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IEA SHC: Mutual Recognition of Test and Inspection Reports Saves Industry Costs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 4, 2015

The work of the Global Solar Certification (GSC) Network is expected to continue within the framework of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). The Executive Committee of the IEA SHC approved the set-up of a task definition workshop in Paris on 7 October 2015, in order to establish a new task under the title International Standards & Global Certification. “Collector and system manufacturers selling products in several countries, as well as representatives of certification bodies, test labs and inspectors from all around the world are invited to join the meeting in Paris and become members of the international research community discussing the harmonisation of standards and certification schemes worldwide,” explains Jan Erik Nielsen, Manager of the GSC Network and initiator of the new task. Other groups which could benefit from the new two-year task are stakeholders and public authorities in countries which do not have standards in place yet or which employ old ones. The network plans to develop guidelines for them on how to correctly use the international standards and to offer training materials and assistance. The photo shows the expert group during the first GSC Network meeting in Spain in April 2014.
Photo: GSC Network

Solar Thermal Heating (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This brochure was created by CareyGlass Solar. It explains how solar thermal water and air heating function, and the various technologies that make this possible.

The report details how solar thermal collectors are able to capture the heat of the sun and then pump that energy through a home’s air or water heating systems; there is a diagram to demonstrate this process. From here, the brochure explains how to properly fit and select collectors based on a home’s needs, and whether evacuated or flat plate is the proper collector type.

Author: CareyGlass Solar

How To – Solar Hot Water (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This is a how-to instructional guide on how to make your own solar thermal hot water heating system. It was created by the website GreenPowerScience.com. The guide explains how to devise a soalr thermal hot water heating system using a black rubber hose and a heat exchanger. The step by step walks the user through how to build and install the system and the various options they have in doing so.

Author: GreenPowerScience.com

 

Date of Publication: February 21, 2008

Pages: 8

Solar Thermal Power 2020: Exploiting the Heat from the Sun to Combat Climate Change (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This study is a product of a partnership between the European Solar Thermal Industry Association and Greenpeace.  It provides information on the current state of solar thermal technology, and develops a scenario for where the solar thermal market could be by the year 2020.

Enhanced and Expanded Solar Thermal Test Capabilities (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This document focuses on new solar thermal test capabilities used in the certification of solar thermal collectors. The Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) created this document to help explain how their certification systems works and what the benefit will be to the solar thermal market.

EnerWorks Residential Solar Water-Heating (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This brochure was created by the solar energy company EnerWorks. It exemplifies the consumer- orientated business approach to solar thermal water heating systems for residential use.

EnerWorks is a Canadian solar energy company. Their brochure highlights the many domestic uses of solar thermal heated water: showering, washing dishes, doing the laundry, washing hands. Also, the brochure touts potential savings and the reduction in carbon emissions associated with solar thermal systems.

 

Solar Energy Technologies Program (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This two page brochure is an overview of the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Program. Written by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report summarizes the recent initiatives and strategic focus of DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Program and touches on regulatory efforts to help the burgeoning concentrating solar power (CSP) market sector.

Efficiency of Evacuated Tubular Solar Thermal Collector (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Junkun Ma and Xialu Wei of Southeastern Louisiana University. It provides an overview of how the measure the efficiency of evacuated tubular solar thermal collectors. In particular, the researchers set out how to best determine the efficiency of single ended evacuated tube collectors. Geometric modeling can be used for mounting angles and system analysis can be used for aspect ratios. The system analysis looks at heat transfer, fluid dynamics, volume force; which all are used as inputs in the efficiency function.

Solar Thermal System Solutions: Powering the Planet – Every Day (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was created by ergSol a “U.S. based provider of complete and customized solar thermal system solutions”. The presentation looks at market potential, applications and technologies of solar thermal. ErgSol’s positive outlook on the market potential for solar thermal is based on their analysis that as the supply of fossil fuels dwindle, and consumers become more wary of their environmental impact, solar thermal will have the potential to expand its share of the renewable energy market.

Solar Thermal Energy in Delaware (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was created by the Delaware Million Solar Roofs Coalition, an association that advocates for the use of solar energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.  The presentation was used to inform people in Delaware on the basics of solar thermal energy.

To begin, the differences between solar thermal technology and solar pv technology are looked at.  This includes the physical characteristics, economics of, and worldwide installed capacity.  Then the presentation examines the potential for solar thermal energy deployment in the state of Delaware.

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