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Solar Thermal Power

Beacon Solar Energy Project (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This brochure is an overview of a solar thermal project undertaken by Next Era Energy Resources, which is a solar energy company operating in the United States of America and Canada.

This proposal presents the company’s plan for the Beacon Solar Energy plant. It will be located in Kearn County, California.

Solar Thermal Energy in ARGENTINA (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2015

This report was produced by the TECH4DCM (2008-2009) project which is financed by the FP6, which is the European Union Sixth Framework Programme.  It provides information on the solar thermal energy industry in Argentina.

Solar Thermal Energy Technology and Market Trends (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by Frank Proske, the Market Development Manager for Renewables at A.O. Smith Water Products Co. in Pennsylvania, USA.  The focus of the presentation is on the evolution and current state of various solar thermal technologies and the maturation of their market.

The presentation identifies a few key factors as the driving trends in the solar thermal market.

Introduction to Thermal Solar Solutions (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by American Water Heaters, a manufacturer of water heater products. It explains the current state of the solar thermal market and American Water Heater’s reasons and tactics for entering the market.

The presentation is broken down into five sections. The first section, “Market Transformation”, looks at the reasons why the solar thermal sector currently looks promising, such as the high price of gasoline, increasing demand for renewables and government incentive programs.

Solar Thermal Conversion (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by the Florida State University Energy and Sustainability Center. It discusses the process and technology of solar thermal conversion.

The presentation starts by explaining how the process of solar thermal conversion works in theory. From there, the various technologies that make solar thermal energy possible are examined through brief explanations and diagrams.

Solar Thermal Technology & Applications (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This presentation was created by Roger Taylor of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It was used at the NAEMI Solar Electric & Thermal Training Workshop in 2006. Solar thermal water and air heating are the main topics of the presentation.

Advancement of Solar Thermal Technologies (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This presentation was created by Jane H. Davidson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. It focuses on large scale power generation for possible industrial use of solar thermal.

According to the presentation, concentrated solar power in the Southwest United States could be the most low cost and effective form of large scale utility generation in the region. However, some technical barriers remain to the technology, including the storage issue and inefficient receivers.

Solar Thermal Energy (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This document describes the different uses of solar thermal energy.  Solar thermal energy consists of taking advantage of solar radiation to produce energy destined for different uses like water heating, air conditioning and industrial processes. 

There are also a few diagrams that show solar collectors and how they function.  The heat picked up from collectors can be destined to satisfy numerous needs.  For example, one can obtain hot water for domestic or industrial use.  In Arab countries, they use solar energy for refrigeration. 

EWG Project Proposals for Funding (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

The Energy Working Group (EWG) put together this document of thirteen project proposals for funding.  Japan, United States and New Zealand are some of the economies that the document focuses on in terms of projects like the “Application of Energy Indicator Analysis in APEC Economies”.  Starting on page 13, there is a proposal for Chile.

Expression of Interest (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This proposal, prepared by Professor Dr. Ursula Eicker at the University of Applied Science Stuttgart in Germany, is set to establish Europe as the leading producer of solar thermal cooling technologies.  It describes what the main focuses of the research effort are, like optimisation to replace electrically driven compressor technology, for example.  The proposal describes the need for solar assisted cooling and assures that it contributes to priority thematic area of Framework 6 and the European Research Area.

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