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Water Policy Considerations: Deploying Solar Power in the State of Arizona (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report on concentrating solar power (CSP) was produced by the United States Senate Office of Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona. The report focuses on the effect of CSP on the supply of water in Arizona. The report finds that conventional CSP production would be back overall for the state of Arizona because CSP uses a much larger supply of water than other renewable energy sources. As there are other renewable energy options, the report says that CSP would not be an appropriate solar energy source for Arizona because it would lean to heavily on its water supply.

Solar Power for Tomorrow's World (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by Ken May of Abengoa Solar, and was published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). It explains the potential of solar thermal hot water heating to displace conventional electric use and create long term utility savings.

Brazil: Chinese Technology Dominates Imports

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 26, 2015
Brazil ImportsBrazil´s solar thermal market grew by 20 % in 2012 and 2013, and therefore has been attracting an increasing number of international suppliers. Imports, mainly from China, have tripled since 2009. According to online portal AliceWeb, which includes the official foreign trade statistics for 2014, Brazil imported solar water heater equipment registered under code NCM 84191910 at a value of USD 4.6 million. The chart shows from where the equipment was imported.
 

Brief on Solar Thermal Research & Development Activities of Sokoto Energy Research Centre, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto - Nigeria (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on December 18, 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 was made by Dr M M Garba from the Sokoto Energy Research Centre, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria. 

India: MNRE Memorandum Bans Import of Storage Tanks, Manifolds and Mounting Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2011

 Evacuated Tube Collectors Because of a comparably lower price, vacuum tube collectors are becoming more and more popular in India. Based on a capacity of 100 litres of warm water per day, an average thermosiphon system with flat plate collectors is sold at INR 20,000 (EUR 208), whereas a solar water heater with a vacuum tube collector costs on average INR 16,000 (EUR 167). To protect the business of the around 60 flat plate collector manufacturers in India, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued a memorandum on 20 October 2011. Its most important sentence says that, “manufacturers shall import no components other than ETCs (Evacuated Tube Collectors)”.

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