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The Value of Concentrating Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This is a technical paper written by the National Renewable Laboratory, a division of the US Department of Energy. The report looks at the value added by thermal energy storage to concentrating solar power in the southwestern United States. The analysis by the authors shows that thermal energy storage does add value to concentrated solar power in a number of ways. First, thermal energy storage allows a larger amount of thermal energy from a concentrated solar plant’s field to be used. Second, by giving the plant more room to allow a bigger solar field.

Stanwell Solar Thermal Power Project (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 16, 2015

This paper was released by the Stanwell Corporation, University of Sydney and the University of NSW in 2006. It describes the success and implementation of the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar thermal system.

2009 Updates and Trends – IREC

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Meeting in October, 2009. The report is broken down to cover state incentives & policy trends, solar installation trends, net metering & interconnection updates & trends, and workforce development and training. For current policies that are mentioned to withstand solar growth, they mention the Energy Improvement and Reinvestment Act (part of the federal “bailout bill” in 2008) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (part of the “stimulus bill” in 2009).

Guidebook for Solar Water Heating Projects in Philadelphia (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This guidebook was created by the US Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities partnership in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia. It explains how solar thermal works, how to size and install, and the permitting and listening system for projects in the city.

 

Metered Solar Water Heating Systems: a Nonnegotiable (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This white paper was written by Piper Star Foster of the energy monitoring technology manufacturer Amatis. It makes the case for the use of energy monitoring systems applied to solar thermal hot water heating technology.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program Residential Performance Monitoring Interim Report (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This report was created and published by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). It provides a preliminary analysis of the monitoring that had been done to judge the efficiency of select water heating systems which were installed under the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program.

Solar Hot Water Pilot Program Evaluation (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 26, 2015

This report comes from The Electric and Gas Program Administrators of Massachusetts. It is an evaluation of the successes of the National Grid’s Solar Hot Water (SHW) Pilot Program in brining solar thermal water heating to low-income residential neighborhoods in Massachusetts.

Solar Thermal Flat Plate Collectors (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This technical document was created and published by solar manufacturers Chromagen and State Water Heaters. It is a technical readout of their solar thermal flat plate collectors. The document lists and analyzes many of the key features of their collectors including the single plane glazing, the nylon glass fiber moldings, and the absorber plate. A diagram breaks down and labels the various layers of the collectors, from the glazing to the inner tube configuration. Charts and tables end the document by demonstrating various aspects of the collector’s efficiency.

Wind Issues in Solar Thermal Performance Ratings (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

This report comes from the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and was written by Jay Burch of NREL and Ross Casey of the University of Colorado. It reports on their research findings on issues with the U.S. Solar Rating and Certification Corporation’s (SRCC) solar thermal performance ratings system. The researchers studied potential biases in SRCC’s testing of glazed and unglazed collectors in regards to how wind is factored into the testing.

Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 9, 2015

This article was written for “Tiempo”, a newsletter on climate and economic development.  It provides information on solar thermal water heating programs targeted for low-income families in Brazil.

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