Training and Education

  • SOLTRAIN Conference

    SOLTRAIN: 2,150 Technicians Trained and 187 Demonstration Systems Installed in SADC Region

    The Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN) presented the project’s remarkable progress since 2009 during a conference in Midrand, South Africa, on 11 February 2016. “Between 2009 and 2015, about 2,150 people have been trained in 80 courses, and...
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  • Quality Infrastructure Crucial to Emerging Markets

    Quality Infrastructure Crucial to Emerging Markets

    In December 2015, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a comprehensive report on how to establish a quality infrastructure (QI) for solar water heaters on small-scale markets (see the attached document). The 76-page study is part of a series on Quality...
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  • Solar Cooling: Results Diagram Directs Stakeholders to Content of Interest

    Solar Cooling: Results Diagram Directs Stakeholders to Content of Interest

    The best solar research results are of little use if they are not distributed and known to stakeholders from the industry, planning departments or public authorities involved in the related field work. This becomes an even more important point if the aim of the research is to “...
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  • Egypt and India: UNIDO Supports Industrial Solar Heat

    Egypt and India: UNIDO Supports Industrial Solar Heat

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) started two projects in the first quarter of this year with the aim of increasing the deployment of solar process heat: January of 2015 marked the launch of a 5-year programme in cooperation with the Indian Ministry of New...
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  • Position Paper: Actions Needed to Pave Way for Net Zero Energy Buildings

    Position Paper: Actions Needed to Pave Way for Net Zero Energy Buildings

    Over 40 % of primary energy use and 24 % of greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to global energy use in buildings so architects and builders are being posed the challenge of creating highly energy-efficient structures. One vision promoted by stakeholders in many countries worldwide...

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  • How To – Solar Hot Water (2008)

    This is a how-to instructional guide on how to make your own solar thermal hot water heating system. It was created by the website GreenPowerScience.com. The guide explains how to devise a soalr thermal hot water heating system using a black rubber hose and a heat exchanger....

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  • Solar Thermal Design and Installation 101 (2011)

    This informational guide was created by the Heatspring Learning Institute. It covers the basics of both the design of solar thermal hot water heating systems and the installation of the systems.

    This guide was created for energy professionals who are...

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  • MENA: First Online Training Program on Solar Water Heaters Certification

    MENA: First Online Training Program on Solar Water Heaters Certification

    In March, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) launched an online training program on the Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) Quality Assurance and Certification Scheme in the Arab region. The training course aims to provide participants with sufficient...
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  • Basic Solar Theory and Application for Building Officials (2012)

    This presentation was created by William Lussier of Gateway Community College. It provides information on solar thermal theory, systems, and applications targeted at building officials; including a focus on solar thermal.

    The presentation begins with a section on roofing, roof mounting...

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  • 10 Steps to Solar Water Heating Design (2011)

    This presentation was created by Kurt Koegel of Solar Skies Manufacturing. It provides background information on solar thermal systems and offers a 10 step program to use for solar thermal system design.

    The 10 steps offered in the presentation are meant to apply to drainback systems for...

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  • SOARR - Camp Whitcomb-Mason (2012)

    This document was created and published by the non-profit group Supporting Opportunities in Advancing Renewable Resources (SOARR), which brings together communities to help mentor young people through renewable energy. This document focuses on a solar thermal hot water heating...

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