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Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project)

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Thermosiphon Sytems for Single Family Houses (Chile- 2013).

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 15, 2014

This technical guide provides technical explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of solar thermal systems of the thermosiphon type in single family houses. It provides information and technical criteria needed to choose the most suitable system of solar water heating for single family houses according several technical conditions. It investigates the architectural criteria, technical variables and technical specifications required for the integration of a thermosyphon solar thermal system in a typical domestic hot water installation of a single family house. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.

Renewable Energies for Remote Areas and Islands (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 11, 2014

The Renewable Energy Technology Deployment, a sub-group of the International Energy Agency with the mandate to accelerate the market introduction and deployment of renewable energy technologies, issued in 2012 a report on the possibility of deploying renewable energy technologies into remote islands and regions. The communities studied in the report live in different climate conditions and latitudes, from Alaska to Spain, from Japan to Ecuador, but face similar problems in terms of distance from more populated areas. The report shows technical, economic and energy issues facing remote areas; it provides examples, perspectives and inspiration on how to develop sustainable energy strategies, ultimately reducing long-term costs of energy.

MNRE Congrats for Winners of UNDP GSWH Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2012

India has been one of the great beneficiaries of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). The initiative, which was financed and implemented by the UN organisations UNDP/UNEP and GEF, has sought to speed up the growth of the solar water heater market around the globe. To reach its aim, the GSWH project has chosen a variety of options: generate demand, strengthen the supply chain, adopt quality measures and establish a supportive regulatory environment. The UNDP team has already pointed to India as the most successful example among the benefitting countries. To honour valuable contributions, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) organised a National Workshop on 23 August 2012 in New Delhi. At the workshop, the Energy Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, presented a total of thirteen awards to State Nodal Agencies, municipal corporations and Channel Partners. The GSWH project started in September 2008 and will end by December 2012.
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Regional Workshop for the Transformation and Strengthening of Solar Water Heating in Latin America and the Caribbean

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 9, 2012

This workshop report summarises the regional meeting held in Chile from 22-23 June 2011 as part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). Organised by the Latin American Energy Association (OLADE, and regional partner for the project) together with the Chilean Ministry of Energy, the Regional Workshop looked to strengthen the network for SWH in Latin America and the Caribbean, with expert speakers and participants from nine Latin American countries.

Regional Workshop Report for the Transformation and Strengthening of Solar Water Heating in the Mediterranean

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 6, 2012

 

This report summarises the second regional meeting held as part of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project). The meeting was held from 18-19 April 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon. The event was coordinated by the Renewable Energy Division of OME in cooperation with the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, UNEP and UNDP. It gathered 50 experts from 10 Mediterranean countries for knowledge sharing across the two day programme. This report summarises the presentations made across the opening and thematic sessions.

Report on GSWH project: Albania Country Programme (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 2, 2012

This report summarises the main activities undertaken in Albania to further SWH market development as part of the 2008-2011 UNEP/GEF Global Water Heating Transformation and Strenghtening Initiative (GSWH Project). The report gives suggestions for future market development in Albania. Firstly, by taking on the proposed legal acts, METE will take an important first step towards the establishment of a fully supportive regulatory framework for SWH. It should continue to harmonise with relevant EU legislation, such as Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

Presentation on Engaging Banks in providing end-user financing to the SWH Industry

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 15, 2012

This presentation summarises the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s efforts to engage banks in providing end-user finance to support the development of the Solar Water Heating Industry. It works to support the banking sector and other financial players in creating tailored energy finance mechanisms to support the national industry.

As a case study, the presentation summarises the PROSOL project in Tunisia, a financial support mechanism with loans financed through local banks. The project was underwritten by Italy, and has resulted in 285,000m2 installed Solar Water Heaters (95,000 installations).

Solar Water Heating Calculator

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 17, 2012

The requirement of hot water varies from person to person depending upon his water uses pattern. However, it is estimated that the average hot water requirement per person per day in an average household in India is around 65 liters at 40º C. For calculations of hot water requirement and sizing of solar water heater system, a software was designed in India to help any resident to calculate their Solar Water Heating System needs.

Solar Heat for Industrital Process Technical Report. State of the Art in the Mediterranean Region

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 9, 2012

The objective of this technical report is to provide an overview of the state of the art of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP), to describe the main technologies existing worldwide, particularly in the Mediterranean, and give recommendations aimed at supporting the spread of this technology. Although there is a very limited penetration of solar technologies in the industrial sector, there is a great untapped potential.

Initial Market Assessment Report North Africa & Middle East (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 7, 2012

This report is one of the deliverables of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project), co-executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and funded by the Global Environnemental Fund with co-financing of International Copper Association.

Given the focus on the Mediterranean basin, the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) was chosen as the regional partner of this project. The objective of the report is to provide the existing status and overview of solar water heating (SWH) industry in the country with respect to the solar energy applicability for water heating applications, achieved or installed capacities, supportive institutional and policy frameworks.

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