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Savings from Heating with Solar Air (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This document was created and published by Gerald van Decker of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). It provides information on what kind of savings can be expected from installing solar thermal air heating systems. For more information on solar thermal incentives please visit here.

Solar Thermal Case Study: Shouldice Hospital (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This case study was written by by Gemco Solar. It profiles a solar thermal water heating and air cooling and heating system they installed on the Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.

Unparalleled Life Cycle Savings: Solar Thermal Technology and Condensing Boilers (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This white paper was written by Sutherland D. Junge of Unical/Lattner. It presents the case for using the combination system of solar thermal and condensing boiler technologies (STaCB), and focuses on the cost savings of these systems. STaCB systems can be used for a wide variety of applications, including in-floor radiant heating, swimming pools, snow melting and domestic hot water systems. The presentation concedes that the upfront capital costs of installing a STaCB system is greater than the initial price of installing a more conventional solar thermal system.

Solar Thermal Design: Research, Design and Installation of a Solar Hot Water System for Redwood National Park (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This research abstract was written by Andrew Sorter et. al. of Humboldt State University. It covers the research, design, and installation for a solar hot water heating system in California’s Redwood National Park.

Solar Energy Solutions for Multi-Family Housing (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This case study comes from the international solar energy company KU Solar. It profiles a solar thermal installation for a multi-family housing complex in Missouri, and provides a return on investment analysis.

 

New Report: Lessons Learned from 20 Non-Residential Building Renovations

Submitted by Pam Murphy on May 14, 2015

Buildings are responsible for up to 35 % of the total energy consumption in many  IEA countries. Exemplary non-residential renovation projects are showing that total primary energy consumption can be drastically reduced together with improvements of the indoor climate.  This IEA SHC report highlights 20 of these renovation projects. The projects are also described in detail in a series of eight-page brochures available for download from http://task47.iea-shc.org/publications.

Authors: Fritjof Salvesen and Mari Lyseid Authen

Brazilian Scenarios of Solar Energy Applications Using SWERA Outputs (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

There is a large potential for a variety of solar energy, and in particular solar thermal, applications in the country of Brazil. This research paper uses data from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) to analyze the overlap of solar averages with other geographic and socio-economic data.

Solar thermal water heating for residential purposes is the most widely used solar application in Brazil.

The History and Development of Barbados’ Solar Hot Water Industry (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This presentation was created and published by the solar energy company Solar Dynamics. It provides information on the beginnings and growth of the solar thermal water heating industry in Barbados.

Solar thermal water heating in Barbados has its origins in the 1960s, but did not really start to take off until the oil crises of the 1970s. Since then, the solar thermal industry in Barbados has seen steady growth, especially when compared to other countries.

Case Study: Solar Energy Solutions For Commercial Laundromats (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 22, 2015

This case study was created by solar energy company KU SOLAR. It explains the benefits of solar thermal water heating system and uses a commercial installation to demonstrate the energy savings associated with solar thermal.

Solar thermal can be used for air heating or solar cooling, but one of the most popular applications is water heating. At a laundromat in Kansas, KU SOLAR installed a $50,000 system that after incentives were applied to it cost roughly $20,000.

Solar Water Heating Systems in Libya (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 18, 2015

This presentation on solar water heating (SWH) systems was given by Dr. Mohamed Erhouma, Head of Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Department at CSERS (Center for Solar Energy Research and Studies) at a workshop on “Promoting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency in Libya” organized jointly by  REAOL (the Renewable Energy Authority of Libya) and the World Bank.

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