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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.

Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians in California (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This is a California Occupational Guide produced and published by the The California Employment Development Department - Labor Market Information Division with a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It provides potential solar thermal installers and technicians on what a career in solar thermal installation would be like.

Basic Solar Theory and Application for Building Officials (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by William Lussier of Gateway Community College. It provides information on solar thermal theory, systems, and applications targeted at building officials; including a focus on solar thermal.

Water Policy Considerations: Deploying Solar Power in the State of Arizona (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report on concentrating solar power (CSP) was produced by the United States Senate Office of Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona. The report focuses on the effect of CSP on the supply of water in Arizona. The report finds that conventional CSP production would be back overall for the state of Arizona because CSP uses a much larger supply of water than other renewable energy sources. As there are other renewable energy options, the report says that CSP would not be an appropriate solar energy source for Arizona because it would lean to heavily on its water supply.

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