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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.

 

Solar Hot Water for Dairy Barns (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This presentation was made by Steve Dyck of Guelp Solar Mechanical Inc. It focuses on the use of solar thermal water heating for dairy barns in Canada.

CSU: Intro to Domestic Hot Water Systems Fact Sheet (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This fact sheet was created and published by Colorado State University. It provides information on how solar thermal water heating systems for domestic use operate and what the benefits of these systems are.

Solar Heating with Seasonal Storage Canadian Activities (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This report was created by the Canadian energy research institute CanMET Energy. It is a case study of the Drake Landing Solar Community, and the solar thermal seasonal heat storage system that was tested there.

Heating your Home with Solar Air (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This bulletin was written by Brian Specht of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). It provides information on solar thermal air heating for residential buildings.

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.

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