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Solar Water Heater Project: Design for Sustainable Communities (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Professor Ashok Gadgil of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the University of California. The professor and a team of student researchers set out to design a solar thermal water heating system for use by native populations in Guatemala, and the document reports on their success.

Optimum Designs for Solar Water Heating Equipment for the Single Family Home (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Francis de Winter of Francis de Winter & Associates, and explains an improved design for solar thermal hot water heating in single family homes. It was presented at the Latin American solar energy trade show, Conferencia Latino Americana de Energía Solar.

Low-cost Distributed Solar-thermal-electric Power Generation (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 6, 2015

This report was written by A. Der Minassians et. al. of UC Berkley. It measures the feasibility of solar thermal systems used for electric power generation, which could compete for price parity with other sources of electricity. The paper claims that when using only low-cost materials and manufacturing processes it is still possible to design a solar thermal electric system. The collectors should operate at a medium temperature of 125C to 150C.

The Development of a Solar Thermal Water Purification, Heating, and Power Generation System: A Case Study (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This report was written by Jerome Johnson and Michael Cropp of the Center for Innovation and Development at the University of Wisconsin. The paper reports on their research into the design and implementation of a water purifier that is powered by solar thermal, which also uses that heat for heating and power purposes.

Passive Solar Heating and Thermal Mass (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This presentation was created by Rob Dumont of the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology, which promotes sustainable economic development in Alaska. It covers passive solar heating design and thermal mass construction.

Solar Thermal Industry National Status and Projections (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This presentation discusses the current status of solar thermal energy in the United States and its projected future for the next 5-10 years. Focusing on solar water heating (SWH) systems and solar pool heating (SPH) systems, this presentation touches on both residential and commercial uses for solar thermal energy. It also delves into the different renewable energy programs from each state including which states provide rebates and incentives for using solar thermal energy.

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