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Solar Thermal System Solutions: Powering the Planet – Every Day (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was created by ergSol a “U.S. based provider of complete and customized solar thermal system solutions”. The presentation looks at market potential, applications and technologies of solar thermal. ErgSol’s positive outlook on the market potential for solar thermal is based on their analysis that as the supply of fossil fuels dwindle, and consumers become more wary of their environmental impact, solar thermal will have the potential to expand its share of the renewable energy market.

Underground Thermal Energy Storage (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation comes from the international polymer processing company REHAU. It provides information on their systems for underground thermal energy storage.

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.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative of the Month: Town of Okotoks (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This report was created and published by the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP). It highlights an important and successful greenhouse gas reduction project from the town of Okotoks, the Drake Landing Solar Community.

Life Cycle Considerations for Solar Energy Technologies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This document was created and published by Maxwell K. Micali of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). It provides an overview of various life cycle considerations as they apply to the use of solar energy technologies.

Solar Thermal Energy: The Time Has Come (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This white paper was written by William Guiney of Johnson Controls. It looks at the opportunities and potential for long-run development and wide spread use of solar thermal, especially for pool heating, space heating, and cooling applications.

Solar Thermal Energy Technology and Market Trends (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by Frank Proske, the Market Development Manager for Renewables at A.O. Smith Water Products Co. in Pennsylvania, USA.  The focus of the presentation is on the evolution and current state of various solar thermal technologies and the maturation of their market.

The presentation identifies a few key factors as the driving trends in the solar thermal market.

Advanced Thermal Solar System with Heat Storage for Residential House Space Heating (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Kazimierz Szymocha of the Alberta Research Council. It reports on their prototype solar thermal air heating and storage system.

The system in question is both a space heating installation and a direct heat storage system. It stores heated air during the day and then releases it at night.

A Solar Design Manual for Alaska: Solar Technologies (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Alaska Sun, which is a coalition in Alaska dedicated to furthering the use of solar energy in their state. It comes from their publication “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska” and focuses on various technologies that are commonly used in solar thermal systems.

Flat plate collectors are described as one of the most common solar thermal technologies and the report sketches one out in a diagram. Heat transfer fluids, which make many solar thermal systems possible, are covered and have the characteristics of what makes a good heat transfer fluid listed.

Heat Your Water with the Sun (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 14, 2015

This report was arranged by the U.S. Department of Energy. This document discusses ways that the sun can help heat your home without exceeding your budget. Step by step guidelines for buying, installing, and maintaining your solar heating system are outlined.

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