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Resource/Cost Estimates for Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating 2010 and 2020 ((2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 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. 

Integrating Solar Thermal in Buildings – A quick guide for Architects and Builders

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on February 5, 2015

This guide for Architects and Builders aims at promoting SWH systems to architects and builders from developing countries and help them consider integrating SWH applications in their designs and projects. Intending to be a useful handbook, this “Guide” provides a compact overview of the technology and its main characteristics; as well as the main requirements to be considered for its application in different types of construction projects and in different geographical locations.

It was elaborated in order to increase awareness about SWH among important stakeholders, such as architects and builders; and encourage the use of this type of solar systems. Hence, it gives a synopsis of the technology and general requirements for integration in buildings. 

Novel Solar Thermal Polygeneration System for Sustainable Production of Cooling, Clean Water and Domestic Hot Water in UAE (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on January 23, 2015

This master thesis, written by Gowtham Mohan at the Stockholm KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management, introduces a solar thermal poly-generation (STP) system for production of chilled water for air conditioning using absorption chiller, pure water with membrane distillation and domestic hot water by heat recovery.

Solar Heating and Cooling of Buildings: Status and Perspectives (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on January 15, 2015

This presentation, made by Prof. Paul Kohlenbach of the Beuth University of Applied Sciences of Berlin, illustrates the status and perspectives of solar thermal heating and cooling of buildings in Germany. The presentation was made at the Mexican-German Chamber of Commerce on September 2014.  

The South African Solar Thermal Technology Road Map (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on December 5, 2014

This document illustrates the strategies of the South African Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap (SA STTRM), a project within the South African Solar Thermal Technology Platform (SA-STTP) which supports the use of solar energy sources for applications such as water heating, (solar) cooling, process heat and low temperature steam.

Canada: Aéronergie’s Acquisition of Enerconcept Leaves Company and Product Names Intact

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 3, 2014
Lubi WallAt the beginning of October, Canadian air collector manufacturer Enerconcept became part of Canadian engineering company Aéronergie. Aéronergie is a young company, founded three years ago with the aim of offering efficient heating solutions to manufacturers which “keep spending large amounts on energy in spite of unseen substantial savings,” according to a press release from 7 October. “With the acquisition of Enerconcept, Aéronergie extends its portfolio into solar in a big way,” the press release adds. Aéronergie and Enerconcept have been working together since 2012, the former as a complete solution provider and the latter as an installer. Both companies realised a number of projects together by offering comprehensive packages to industry owners and reducing their heating costs by 60 to 90 %. The photo shows one of these projects - a 230 m² Lubi wall with a cross-flow heat recovery unit at the industrial painting specialist Fuzion TK in the town of Drummondville in the Québec province. 
Photo: Enerconcept
 

Solar Collectors for Air Heating: Profitability Analysis (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 6, 2014

This Master’s thesis, written by Joseba Moreno Mendaza, from the Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development of the University of Gävle in Sweden, is a feasibility study evaluating whether installing transpired solar air collectors in large industrial buildings in the city of Gävle would be profitable.

Solar Air Collectors for Space Heating and Ventilation Applications – Performance and Case Studies in Romania Climatic Conditions (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 23, 2014

This paper on solar air collectors for space heating and ventilation applications was presented by Sanda Budea of the University Politechnica of Bucharest, during the 1st International e-Conference on Energies hosted by the Sciforum, an online platform for open scholarly exchange and collaboration, in March 2014.  The author shared the results of experiments and case studies conducted under Romanian weather conditions to analyze the performance of solar heat collectors for space heating in winter and for ventilation applications in summer.

Overview of Solar Thermal Process Heat & Cooling in India (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 2, 2014

This presentation was given by Dr. A.K. Singhal of the Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy at the 3rd Indo-German Energy Symposium in Delhi in May 2012.  The speaker provides a detailed overview of the various solar thermal technologies already available or still under development in India.  The presentation focuses on Solar Water Heating (SWH), Solar Air Heating, Process Heat and Solar Cooling.   SHW is well developed in India and in 2012 5.10 million m² of collectors had already been installed, with the objective to reach 18.7 million by 2022.

Global Collector Test Standard Incorporates New Technologies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 24, 2013

The final version of the EN ISO 9806 was approved by the international standard committees CEN/TC 312 and ISO TC180 with more than 90 % of the votes shortly before their meetings in Freiburg, Germany, in the middle of September. This is an important milestone for the solar thermal industry, because it marks the first time that there will be a modern global standard for collector testing procedures which different countries can refer to. In addition, the new standard includes testing methodology for a number of new solar thermal technologies, such as solar air heating collectors, concentrating medium-temperature collectors and PVT collectors. Now, it will only be a matter of weeks until the standard is handed down to the national standardisation secretariats and, over the coming month, distributed through their national publication channels.
Photo: Solarwall

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