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CSP Deployment in Mexico (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad. It provides information on the current state of utility development in Mexico, and how Comision Federal de Electricidad is planning on using solar thermal power to fill in existing gaps.

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.

Life Cycle Considerations for Solar Energy Technologies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This document was created and published by Maxwell K. Micali of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). It provides an overview of various life cycle considerations as they apply to the use of solar energy technologies.

Building a Solar Future – Recovering America’s Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 22, 2015

This report was put out in 2010 by Environment America Research & Police Center. The basis of this report is America’s potential and how the goal should be set to obtain 10 percent or more total energy consumption from the sun by 2030 using solar technology.

Solar Power Industry Report – Major Solar Thermal Players (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 22, 2015

This report was released in 2010 by Floyd Associates. It is an industry report that discusses the market opportunity for solar energy, worldwide.

It talks about all types of solar energy, and solar thermal in particular. There are pictures to show the concepts of different solar thermal technology including: dish/engine power plant, linear Fresnel reflector power plant, parabolic trough power plant, and a power tower power plant.

EISG Final Report: Solar Thermal Heat Pump/Chiller (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 18, 2015

This is a report on the Solar Thermal Heat Pump/Chiller the “Helisorber” that was done at the conclusion of a research project on the product funded by the Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program, administered by the California Energy Commission.

The “Helisorber” heat pump when coupled with a low-concentration solar collector is capable of providing chilling and heat pumped hot water.

Solar Thermal Power and Energy Storage Historical Perspective (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 18, 2015

This paper comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It presents a comprehensive history of the innovations behind solar thermal technology and how it has reached its current state.

Experiences, Challenges and Barriers on Solar Thermal Energy in Ghana (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on April 17, 2015

This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The document, presented by Atsu Divine of the Koforidua Polytechnic of Ghana, explains why Ghana needs solar thermal technology for its development.

Worldwide capacity of solar thermal energy greatly underestimated (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 11, 2015

This document publishes new statistics on the use of solar thermal energy, provided by the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and major solar thermal trade associations. These statistics are to show the vast underestimation of the capability for solar thermal installations to meet energy demands.

Brazilian Scenarios of Solar Energy Applications Using SWERA Outputs (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

There is a large potential for a variety of solar energy, and in particular solar thermal, applications in the country of Brazil. This research paper uses data from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) to analyze the overlap of solar averages with other geographic and socio-economic data.

Solar thermal water heating for residential purposes is the most widely used solar application in Brazil.

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