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IEA SHC Task 46: Bankable Solar Data Sets for Concentrating Technologies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 2, 2016
Whether investors put their money into large-scale concentrating solar heat and power systems, solar district heating plants or photovoltaic fields, they need to be able to rely on data sets to include the uncertainty and variability of input information. Financial institutions do like to know in what way these factors can impact revenue flows in financing, so researchers of IEA SHC Task 46, Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting, have spent several years analysing various approaches to the topic. The flow chart of the financing model shows that solar resource data is essential to a proper assessment of the average power or heat generation per year as well as the range of variability over several years. SHC Task 46 is a five-year collaborative effort (2011-2016) with support from the IEA SolarPaces Programme (Task V) and the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (Task 14).
Chart: Manuel Blanco, SolarPaces

SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment of Six Latin American Countries

Submitted by Amr Hai on December 1, 2015

This regional assessment report applies the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessments Methodology in six Latin American countries: Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Perú. It is recommended that the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report be read in parallel with this report.

This assessment report highlights how much geographic and macroeconomic factors, as for the access to markets and financing, are robust enough for the development of the SWH market and the potential of growth in the Latin American region.

Solar Water Heaters’ Market Evaluation: Case Study of Lebanon

Submitted by Amr Hai on November 27, 2015

This comprehensive case study analyses Lebanon’s Solar Water Heating (SWH) market and enabling environment over the course of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project).

Solar Water Heating, a Strategic Planning Guide for Cities in Developing Countries

Submitted by Amr Hai on November 19, 2015

As the world’s population continues to move into cities and urban energy demand increases, local offi cials – especially those in developing countries – are increasingly under pressure to address a range of energy, economic, and climate priorities.

Solar water heating (SWH) has signifi cant potential to help local offi cials and urban planners address the needs and priorities of their jurisdictions. At the residential and commercial building level, SWH can provide a sustainable, reliable and cost-effective option for endusers. At the city level, SWH can improve energy access for city residents, improve the stability of energy costs and the reliability of the electrical grid, create opportunities for new jobs, and reduce a city’s greenhouse gas footprint.

This guide provides a detailed overview of the Solar Water Heating (SWH) strategic planning process for urban leaders and planners in developing countries across the globe to jumpstart SWH market development. 

Investing in Solar Heat: Financing & Business Models for Mainstream Market Deployment.

Submitted by Amr Hai on November 12, 2015

Achieving greater SWH market growth will require increased access to low-cost private-sector capital, which can fuel large-scale international market expansion. This, in turn, will require the creation or expansion of financing and business models that address persistent SWH market risks and barriers – including high upfront costs as well as real or perceived technology, design, operational, and maintenance risks. Policymakers and industry leaders have a role to play in creating the business and policy structures necessary for success.

This report focuses on the need for both “enabling policies” and “financial de-risking instruments,” which are essential to fostering creation of business and financing models that can attract investors and scale the Solar Water Heating (SWH) market. Enabling policies includes a variety of public and private initiatives that mitigate market barriers such as incentive programs, government regulations, and education and training programs.

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.

Resource/Cost Estimates For Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating (2010-2020)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 25, 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.  The resource area is based on the roof area of existing and future dwellings.

Concentrated Solar Power: Focusing the Sun’s Energy for Large‐scale Power Generation (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This factsheet was created by Tracy Jennings and Laura Parsons of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute based in Washington D.C. It focuses on the various system types of concentrating solar power and its key features. The factsheet gives a brief description of parabolic troughs, linear fresnol reflectors, dish/engine systems, and power towers; explaining how each system uses direct solar radiation for utility energy production. CSP systems require supplemental fuel sources or thermal storage operations to continue producing energy at night.

Solar Power for Tomorrow's World (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by Ken May of Abengoa Solar, and was published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). It explains the potential of solar thermal hot water heating to displace conventional electric use and create long term utility savings.

Solar Thermal Energy (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This document was prepared in 2007 by the University of Gavle. The document gives a detailed introduction to solar thermal power, as well as descriptions of various energy applications and active and passive solar heating systems.

The report breaks down in detail the different types of solar thermal systems and collectors. Charts, graphs and photos show the various examples listed.


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