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Russia: Astrakhan’s Solar District Heating Plant

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 15, 2015
Russian InstallationIt is said to be the largest solar thermal plant in Russia: 2,200 collector modules by German heating boiler manufacturer Bosch Thermotechnik have been installed next to a district heating system in Narimanov in the Astrakhan region in southwest Russia. The district heating plant includes 5 new gas boilers from Bosch Thermotechnik with a total of 30 MW. The complete state-of-the-art heat supply unit – gas and solar – was financed by Astrakhan’s regional government. It was commissioned in October 2012 and inaugurated in June 2013 after a fairly short planning time. The existing district heating system with separate pipes for hot water and space heating provides heat for the 11,600 inhabitants of Narimanov. The 4,400 m² collector field feeds into the hot water pipe system. 
Photo: Bosch Thermotechnik
 

The History of Solarize (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation was created by Resource Consultants for Solar Oregon. It provides information on the Solarize program, which is a community group purchasing for solar thermal systems.

 

American Solar Works – Harness Your Energy for Your Business (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This document was prepared by the American Solar Works Holdings LLC. While it gives background information, it primarily tries to encourage solar thermal use for commercial buildings and businesses. Several commercial examples are used of what solar thermal can be used for including: heating hotel domestic hot water, providing showers for athletes and students, washing livestock, providing “green” clean clothes at a laundry mat, heating a building in the winter and augment your absorption chilling in the summer.

Heating Water with Solar Energy Costs Less at the Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This report was released by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy section of the U.S. Department of Energy in 2004. It highlights a large-scale solar thermal system installed at the Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) and breaks down the statistical output. The system was financed through an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), which include an average annual savings of $6,700.

UTILITY SUCCESS STORIES IN SOLAR WATER HEATING (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This paper was prepared by a collaboration between the Hawaiian Electric Company, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Lakeland Electric, Wisconsin Public Service and JEA in 2003. Four utility solar water heating success stories are mentioned from Hawaii, Oregon and Florida. This paper recognizes that the U.S. solar industry is stable and poised for growth, but is still not broadly accepted. Support organizations are mentioned, along with what qualifications go into solar thermal installation before they mention the success stories.

Solar Thermal Solutions in Boston and the Northeast (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This PowerPoint was developed by KeySpan in 2008. It covers why they promote solar thermal water heating in the Northeast, applications, market barriers and a forecast for the future. The presentation introduces the different solar thermal programs that KeySpan offers including domestic hot water, pool heating, space heating, process hot water and solar assisted cooling. It also mentions the different applications where all this solar thermal energy can be used and what type of savings will be seen.

Canada Shines With Solar Expertise (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This paper was released by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2010. The Vancouver Olympic Games showed large-scale success of solar thermal energy in Canada. Solar thermal modules supplied energy that supplied the Vancouver Olympic Village buildings and utilized it for other purposes. Estimates say that the buildings achieved 30 to 70 percent greater energy efficiency compared to standard buildings built to minimum code.

Italy: First Solar District Heating System, 990 m² big

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 1, 2015
VareseFinally, solar district heating has reached Italy too: Utility Varese Risorse, which is part of the environmental multi-utility group A2A, brought its solar thermal plant into operation on 19 May. The idea for this project, which also came about thanks to support from Intelligent Energy Europe project SDHplus, was from 2013 when the utility began to show interest in using solar to lower the natural gas consumption of its district heating grid in summer. Staff members of Varese Risorse took part in the SDHplus training course and benefitted from initial feasibility calculations for the solar plant. The collector field of 990 m² has been set up across eight collector rows, seven of which were mounted onto the ground, and one onto the roof of a small technical building, which also houses the heat exchanger and the control unit (see photo). 
Photo: Riccardo Battisti
 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative of the Month: Town of Okotoks (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This report was created and published by the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP). It highlights an important and successful greenhouse gas reduction project from the town of Okotoks, the Drake Landing Solar Community.

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