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  • Diagnosis of Solar Water Heaters Using Solar Storage Tank Surface Temperature Data (2009)

    This technical paper comes from Jay Burch and Lee Magnuson of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It is an analysis of the efficiency of thermal storage in solar thermal water heating systems being used in residential settings.

    The researchers found that temperature gains are...

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  • Guide to Solar Thermal Incentives in Washington DC (2012)

    This report from the District Department of the Environment, Washington DC’s local environmental agency, details how local citizens can use the city’s Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) to receive incentives for using solar thermal systems. Further...

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  • DIY Serpentine Solar Water Heating (2009)

    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.

    The serpentine solar water heating system design uses the thermo-...

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  • Solar Thermal Flat Plate Collectors (2011)

    This technical document was created and published by solar manufacturers Chromagen and State Water Heaters. It is a technical readout of their solar thermal flat plate collectors. The document lists and analyzes many of the key features of their collectors including the...

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  • Solar Cogeneration (2011)

    This presentation was created by Paul Davis of Cogenra Solar, Inc. It provides information on solar cogeneration, which utilizes solar thermal alongside a mix of other solar and renewable energy sources to achieve maximum benefits and efficiency.

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  • Solar Thermal Technology & Applications (2006)

    This presentation was created by Roger Taylor of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It was used at the NAEMI Solar Electric & Thermal Training Workshop in 2006. Solar thermal water and air heating are the main topics of the presentation.

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  • Thailand: Highly Interested Enterprises, But Low-Quality Systems

    37 commercially installed solar thermal systems of between 50 and 500 m2 received subsidies in Thailand over the last two years. Nevertheless, the sector shows a lack of professional service to operate these solar systems at an optimum efficiency.
    Photo: STA

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  • Recent Developments in Thermal Driven Cooling and Refrigeration Systems (2007)

    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...

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  • Overview of Solar Thermal Technologies (1999)

    This document, from 1999, provides an overview of key solar thermal applications - parabolic troughs, power towers and dish/engine systems - their characteristics, the kind of application they are best suited for, system performance, technologic comparison, together with a cost vs. value...

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  • “China is a Very Good Market for Flat Plate Collectors”

    Solarthermalworld.org spoke with Jiao Qingtai, vice president of the Chinese collector manufacturer Sunrain Solar Energy Co., at the Intersolar in Munich at the end of May about the advantages and disadvantages of vacuum tube versus flat plate collectors. Photo: Bärbel Epp...

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