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Diagnosis of Solar Water Heaters Using Solar Storage Tank Surface Temperature Data (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This technical paper comes from Jay Burch and Lee Magnuson of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It is an analysis of the efficiency of thermal storage in solar thermal water heating systems being used in residential settings.

Guide to Solar Thermal Incentives in Washington DC (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report from the District Department of the Environment, Washington DC’s local environmental agency, details how local citizens can use the city’s Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) to receive incentives for using solar thermal systems. Further information on solar thermal incentives worldwide can be found here.

DIY Serpentine Solar Water Heating (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This design manual was created by the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which focuses on fostering sustainable growth in developing countries. This specific project is the serpentine solar water heating system.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program Residential Performance Monitoring Interim Report (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This report was created and published by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). It provides a preliminary analysis of the monitoring that had been done to judge the efficiency of select water heating systems which were installed under the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program.

Solar Thermal Flat Plate Collectors (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This technical document was created and published by solar manufacturers Chromagen and State Water Heaters. It is a technical readout of their solar thermal flat plate collectors. The document lists and analyzes many of the key features of their collectors including the single plane glazing, the nylon glass fiber moldings, and the absorber plate. A diagram breaks down and labels the various layers of the collectors, from the glazing to the inner tube configuration. Charts and tables end the document by demonstrating various aspects of the collector’s efficiency.

Solar Cogeneration (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by Paul Davis of Cogenra Solar, Inc. It provides information on solar cogeneration, which utilizes solar thermal alongside a mix of other solar and renewable energy sources to achieve maximum benefits and efficiency.

The most common form of solar cogeneration is electric P.V. combined with solar thermal water heating. The combined system means greater solar efficiency and a higher solar fraction. In turn, this creates higher cost savings for the consumer and a greater reduction of CO2 for the environment.

Solar Thermal Technology & Applications (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This presentation was created by Roger Taylor of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It was used at the NAEMI Solar Electric & Thermal Training Workshop in 2006. Solar thermal water and air heating are the main topics of the presentation.

Thailand: Highly Interested Enterprises, But Low-Quality Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2010

 solar systems in Thailand” 37 commercially installed solar thermal systems of between 50 and 500 m2 received subsidies in Thailand over the last two years. Nevertheless, the sector shows a lack of professional service to operate these solar systems at an optimum efficiency.
Photo: STA

Recent Developments in Thermal Driven Cooling and Refrigeration Systems (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 22, 2009

Roberto Best from the Mexican Centro de Investigación en Energía of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México produced, in 2007, this paper reviewing recent developments on thermal cooling systems, with special emphasis being added to cogeneration applications. The document also presents results of a study undertook by the same University on absorption cooling systems and ejector cooling systems.

Overview of Solar Thermal Technologies (1999)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 29, 2009

This document, from 1999, provides an overview of key solar thermal applications - parabolic troughs, power towers and dish/engine systems - their characteristics, the kind of application they are best suited for, system performance, technologic comparison, together with a cost vs. value analysis.

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