Mechanical Equipment & Control Strategies for a Chilled water and a Hot water system (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 19, 2009

This report from 2008 falls within the framework of the Internal Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.

The objective of this report is to undertake pre-normative research to develop a comprehensive and integrated suite of building energy analysis tool tests involving analytical, comparative, and empirical methods.

These methods will provide for quality assurance of software some of which will be enacted in specific standards to be used for certifying software used for showing compliance to building energy standards.

Lack of Support: Turkish Market Decreasing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 17, 2009

The solar thermal market in Turkey is shrinking. The produced collector area has decreased by an average of 9 % each year since reaching its peak in 2004 with almost 1.5 million m2. Local manufacturers only produced 1 million m2 last year, according to the statistics of Gunder, the Turkish division of the International Solar Energy Society (see chart below). The association is estimating an additional import rate of 3 to 5 %.

Kuyasa - South Africa’s first Clean Development Mechanism project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 16, 2009

 solar water heater in KuyasaOver 6,300 solar water heaters are planned in Khayelitsha, the biggest informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: City of Cape Town

Abu Dhabi: Residential City with Solar Water Heating Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 16, 2009

 Modern Residential CityModern Residential City for 25,000 people in 48 buildings on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates, shoud be supplied with solar heated water. Photo: Millennium Energy Industries

Solar Cooling: Overview and Recommendations (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 13, 2009

This Technical Brochure, published in 2009, presents the final results of the SOLCO project. This project promotes, among other objectives, the widespread use of solar technologies and energy savings due to solar cooling applications in the building sector. The SOLCO project focuses on solar cooling technology across southern European islands.

Transition to Solar Thermal – Roadmap of Holland Solar (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 9, 2009

With this 2007 roadmap, the Dutch solar thermal association Holland Solar, sets out a future perspective for solar thermal market development in the Netherlands based on three timeframes i.e. 2015, 2030 and 2050. The document has to be seen in the discussion on the energy transition process and underlines that a change in cultural behaviour is needed to which all stakeholders, especially companies, authorities and research institutes, have to contribute.

Facade Integration of Solar Thermal Collectors: a Breakthrough? (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 7, 2009

This document from 2007 looks into providing a solution to the aesthetic concerns regarding façade integration of solar thermal collectors. These architectural concerns are caused through the black and irregular surfaces of solar absorbers as well as the piping which remain visible through the front glass.

Job Vacancy: ESTIF Secretary General (Brussels based)

Submitted by Nigel Cotton on April 6, 2009

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) is searching for a Secretary General in Brussels. ESTIF is the voice of one of the fastest growing industries in Europe. Our more than 100 members (manufacturers, service providers, research institutes and national solar associations) represent more than 95% of Europe’s solar heating and cooling market.

Concentrating Solar Power for Seawater Desalination (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 6, 2009

This extensive study from 2007 assesses in a detailed way the potential of concentrated solar power (CSP) systems for large scale seawater desalination. The geographical scope of the report focuses on the urban centres in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The objective of the study is to demonstrate that these large scale CSP processes can be used to provide water supply in a balanced, affordable and secure way and as such helping avoiding a threatening fresh water deficit.

Solar Thermal in the Far East of Russia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2009

 vacuum tube collector“Made in Germany” is a brand in Russia: These vacuum tube collectors from Sonnenkraft were shipped around half the globe to be installed on a single-family building in the far east region of Primorsky Krai, near the border to China Photo: Rusolar


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