Awareness Raising

  • Consumer’s Guide: Heat Your Water with the Sun (2004)

    This document prepared by the US Department of Energy in 2004, is meant to inform consumers about the use of solar thermal technologies for water and space heating, namely how it works, its benefits, tips to select contractors, incentives schemes and other practical information on how to...

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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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  • Renewable Energies Sources in Finland – OPET Report (2002)

    In 2000, 25% of Finland’s energy consumption resulted from renewable energy sources, which makes Finland share of RES in the total energy consumption the third highest in the EU. Nonetheless, the government launched a National Climate Strategy and Action Plan for Renewable Energy in 2001...

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  • Solar Thermal in Spain (2007)

    This document produced by the Spanish IDAE (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía) in 2007 explains what is solar thermal energy, its benefits and applications, providing at the same time practical information like for instance the incentive programmes existing in Spain (for...

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  • IRENA: Headquarters in the United Arab Emirates

    IRENA: Headquarters in the United Arab Emirates

    “It was very important to us to offer IRENA a value proposition  by engaging with developing and developed nations alike,” his Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of UAE, explains the choice of building the IRENA headquarters in his country. Photo...

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  • Commercial combined Solar and Pellet Heating Systems (2004)

    Electrical heaters are often used as the auxiliary heat source for solar thermal heating systems, but the use of wood pellets in pellet stoves and pellet boilers is becoming more and more popular. In Sweden, which is the most developed European market for pellet heating systems for one-and...

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  • Market Study on Solar Collectors in Chile (2006)

    In 2004, the consumption of primary energy sources in Chile was still very significant (oil 39%; natural gas 19%; hydroelectricity 18%; coal 10% and wood and other fuels 14%). Given this high dependence on fossil fuels, the Government of Chile has set a target of supplying 15% of the new...

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  • Solar Thermal Energy in Iran (2005)

    This document from 2005 looks into the potential of solar thermal development for Iran. Although Iran has a very high level of incoming global radiation, the use of solar energy in general is very low. One of the key-obstacles for solar thermal is the low level of energy prices. This can be...

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