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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.

EnerWorks Spectrum Single Tank Appliance (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This technical fact sheet was created and published by the solar energy company EnerWorks. It details how their solar thermal collector and heat tank products operate through diagrams.

 

Project Idea Note: Solar Water Heating Fee-For-Service Program in the Caribbean (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This document serves as a guide or outline to potentially creating a fee-for-service program in the Caribbean to deliver solar thermal water heating. It was created by The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). The goal is for a utility company servicing both residences and businesses in the Caribbean to start offering solar thermal water heating as a part of their energy mix. The utility company in question can use money from Certified Emission Reduction (CER) sales to better leverage the investment from investors.

Diagnosis of Solar Water Heaters Using Solar Storage Tank Surface Temperature Data (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This technical paper comes from Jay Burch and Lee Magnuson of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It is an analysis of the efficiency of thermal storage in solar thermal water heating systems being used in residential settings.

IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH SOLAR WATER HEATING (2001)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was prepared by the US Environmental Protection Agency and explains the concept and benefit of using “active” and “passive” solar systems. The document describes the basics of both active and passive systems and provides advice on integrating solar systems to work in conjunction with conventional water heaters. Some of the benefits of using a solar water heating system listed in the report are; Solar water heating systems offer a lower operating cost than of a conventional water heater and renewable energy offers the most direct environmental benefit.

IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH SOLAR WATER HEATING (2001)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was prepared by the US Environmental Protection Agency and explains the concept and benefit of using “active” and “passive” solar systems. The document describes the basics of both active and passive systems and provides advice on integrating solar systems to work in conjunction with conventional water heaters. Some of the benefits of using a solar water heating system listed in the report are; Solar water heating systems offer a lower operating cost than of a conventional water heater and renewable energy offers the most direct environmental benefit.

Optimum Designs for Solar Water Heating Equipment for the Single Family Home (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was written by Francis de Winter of Francis de Winter & Associates, and explains an improved design for solar thermal hot water heating in single family homes. It was presented at the Latin American solar energy trade show, Conferencia Latino Americana de Energía Solar.

Concentrated Solar Power: Focusing the Sun’s Energy for Large‐scale Power Generation (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This factsheet was created by Tracy Jennings and Laura Parsons of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute based in Washington D.C. It focuses on the various system types of concentrating solar power and its key features. The factsheet gives a brief description of parabolic troughs, linear fresnol reflectors, dish/engine systems, and power towers; explaining how each system uses direct solar radiation for utility energy production. CSP systems require supplemental fuel sources or thermal storage operations to continue producing energy at night.

Optimizing Solar Thermal Performance with Data loggers (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This white paper from Onset Computer Corporation explains how consumers, engineers, installers and technicians can take advantage of data loggers to make sure their solar thermal systems are running at peak performance.

 

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