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10 Steps to Solar Water Heating Design (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by Kurt Koegel of Solar Skies Manufacturing. It provides background information on solar thermal systems and offers a 10 step program to use for solar thermal system design.

SOARR - Camp Whitcomb-Mason (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This document was created and published by the non-profit group Supporting Opportunities in Advancing Renewable Resources (SOARR), which brings together communities to help mentor young people through renewable energy. This document focuses on a solar thermal hot water heating system their group installed at Camp Whitcomb-Mason, which is a training facility for the Boys and Girls Clubs’ in Wisconsin.

 

Central Solar Hot Water Systems Design Guide (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 7, 2015

This document was created and published by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It is a comprehensive design guide for the creation and installation of solar thermal hot water heating systems. The US Army Corps of Engineers produced this design guide with government installations in mind, but it is widely applicable across the field. It begins with a general introduction to how solar thermal works, before diving into the details.

Solar Thermal Education and Training (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 31, 2015

This presentation was created by Nick Hylla, Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. It takes a look at the current solar thermal market and how more and better solar thermal training initiatives could speed market deployment. Thanks to recognition of the need for energy efficient appliances in the home and the opportunities solar thermal provides for combined systems, the solar thermal market is expected to grow over the coming years, according to the presentation.

Solar Heating Entry Level Learning Objectives (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This following is a document from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) that lays out potential “Learning Objectives” for an entry level solar thermal installer certification course. The document identifies 6 main areas of learning, and gives an outline on how to possible grade an exam based on these criteria.

Latvia: Newly founded Association Calls for EU-based Standards

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 26, 2015
TaupiRepresentatives of eight leading solar thermal system suppliers and manufacturers in Latvia, as well as two associations met in December 2014 to establish the Latvian Association for Solar Collectors (Latvijas Saules Kolektoru Asociācija). “Our association has been registered with the proper authorities, and we have membership requests from four to five other companies,” Raivis Šķērstens, Chairman of the newly established association, confirmed in March 2015. Šķērstens heads Latvian solar thermal manufacturer Sun Investments, which offers solar systems under the brand name Selsol. The other founding members from the industry are solar thermal system importers Taupi, Altenergo, Solar M Pro, Erxsol, EG inzenieri, Zeze and Saules kolektors. The photo shows the 72 collectors on the roof of Vidzeme’s nursery school, which includes a swimming pool.
Photo: Taupi
 

Spain: Canary Islands Publish Guide on Hotel Solar Use

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 21, 2015
Reference Hotel Canary IslandThe regional government of the Canary Islands has published a guide on increasing the use of solar thermal in the local hotel sector. The government presented and distributed the study TRNSHOTEL, an analysis and proposals to optimise the solar thermal energy consumption in the Canary Islands hotel sector, during public seminars on 26 and 27 November 2014. The study can be a useful means of developing solar water heating technology in a region boasting a huge tourism sector but great untapped solar potential. The figure shows the 146-room hotel which was used as a reference throughout the study and was simulated in TRYNSYS by the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) to analyse building orientation and list the different solar energy yields and cooling loads (see the attached TRNSHOTEL PDF). 
Figure: ITC
 

Mexico: 400 Installers Certified under New Labour Competency Standards

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 13, 2015
MexicoThe new labour standards for solar thermal technology installers approved in Mexico in 2014 seem to have borne fruit. According to Daniel García, President of the renewable energy industry association FAMERAC, some 400 installers have so far been certified for the installation of thermosiphon systems under the new measure, which aims to improve the quality and reliability of newly installed solar thermal systems across the country. Another 1,000 installers are expected to gain certification this year. The photo shows a trainee on the roof of the national renewable energy training centre, CENCER, in Mexico City, after he completed the test installation.
Photo: CENCER
 

Italy: Different Ways to Gain Qualified Installers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 28, 2014
Improving the qualification of installers is a target which has been a hot topic around Italy for five years now. All stakeholders in the business agree on the objective of plumber qualification, but there are very different opinions inside and outside of the industry on how to go about it. The government is constantly modifying the legislative framework with often confusing results for the installers. The associations criticise the legislation as inadequate and accept their crucial role in designing and organising voluntary training courses in cooperation with regional training bodies.
 

Egypt: Aiming at High-Quality Supply Chain

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 29, 2014
Egypt TrainingSolar energy is becoming an increasingly attractive and feasible option for many applications in Egypt against a backdrop of rising energy prices across the country. In July 2014, the long-announced first step of reducing fossil fuel and electricity subsidies resulted in a new energy price hike. According to the Chairman of the Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA), Khaled Gasser, diesel prices have jumped by 70%, the ones for petrol by, on average, around 40%, whereas natural gas prices have risen by 30 to 70 %, and electricity is now 25 % more expensive. The next challenge is to develop a high-quality solar thermal supply chain from system providers to certified installers
Photo: RENAC 
 

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