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Environmental Impacts of Solar Thermal Systems with Life Cycle Assessment (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 9, 2012

This paper was presented at the World Renewable Energy Council in Sweden in 2011. It is a summary of a life cycle assessment of solar thermal collectors. Life cycle studies assess the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life.

This study used two different systems: a temperate-climate system and tropical systems.

The study concludes that the environmental impacts are highly dependent of the type of energy backup that is used, but overall solar thermal energy is a very good solution to reduce environmental impacts of hot water production.

Macroeconomic Impact of the Solar Thermal Electricity Industry in Spain (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 19, 2012

This report - commissioned by Protermosolar and carried out by Deloitte – gives a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the main macroeconomic variables in Spain derived from technology from 2008 to 2010; and forecasts their future impact. It gives an overview of the different solar thermal technology in Spain and outlines the supporting regulatory framework. This is followed by sections on macroeconomic results, the research, development and innovation effort, and the environmental impact of current technology.

New Technical Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 13, 2012

Commissioned by the SCI Network, this report provides an overview of the different technologies for implementing solar heating and cooling systems in buildings.

This involves a survey of different collector types, a detailed comparison of different chiller types, and an assessment of the advantages and disadvantage of each system. The report also makes recommendations to prepare for implementation of solar heating and cooling system.

Widening the Thermal Solar Energy Exploitation by the Successful Models (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 10, 2011

Running until 2012, “Widening the Thermal Solar Energy Exploitation by the Successful Models" (WidetheSee) is a project developed by 11 South-Eastern European countries and co-financed by the EU. It aims at promoting the usage of solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water appliances in the context of European policies concerning renewable energy sources and the reduction of fossil fuel dependence.

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