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Solar Electric and Solar Thermal Energy: A Summary of Current Technologies (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on June 26, 2015

This document, written by Tayyebatossadat P. Aghaei of the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), illustrates the different applications of solar thermal and photovoltaic technology. 

After a brief introduction on the history of solar energy, the document firstly explains the functioning of large scale solar thermal technology systems, differentiating between flat-plate collectors and concentrator collectors. This section includes also graphic representations of the different systems.

Solar Thermal Air Conditioner: Method Of Operation (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This diagram was created by IceSolair. The diagram explains the methods and modes of how solar thermal air conditioning systems operate, it also looks at the various parts and technologies that allow the system to work, and it shows how the system works in reverse for heating purposes.

Solar Thermal Energy (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This document was prepared in 2007 by the University of Gavle. The document gives a detailed introduction to solar thermal power, as well as descriptions of various energy applications and active and passive solar heating systems.

The report breaks down in detail the different types of solar thermal systems and collectors. Charts, graphs and photos show the various examples listed.

Overview on Worldwide Installed Solar Cooling Systems (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was submitted by the Institute for Renewable Energy and EURAC Research of Bolzano, Italy in 2007. It is an overview on worldwide installed solar assisted cooling systems. Technical properties of the plans are listed and the dimensioning of single components is discussed. It describes the location and final use of the systems, type of cooling capacity, type of solar collectors, capacity of energy storage, type of power of back up systems, heat rejection technology and hydraulic schemes.

Solar Thermal Case Study: Shouldice Hospital (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This case study was written by by Gemco Solar. It profiles a solar thermal water heating and air cooling and heating system they installed on the Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.

2009 Updates and Trends – IREC

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Meeting in October, 2009. The report is broken down to cover state incentives & policy trends, solar installation trends, net metering & interconnection updates & trends, and workforce development and training. For current policies that are mentioned to withstand solar growth, they mention the Energy Improvement and Reinvestment Act (part of the federal “bailout bill” in 2008) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (part of the “stimulus bill” in 2009).

Decision Scheme for the Selection of the Appropriate Technology Using Solar Thermal Air-Conditioning (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This report was written by the Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), in association with the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2004. This document graphs different solutions for several conditions by implementing solar thermal chillers.

Commercial Market Innovations to Put US Solar Thermal on the World Stage (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This presentation was compiled by the utility solar water heating initiative US H2O. It features 4 different reports on innovations which are helping advance the development of the solar thermal market. The first report presents on the benefits of upstream financing for solar thermal industry players. The second report provides information on how third party financing is brining solar thermal installations to new settings. The third report discusses marketing and branding issues facing solar thermal businesses, and provides various solutions to these problems.

Solar Chiller: Zero-net energy for building air conditioning in hot climates (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This fact sheet was created by Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo.  It provides information on solar thermal air conditioning strategies and potential programs in Brazil.

Central Plant District Cooling and Heating on College Campus (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This case study was written by SunChiller and All Energy USA. It focuses on a solar thermal air conditioning and heating system at Los Angeles Valley College.

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