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Building the Invisible Sun: Solar District Heating with Long-Term Thermal Energy Storage (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on December 12, 2014

This document on solar district heating (SDH) was presented by Adam Reed, research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder, at the Western Energy Policy Research Conference held in San Francisco on 4-5 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.

Solar Thermal Action Plan for the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on November 10, 2014

The Mediterranean region is endowed with significant, yet largely untapped solar resources. Solar water heating (SWH) systems are already commercially viable and, in some cases, already cost competitive. In particular, domestic solar water heating applications are the most well-known and widespread. A great potential is still to be tapped in other niches. Thus, promising future applications include process heat, district heating, cooling and desalination.

Regional Market Assessment Report in the Mediterranean Countries

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 28, 2014

The purpose of this regional market assessment report is to help overcome some relevant barriers which currently prevent solar water heating (SWH) systems from providing a larger share of energy supply in Mediterranean countries, i.e. the lack of knowledge and trust on the technology, as well as the lack of systematic statistics on the solar thermal market and industry, and the very limited return on experiences.

Guidebook for the Development of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action for Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 13, 2014

Reflecting the changing balance in global greenhouse gas emissions, NAMAs embody the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. In addition to developed countries’ commitments to make quantitative reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, developing countries are invited to contribute with voluntary actions that are ‘nationally appropriate’ deviations from ‘business as usual’ emissions scenarios. Such deviations may be captured in low-carbon (or low-emission) development strategies, and then implemented as NAMAs

This guidebook provides an introduction to designing government-led interventions to scale up investment in solar water heating (SWH) markets, showing how these interventions can be packaged as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS).

Reflecting the changing balance in global greenhouse gas emissions, NAMAs embody the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. In addition to developed countries’ commitments to make quantitative reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, developing countries are invited to contribute with voluntary actions that are ‘nationally appropriate’ deviations from ‘business as usual’ emissions scenarios. Such deviations may be captured in low-carbon (or low-emission) development strategies, and then implemented as NAMAs.

Solar Water Heating Systems in the Tourist Industry (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 25, 2014

This document was presented at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) event on Renewable Energy Applications for Island Tourism, held in Cyprus on 29-30 June 2014. A link to the event’s summary, agenda and documents is available here. The presentation was made by Tassos Frantzis, owner of Vesta Solar Heaters Ltd., a manufacturing company of solar thermal systems and member of ΕΒΗΕΚ (Cyprus Union Of Solar Energy Industrialists).

Study on Good Practices for Solar Water Heating in Multifamily Housing

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 22, 2014

This study analyses technological and social barriers against the use of solar water heating (SWH) systems and compile the best practice to select and take decisions on the design of a SWH system. Possible barriers are divided into 5 groups (hydraulic installations, entitlement to sunshine, current regulation, community collaboration, new businesses), as well as best practice (concept selection, equipment selection, control systems, operation and maintenance, general considerations).

The study highlights how the main barriers to the development of SWH are social, while aware community collaboration is fundamental for the best use of SWH systems.

Study on Mexican Legislation on Renewable Energy Impacting the Solar Water Heating Market (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 17, 2014

The study analyses and proposes improvements to Mexican legislation to expand the use of solar water heating (SWH) and its application at local and national level. The document is divided into four sections: identification of current laws on renewable energy, identification of existing local and national instruments to promote SWH, development of a three-level action plan to promote the use of SWH and preparation of an implementation guide.

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