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Solar Thermal Cooling and Heating: A Year-Round Thermal Comfort Strategy (2004)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on November 29, 2011

This case study was written by Jason Kirchoff et. al. of the University of Southern California School of Architecture. It analyzes the efficiency of a year round solar thermal heating and cooling system in a commercial building in Los Angeles, California.

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.

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

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on November 23, 2011

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.

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.

Success Factors in Solar District Heating (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 31, 2011

The 'SDHtake-off - Solar District Heating in Europe' project is a EU-funded project (under the European Commission Programme IEE Intelligent Energy Europe)supporting the market rollout of solar district heating in Europe. It started on July 2009 and runs for a period of three years. This document is one of its deliverables, describing the development of SDH capacities in Europe as a result of the existing policies and incentives.

Applications of Solar Energy for Domestic Hot Water and Buildings Heating/Cooling (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 7, 2011

This article was published in the International Journal of Energy of the North Atlantic University Union. It advocates for the solar generation of thermal energy and its use for buildings and domestic water heating in Romania.

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