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IEA SHC Task 54: Solar Thermal Cost Reductions

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 26, 2017
Linz workshop Task 54The objective of IEA SHC Task 54 is to reduce the purchase price of solar thermal systems by up to 40 % across the entire value chain. To achieve this, the project partners have been evaluating technical and non-technical cost-saving potential, with low-cost materials, such as polymers, and production technologies bound to play an important role. At an early October workshop in Linz, Austria, about 50 project partners and guests discussed cost reductions made possible by new distribution channels, digital solutions and systems thinking approaches. 
Photo: Fraunhofer ISE
 

IEA SHC: Industry Invited to Join Research Community for Lower Solar Heat Costs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 12, 2015
TASK 54Driving down the costs of solar thermal systems is not only about cheaper collector production. In fact, post-production processes, such as sales, installation and maintenance account for up to 50 % of the price the end customer will have to pay. The new IEA SHC Task 54, Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems, wants to investigate those factors and find ways to reduce system costs. The kick-off meeting on 21 to 22 October will be hosted by Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany. Researchers and industry representatives from all over the world have been invited to participate. The task spans over three years and includes on average two two-day experts meetings per year. 
 

Where does Solar Cooling Stand Today? (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 17, 2012

This powerpoint presentation was given by Solem Consulting’s Dr. Uli Jakob at the 2012 Intersolar Europe Conference. It gives a sprawling overview of the solar cooling market by 2012, beginning with an overview of the different collector and chiller technologies currently on the international market. It also lists the solar cooling kit suppliers across different global regions.

IEA Technology Roadmap 2011 - Energy-Efficient Buildings: Heating and Cooling Equipment (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 5, 2012

As part of a series of IEA Roadmaps on energy technologies, this report specifically maps the potential development of heating and cooling equipment for energy-efficient buildings between 2011 and 2050. In line with other roadmaps, two scenarios are plotted: a baseline scenario representing minimal policy change and a BLUE map scenario with aggressive policy action.

Webinar - Industrial Scale Solar Thermal Heating for SX-EW and Leaching Processes (March 2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 8, 2012

Webinar - Industrial Scale Solar Thermal Heating for SX-EW and Leaching Processes

Date: 7 March 2012

Duration: 50 minutes

Moderators:

Nigel Cotton, European Copper Institute

Werner Weiss, Director of the AEE- Institute of Sustainable Technologies in Austria

Ennis Rimawi, Chairman of Millennium Energy Industries

Content:

Germany: Solar Thermal Experts Discuss Cost-Cutting Strategies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2012

 Audience at SMEThermal 2012The solar thermal industry is facing major challenges: Costs of storage and collector components have to be reduced even further if large solar plants are to offer investors competitive prices for heating. Hence, 170 industry representatives and scientists from all around the world came together at the international industry conference SMEThermal 2012 in Berlin at the beginning of February 2012 to explore cost-cutting strategies during a round-table discussion.
Photo: Solarpraxis AG / Therese Aufschlager

The WB Clean Technology Fund. MENA Renewable Energy Program (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 30, 2012

This is a presentation from Mr. Mohab Hallouda (World Bank Energy Specialist) during the “MENA Energized: Regional Challenges to "Green the Power" Sector” event held in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the Euro Mediterranean Energy Market Integration Project (MED-EMIP).

Solar Thermal Power Plants: On the Way to Commercial Market Introduction (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 9, 2009

This presentation made by Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen from the Institute for Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Centre provides an overview of solar power plants, their current use, benefits and potential.

The presentation goes through examples of solar power plants, outlining the different systems and technologies available. An estimation of the costs and the profits of using such technologies is also provided, allowing, thus, to conclude on its paramount potential on electricity cost reduction.

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