Great response: The 5th China International Solar Energy Autumn Trade Fair in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, sparked the interest of a high number of exhibitors. Photo: Joseph Huang
Yvonne and Stephen Mould wanted to lower the energy bill of their Hyne Town House, a South Devon residential care home, and used an interest-free Energy Efficiency Loan from the Carbon Trust among others for a solar thermal installation.
This paper presented during the Eurosun Conference in Lisbon in 2008 by Edo Wiemken and Alexander Morgenstern from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, presents information on the status of the research for three solar cooling and air-conditioning demonstration plants using pure water as collector fluid in combination with vacuum tube collectors.
Solar thermal businessmen from Spain: Julio Castro (right) and Angel Martínez founded the collector manufacturer Termicol Energía Solar, S.L. eight years ago and invest even in times of crisis.
Showcasing a commercial solar application: 40 solar collectors on the roof of the Southern Sun Stay Easy Emalahleni Hotel in Witbank, South Africa, reduce the peak electricity load by 70 kW.
Photo: Southern Sun
Philippe Lorec, from the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development gave this presentation to introduce the Mediterranean Solar Plan 2010-2020, an initiative of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union presented during the Paris Summit of July 2008.
The Mediterranean Solar Plan was conceived to develop renewable energies and energy efficiency measures and reinforce the power grid interconnections and technology transfer in the Mediterranean region.
Fully automated: This evacuation machine is part of the latest, fully automated production line at Linuo New Materials, the biggest vacuum tube manufacturer worldwide.
Photo: Linuo New Materials
The Technical University of Berlin launched in 2008 a two-year Master Programme on solar energy - Global Production Engineering for Solar Technology in cooperation with RENAC – Renewables Academy. The degree programme was conceived for engineers who want to build a career in the production, management or engineering of solar technologies.
With the rapid and dynamic growth that the solar industry has known in the last years, the investment in qualified labor force in solar technologies becomes more and more essential.
Roberto Best from the Mexican Centro de Investigación en Energía of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México produced, in 2007, this paper reviewing recent developments on thermal cooling systems, with special emphasis being added to cogeneration applications. The document also presents results of a study undertook by the same University on absorption cooling systems and ejector cooling systems.
A demonstration system for an air collector façade: 1.5 years ago, the Slovenian company Solar Thermo Sistems STS Inc. covered one part of the façade of the Technopark III building in Celje, Slovenia, with 88 m2 of air collectors. Photo: STS