State Strategies to Foster Solar Hot Water System Deployment (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 11, 2009

This paper from 2007 was written by the Deputy Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance. It starts with a short introduction talking about the past of solar hot water heaters and the growth that can come with the new technology. This report provides states with information, resource materials and recommendations on program design and strategies to promote solar hot water technology applications. It gives examples of current state programs that are effective and should be replicated.

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Operation of the Solar Thermal Collector Certification Program (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 10, 2009

This document from 2009 was put out by the Florida Solar Energy Council (FSEC). It presents details of the operation of the Solar Energy Standards Act whereby solar collectors may be rated for performance, examined for compliance to minimum standards and be certified by FSEC. This includes: operating guidelines for certifying solar collectors; description of the standard method for thermal performance rating; manufacturer’s agreement for labeling certified collectors; Information on the application for requesting collector certification.

“Security Measures Make Vacuum Tube Collector Systems More Expensive”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 8, 2009

 Marek Szymanski of Watt” Marek Szymanski, technical department manager of the Polish collector manufacturer Watt, spoke with about the problems they had with the vacuum tube collectors in the beginning. Photo: Watt

Steam Turbines for Solar Thermal Power Plants (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 3, 2009

This document from 2008 was put out by Siemens and it explains how their turbine technology can fit in concentrated solar power concepts. When surplus heat is stored in heat storage tanks, it can be used to extend the running hours on steam turbines during times without sun radiation.

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Dynamic Growth Throughout the European Solar Thermal Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2009

 estec2009 conference” Estec2009 – a meeting point for solar thermal experts in Europe: Around 400 representatives of associations, as well as manufacturers, politicians and researchers discussed trends, potentials and obstacles of the solar thermal sector. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Solar obligation by the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

The state of Rio de Janeiro is the front runner in terms of solar building codes on a state level. In January 2008, its state government approved a law that makes the installation of solar water heating systems mandatory for public buildings.


Solar Obligation by the Municipality in São Paulo

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

The huge city of São Paulo, with its approx. 19 million inhabitants, approved the first solar obligation on a municipality level in July 2007. Solar water heaters have since become mandatory in a wide range of new residential and non-residential buildings.

IREC – 2006 Annual Report

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 2, 2009

This is a 2006 summary by the US Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). It gives highlights in spending, incentives and rebate programs for solar thermal energy and solar PV systems.

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Collective Systems on the Rise in France

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 2, 2009

 collective system in Paris” The segment of collective systems shows high growth rates in France: The main factor behind this growth are the incentives paid by Ademe, the France Energy Agency. The investment for the solar thermal system on top of this multi-storey building in Paris was €353,000 of which 39 % were subsidised by Ademe. Photo: Enerplan


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