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Potential of Solar Thermal in Europe (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on October 23, 2009

This report from 2009 has been commissioned by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) and looks into the potential of solar thermal in the European Union. The objective of the study is to provide the European Commission and the Members States with information on how solar thermal energy can contribute to reach the renewable energy target.

South Africa: First Solar-Powered Air-Conditioning System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 14, 2009

solar cooling plant in South Africa” Showcasing solar cooling in South Africa: The Netcare Moot Hospital in Pretoria has installed the first cooling system based on a solar thermal powered absorption chiller. Photo: Voltas Technologies

Solar Cooling in the German Funding Programme SOLARTHERMIE 2000plus (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 29, 2009

This paper presented during the Eurosun Conference in Lisbon in 2008 by Edo Wiemken and Alexander Morgenstern from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, presents information on the status of the research for three solar cooling and air-conditioning demonstration plants using pure water as collector fluid in combination with vacuum tube collectors.

Recent Developments in Thermal Driven Cooling and Refrigeration Systems (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 22, 2009

Roberto Best from the Mexican Centro de Investigación en Energía of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México produced, in 2007, this paper reviewing recent developments on thermal cooling systems, with special emphasis being added to cogeneration applications. The document also presents results of a study undertook by the same University on absorption cooling systems and ejector cooling systems.

Australia: First Solar-Cooled Shopping Centre

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 2, 2009

Innovation Award for NEP Solar” Satisfied engineers: Antoine Millioud (left) and Stefan Minder of the Australian company NEP Solar show the Innovation Award that they won at Intersolar 2009 for their PolyTrough collector with a polymer-carrier-based reflector. Photo: Bärbel Epp

Australian Solar Cooling Interest Group

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2009

Team of Solem Consulting” Independent solar cooling specialists and lobbyists: Dr Paul Kohlenbach (left) initiated the Australian Solar Cooling Interest Group (ausSCIG) and Dr. Uli Jakob initiated the Green Chiller Association for Sorption Cooling e.V. in Europe. Together the two experts run the company Solem Consulting. Photo: Solem Consulting

Sicily Invites the Solar Air-Conditioning Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 25, 2009

Professor Marco Beccali” “The positive trend of solar cooling applications is growing stronger”. This is the message of Professor Marco Beccali from the University in Palermo, who is Conference Chairman of the 3rd International Conference Solar Air-Conditioning in Sicily, Italy. Photo: University of Palermo 

Optimised Design of Hot Water Storage in Solar Thermal Cooling Facilities (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on August 3, 2009

This document from 2008 looks into the efficiency of the design of hot water storage in solar thermal cooling facilities in single family buildings. Solar thermal installations, and in particular oversized facility elements, could result in higher costs and a lower than anticipated performance.

Building Minnesota’s Solar Future: The Option of a “Solar Carve-Out” in the Renewable Energy Standard (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 12, 2009

This brief was put out by the associate director of the Green Institute in 2008. The purpose of this document is to plan a program to build on the current Minnesota state program – a solar rebate ending in 2009.

Business Prospects for Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 11, 2009

This study from 2006 published by Vitae Civilis analyses technical and financial alternatives to traditional water heating systems with a view to boost the development of new business models using solar thermal energy in residential, commercial and services sectors in South American countries.

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