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Europe, Solar Thermal Power

Resource/Cost Estimates For Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating (2010-2020)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 25, 2015

The Solar heat resource is dependent in the first instance on the insolation falling on the surface of Ireland. The usable power generated by solar panels will vary depending on latitude, time of year and weather conditions. According to the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, current technology produces per square metre of solar panel between 300 and 450 thermal kWh/year.  The resource area is based on the roof area of existing and future dwellings.

Expression of Interest (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This proposal, prepared by Professor Dr. Ursula Eicker at the University of Applied Science Stuttgart in Germany, is set to establish Europe as the leading producer of solar thermal cooling technologies.  It describes what the main focuses of the research effort are, like optimisation to replace electrically driven compressor technology, for example.  The proposal describes the need for solar assisted cooling and assures that it contributes to priority thematic area of Framework 6 and the European Research Area.

Solar Thermal Power: The Science and Technology of Solar Thermal Power in Africa (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

This article was written by Daniel Schäfer who is a student studying Physics and Mathematics at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in Germany.  It provides information on the possibilities surrounding solar thermal energy in North Africa.

Solar Thermal and Concentrated Solar Power Barometer (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 31, 2014

This report published by the French organization EurObserv’ER provides an overview of the Solar Thermal and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) markets in Europe in 2013.  The first section of the report is dedicated to CSP. After analyzing the global and European markets, the barometer focuses on the development of the CSP technologies in Spain, Italy and France.  The second part covers the solar thermal market.  The barometer explains that for the 5th year in a row the European solar thermal sector is facing a slowdown. In 2013, the market decreased by 13.2% compared to 2012.

CERN’s Ultra High Vacuum Flat Plate Solar Collector Markets and Applications (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 4, 2011

This is a presentation from the CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) about solar thermal technologies and applications.

The presentation reviews the different market applications (hot water and heating, space heating and cooling, desalination, pool heating, industrial processes and electricity production). It also gives data on the European energy market and the market share of the different solar technologies. The document indicates the market drivers for solar thermal and the forecasts for the coming years.


Combined Solar Power and Desalination Plants: Update on the MED-CSD Project (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 14, 2009

This presentation from 2009 provides an update of the MED-CSD project. The main aim of this project is the assessment of the technico-economic potential of CSP for electricity and desalination in the Mediterranean region. The presentation first gives a global overview by linking the regions suffering from water scarcity with the global potential for concentrating solar power.

Potential for Solar Heat in Industrial Processes (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 7, 2009

This paper from 2008 wants to highlight the potential use of solar thermal plants to provide heat for industrial applications. It reports on studies which have been carried out accross the world: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

The report states that the main focus of solar thermal today is on the residential sector, which, as is acknowledged, has a lot of opportunities. However, the report also shows that the potential for industrial applications may not be ignored due to its share in primary energy consumption.

Which are the major solar thermal markets worldwide?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2008

By far the largest solar thermal market in the world according to newly installed solar thermal capacity per year is China. In 2008, around 21 GWth (30 million m2) were sold in China, which was around 80 % of the world global solar thermal market.

Concentrating Solar Power from Research to Implementation (338)

Submitted by admin on April 22, 2008

This document from 2007, released by the European Commission, refers projects, financed under the 6th EU Research Framework Programme (FP6), to boost the use of solar power technologies in Europe, as a part of the EU’s goal of achieving 20% share of renewable energies inits overall energy consumption by 2020 and a minimum 10% share of biofuels in overall EU transport petrol and diesel consumption by 2020. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) is a clean energy that can help the EU to meet this 20% goal.

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