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Conceptual Design of a Solar-Thermal Heating System with Seasonal Storage for a Vashon Greenhouse (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This is a thesis research paper from the University of Washington in 2006. The objective of the study is to design a solar thermal heating system with seasonal storage for a greenhouse, optimized for the environmental impact, thermal efficiency and cost. The main goals of the study is to: provide 100 percent solar heat to the greenhouse; limit the size of the storage to fit within the footprint of the greenhouse; minimize environmental impact and cost; maintain greenhouse temperatures ideal for optimum growing; maintain historic greenhouse structure.

Commercial Market Innovations to Put US Solar Thermal on the World Stage (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This presentation was compiled by the utility solar water heating initiative US H2O. It features 4 different reports on innovations which are helping advance the development of the solar thermal market. The first report presents on the benefits of upstream financing for solar thermal industry players. The second report provides information on how third party financing is brining solar thermal installations to new settings. The third report discusses marketing and branding issues facing solar thermal businesses, and provides various solutions to these problems.

Heating with Solar Energy (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This document was created and published by the solar energy company Viessman. It provides information on how solar thermal heating works, what consumers can expect from systems, and what the benefits of solar thermal heating are.

Solar Thermal Space Heating for New Construction Utilizing Thermal Storage (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This whitepaper was researched, written and published by Thermal Storage Solutions, LLC. It provides a cost-benefit analysis of using solar thermal space heating and thermal storage for new construction. The whitepaper argues that the main benefits of solar thermal are reducing energy costs and diminishing the carbon footprint of a system. The paper sets out to provide this by comparing residences with traditional heating systems and ones with solar thermal systems.

Solar Thermal Energy: The Time Has Come (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 23, 2015

This white paper was written by William Guiney of Johnson Controls. It looks at the opportunities and potential for long-run development and wide spread use of solar thermal, especially for pool heating, space heating, and cooling applications.

Air Based Solar-thermal “Hot-Box” Collector (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 11, 2015

This paper was written by Mitch Thornton of the Canadian company Mountain Electric. It reports on his efforts to design and install his own “hot box” solar thermal collector.

The plan was to build a hot-air box that would transfer captured solar energy via hot air transfer between the collector and the basement of the residence in question.

Solar Thermal: Water Heating and Beyond (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This presentation was created by Jane Davidson of the University of Minnesota and Tim Merrigan & Jay Burch of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It looks at the potential for growth in use of solar thermal in underutilized applications on the US, as compared to other countries.

The US lags behind many other countries in the use of solar thermal, including China, Israel, and most of Europe.

Advanced Thermal Solar System with Heat Storage for Residential House Space Heating (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This report was written by Kazimierz Szymocha of the Alberta Research Council. It reports on their prototype solar thermal air heating and storage system.

The system in question is both a space heating installation and a direct heat storage system. It stores heated air during the day and then releases it at night.

Development of a Solar Rating and Certification Laboratory in Minnesota (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 19, 2015

This is a report prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) to the Legislature. It focuses on solar thermal technologies for domestic hot water and space heating. This legislation came about from concerns that the nationally recognized solar thermal certification organization, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC), process was inadequately serving Minnesota’s solar thermal industry.

Report on Solar Energy and Heat Pumps (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 2015

The present economical context prevails upon finding new heating technologies, that would generate primary energy saving and supposed to show competitive investment costs.  In this document we tried to present the main offer available today, and also to determine their advantages and draw backs. 

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