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Solar and Energy Efficient Buildings. Potential and Technologies (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 30, 2011

This is a presentation given by Prof Joachim Luther of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

Prof. Luther outlines in his presentation how energy consumption in buildings could be reduced in Singapore with the use of energy efficient technologies. The energy consumption of office buildings in Singapore is very high, but the use of different technologies and products such as solar heating and cooling can result in a substantial reduction of the energy bill.

Europe: Which Path Takes the Small-capacity Sorption Cooling Industry?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 28, 2011

 Solar Sorption ChillersWhereas the global market for chillers with small cooling capacities has a volume of around 70 million units annually, the European industry of small-capacity sorption cooling is still in its infancy and is facing many challenges. A newly published study, “Scenario Planning for the European Small Capacity Sorption Cooling Industry”, has identified four different ways the industry could take in a sector whose future development is still hard to predict and depends on several unknowns. The study also helps with strategic recommendations on how the European industry can prepare itself for the possible future in each of these scenarios. The photo shows a selection of small-capacity solar chillers.
Source: Presentation Green Chiller at ESTEC 2011

Solar Heat Worldwide. Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 25, 2011

This report was prepared within the framework of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an update of the one issued in 2009. The report documents the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide and its contribution in terms of supply of energy and CO2 emissions reduction. Documented collectors comprise unglazed collectors, glazed flat-plate and evacuated tube collectors with water as the energy carrier, as well as glazed and unglazed air collectors.

Technical Specifications for Solar Energy Installations (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 18, 2011

The Decree No. 314/010 was issued by the Uruguayan authorities with the purpose of outlining the minimal technical conditions to be met by solar thermal installations. It regulates the use of these technologies, also serving as a guideline for all users, with a main focus on durability, reliability and security requirements.

The Potential of Solar Thermal Technologies in a Sustainable Energy Future (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 17, 2011

This study is a deliverable of the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme. Based on the previous studies and results from international R&D cooperation, the declared goal is to present the opportunities linked to solar thermal technologies given their positioning as the fourth largest renewable source of energy.

USA: First SHC conference to take place in San Francisco next July

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 8, 2011

 SHC 2012 The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA SHC) is planning to start its own annual conference in 2012. The conference name SHC has been chosen in reference to the long-established research programme IEA SHC. The full name is International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry. The 1st SHC will take place in San Francisco from 9 to 11 July 2012 – in cooperation with the Intersolar North America (10 to 12 July 2012).

Solar Cooling Position Paper (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 4, 2011

This position paper is a deliverable of the Task 38 “Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration” of the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme. It describes the application of active solar heating and cooling technologies within the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system of buildings in the context of increasing energy efficiency requirements.


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