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A solar thermal installation is constituted by the joining of components that are in charge of capturing solar rays, transforming ceding solar energy into a fluid stream of work, and ultimately to store energy to be used at point of consumption.
The solar potential in Spain is the highest in Europe because of its privileged location and climate. Solar energy offers many advantages with respect to conventional energy, since it deals with a stream of energy that is free, clean and limitless.
Throughout much of the Western U.S., water is a scarce resource. Growing cities and power plants often compete directly with the agricultural sector - and environmental needs - for limited water supplies. Developing new, renewable energy supplies will have varied impacts on water resources. It is important that, in the process, renewable energy development does not contribute to or exacerbate water supply and quality challenges.
This report presents an overview of existing and novel concepts for heat rejection devices in solar cooling systems and recommends which heat rejection measures should be used under different boundary conditions (climate, system concept, etc.). Several components include a performance characterization that was prepared in partnership with manufacturers.
Authors: Roberto Fedrizzi, Alice Vittoriosi, Davide Romeli, Matteo D’Antoni, Hannes Fugmann, Björn Nienborg, Khalid Nagidi, Marc Sheldon
Date: November 2014
This report highlights new perspectives of financing large solar thermal cooling projects with the objective to expand the use of solar cooling technologies in the public and private sectors through an improved understanding of the approaches adopted by contracting models. The work was supported by the SHC project on large scale solar heating and cooling systems (SHC Task 45).
Authors: Moritz, Schubert, Sabine Putz
Date: 18 September 2014
Commissioned by the SCI Network, this report provides an overview of the different technologies for implementing solar heating and cooling systems in buildings.
This involves a survey of different collector types, a detailed comparison of different chiller types, and an assessment of the advantages and disadvantage of each system. The report also makes recommendations to prepare for implementation of solar heating and cooling system.
Interview with Philippe Papillon from INES, made during ESTEC 2011 conference in Marseille. Philippe speaks of his organisation's work on solar thermal energy. 30% of the 15-strong team's time is spent on system design and testing, with a main focus on auxiliary consumption and the reduction of cost of solar energy. They also work on component design, specifically targetting preliminary components as an effective way to reduce costs.
“Road to climate friendly chillers” is the topic of the first conference on green chillers organized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc (ASHRAE). The two-day event is going to take place in Cairo, Egypt, from 30 September to 1 October 2010 and receives its financial support from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
The Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Workshop is the only North American workshop of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 38. The workshop is held in conjunction with the Orlando AHR Expo, on Jan 27th in Florida, USA. The presenters of this workshop have extensive experience in designing, installing and monitoring commercial solar cooling systems. The event is jointly organised by the Solar Calorimetry Laboratory of the Queens University, Canada, and the Canadian collector manufacturer Enerworks.