Standards

  • Solar Hot Water Pilot Program Evaluation (2012)

    This report comes from The Electric and Gas Program Administrators of Massachusetts. It is an evaluation of the successes of the National Grid’s Solar Hot Water (SHW) Pilot Program in brining solar thermal water heating to low-income residential neighborhoods in...

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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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  • Wind Issues in Solar Thermal Performance Ratings (2009)

    This report comes from the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and was written by Jay Burch of NREL and Ross Casey of the University of Colorado. It reports on their research findings on issues with the U.S. Solar Rating and Certification Corporation...

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  • Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

    This article was written for “Tiempo”, a newsletter on climate and economic development.  It provides information on solar thermal water heating programs targeted for low-income families in Brazil.

    Solar thermal technology has the potential to...

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  • Solar Thermal Energy Technology and Market Trends (2010)

    This presentation was created by Frank Proske, the Market Development Manager for Renewables at A.O. Smith Water Products Co. in Pennsylvania, USA.  The focus of the presentation is on the evolution and current state of various solar thermal technologies and the...

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  • Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative and Energy Star (2011)

    This letter was written by Chip Bircher of USH2O, a solar thermal water heating industry group, to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It answers questions that the EPA had regarding solar thermal water heating and its eligibility for the Energy Star Program.

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  • Switzerland: New Buildings to Reach Nearly Zero Energy Standard by 2020

    On 9 January 2015, the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Energy Directors agreed on nationwide model rules for building energy codes. These rules include a nearly zero energy standard for new buildings from 2020 onwards and a 10 % renewable requirement for heating system retrofits. Although...
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  • India: First Vacuum Tube Testing Centre Established

    The School of Energy Studies at Savitribai Phule Pune University, located in Maharashtra state, has set up India’s first vacuum tube testing centre. The investment was around INR 4 million (about EUR 50,000) and was funded entirely by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE...
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  • Regional Market Assessment Report in the Mediterranean Countries

    The purpose of this regional market assessment report is to help overcome some relevant barriers which currently prevent solar water heating (SWH) systems from providing a larger share of energy supply in Mediterranean countries, i.e. the lack of knowledge and trust on the technology, as well as...

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  • Solar Thermal Quality Infrastructure in Cyprus (2014)

    This topic was addressed by George Roditis, Head of the Applied Energy Laboratory, at IRENA’s conference on renewable energy applications for island tourism which took place in Cyprus in May 2014. The speaker focuses on 3 important elements which ensure excellent solar thermal quality...

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  • India: Request for proposal: Development of Material and Component Specifications of Six Standards Concentrated Solar Technologies as Reference Document for Maintaining Quality in the Field (2014)

    In its effort to rely more and more on solar thermal energy and increase the use of Concentrated Solar Technologies (CST), the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has implemented a project, supported by the UNPD/GEF, which aims at developing material and component specifications of 6...

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