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Where does Solar Cooling Stand Today? (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 17, 2012

This powerpoint presentation was given by Solem Consulting’s Dr. Uli Jakob at the 2012 Intersolar Europe Conference. It gives a sprawling overview of the solar cooling market by 2012, beginning with an overview of the different collector and chiller technologies currently on the international market. It also lists the solar cooling kit suppliers across different global regions.

Solar Thermal Energy for Cooling and Refrigeration: Status and Perspectives (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 12, 2012

This presentation - given by TECSOL’s Daniel Mugnier at the 2012 Intersolar fair in Munich - gives an overview of recent technological developments in Solar Cooling, and an outlook for the progress that still needs to be made in the future.  This is made in the framework of Task 48 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Program. The main technical progress over the last decade is outlined for closed cycles and open sorptive cycles, as well as sorption cooling and high temperature applications. 

Research Priorities for Solar Thermal Energy (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 9, 2012

This presentation - given by ESTTP’s Dr. Wim van Helden at the 2012 Renewable District Heating and Cooling Conference - sets out key Research and Development priorities for the solar thermal industry in the next decade. Challenges still remain to reduce investment costs, further increase solar fraction and further develop solar thermal technology.

IEA Technology Roadmap 2011 - Energy-Efficient Buildings: Heating and Cooling Equipment (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 5, 2012

As part of a series of IEA Roadmaps on energy technologies, this report specifically maps the potential development of heating and cooling equipment for energy-efficient buildings between 2011 and 2050. In line with other roadmaps, two scenarios are plotted: a baseline scenario representing minimal policy change and a BLUE map scenario with aggressive policy action.

Austria: Third Incentive Year for Large-scale Solar Thermal Plants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2012

 Julius Blum GmbH ” The great success over the past two years prompted the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund to extend its incentive programme for large-scale solar thermal plants into 2012 as well. When the programme was launched on 13 June, it was actually the third time. The scheme has already granted financial support to 38 (2010) and 52 (2011) systems in the past years - including the 460 m² for solar process heat at the production plant of an international manufacturer of kitchen fittings, Julius Blum GmbH (see photo). Now equipped with a budget of EUR 4 million, applications can start coming in until 21 September 2012.
Photo: Julius Blum GmbH

Switzerland: Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collector Manufacturer Relies on Vacuum Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 29, 2012

 MT Power Collector The - literally - hottest collector innovation comes from Switzerland. TVP Solar has developed an insulated high-vacuum flat plate collector which supplies a heat transfer fluid between 100 and 200°C. This makes it an ideal thermal energy source for cooling and heating applications in the medium temperature range. The MT-Power panel was introduced at the European Future Energy Forum in Geneva last autumn and has now been nominated for the Intersolar Award 2012.
Photo: TVP Solar

Solar Heat Worldwide - Markets and Contribution to Energy Supply 2010 (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 21, 2012

This report has been written by Werner Weiss and Franz Mauthner in contribution to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). It documents the solar thermal capacity installed in 55 countries, and ascertains the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO¬2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these systems.

Solar Heating and Cooling in Austria - Status Report (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 3, 2012

This report - presented to the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme in 2009 - gives an overview of the solar heating and cooling industry in Austria.

This includes an outline of the national and European regulatory environment, and the research programmes used to further technological development in the sector. Austrian public expenditure for energy research is specified as €31,886,023 in 2007, of which €826,852 was directed towards solar heating and cooling.

Technology Options of Solar Thermal Systems in South-East Asia – Lessons learned from Thailand and Vietnam (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 23, 2012

This power point presentation - given by Dr Ing Christoph Menke (University of Applied Sciences, Trier) – outlines the technology options and market potential for solar thermal systems in South-East Asia. After an overview of global solar thermal technology, it outlines the potential for solar water heating in Thailand, the temperature ranges for different food industrial processes, and gives an overview of the subsidy programmes implemented between 2008 and 2011.

These subsidies had several positive effects:

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