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Current Status of Solar Thermal Power in California (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation from San Diego State University reviews the status of solar thermal energy in California. Parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel, central tower receivers, and parabolic dishes are all discussed as the present solar thermal methods in California. The Rankine, Stirling, and Brayton Cycles are visually represented and discussed in the presentation as well.

Solar Thermal Systems Checklist (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This checklist was created by the Boulder Country Land Use Department of Colorado. It is submitted to the department with the plans for the intended solar thermal project for safety and certification approval by the county.

U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009 (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

This report was written by Larry Sherwood for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.  It provides information on new solar installations in the US in 2009.

The report examines and analyses the market for various solar energy technologies by state.  It focuses on PV, solar thermal heating, and concentrated solar power.

SHAAMS report: WP 4: The Regional State of the Art in Crete Region (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 24, 2015

This report, published by SHAAMS, the Strategic Hubs for the Analysis and Acceleration of the Mediterranean Solar Sector, provides a general picture of the solar energy sector in Crete and makes a SWOT analyses.  It shares information on the regional solar policies and strategies already in place, on R&D projects and awareness campaigns.  With regards to solar thermal energy, the report says it is mainly used for hot water production in household buildings and in hotels.  There are very few applications in industry and agriculture.  New technologies, like solar thermal cooling and space

Building the Invisible Sun: Solar District Heating with Long-Term Thermal Energy Storage (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on December 12, 2014

This document on solar district heating (SDH) was presented by Adam Reed, research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder, at the Western Energy Policy Research Conference held in San Francisco on 4-5 September 2014.

Study on Good Practices for Solar Water Heating in Multifamily Housing

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 22, 2014

This study analyses technological and social barriers against the use of solar water heating (SWH) systems and compile the best practice to select and take decisions on the design of a SWH system. Possible barriers are divided into 5 groups (hydraulic installations, entitlement to sunshine, current regulation, community collaboration, new businesses), as well as best practice (concept selection, equipment selection, control systems, operation and maintenance, general considerations).

The study highlights how the main barriers to the development of SWH are social, while aware community collaboration is fundamental for the best use of SWH systems.

Thermal Regulations and Energy Performance of Buildings – the French Case (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 15, 2011

This is a presentation delivered by Enerplan during the “Setting up the Right Incentives to Boost Solar Thermal in Europe” webinar organized on November 30, 2010, within the framework of ProSTO project, funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.

Training Course on Solar District Heating (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 23, 2011

This document comprises training material developed in the framework of the SDHtake-off project with the support of Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. It has been designed as a “pool” of information to be used by all training organizations. It gives a broad overview of the solar thermal technologies employed for district heating, their characteristics as well as the legislative and technical requirements that are applicable in the EU.

QualiCert Manual (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 5, 2011

This manual is one of the deliverable of the QualiCert project started in July 2009 which obliges Member States to develop and mutually recognize certification or equivalent qualification schemes for installers of small-scale renewable energy systems (solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, heat pumps, etc.) by December 2012.

Solar Water Heating Legislation in Mexico (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 16, 2009

Jaime Brash G., from the Mexican National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE), made this presentation during a solar heating and cooling workshop which took place in July 2009 in Mexico City.

The presentation explains the national programme PROCALSOL (2007-2012) created to boost solar energy in the Mexican residential sector. It refers the main obstacles and drivers of the solar thermal development and the new regulations brought by the programme.

Estimations are that by 2012, 1.800.000 m2 of solar collectors will be in place.

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