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Architectural Implications in the Building Integration of Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems – Introduction of a taxonomy and evaluation methodology (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 29, 2014

This paper was presented at the World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference held in Barcelona and organized by Green Building Council España. The three authors of the document come from the University of Cyprus.

Developments of Solar Thermal in China (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 18, 2012

This presentation was given as Tsinghua University in 2011, and gives a chronological overview of the rapid development of China's solar thermal market since 1978, where research first began. The research projects described in the presentation have successfully commercialised solar water heating, which had a 50.8% market share of Chinese water heating in 2008.

Solar Thermal Solutions for Industrial Customers: German Engineering and High-Tech Components (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 17, 2012

This presentation was given by Professor Christopher Menke at the Hanoi Energy Expo in 2010. It gives a detailed overview of global solar thermal market development, including information on global and national capacity and market growth (for example an increase in collector installations in 2009 of 25% compared with 2008). A differentiation is made between the Thermosiphon systems preferred in Asian, African and ME countries; and the pumped systems that are more common in Europe, the US and Australia.

Implementation of Solar Thermal Energy Projects in Developing Countries (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 4, 2012

This presentation was given by Werner Weiss of the AEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies, and summarises the potential for further development of the solar thermal energy sector in developing countries. Although solar thermal markets Africa and Asia (excluding China and Japan) currently lag behind Europe in terms of size, there is a lot of potential for their further development.

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:

TramStore21 Report: Building Sustainable and Efficient Tram Depots for Cities in the 21st Century – Solar Thermal Systems (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 13, 2012

This report compares experiences of solar thermal technology for the five benchmark tram depots of the TramStore21 project. For the project, five European partners – from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Italy – have worked since 2008 at pooling existing best practices and know-how for the construction of four benchmark tram depots.

Summary of Achievements for ProSTO project (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 5, 2012

This document summarises the main achievements of ProSTO, an IEE funded project on the ‘best practice implementation of solar thermal obligations’. Implemented by Ambiente Italy, the project ran from 2008-2010 in five European countries (Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal Romania), with the general objective to ‘boost the use of solar thermal systems in the European countries by promoting an efficient implementation of solar thermal obligations (STOs)’.

Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Government (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 6, 2011

This is a document from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help local governments and communities developing a solar energy plan. Authorities have realized the main obstacles are often at the administrative and legislative level, so with this document they aim at providing further assistance on how to draft and implement strategic local solar plans.

A Guide to Applying for a Building Consent for a Solar Water Heating System Installation (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 18, 2010

This document, prepared by the New Zealand Solar Industry Association (SIA), is an example of a guide explaining how to obtain approval from a building consent authority for a solar thermal system installation.

This guide was done with the support of SWH suppliers, builders, homeowners’ agents and architects by explaining typical information needed for a SWH building consent application. It is meant to assist in preparing plans, specifications and general documentation needed for a building consent application.

SOLTHERM Europe – Campaign Guidelines (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 23, 2010

This report was prepared on the framework of the Soltherm Project. It aims to provide recommendations and guidelines for any party (local authorities, energy utilities, consultants and energy agencies) involved or interested in market enlargement actions for solar heating products in Europe.

The document is based on experience and best practices from previous campaigns and market stimulation activities. It also included promotion and publicity opportunities for both demand and supply side.


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