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Six Solar Thermal Application Factsheets

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 14, 2015

These six solar thermal application factsheets provide a quick insight into different uses of the solar thermal technology, including possible ranges of use, energy saving effect and GHG, with perception of the competitiveness, investment cost and economic value. They include examples of implementation and success stories.

Solar Electric and Solar Thermal Energy: A Summary of Current Technologies (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on June 26, 2015

This document, written by Tayyebatossadat P. Aghaei of the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), illustrates the different applications of solar thermal and photovoltaic technology. 

After a brief introduction on the history of solar energy, the document firstly explains the functioning of large scale solar thermal technology systems, differentiating between flat-plate collectors and concentrator collectors. This section includes also graphic representations of the different systems.

Resource/Cost Estimates For Solar Thermal Space/Water Heating (2010-2020)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 25, 2015

The Solar heat resource is dependent in the first instance on the insolation falling on the surface of Ireland. The usable power generated by solar panels will vary depending on latitude, time of year and weather conditions. According to the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, current technology produces per square metre of solar panel between 300 and 450 thermal kWh/year.  The resource area is based on the roof area of existing and future dwellings.

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

A Direct Solar Water Heating System for the Health Clinic in the Town of Santa Isabel Cholula, State of Puebla, Mexico (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by researchers from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico. It reports on a solar thermal water heating installation for a health clinic in Mexico that was installed by the two universities.

Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.: Solar Water Heating Study (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This study reports on the results of monitoring done to a sample of 70 solar thermal water heating systems installed across four cooperatives. Data loggers were installed in 30 of the solar water heating system homes, to monitor both the solar system and the energy usage of the conventional water heating systems. The systems had been installed with grants administered by the state of South Carolina. The final results of the study were positive. Solar thermal water heating homes were able to use solar heated water in the later afternoon and evening.

Solar Water Heater Project: Design for Sustainable Communities (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Professor Ashok Gadgil of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the University of California. The professor and a team of student researchers set out to design a solar thermal water heating system for use by native populations in Guatemala, and the document reports on their success.

Solar Water Heater (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Jean Cariou of the Global Energy Network Institute. It is a comprehensive study of the technology, the economics, and the feasibility of large scale solar thermal installations. According to the report, solar thermal water heating has the potential to reduce electricity use and subsequent energy costs by up to 75% annually.

Getting into Hot Water in the United States: The Case of EnerWorks (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This case study was written by Ryan Walter of Ryerson University and was published by the Entrepreneurial Practice Review. It is a business case study on the beginnings of the expansion of Canadian based solar thermal hot water heating company EnerWorks.

 

Financing Your Solar Thermal System (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This fact sheet comes from SunWater Solar, a solar thermal installation and service company based in California. The fact sheet focuses on financing options, rebates and incentives that encourage solar thermal water heating adoption, including the CSI Thermal Rebate Program in California. The CSI Thermal Rebate program directly provides financing money to business and residences in California in an effort to offset the use of natural gas.

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