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Low-cost Distributed Solar-thermal-electric Power Generation (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 6, 2015

This report was written by A. Der Minassians et. al. of UC Berkley. It measures the feasibility of solar thermal systems used for electric power generation, which could compete for price parity with other sources of electricity. The paper claims that when using only low-cost materials and manufacturing processes it is still possible to design a solar thermal electric system. The collectors should operate at a medium temperature of 125C to 150C.

Webinar: New Business Models for Commercial Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 3, 2015
Webinar ISESThe solar thermal market worldwide is facing great challenges. After decades of concentrating on the single family housing owner as the key client group, now the industry is reaching out to new commercial customer groups in the tourism segment, in the housing industry and in the industrial sector. New business models to reduce upfront costs and risk for clients are absolutely essential to accelerate the deployment of solar thermal technology in these segments. To learn more about the realizable economic potential of solar heating technology in the commercial segment, and to discuss new business models, offers a webinar in cooperation with International Solar Energy Society (ISES) on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 3 to 4:30 pm Central European Summer Time.

Advanced Piping and Control Applications for Commercial Buildings (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation was created by EOS Research and Energy Concepts. It reports on their work with creating advanced solar thermal piping and control applications for use in commercial buildings.

Solar Water Heating Commercial Systems (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation comes from an instructional course of solar thermal water heating commercial systems from the PG&E Pacific Energy Center. It covers issues specific to solar commercial systems, project financing, and site analysis, among other topics.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Commercial Program (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This document was created and published by Zapotec Energy, and provides information on MassCEC’s solar thermal water heating incentive program for commercial applications. It is emblematic of how private companies are utilizing incentives to further develop the market for solar thermal. More information on other solar thermal incentive programs can be found here.

Jordan: Fresnel Collectors Supply 160 °C Steam to Pharmaceuticals Producer Ram Pharma

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 26, 2015
The Jordan Minister of Environment, Dr Taher Shakhshir, inaugurated the first solar steam system in Jordan on 17 May 2015. The Fresnel collector plant was set up on the roof of pharmaceuticals producer Ram Pharma, located at the Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein Industrial Estate about 15 km away from Amman, Jordan’s capital. The concentrating Fresnel collectors manufactured by Industrial Solar, Germany, supply steam at 160 °C to the factory’s steam grid, which provides the energy needed for sterilisation, drying and fermenting. Solar energy is said to save around 30 % of the annual diesel demand for Ram Pharma processes.
Photo: Silke Anders

Design of a 2.5kW Low Temperature Stirling Engine for Distributed Solar Thermal Generation (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 25, 2015

This research paper comes from Mike He and Seth Sandersy of the University of California – Berkeley. It reports on their efforts to design a Stirling engine for distributed solar thermal applications. The design of the engine proposed has a solar thermal system incorporates thermal energy storage as a buffer between input solar energy and output generation. The researchers do this to provide a stable level of generation that is controllable and schedulable.

Solar Power System for Lunar ISRU Applications (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This paper was written by Takashi Nakamura and Benjamin K. Smith of Physical Sciences, Inc. It reports on a project their company has undertaken, to create a solar thermal system that can effectively be used as a means of oxygen production from lunar regolith, which is the top layer of material on the moon.

Solar Thermal Installation Manual (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This document is a solar thermal installation manual. It was created by the solar energy company Solar Panels Plus to serve as an instruction guide for their residential and commercial solar thermal units. Installation practices in the manual depend on whether a single tank or double tank system is being installed. The manual defines and identifies all the various parts of the system and the key safety practices. Then the manual walks the user through all the steps of installation, from mounting through assembly and testing.

Author: Solar Panels Plus

Germany: Award for Solar Process Heat above 150°C from CPC Vacuum Tube Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 21, 2015
Award RitterAll smiles from Ritter Group management during the German Solar Thermal Technology Symposium at the beginning of May after they were given the innovation award for the demonstration plant of a steam-producing solar vacuum tube collector combined with a steam-jet chiller (from left): Thomas Weidemann, Division Manager Solar Collectors, Jürgen Korff, Chairman of Ritter Group management, and Dr Rolf Meißner, Managing Director of Ritter XL Solar. Ritter is a German manufacturer of CPC vacuum tube collectors. Five companies – among them Viessmann, Vaillant and Magontec – had applied for the award with a total of seven innovative technologies. The award is presented annually by the conference’s organiser, the East-Bavarian Institute for Technology Transfer, OTTI.
Photo: Bärbel Epp


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