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Research Priorities for Solar Thermal Energy (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 9, 2012

This presentation - given by ESTTP’s Dr. Wim van Helden at the 2012 Renewable District Heating and Cooling Conference - sets out key Research and Development priorities for the solar thermal industry in the next decade. Challenges still remain to reduce investment costs, further increase solar fraction and further develop solar thermal technology.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Systems for Generating Electricity (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 7, 2011

This is a presentation from the Mexican Non-Conventional Energy Management Electric Power Research Institute aimed at describing the perspectives of using concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies, and the implications stemming from this choice. It was made during the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) Electricity Workshop held in Paraguay in May 2010.

Thermal Storage Analysis in CSP Plants (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 20, 2009

This presentation, prepared by Leonardo Energy, describes and discusses ways to improve solar thermal storage technologies, notably melted salt and concrete storage. The improvement of these technologies would allow a better profit of the energy produced by power plants.

Economic Impact of Solar Thermal Electricity Deployment in Spain (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 25, 2009

This study from 2008 assesses the economic impact of solar thermal electricity in Spain. In particular, the economic analysis is done for three solar thermal technologies: parabolic trough, central tower and parabolic dish. The objective of the conducted study is to estimate the socio-economic impacts coming from the construction of solar thermal power plants in Spain.

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Source: CIEMAT

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.

Poland: Downwind for the Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 14, 2008

watt poland commercial installationCommercial applications are on the rise in Poland: “Big building societies, hotels and hospitals are investing in solar thermal systems,” confirms export manager Jacek Paluch of the collector manufacturer Watt.
Photo: Watt

Front-runners of solar district heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 5, 2008

Solar Thermal District Heating
Feeding directly into the district heating system of the Austrian city of Graz: The collector fields are mounted on four different hall roofs belonging to the AEVG, a municipal waste disposal company.

Photo: S.O.L.I.D. / Oberländer

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