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Solar Thermal Space Heating for New Construction Utilizing Thermal Storage (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This whitepaper was researched, written and published by Thermal Storage Solutions, LLC. It provides a cost-benefit analysis of using solar thermal space heating and thermal storage for new construction. The whitepaper argues that the main benefits of solar thermal are reducing energy costs and diminishing the carbon footprint of a system. The paper sets out to provide this by comparing residences with traditional heating systems and ones with solar thermal systems.

Solar Water Heating (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This presentation was created by Andy Walker who is the Principal Engineer at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The presentation was delivered at the 7th Annual North American Passive House Conference and focuses on solar thermal water heating in residential settings. The presentation gives a complete overview of solar thermal water heating. It first explains the various components of systems such as collectors. Then it differentiates between the different types of systems such as direct loop and indirect.

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.


Solar Thermal Energy: The Time Has Come (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This white paper was written by William Guiney of Johnson Controls. It looks at the opportunities and potential for long-run development and wide spread use of solar thermal, especially for pool heating, space heating, and cooling applications.

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.

Advanced Thermal Solar System with Heat Storage for Residential House Space Heating (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Kazimierz Szymocha of the Alberta Research Council. It reports on their prototype solar thermal air heating and storage system.

The system in question is both a space heating installation and a direct heat storage system. It stores heated air during the day and then releases it at night.

A Solar Design Manual for Alaska: Solar Technologies (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Alaska Sun, which is a coalition in Alaska dedicated to furthering the use of solar energy in their state. It comes from their publication “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska” and focuses on various technologies that are commonly used in solar thermal systems.

Flat plate collectors are described as one of the most common solar thermal technologies and the report sketches one out in a diagram. Heat transfer fluids, which make many solar thermal systems possible, are covered and have the characteristics of what makes a good heat transfer fluid listed.

Solar Cogeneration (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by Paul Davis of Cogenra Solar, Inc. It provides information on solar cogeneration, which utilizes solar thermal alongside a mix of other solar and renewable energy sources to achieve maximum benefits and efficiency.

The most common form of solar cogeneration is electric P.V. combined with solar thermal water heating. The combined system means greater solar efficiency and a higher solar fraction. In turn, this creates higher cost savings for the consumer and a greater reduction of CO2 for the environment.

Financing Solar Energy in Costa Rica: Case Studies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This document provides information on the Costa Rican Institute for Electricity’s (ICE) efforts to bring modern energy resources to the, largely rural, 2% of the Costa Rican population whom live off the grid. An essential component of these efforts involved brining solar thermal technology to indigenous communities.

AEE INTEC: Applications for Solar Thermal Systems (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This fact sheet was published by the British Columbia Agriculture Council (BCAC). It provides information on the how agricultural producers can evaluate their operations to determine if solar thermal systems would be a productivity enhancing and money saving addition.


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