There is a large potential for a variety of solar energy, and in particular solar thermal, applications in the country of Brazil. This research paper uses data from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) to analyze the overlap of solar averages with other geographic and socio-economic data.
Solar thermal water heating for residential purposes is the most widely used solar application in Brazil.
The researchers’ analysis shows that there is further space for market growth, especially due to the widespread use of electric showerheads, which could be replaced with solar thermal. Low-cost solar thermal collectors for pool heating could also be widely adopted in Brazil, and their use could produce energy savings in widespread parts of the country. Lastly, concentrated solar power could be effective in many parts of the country, especially in the northeast where there is low precipitation.
Author: Samuel Luna Abreu
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