Europe: Conferences That Offer Solar Heating and Cooling Sessions in First Months of 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 28, 2015
WSEDEurope’s conference season now starts new after the end of 2014: This week, the World Sustainable Energy Days began in Wels, Austria, with a special focus on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings. Solarthermalworld.org is offering information about all important events on the Calender of Events and will highlight some upcoming conferences in this news piece. The variety of solar heating and cooling topics is great, but the technology remains on the sidelines during most conferences. The Calender of Events lists 70 renewable conferences and fairs until November 2016. 
Photo: World Sustainable Energy Days
 

Optimization of a Low Temperature Solar District Heating System by Integrating Space and Domestic Hot Water Loads (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 27, 2015

This presentation on the optimization of a low temperature solar district heating system was given by Canmet ENERGY at the  2nd International Solar District Heating Conference in Hamburg in June 2014.  After a short introduction on Solar District Heating in Canada, the presentation focuses mainly on the only solar district heating site nationwide, named Drake Landing,  and shares information on its capacity, performances and technology.  The speaker also provides the results of a comparison study where domestic hot water is supplied by a standalone SDHW like the one in Drake Land

Egypt, Pakistan and Morocco: Three Countries and Their Solar Process Heat Potential

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 27, 2015
LogosSurface treatment, food, chemical, textile and leather are the five industry sectors with the greatest potential for utilising solar thermal systems in Pakistan. Solar heat below 100 °C can contribute 5.6 million MWh per year to these five industries if 7.1 million m2 of collector area is installed in the country, although with long payback periods of between 10 and 20 years. These are some of the results of a market study which looks at Solar Thermal Energy for Industrial / Commercial Use in Pakistan, Egypt and Morocco and was commissioned by the International Finance Cooperation (IFC). Two Austrian companies, CES clean energy solutions (CES) and S.O.L.I.D., won the tender to carry out the study, which was completed in March 2014. A summary of the results can be found in the attached PDF. 
 

Russia: Yakutia - First State with Renewable Energy Law

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2015
SakhaAs the Russian solar thermal market relies a great deal on imported components, some regions have devised local subsidy schemes to develop their own solar thermal supply chain, according to the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) at the far east of Russia is such a region: The federal state is almost as big as India, but has a population of fewer than 1 million, and the extremely harsh and dry climate results in average January temperatures of -28 to -47 °C. “We see great potential for solar thermal system suppliers in our region, which is we are trying to provide favourable conditions for the establishment of such companies,” Petr Shishigin, External Affairs Coordinator and Development Group Manager of the Yakutian Investment Development Agency, explains. Yakutia was also the first state of the Russian Federation to adopt a law on renewable energy.
Photo: Wikipedia
 

An Efficient Solar Thermal-Powered Evaporation System for Salt Harvesting and Wastewater Treatment (Feb 2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 25, 2015

This presentation was given by the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) during a conference on “Sustainable Solutions in an Era of Climate Variability”, organized by the Multi-State Salinity Coalition, in Las Vegas in February 2014.

SHAAMS report: WP 4: The Regional State of the Art in Crete Region (2013)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 24, 2015

This report, published by SHAAMS, the Strategic Hubs for the Analysis and Acceleration of the Mediterranean Solar Sector, provides a general picture of the solar energy sector in Crete and makes a SWOT analyses.  It shares information on the regional solar policies and strategies already in place, on R&D projects and awareness campaigns.  With regards to solar thermal energy, the report says it is mainly used for hot water production in household buildings and in hotels.  There are very few applications in industry and agriculture.  New technologies, like solar thermal cooling and space

New ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Program : Background, Components, Process (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 24, 2015

On 13 June 2014, Hannes Bauer, Solar Thermal Program Manager at ECREEE, ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, gave a workshop in Cabo Verde on the new ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Solar Thermal Energy Program. 

The 1st part of the presentation focuses on the global market growth of solar thermal collectors, showing that from 2000 to 2010 the market has increased steadily by 20% each year. It also shows that West African States were not participating during that period. 

India: UNDP Supports 53 New Concentrating Solar Thermal Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2015
UNDP GEF ProjectThe Concentrating Solar Heat (CSH) subsidy scheme in India, managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), started in April 2012 with the target to install 90 demonstration and replication projects totalling 45,000 m² of collector area until March 2017. After half the project period had been over, the UNDP was able to present satisfactory results: The scheme has already helped implement 59 projects with a surface area of 16,373 m². The pie chart shows the shares of different applications in the overall collector area. The largest share, 59 % (9,614 m²), is made up of demonstration projects in process heat or solar cooling. 
Source: UNDP
 

Spain: Canary Islands Publish Guide on Hotel Solar Use

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 21, 2015
Reference Hotel Canary IslandThe regional government of the Canary Islands has published a guide on increasing the use of solar thermal in the local hotel sector. The government presented and distributed the study TRNSHOTEL, an analysis and proposals to optimise the solar thermal energy consumption in the Canary Islands hotel sector, during public seminars on 26 and 27 November 2014. The study can be a useful means of developing solar water heating technology in a region boasting a huge tourism sector but great untapped solar potential. The figure shows the 146-room hotel which was used as a reference throughout the study and was simulated in TRYNSYS by the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) to analyse building orientation and list the different solar energy yields and cooling loads (see the attached TRNSHOTEL PDF). 
Figure: ITC
 

Solar Air-Conditioning System Using Single-Double Effect Combined Absorption Chiller (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 2015

This presentation on solar air-conditioning system was given by Kawasaki’s Hajime Yabase, together with Kiyohshi Saito of the Waseda University and Muhammad Idrus Alhamid of the University of Indonesia, at the ATMOsphere conference which took place in Tokyo from 3 to 5 February 2014.  The speakers outlined the numerous advantages of using double-effect absorption chillers in solar air-conditioning system.    Absorption chillers use water as refrigerant instead of Freon, they consume less energy than electric chiller and different energy sources can be used.  The presentation also compares a

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