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Denmark: “Solar District Heating is a Big Part of Our Industry’s future”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 29, 2016
While the solar thermal industry has had a difficult time in several EU countries, the solar district heating (SDH) community is still growing: 180 participants from the EU, South Korea and China attended the 4th International Solar District Heating Conference, which was held at quite the peculiar location this year – Denmark’s Legoland – and was organised under the auspices of the Horizon 2020 project SDHp2m…from Policy to Market. The introductory session of the conference was really inspiring. Thomas Pauschinger, Project Coordinator of SDHp2m, underlined how Denmark’s construction of plants in the 100 MW range was proof of the country’s solar thermal strategy of “think big”. Impressive results, even more so if one takes the statement by Kim Behnke, Deputy Director General of Dansk Fjernvarme, the Danish District Heating Association, into account that “the Danish solar dream started just ten years ago”. Denmark’s solar installations have become so famous that they have even been turned into brick models at Legoland. The photo shows the 13 MW solar field in Braedstrup, Denmark. 
Photo: Riccardo Battisti

Draining, Flushing, Filling, & Pressurizing Solar Thermal Systems (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This technical bulletin was created and published by Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. It explains how to flush and then refill the liquids in a solar thermal hot water heating system. Before beginning, the technical bulletin states that the work can only be performed when the solar thermal system is cool, so work should be performed when it is cloudy out or in the early morning. The bulletin then lists all the various tools that will be needed. The sequence of events is laid out, with details for each.

Solar Thermal Energy in Cape Verde – State of Development (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 20, 2014

This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The presentation provides an overview of the usage of solar thermal energy in the touristic sector of Cape Verde.

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.

STSSolar Solar Water Heating System Installation Manual (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 2, 2009

This is an example of an operation, installation and maintenance manual provided by STS Solar Thermal Systems, a US company. It covers installations using one or two solar thermal systems, solar collectors with a single solar storage tank and also two tank systems that include a solar storage tank and a conventional water heater.

Design Guide – Solar Thermal Systems (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2009

Bosch has released this technical guide to help homeowners, installers, engineers and architects with its new solar products.

The guide provides descriptions of components, system sizing and piping diagrams.

Recommendations for system design, installation and maintenance are also provided.

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Consumer’s Guide: Heat Your Water with the Sun (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 30, 2009

This document prepared by the US Department of Energy in 2004, is meant to inform consumers about the use of solar thermal technologies for water and space heating, namely how it works, its benefits, tips to select contractors, incentives schemes and other practical information on how to purchase a solar heating system, its requirements and maintenance obligations, as well as the estimated payback times.

An Overview of CSP in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 6, 2009

This document from 2008 gives a comprehensive overview of CSP development in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The paper first looks into the key drivers and key inhibitors that impact the growth of CSP. Particular attention is given to the cost factor of CSP such as initial investment costs and the operating & maintenance costs.

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