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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.

Solar Thermal Energy: The Time Has Come (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This white paper was written by William Guiney of Johnson Controls. It looks at the opportunities and potential for long-run development and wide spread use of solar thermal, especially for pool heating, space heating, and cooling applications.

France, Italy and Brazil: Programmes for Dedicated Solar Heating and Cooling Conferences

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 22, 2015
Conference LogosSolar thermal professionals who have taken an interest in solar district heating, in solar air conditioning or the Brazilian solar thermal market will be able to participate in dedicated conferences over the next months, namely the 3rd International Solar District Heating Conference in Toulouse, France, on 17-18 June, the 6th International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning in Rome, Italy, from 24-25 September and the 3rd Brazilian Solar Heating Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, between 2-3 September. All three events have already released their conference programme.
 

Solar Thermal Cooling: technology, cost and case study (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on May 21, 2015

This document was presented at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) event on Renewable Energy Applications for Island Tourism, held in Cyprus on 29-30 June 2014.

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.

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