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.

    South Africa: Workshop Discusses Market Barriers

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2009

    Solar water heaters possess a huge potential in South Africa. “Some 100,000 houses are built every year, 30,000 homes are renovated, and about 400,000 electric geysers are replaced,” Thulani Gcabashe, head of Head of Energy Building Africa Holding, explained at the national solar water heating workshop in Midrand, South Africa, this February.

    Use of Renewable Energy in Buildings: Experiences with Solar Thermal Utilization (2006)

    Submitted by Hans Craen on May 4, 2009

    This 2006 paper gives an overview of the possibilities of solar thermal applications in buildings in China. The paper looks into the current state of solar thermal applications: solar water collectors, floor radiation heating and air conditioning systems. It also touches upon the design aspects and practicalities of integrating solar systems in both residential and public buildings.

    The paper concludes by underlining the expected growth in importance of integrating solar thermal schemes in buildings.

    Perspectives for Concentrating Solar Power in Coastal Areas of Mediterranean Sea

    Submitted by Hans Craen on May 4, 2009

    This paper looks into the possible applications of CSP on the coastal areas of the mediterranean region. Starting with providing a short overview on the available CSP technologies, the document also looks into what the potential and market perspectives are for this technology.

    Australia's Push for Solar Hot Water

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 3, 2009

     inauguration of test institute in Australia
    New testing facility: Peter Garrett (right), Australian Environment Minister, officially inaugurated the solar testing facility at the University of South Australia’s Sustainable Energy Industry Support Centre in April. Photo: University of South Australia