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Solar Water Heating Calculator

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 17, 2012

The requirement of hot water varies from person to person depending upon his water uses pattern. However, it is estimated that the average hot water requirement per person per day in an average household in India is around 65 liters at 40º C. For calculations of hot water requirement and sizing of solar water heater system, a software was designed in India to help any resident to calculate their Solar Water Heating System needs.

Chile: Solar Energy Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 15, 2011

 Amr M. Abdel Hai (left) and Eduardo Noboa” Amr M. Abdel Hai, Programme Officer for the Energy Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (left), and Eduardo Noboa, Renewable Energy and Environment Coordinator from the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), organised a two-day workshop with the aim to strengthen the solar water heating markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of 46 solar thermal experts from several countries (Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay) exchanged information, knowledge, lessons learned and successful experiences.
Photo: OLADE

Solar Water Heating Applications : Assessment of Country Successes- South-East Asia

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 9, 2011

The objective of this report is to provide an overview of successful projects on solar water heating technology implemented by several organizations in five selected countries : Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The report presents detail discussion on solar water heaters system components, design and installation practices and life cycle cost evaluation for five successful nationwide projects/initiatives that helped in catalysing the uptake of Solar Water Heating technology in each the five Asian countries.

User’s Technical Handbook on Solar Water Heaters (India, 2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 16, 2011

This handbook was prepared in the framework of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), - a project co-executed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP), funded by Global Environmental Fund with co-financing of the International Copper Association. It was done in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

China: International Metal Solar Industry Alliance founded

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 27, 2011

 IMSIA Press Meeting at the Beijing Hotel” The Beijing branch of the International Copper Association (ICA) has formed the International Metal Solar Industry Alliance (IMSIA) in November 2010. “The alliance will provide a platform for its members to share best practices and cooperate in promoting copper solar thermal technologies,” Joseph Huang, Project Manager of the Building Energy Management section, explained. The alliance was officially presented to the public at a press meeting at the Beijing Hotel on 15 November 2010.
Photo: ICA

Example of Solar Water Heating System Installation in Mexico

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 20, 2010

This document produced in the framework of the the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), reports the usage of solar water heating technologies in the soccer club Los Plumas de la UNAM in Mexico.

The installations were made in 1996 and have proved to be very efficient and successful. This document includes the technical characteristics of the equipments installed, the advantages, the savings, and maintenance requirements, among other details.

Albania: 75,000 m2 of Newly Installed Collector Area

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 29, 2009

Alongside the government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) officially launched a solar water heater project in Albania, with its first workshop in Tirana on the 4th of December. The project titled “Country Program of Albania under the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative” aims at installing 75,000 m² of new collector area in the country and supporting sustainable market growth targeting at annual sale figures of 20,000 m² by the end of the project in 2015.

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