto targets.

Solar Thermal Hydrogen Production via Reforming and Thermo-Chemical-Cycles (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 6, 2009

This 2007 research paper explains how solar thermal could be used in the production of renewable hydrogen. It acknowledges that for achieving a hydrogen economy in the first place, the basis will be the use of fossil fuels. However, a further step would be that the conventional production processes will have to be substituted by renewable technologies.

An Overview of CSP in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 6, 2009

This document from 2008 gives a comprehensive overview of CSP development in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The paper first looks into the key drivers and key inhibitors that impact the growth of CSP. Particular attention is given to the cost factor of CSP such as initial investment costs and the operating & maintenance costs.

Arizona: Solar Pre-heating for Sports Drinks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2009
    It is one of the world's most efficient solar thermal installations: the solar thermal pre-heating system, which Gatorade, a subsidiary of the US-American soft drink producer PepsiCo, had installed this year in a factory in Arizona, US. The company responsible for designing the Arizonan installation was the Austrian manufacturer S.O.L.I.D. GmbH. “We are confident that the installation will reach a specific annual yield of 1,200 kWh/m2,” Harald Blazek from S.O.L.I.D GmbH's Project Development department announced.

    Emerging Technology Option for Clean Power Generation - Concentrated Solar Power (2009)

    Submitted by Hans Craen on May 5, 2009

    This 2009 paper underlines the overall benefits of solar power especially when considered as part of a country or region's energy generation options mix. In addition to listing the available technologies, the document also looks into the economics of solar thermal and provides a summary comparison among parabolic through, central receiver and parabolic dish technologies.

    Making Solar Thermal Power Generation in India a Reality - Overview of Technologies, Opportunities and Challenges

    Submitted by Hans Craen on May 5, 2009

    This document from the Energy and Resources Institute gives an overview of the state of play of solar thermal development in India. It makes a link with the set target to reach 50 MW from solar energy by 2012.

    The paper explanes the opportunities for solar thermal power generation in India but also indicates certain barriers that block the further development of this technology. As a way forward, it is suggested that India should take a fresh initiative to assess the latest technology and its feasibility in the Indian context.