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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. 

Solar Water Heating in the Waitakere and Rotorua NOW Homes and in 3 Papakowhai Renovation Homes (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 24, 2012

This report by Beacon Pathway evaluates the relative successes of solar water heating installations in three pilot  renovation projects in New Zealand. Each renovation project used a different SWH system, which allows Beacon Pathway to make conclusions about best practice - after efficiency levels varied significantly between 36-75% of total energy use being from renewable sources over the monitored period.

From these results, the report makes four best-practice suggestions:

Brewing Beer with Solar Heat (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 10, 2012

This report gives case studies of two Germany beer breweries - the Hofmühl brewery in Eichstätt and the Hüth Brewiry in Kassel-Baunatal - that have integrated solar thermal energy into their production process. Although there is high potential for solar process heat to be used in industrial applications, the necessary technology remains relatively expensive when operating temperatures exceed 100°C, meaning that its penetration remains low.

Great Britain: Microgeneration Certification Scheme lists PVT Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 12, 2010

 PVT collectors” Generating heat and electricity: Since May 2010, 48 Volther PVT collectors by Turkish manufacturer Solimpeks have both supplied hot water to a children's home in Surrey County, Great Britain, and fed solar electricity into the local energy grid. According to the manufacturer, the system's payback period is 12 years, thanks to the Feed-in Tariff scheme for solar electricity.
Photo: Solimpeks

India: Two Solar Desalination Pilot Projects by Tinox-Mage

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 28, 2010

 MiniSal 1000” One box on three Euro palettes brings the desalination unit to the site: The MiniSal 1000 purifies up to 1,000 litres of sea or brackish water per day like this installation in the town of Al-Hail in Oman. The first two pilot projects in India are already under way.
Photo: Mage Water Management

Solar Thermal Components Adapted to Common Building Standards – SCAS (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 2, 2010

This document is the final report of the project "Solar Thermal Components Adapted to Common Building Standards", involving different universities in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Latvia (Technical University of Denmark, SERC, University of Oslo, Riga Technical University).

Concentrating Solar Power and its Prospect in Bangladesh (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 12, 2010

This article from the University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh explores the potential of building a concentrating solar power plant (CSP) in Bangladesh, to overcome the crisis in the power sector.

Bangladesh has an average annual solar radiation of nearly 1,900kWh/m2, which is sufficient to operate a CSP plant. Studies foreseen that by 2015 the capital costs of the plant would become $3,800/kWe.

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