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UAE: Museum in Al Ain Garden City Receives 5-Pearl Estidama Rating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 4, 2015
Desert Learning CenterThe Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center in Abu Dhabi is aiming at becoming the first building to be awarded a 5-pearl Estidama construction rating certificate. The museum and research centre inaugurated in 2015 is located in a tourist area, which includes a 400-hectar wildlife park and a resort consisting of hotels, themed safari tours and residential areas, right on the outskirts of the second-largest city of the emirate, Al Ain, also known as the Garden City. The building has about to achieve Platinum standard, the highest rating of the US LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification scheme. The owner of the building, state-owned Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, paid EUR 56 million for the green showcase project, which has been adapted for the hot and dry desert climate (see the attached PDF). Solarthermalworld.org already reported on the first 4-pearl office building in Masdar City, which was certified according to the newly developed Estidama rating system of the Abu Dhabi emirate. 
Photo: Züblin Spezialtiefbau
 

Solar Cooling Week in China: Sector Still Growing in Asia and Europe

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 30, 2015
Solar Cooling WeekSolar thermal cooling is a “small, but steadily growing market,” Dr Uli Jakob from the Green Chiller Association for Sorption Cooling pointed out in his presentation Solar Air-Conditioning in Europe during the Solar Cooling Week, which took place in Shanghai from 23 to 27 March. The week started with two experts meetings of IEA SHC Task 48 (Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling Systems) and Task 53 (New Generation Solar Cooling and Heating Systems) on solar cooling and ended with the Solar Cooling Conference. About 80 % of the over 100 participants came from Asian countries. Conference Chairman Daniel Mugnier (see photo) thanked “Shanghai Jiao Tong University – and especially, Professor Yajun Dai  for having organised “a perfect Solar Cooling Week.” 
Photo: dr. jakob energy research
 

Technologies and Perspectives of Solar Cooling Systems (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 17, 2015

This presentation, given by Dr. Uli Jakob of Solem Consulting, at the AHK (German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce) conference in Sydney in March 2014, gives an update on the technologies and perspectives of solar cooling systems.  It covers the different technologies used, such as sorption chillers, integrated hydraulic units and standardized solar cooling kits.  It also provides a short overview of solar collector technologies for solar cooling.

Modelling Solar Thermal Systems (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 11, 2015

Michaël Kummert, a consulting engineer with a PhD in Environmental Science, provides this PowerPoint presentation to show examples of different Solar thermal systems and what they do.

There are photographs of Domestic Hot Water systems and Space Heating systems along with descriptions of their advantages and disadvantages.  Kummert also provides a basic guide to which tools one would use for different purposes; for component design and optimization, one would use TRNSYS tools, for example. 

Expression of Interest (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This proposal, prepared by Professor Dr. Ursula Eicker at the University of Applied Science Stuttgart in Germany, is set to establish Europe as the leading producer of solar thermal cooling technologies.  It describes what the main focuses of the research effort are, like optimisation to replace electrically driven compressor technology, for example.  The proposal describes the need for solar assisted cooling and assures that it contributes to priority thematic area of Framework 6 and the European Research Area.

Solar Energy in Spain (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

The solar potential in Spain is the highest in Europe because of its privileged location and climate.  Solar energy offers many advantages with respect to conventional energy, since it deals with a stream of energy that is free, clean and limitless. 

Consideration of Impacts on Water Quality and Quantity in the WREZ Process (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

Throughout much of the Western U.S., water is a scarce resource. Growing cities and power plants often compete directly with the agricultural sector - and environmental needs - for limited water supplies. Developing new, renewable energy supplies will have varied impacts on water resources. It is important that, in the process, renewable energy development does not contribute to or exacerbate water supply and quality challenges.

“Very few countries have policies explicitly supporting renewable deployment in the industry sector”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 2, 2015
Ruud KempenerThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published two technology briefs last week. The 40-page documents, one entitled Solar Heat for Industrial Processes, the other Solar Heating and Cooling for Residential Applications, give a brief global overview of the market and technology development, including some recommendations for policy makers (see attached documents). It is the first time that the solar thermal sector is in the focus of a technology brief. The studies were published under the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (ETSAP) of the International Energy Agency. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with one of the authors, Ruud Kempener, Technology Roadmap Analyst at the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany.
 

Abu Dhabi: IRENA´s Headquarters Become First 4 Pearl Office Building

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 1, 2015
IRENA HeadquaterThe future headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) represent the first office building in Abu Dhabi to be awarded the 4-Pearl Estidama Construction Rating Certificate. According to the Estidama website, the 2010 rating system was the first building certification code to be adopted in the Middle East. Estidama, which means sustainability in Arabic, was implemented by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and aims at “creating more sustainable communities, cities and global enterprises”. In addition to low energy and water consumption, credit points are given for an integrated planning process, as well as ecological building materials and an innovative building design. IRENA’s new headquarters achieved 115 points above mandatory and therefore gained the 4 Pearl rating. 
Photo: Irena
 

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