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Solar Water Heating Therm – inology! (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation was created by Tim Merrigan of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and was first presented at the 2011 USH2O Annual Meeting. It focuses on clearing up and defining some widely, and often loosely, used terms in the world of solar thermal heating relating to system names and official standards. The author of the presentation focuses on the term “open loop”, stating that people often misunderstand that an open loop system can be accurately referring to a closed direct system, and that open always means that a system is open to the atmosphere.

Solar Thermal Technology (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare program on Sustainable Energy. It provides an overview of solar thermal technology including power towers, solar thermal cooling and storage technologies. Different concentrating solar thermal technologies such as solar chimneys, parabolic troughs and heliostat fields are all briefly detailed with graphs and key points about their history and economic viability.

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