The Added Economic and Environmental Value of Solar Thermal Systems in Microgrids with Combined Heat and Power (2009)

This document was written by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a United States Department of Energy Office of Science national lab. It focuses on the potential benefits of solar thermal heat storage systems.

The research looks at the impact of heat storage systems on solar thermal water heating, space heating and space cooling in residential California settings. Contratry to the researches expectations, they found that solar heat storage did not add enough economic value to be able to compete with fossil-fuel based systems, even in radition rich California.

Authors:  Chris Marnay, Michael Stadler, Gonçalo Cardoso, Olivier Mégel, Judy Lai, and Afzal Siddiqu

Date of Publication: August 15, 2009

Pages: 11

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