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Solar Electric and Solar Thermal Energy: A Summary of Current Technologies (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on June 26, 2015

This document, written by Tayyebatossadat P. Aghaei of the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), illustrates the different applications of solar thermal and photovoltaic technology. 

After a brief introduction on the history of solar energy, the document firstly explains the functioning of large scale solar thermal technology systems, differentiating between flat-plate collectors and concentrator collectors. This section includes also graphic representations of the different systems.

Solar Thermal Heating (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This brochure was created by CareyGlass Solar. It explains how solar thermal water and air heating function, and the various technologies that make this possible.

The report details how solar thermal collectors are able to capture the heat of the sun and then pump that energy through a home’s air or water heating systems; there is a diagram to demonstrate this process. From here, the brochure explains how to properly fit and select collectors based on a home’s needs, and whether evacuated or flat plate is the proper collector type.

Author: CareyGlass Solar

Clean Energy Action Plan Towards 50/50 by 2020 in the Bega Valley Shire (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

Clean Energy for Eternity, Inc. provides this thirty-seven page document to promote and stimulate relevant bodies to take appropriate action to reduce energy use and develop local clean energy generation projects.  The use of solar energy is a large portion of what the Clean Energy working group suggests as these “appropriate actions”.

Development of a Solar Rating and Certification Laboratory in Minnesota (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This is a report prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) to the Legislature. It focuses on solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water and space heating. This legislation came about from concerns that the nationally recognized solar thermal certification organization, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), process was inadequately serving Minnesota’s solar thermal industry.

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.

Commercial Market Innovations to Put US Solar Thermal on the World Stage (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This presentation was compiled by the utility solar water heating initiative US H2O. It features 4 different reports on innovations which are helping advance the development of the solar thermal market. The first report presents on the benefits of upstream financing for solar thermal industry players. The second report provides information on how third party financing is brining solar thermal installations to new settings. The third report discusses marketing and branding issues facing solar thermal businesses, and provides various solutions to these problems.

Heating with Solar Energy (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This document was created and published by the solar energy company Viessman. It provides information on how solar thermal heating works, what consumers can expect from systems, and what the benefits of solar thermal heating are.

Development of a Solar Rating and Certification Laboratory in Minnesota (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 19, 2015

This is a report prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) to the Legislature. It focuses on solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water and space heating. This legislation came about from concerns that the nationally recognized solar thermal certification organization, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), process was inadequately serving Minnesota’s solar thermal industry.

Report on Solar Energy and Heat Pumps (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 2015

The present economical context prevails upon finding new heating technologies, that would generate primary energy saving and supposed to show competitive investment costs.  In this document we tried to present the main offer available today, and also to determine their advantages and draw backs. 

Resource/Cost Estimates for Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating 2010 and 2020 ((2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 2015

The Solar heat resource is dependent in the first instance on the insolation falling on the surface of Ireland. The usable power generated by solar panels will vary depending on latitude, time of year and weather conditions. According to the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, current technology produces per square metre of solar panel between 300 and 450 thermal kWh/year. 

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