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Solar Thermal Power 2020: Exploiting the Heat from the Sun to Combat Climate Change (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This study is a product of a partnership between the European Solar Thermal Industry Association and Greenpeace.  It provides information on the current state of solar thermal technology, and develops a scenario for where the solar thermal market could be by the year 2020.

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.

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 Thermal Energy 2025 (2010) Clean Electricity on demand: attractive STE cost stabilize energy production

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

This document was created by A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm.  The report is an industry roadmap that is the result of research into the future of the solar thermal industry conducted through a survey of various international solar thermal actors across the industry.

Renewable Energy in Europe. Markets, Trends and Technologies (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 2, 2011

This second edition of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) study presents the latest political, technological, financial and economic information on renewable energy technologies in the fields of heating and cooling, electricity and biofuels in order to reach the binding 2020 target of at least 20 % renewable energy from final energy consumption.

Final Report on Technical Data, Costs and Life Cycle Inventories of Solar Thermal Power Plants (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on December 28, 2009

This report from 2008 has been published under the NEEDS programme (New Energy Externalities Developments for Sustainability) which aims “to evaluate the full costs and benefits of energy policies and of future energy systems”.

Solar Thermal Power Plants: On the Way to Commercial Market Introduction (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 9, 2009

This presentation made by Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen from the Institute for Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Centre provides an overview of solar power plants, their current use, benefits and potential.

The presentation goes through examples of solar power plants, outlining the different systems and technologies available. An estimation of the costs and the profits of using such technologies is also provided, allowing, thus, to conclude on its paramount potential on electricity cost reduction.

Solar Power from Europe’s Sun Belt (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on July 23, 2009

This 2009 document is the contribution from ESTELA (European Solar Thermal Electricity Association) to the European Commission’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The report gives a good overview of the strategic benefits of focusing on solar thermal and connects it with its socio-economic benefits.

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