This report - prepared for Imperial College London by Dr. N.J. Ekins-Dauke - evaluates solar water heating and concentrated solar power market development from an international and British perspective. Based on the conclusions of other studies, it estimates that solar water heating ocould supply 70% of household hot water in the UK, as long as there is sufficient governmental support to offset the high up-front installations costs.
After stressing the importance of solar water heating to provide heat (and CSP and photvoltaics to provide electricity) to developing countries, the report outlines the research agenda to further technological development. At present, this involves integrating existing SWH technologies into efficient and intelligent heat control systems within buildings or industrial plants. It will also be necessary to develop medium temperature collectors at 150-250 degrees centrigrade. However, for the projected market and technological development to be successful, the report emphasises the prerequisite of professional experience and working knowledge of each technology.
Author: Imperial College London
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