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IPCC special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation – Direct Solar Energy (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 18, 2012

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation contains a dedicated chapter on Direct Solar Energy. This gives a synopsis of the state-of-the-art and possible future scenarios of the full realisation of direct solar energy’s potential for mitigating climate change. It includes a detailed analysis of the different solar technologies, including dedicated sections on passive and active solar heating and cooling, and concentrated solar power (CSP).

CERN’s Ultra High Vacuum Flat Plate Solar Collector Markets and Applications (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 4, 2011

This is a presentation from the CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) about solar thermal technologies and applications.

The presentation reviews the different market applications (hot water and heating, space heating and cooling, desalination, pool heating, industrial processes and electricity production). It also gives data on the European energy market and the market share of the different solar technologies. The document indicates the market drivers for solar thermal and the forecasts for the coming years.


Solar Thermal Power Plants –Firm Capacity with 100% Renewables (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 18, 2011

This is a presentation from the company Solar Millennium AG, made during the CUEN (Cambridge University Energy Network) 3rd annual energy conference in June 2009. It provides an overview of solar energy capacity, opportunities, technologies and market evolution possibilities. After a brief panorama of the world’ solar potential, by geographical location and type of technology, the authors explain the evolution of solar technologies since 1912 until now.

New Technologies in Spain (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 17, 2011

This document was prepared by Technology Review. It provides an idea of the evolution cycle of solar industry (PV and thermal) since its early ages in both Spain and USA. The analysis focuses on technologies, production and storage capacities, investment costs and legal framework conditions.

The document mentions as well projects currently in the making which allow understanding the progress made in terms of technologies, legal framework, payback time, installed capacity and the prospects for the Spanish solar industry.

Making Solar Thermal Power Generation in India a Reality (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 3, 2011

This is a document provided by Mr. Shirish Garud and Dr. Ishan Purohit, research associates within the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India, which proposes an economic and environment evaluation of India’s solar thermal potential.

After a brief presentation of India’s power scenarios, the authors pass in review some solar thermal power generation technologies, like parabolic trough system, power tower system or parabolic dish systems.

Capacity Building for Solar Thermal Energy in India (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2011

This presentation provided by Rangan Banerjee, from the Department of Energy Science and Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay, draws a panorama of solar thermal energy and storage technologies. After a brief presentation of various green energies and several end uses and technologies, the author focuses on solar thermal energy, especially on passive solar.

Solar Thermal Energy. An Industry Report (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 25, 2011

This is a document providing information and comparisons between solar thermal energy and photovoltaics (PV) or fossil energy, like coal, on an industrial level. The document explores the successes and challenges faced by some major EU companies in this business area.

Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 17, 2011

This is a comparative study conducted by a consulting company Lazard about the levelized cost of energy for various conventional and alternative energy generation technologies. The objective is to understand what is the most cost-effective energy technology for a given application, taking into account different factors such as location, dispatch characteristics, among others.

Renewable Desalination Market Analysis: Oceania, South Africa, Middle East & North Africa (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 16, 2010

This report was released as part of the Project ProDes (Promotion of Renewable Energy for Water production through Desalination).

The project ProDes (2008-2010) brings together 14 European organisations in order to support the market development of renewable energy desalination technology in Southern Europe. At present the main renewable energy technology options for powering desalination (reverse osmosis or distillation technologies) are: solar thermal, concentrated solar power, photovoltaic, wind power, geothermal energy and ocean energy.

Solar Water Heaters in India: Market Assessment Studies and Surveys for Different Sectors and Demand Segments (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 4, 2010

The objective of the report is to understand the solar water heating market, make projection for the expected demand until 2022 and generate policy inputs to help authorities tackle the possible obstacles.

This report was submitted by Greentech Knowledge Solutions to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and it is the result of the work carried out by the New Delhi consortium.


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