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Solar Water Heater (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Jean Cariou of the Global Energy Network Institute. It is a comprehensive study of the technology, the economics, and the feasibility of large scale solar thermal installations. According to the report, solar thermal water heating has the potential to reduce electricity use and subsequent energy costs by up to 75% annually.

Solar Thermal Energy in Delaware (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was created by the Delaware Million Solar Roofs Coalition, an association that advocates for the use of solar energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.  The presentation was used to inform people in Delaware on the basics of solar thermal energy.

To begin, the differences between solar thermal technology and solar pv technology are looked at.  This includes the physical characteristics, economics of, and worldwide installed capacity.  Then the presentation examines the potential for solar thermal energy deployment in the state of Delaware.

Concentrated Solar Power: Focusing the Sun’s Energy for Large‐scale Power Generation (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This factsheet was created by Tracy Jennings and Laura Parsons of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute based in Washington D.C. It focuses on the various system types of concentrating solar power and its key features. The factsheet gives a brief description of parabolic troughs, linear fresnol reflectors, dish/engine systems, and power towers; explaining how each system uses direct solar radiation for utility energy production. CSP systems require supplemental fuel sources or thermal storage operations to continue producing energy at night.

Commercial Market Innovations to Put US Solar Thermal on the World Stage (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This presentation was compiled by the utility solar water heating initiative US H2O. It features 4 different reports on innovations which are helping advance the development of the solar thermal market. The first report presents on the benefits of upstream financing for solar thermal industry players. The second report provides information on how third party financing is brining solar thermal installations to new settings. The third report discusses marketing and branding issues facing solar thermal businesses, and provides various solutions to these problems.

Solar Thermal Technology (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare program on Sustainable Energy. It provides an overview of solar thermal technology including power towers, solar thermal cooling and storage technologies. Different concentrating solar thermal technologies such as solar chimneys, parabolic troughs and heliostat fields are all briefly detailed with graphs and key points about their history and economic viability.

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.

RETScreen Software Solar Water Heating Workshop (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This presentation was created by National Grid, an energy service company in the Northeast. It was used to present at Solar Boston, a conference on solar energy in Boston, in a workshop on how to use RETScreen energy analysis software.

The presentation examines why solar thermal water heating makes sense based off the findings of a RETScreen analysis.

Solar Water Heating Systems (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This presentation was created for Solar Santa Monica, a local government initiative by the city of Santa Monica, California that advocates for the use of solar energy.  This presentation was used to familiarize Solar Santa Monica members on how solar thermal works and why they should advocate for it alongside solar electricity technologies.

Solar Thermal: Water Heating and Beyond (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This presentation was created by Jane Davidson of the University of Minnesota and Tim Merrigan & Jay Burch of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It looks at the potential for growth in use of solar thermal in underutilized applications on the US, as compared to other countries.

The US lags behind many other countries in the use of solar thermal, including China, Israel, and most of Europe.

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.

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