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Solar Energy in Spain (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

The solar potential in Spain is the highest in Europe because of its privileged location and climate.  Solar energy offers many advantages with respect to conventional energy, since it deals with a stream of energy that is free, clean and limitless. 

Solar Thermal Seawater Distillation Activities at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 17, 2011

This article was written by a group of researchers from the Almeria Solar Platform in Spain (CIEMAT) and explores the results of the research activities undertaken in this Platform with respect to solar desalination in the framework of the Aquasol Project.

Solar desalination is a feasible and attractive option for regions suffering from fresh water shortage and benefiting from high insolation levels.

The Aquasol Project initiated in 2002 and is expected to reduce the overall system investment cost as well as improve energy efficiency.

Perspectives for Concentrating Solar Power in Coastal Areas of Mediterranean Sea

Submitted by Hans Craen on May 4, 2009

This paper looks into the possible applications of CSP on the coastal areas of the mediterranean region. Starting with providing a short overview on the available CSP technologies, the document also looks into what the potential and market perspectives are for this technology.

Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on March 27, 2009

This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets and identifies best practices which can be used by policy makers in both industrialised and developing countries.

Three barriers to diffusion are analysed in more detail:

(1) Technical barriers,

(2) Economic barriers and

Which are the major solar thermal markets worldwide?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 9, 2008

By far the largest solar thermal market in the world according to newly installed solar thermal capacity per year is China. In 2008, around 21 GWth (30 million m2) were sold in China, which was around 80 % of the world global solar thermal market.

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