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India: Maharishi Partners with Abengoa Solar to Offer High-temperature Solar Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 11, 2009

Maharishi Group India” Manufacturer of solar thermal technology: So far, Maharishi Solar has been producing flat plate collectors and photovoltaic panels. The company now wants to extend its portfolio by including concentration solar systems to generate steam utilized in industrial production. Photo: Maharishi

Concrete Storage for Solar Thermal Power Plants and Industrial Process Heat (2008)

Submitted by Hans Craen on September 17, 2009

This paper was presented at the 2008 International Renewable Energy Storage Conference which took place in Berlin, Germany. In 2003/2004, the German government funded a project undertaken by the German Aerospace Center to test a concrete storage module on the Plataforma Solar de Almeria in Spain.

A follow up project developed by Ed. Züblin AG concentrated on cost reduction, storage capacity and thermal conductivity. The design, construction and test results of the concrete storage test module are presented in this paper.

Almeria Solar Platform Center - Annual Report (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 8, 2009

The Almeria Solar Platform (PSA) is a European test facility center developed by the CIEMAT Spanish Center for Energy, Environment and Technological Research, devoted to the development of concentrating solar technologies in Spain.

Alcohol Distillation by Solar Energy (1991)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 4, 2009

This paper from 1991, funded by the Indian Department of Non-Conventional Energy Sources of the Ministry of Energy in New Delhi, reports the successful use of solar energy for the distillation of alcohol.

Market Study on Solar Collectors in Chile (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 14, 2009

In 2004, the consumption of primary energy sources in Chile was still very significant (oil 39%; natural gas 19%; hydroelectricity 18%; coal 10% and wood and other fuels 14%).

Given this high dependence on fossil fuels, the Government of Chile has set a target of supplying 15% of the new electric generating capacity with renewable energy sources between 2006 and 2010. With this in mind, the Chile Energy National Commission commissioned this study in order to help developing a national plan for the promotion of solar thermal energy in Chile.

Thermoelectric Solar Centrals

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 6, 2009

Generating electric energy apart from the Sun is not only possible through fotovoltage solar panels, but also from heat produced from solar radiation. The technology able to achieve this is called Thermoelectric Solar.

Netherlands’ Subsidy Programme Expands the Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 4, 2009

Since 2006, the solar thermal market in the Netherlands has enjoyed an annual growth rate of 20 – 30%. The currently biggest pieces of the pie go to glycol-drainback solar combination systems (<6 m²). The new incentive programme “Duurzame Warmte” (Sustainable Warmth programme) now offers an even greater opportunity for solar thermal installations. As Arthur de Vries, secretary of the association Holland Solar, said: “We expect this market instrument to be a decisive factor in quickly expanding the market for households.”

Arizona: Solar Pre-heating for Sports Drinks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2009
    It is one of the world's most efficient solar thermal installations: the solar thermal pre-heating system, which Gatorade, a subsidiary of the US-American soft drink producer PepsiCo, had installed this year in a factory in Arizona, US. The company responsible for designing the Arizonan installation was the Austrian manufacturer S.O.L.I.D. GmbH. “We are confident that the installation will reach a specific annual yield of 1,200 kWh/m2,” Harald Blazek from S.O.L.I.D GmbH's Project Development department announced.

    New and Improved Incentive Schemes in Canada

    Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 27, 2009

    Canadians benefit from a series of improvements that the federal supporting measures for solar thermal technology brought forth. First of all, the funding for the ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes Program – a programme for residential home owners - has been increased by 300 million Canadian Dollars (CAD). The rebate for the solar thermal system of an individual family rose from CAD 500 to CAD 1,250.

     

    Mechanical Equipment & Control Strategies for a Chilled water and a Hot water system (2008)

    Submitted by Hans Craen on April 19, 2009

    This report from 2008 falls within the framework of the Internal Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme.

    The objective of this report is to undertake pre-normative research to develop a comprehensive and integrated suite of building energy analysis tool tests involving analytical, comparative, and empirical methods.

    These methods will provide for quality assurance of software some of which will be enacted in specific standards to be used for certifying software used for showing compliance to building energy standards.

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