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Canada: New Standards for Solar Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 21, 2010

 Yoursolarhome Air collectors” Canada overhauls its standards for solar collectors: The Public Review Draft of the new F378 Series has currently been posted to the CSA Public Review website. Comments can be submitted until 29 January 2011. The F378 Series includes liquid based collectors, as well as all types of solar air collectors.
Photo: Yoursolarhome

Canada: Ups and Downs in different Application Areas

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 30, 2010

 Market survey NRCan Canada After experiencing high growth in 2008, Canada’s solar thermal industry had to cope with mixed results in 2009. The Survey of Active Solar Thermal Collectors, Industry and Markets in Canada (2009), conducted by Natural Resources Canada in the period from December 2009 to March 2010, shows that only the manufacturers of air collectors were able to increase their sold collector area. The chart illustrates how domestic solar collector sales in Canada have developed over the past 10 years.
Source: Natural Resources Canada

USA: Iron Workers International Union launches Solarwall Training Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 13, 2010

 Manitoba Building” North America’s iron workers gain knowledge in green technology: In October, the International Iron Workers Union announced that it has developed the first Solarwall installer training programme for their members. The certified solar air heating training programme covers commercial and industrial applications.
Photo: Conserval

Canada: Best Efficiency Scores for new perforated Glazed Air Collector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 4, 2010

 Christian Vachon” It looks quite simple, this perforated, transparent plastic cover Christian Vachon, President of Enerconcept Technologies, is holding in his hands. The above-shown cover, however, achieved the best performance factor ever reached in the collector ranking of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
Photo: Stephanie Banse

India: Solar Thermal Air Drying successfully implemented at Bicycle Factory

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 18, 2010

 solar air drying in India Glazed air collectors made in India: Planters Energy Network installed almost 300 m2 on the roof of the paint shop belonging to the bicycle factory of TI Cycles of India. It is therewith one of the largest solar air heating systems nationwide. Photo: TI Cycles

Inspection Checklist Solar Water Heaters (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 5, 2010

This is a template document used for inspections in solar water heating systems.

This template document was produced in the framework of the MED-ENEC Project (Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector), an EU funded project promoting cooperation between EU and MEDA countries in energy efficiency.

This short inspection checklist includes different sections on general data about the system, visual inspection, testing and measurements, user opinion and action list.

Impact of Domestic Solar Water Heating on an Energy Audit of a Residence in Malta (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 12, 2010

This short document produced by the Institute for Energy Technology of the University of Malta, presents the results of a study undertaken to investigate the energy consumption of a duplex apartment, using, for that purpose, different energy auditing techniques.

In Malta, the domestic sector takes over 36% of the total energy consumption in the country. The highest demand rates are verified in summer due to space cooling.

Benefits of Electric Generation Displacement Using Solar Thermal Water Heaters (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 6, 2010

This master thesis, presented at the University of Puerto Rico, explores the benefits of solar thermal water heaters installations. Research has proven that this technology contributes to a demand reduction and reduced power losses at the transmission and distribution levels, which results in reduced costs for both utility and residential customers. Thus, the increased system’s efficiency contributes to a considerable reduction in fuel and energy cost.

Central Solar Heating Plant with a Seasonal Storage in Heumatt, Switzerland (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 4, 2010

This report made by Dr. Daniel Pahud presents results of research undertaken to analyse the heat demand of three specific buildings in the Heumatt area in Zurich, involved in a central solar heating plant with seasonal storage (CSHPSS) project.

The results presented in this study will provide information and data to produce a dynamic model for the whole system which will simulate the thermal performance to optimally size its main components.

REFUND+ Final Report (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 23, 2009

The REFUND + project (2006-2009), supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe and ADEME (Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie), intends to identify, monitor and evaluate the impact of incentive schemes on the development of RES heating systems in private households in five countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal. Implementation of specific financial instruments was simulated in two case studies in Lithuania and Poland.


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