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Passive Solar Design in Wisconsin (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 8, 2015

This fact sheet from Focus on Energy explains passive solar thermal heating system design in Wisconsin. Passive solar thermal heating utilizes the sun to directly heat buildings rather than using mechanical equipment. Passive heating can even work in buildings located in areas like Wisconsin, which typically are not thought of as a prime solar location.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This factsheet comes from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. It provides information on the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program, and is targeted at residents and homeowners in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has a rebate program for those who install a solar hot water heating system in their residence. The fact sheet provides basic information on how solar thermal works, what size system a consumer will need and what the costs and benefits are. From there, the fact sheet then explains how to partake in the program.

Central Plant District Cooling and Heating on College Campus (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This case study was written by SunChiller and All Energy USA. It focuses on a solar thermal air conditioning and heating system at Los Angeles Valley College.

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Lebanon NEEAP 2011-2015

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 16, 2014

This report presents the national energy efficiency action plan (NEEAP) for Lebanon for the years 2011-2015. The action plan is presented in two different formats: Section 1- including the 14-initiative narrative NEEAP, and Section 2- including the tabulated format. The proposed NEEAP is also developed in accordance with the different points mentioned in the declaration of the Lebanese Government relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy, namely the set strategic target of 12% renewable energy by 2020.

Industrial Perspectives in Solar (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 20, 2012

This presentation - made by Sonnenkraft's Christian Sadler - examines recent develoments in the European solar thermal market, and looks forward to likely developments in the next years. It begins by highlighting thtat the heating sector accounted for 48% of the EU's energy consumption in 2010, and yet remains underestimated by policy makers. It then confirms that solar thermal energy has firmly established itself as the superior solution for heat production when compared with PV.

Energy [R]evolution. A Sustainable EU 27 Energy Outlook (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 20, 2012

This report was commissioned to the German National Centre for Aerospace, Energy and Transport Research by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC). It concludes that around half a million jobs could be created in Europe by 2020 if renewables energies and energy efficiency were to be given priority in the political agenda over nuclear power and fossil fuels. This would require a drastical change in the way we produce, consume and distribute energy which encompasses the following 5 principles:

New Technical Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 13, 2012

Commissioned by the SCI Network, this report provides an overview of the different technologies for implementing solar heating and cooling systems in buildings.

This involves a survey of different collector types, a detailed comparison of different chiller types, and an assessment of the advantages and disadvantage of each system. The report also makes recommendations to prepare for implementation of solar heating and cooling system.

Solar and Energy Efficient Buildings. Potential and Technologies (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 30, 2011

This is a presentation given by Prof Joachim Luther of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

Prof. Luther outlines in his presentation how energy consumption in buildings could be reduced in Singapore with the use of energy efficient technologies. The energy consumption of office buildings in Singapore is very high, but the use of different technologies and products such as solar heating and cooling can result in a substantial reduction of the energy bill.

Solar Board (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 3, 2011

The presentation of the Mesa Solar project occurred during the “International Solar Energy Forum on the Development of Solar Technology and Industry under the Financial Crisis” in Lanzhou, China. The goal of the presentation was to attract investors by raising the awareness about Uruguay’s potential in this sector.

Experimental and Simulated Performance of Commercially Available Solar and Heat-pump Water Heaters in New Zealand (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 29, 2011

The article was written by the researchers S.E. Thomas and C.R. Lloyd from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and published by the New Zealand Solar Industries Association.

Their research comes in the context of governmental efforts to increase the penetration of solar hot water heaters in domestic applications in order to enhance energy efficiency of domestic housing.

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