Awareness Raising

  • Small-scale Solar Thermal Energy and Traditional Buildings (2008)

    This 2008 guide from English Heritage (the UK Government's Adviser on the Historic Environment within England) looks into the small-scale generation of solar thermal energy. The emphasis of the document lies on the practicalities that need to be taken into account for the installation of the...

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  • Solar Water Heating Fee-for-Service Programmes in the Caribbean Region (2006)

    This 2006 guidebook, prepared with the support of several institutions (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Blue Moon Fund; Oak Foundation; Green Markets International; Caribbean Solar Technologies Limited; Vitae Civilis Institute) provides electric utility companies...

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  • Concentrating Solar Power for Seawater Desalination (2008)

    The authors of this 2008 paper aim to demonstrate the importance concentrating solar power has for desalination of freshwater. Due to the projected growth in economy and population and the anticipated increase in future water consumption in the MENA region, the paper shows that the CSP...

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  • The impact of extreme weather conditions on solar thermal equipment

    As most solar thermal devices are installed outdoor they become exposed to all sorts of weather conditions that can damage the quality of their production. This webpage alerts the reader to different weather conditions and the impacts on solar thermal systems, providing also some advice on...

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  • Reduced Water Consumption in Concentrating Solar Power Systems

    This report from the US Department of Energy on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, discusses potential methods to reduce water consumption associated with concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. The four technologies covered in the report are parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel,...

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  • Austria:  The 2008 Roadmap to Solar Thermal Success

    Austria: The 2008 Roadmap to Solar Thermal Success

    A good example for solar heating: a semidetached house with a collector area of 92 m2. According to the roadmap of the Austrian Institute for Renewable Technologies, AEE Intec, it is very important to support solar combi systems which supply domestic hot water and space heating....

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  • Business Prospects for Solar Water Heating in Brazil (2006)

    This study from 2006 published by Vitae Civilis analyses technical and financial alternatives to traditional water heating systems with a view to boost the development of new business models using solar thermal energy in residential, commercial and services sectors in South American countries...

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  • State Strategies to Foster Solar Hot Water System Deployment (2007)

    This paper from 2007 was written by the Deputy Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance. It starts with a short introduction talking about the past of solar hot water heaters and the growth that can come with the new technology. This report provides states with information, resource...

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  • Operation of the Solar Thermal Collector Certification Program (2009)

    This document from 2009 was put out by the Florida Solar Energy Council (FSEC). It presents details of the operation of the Solar Energy Standards Act whereby solar collectors may be rated for performance, examined for compliance to minimum standards and be certified by FSEC. This includes:...

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  • Karnataka State Aims for 100,000 Solar Roofs by 2013

    Karnataka State Aims for 100,000 Solar Roofs by 2013

    The Karnataka State Energy Department plans to set up at least 100,000 solar thermal roofs over the next five years, in order to become the number one in India in terms of renewable energy usage.
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