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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.

SOLAR THERMAL ELECTRICITY AS THE PRIMARY REPLACEMENT FOR COAL AND OIL IN U.S. GENERATION AND TRANSPORTATION (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was arranged by Chairman David R. Mills and Chief Development Officer Robert G. Morgan of Ausra, Inc. in 2008. The report encourages people to look into solar thermal electricity as a healthier alternative to fossil fuels and oil in supplying energy for transportation.

Although solar thermal electricity had been very expensive to conduct at one time, the price for this technology is now decreasing.

Solar Thermal Energy

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was arranged by solar-thermal and includes an overview on the benefits of solar energy. It then goes on to make a comparison between solar energy and photovoltaic energy, explaining how solar energy concentrates the light from the sun to create heat, while photovoltaic directly converts the sun’s light into electricity.

 

Solar Water for Car Washes (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This brochure is a case study of the Sonoco Car Wash in Markham, ON Canada, and that company’s experience with solar thermal water heating. Each year, an individual car wash such as this one in Canada releases 30 tons of CO2 emissions due to the use of natural gas in their water heating. With their solar thermal system installed, this will no longer be the case. Furthermore, energy savings from the system will pay for the upfront installation costs in 10 years’ time, without any government assistance. This is a model that could be replicated at car washes nationwide.

The Brazilian Energy Initiative (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

After the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, August 26-September 4, 2002, Professor José Goldemberg wrote this text to hit on a main point; renewable energy is a basic ingredient for sustainable development.

He writes a bit about the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) and compares OECD countries’ energy habits with those of other countries.  He also points out problems with the proposal set forth at the WSSD and has numerous graphs to help analyze most given data. 

Solar Thermal Power Generation A Bibliography with Abstracts (1977)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This Quarterly update from January – March 1977, prepared by the Energy Information Program of the Technology Application Center, was written at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Among other topics like legal and political implications, this document includes comparisons to other forms of energy in relation to solar thermal power.  There are also updates on innovations in solar thermal power generation process such as direct hydrogen production.

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