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Solar Water Heating – Natural Gas Assisted or Stand Alone Solar?" (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by Paul Outram of Sun Earth Inc. It provides background information on solar thermal water heating technology, and finishes by making the case for the necessity of hybrid natural gas – solar thermal water heating systems. The presentation is illustrated with photos and graphs throughout.

Solar Thermal Air Conditioner: Method Of Operation (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This diagram was created by IceSolair. The diagram explains the methods and modes of how solar thermal air conditioning systems operate, it also looks at the various parts and technologies that allow the system to work, and it shows how the system works in reverse for heating purposes.

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.

Solar Power for Tomorrow's World (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by Ken May of Abengoa Solar, and was published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). It explains the potential of solar thermal hot water heating to displace conventional electric use and create long term utility savings.

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.

Solar Thermal Energy Production: The Next Generation (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was creating by Jeff Curry of Lakeland Electric, and was first presented at the 2007 Southeast Solar Summit hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It focuses on a solar thermal hot water heating utility offered to residential homes in Florida. A Lakeland Electric utility in Florida offers area homeowners the choice of solar thermal hot water heating for their homes. Offered to homeowners is a separate line item on the bill to see how much they are spending, the option of green pricing and free installation and maintenance.

Solar Thermal Energy (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This document was prepared in 2007 by the University of Gavle. The document gives a detailed introduction to solar thermal power, as well as descriptions of various energy applications and active and passive solar heating systems.

The report breaks down in detail the different types of solar thermal systems and collectors. Charts, graphs and photos show the various examples listed.

AN Introduction to Solar Pool Heating Systems

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was prepared by the Canadian Solar Industries Association and provides a basic overview of solar pool heating systems specific to Canada.

Benefits of using solar pool heating systems are explained in the report as well as advantages of solar vs. gas heaters and heat pumps.

The document gives five reasons why Canadians should use solar heating; Solar saves on pool heating costs, solar extends your swimming season, solar equipment is durable, solar requires less maintenance and solar energy is good for the environment.

Solar Thermal Trends, Performance-Based Incentives, and RPS (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was created by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and was presented originally as a webinar. It focuses on trends in solar thermal and the implementation of solar thermal technology as part of renewable energy statewide portfolios. In 2011, the largest growth in the use of residential solar thermal water heating took place in Hawaii. However, there was also steady growth in commercial use in states such as California.

Thermoelectric: Direct Solar Thermal Energy Conversion (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was arranged by Terry M. Tritt (Clemson University, USA), Harald Böttner (Fraunhofer Institut für Physikalische ebtechnik, Germany), and Lidong Chen (China Academy of Sciences, China). The report provides a brief history and overview on the field of thermoelectricity, along with the present and future uses of thermoelectricity and the benefits it could provide for third world countries. The topic is depicted through text, mathematical equations, and graphs.

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