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The Added Economic and Environmental Value of Solar Thermal Systems in Microgrids with Combined Heat and Power (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This document was written by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a United States Department of Energy Office of Science national lab. It focuses on the potential benefits of solar thermal heat storage systems.

Solar Hot Water for Dairy Barns (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was made by Steve Dyck of Guelp Solar Mechanical Inc. It focuses on the use of solar thermal water heating for dairy barns in Canada.

Low-cost Distributed Solar-thermal-electric Power Generation (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 6, 2015

This report was written by A. Der Minassians et. al. of UC Berkley. It measures the feasibility of solar thermal systems used for electric power generation, which could compete for price parity with other sources of electricity. The paper claims that when using only low-cost materials and manufacturing processes it is still possible to design a solar thermal electric system. The collectors should operate at a medium temperature of 125C to 150C.

Solar Thermal Design: Research, Design and Installation of a Solar Hot Water System for Redwood National Park (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This research abstract was written by Andrew Sorter et. al. of Humboldt State University. It covers the research, design, and installation for a solar hot water heating system in California’s Redwood National Park.

Solar Water Heating Therm – inology! (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation was created by Tim Merrigan of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and was first presented at the 2011 USH2O Annual Meeting. It focuses on clearing up and defining some widely, and often loosely, used terms in the world of solar thermal heating relating to system names and official standards. The author of the presentation focuses on the term “open loop”, stating that people often misunderstand that an open loop system can be accurately referring to a closed direct system, and that open always means that a system is open to the atmosphere.

Break-even Cost for Residential Solar Water Heating in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This technical report was written by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It examines the technology and economics that determine whether the cost of energy saved by a residential solar thermal hot water heating system will equal the cost of purchasing electricity or natural gas generated heat from the grid. This is known as the break-even cost.

Solar Heating Entry Level Learning Objectives (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This following is a document from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) that lays out potential “Learning Objectives” for an entry level solar thermal installer certification course. The document identifies 6 main areas of learning, and gives an outline on how to possible grade an exam based on these criteria.

Applications Manual: Solar Technology for DHW and Space Heating (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This manual was created and published by hot water heating technology manufacturer Buderus. It provides information on how solar thermal systems work, the different components in a system, and how to properly size a system.

The manual starts of by describing solar thermal principles, and running down through the various system components such as the collectors, control units, and pump stations. From here, the applications manual describes different kinds of systems such as single coil, double coil, and parallel tank applications.

Analyzing the Design and Performance of a Retrofit Solar Thermal Combination DHW and Space Heating System (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This paper comes from James Dontie of Gustavus Adolphus College. It reports on an analysis of a solar thermal combination domestic hot water and space heating system which was retrofitted into a residence in Minnesota.

The analysis attempts to distinguish between improvements to the residence’s heating system that came through using a solar thermal system instead of a conventional system, as compared to efficiencies that were the result of simply installing new equipment.

A Solar Design Manual for Alaska: Solar Technologies (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Alaska Sun, which is a coalition in Alaska dedicated to furthering the use of solar energy in their state. It comes from their publication “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska” and focuses on various technologies that are commonly used in solar thermal systems.

Flat plate collectors are described as one of the most common solar thermal technologies and the report sketches one out in a diagram. Heat transfer fluids, which make many solar thermal systems possible, are covered and have the characteristics of what makes a good heat transfer fluid listed.

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