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The Challenge of Solar Thermal Forecasting (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was prepared by the company Bright Source and submitted to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The report draws conclusions on solar thermal forecasting, based on several factors including sun position, solar field design, thermal mass/inertia issues, operating strategies, back-up technologies, and current plant status. It has charts and graphs to show how factors such as sun position, heliostat orientation, shadowing and blocking can affect the energy flux on the receiver.

Overview on Worldwide Installed Solar Cooling Systems (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was submitted by the Institute for Renewable Energy and EURAC Research of Bolzano, Italy in 2007. It is an overview on worldwide installed solar assisted cooling systems. Technical properties of the plans are listed and the dimensioning of single components is discussed. It describes the location and final use of the systems, type of cooling capacity, type of solar collectors, capacity of energy storage, type of power of back up systems, heat rejection technology and hydraulic schemes.

Analysis of Solar Thermal Water Heaters on Peak Demand (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was prepared with cooperation from the University of North Florida and JEA local utility company in 2008. These two partners are responsible for building the UNF Clean and Renewable Energy lab, focused to educate students and explore alternative approaches to meet the area’s utility needs. Due to studies that state how residential hot water usage correlates with electrical peak times, suggesting that 29 per cent of hot water usage is between 6am and 10 am and 31 per cent is between 6pm and 10pm. Effective hot water systems can offset demand peaks.

The History of Solarize (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation was created by Resource Consultants for Solar Oregon. It provides information on the Solarize program, which is a community group purchasing for solar thermal systems.

 

Breakthroughs in solar water heating: Energy collection and storage (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation was created and published by Sisyan Solar Water Heating. It provides information on advances and breakthroughs the company has accomplished and is pursuing in storage for solar thermal water heating.

 

Solar Thermal Case Study: Shouldice Hospital (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This case study was written by by Gemco Solar. It profiles a solar thermal water heating and air cooling and heating system they installed on the Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.

DIY Serpentine Solar Water Heating (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This design manual was created by the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which focuses on fostering sustainable growth in developing countries. This specific project is the serpentine solar water heating system.

U.S. Solar Market & Federal Policy Update (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This presentation was created by Justin Baca and Scott Hennessey of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It provides an overview of the current state of the US solar market, with a focus on solar thermal on pages 13-17; and an overview of US Federal Policy towards solar thermal.

2009 Updates and Trends – IREC

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Meeting in October, 2009. The report is broken down to cover state incentives & policy trends, solar installation trends, net metering & interconnection updates & trends, and workforce development and training. For current policies that are mentioned to withstand solar growth, they mention the Energy Improvement and Reinvestment Act (part of the federal “bailout bill” in 2008) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (part of the “stimulus bill” in 2009).

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: Emerging Technologies Report (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was prepared by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in 2007 to analyze solar-assisted water heaters. The report starts with background information on how many solar units/per year and how the systems are installed. It then compares solar-assisted gas and electric water heaters, with statistics that measure: fuel use; efficiency; summer peak, winter peak and total savings; incremental costs; and additional notes on each system. It ends the report with market barriers and future steps for solar water heaters.

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