Training and Education

  • IEA SHC Task 51: Urban Planners Know Little about Solar Energy Potential

    IEA SHC Task 51: Urban Planners Know Little about Solar Energy Potential

    During IEA SHC Task 51, Solar Energy in Urban Planning, the project partners evaluated the legal, process and education issues of solar in urban planning across the twelve member countries. What they found was: Planners and architects know little about the...
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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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  • Central Solar Hot Water Systems Design Guide (2011)

    This document was created and published by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It is a comprehensive design guide for the creation and installation of solar thermal hot water heating systems. The US Army Corps of Engineers produced this design guide with government installations...

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  • Solar Thermal Education and Training (2011)

    This presentation was created by Nick Hylla, Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. It takes a look at the current solar thermal market and how more and better solar thermal training initiatives could speed market deployment. Thanks to recognition of...

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  • Solar Heating Entry Level Learning Objectives (2011)

    This following is a document from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) that lays out potential “Learning Objectives” for an entry level solar thermal installer certification course. The document identifies 6 main areas of learning, and gives an outline...

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