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Germany: Solites Presents Online Calculator for Solar District Heating Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 2, 2014

December 2013 saw the launch of the online calculator for solar thermal district heating systems. Its basic analysis helps users to determine whether a solar district heating system could be an interesting choice for a given project. The German Heat & Power Association, AGFW, provided information about the target group’s requirements for such a tool. The calculator was developed by Solites, Germany, and financed by the German Federal Environment Ministry under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project SDHtake-off and a national project for multi-purpose heat storage systems.
Screenshot: Solites

Solar Thermal or Photovoltaic Cooling? (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 27, 2012

This presentation was given by Professor Ursula Eicker (University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart) at Intersolar 2012. It reports on the simulations studies undertaken by the University to compare the energy performance and costs of solar thermal, PV and conventional cooling. Several case studies are referenced, including test installations in Germany, Spain, Cyprus and Egypt.

Germany: T*Sol simulates Air Collector Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 7, 2011

 T*SOL Pro 5.0” Air collector systems of Grammer can now be simulated and planned with the new version 5.0 of T*SOL Pro, the dynamic simulation programme for the design and planning of solar thermal systems, developed by German company Valentin Software. The programme is the result of a close collaboration with German air collector manufacturer Grammer Solar.
Figure: Valentin

Design of a Solar Thermal Collector Simulator (2009)

Submitted by Hans Craen on November 10, 2009

This thesis from 2009 describes the design and testing of a solar thermal collector simulator. The main objective of this study is to assist research and development of future projects that incorporate a small solar collector array. An in-depth description is provided covering both the hardware and software needed to control the power output and the status of the simulator.

Solar cooling: a new Field for Simulations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 24, 2009

Solar cooling is a promising new field of application for solar thermal technology. A new version of the simulation software Polysun will be published in April. It will not only be able to design solar thermal systems but also solar powered cooling plants that work with compression coolers or fan coils. A version that also contains a simulation model for absorption chillers is scheduled for the summer months. Polysun is offered in Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

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