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Advancement of Distributed Solar Thermal Technologies in the U.S. (2009)
This presentation was created by Professor Jane Davidson of the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Minnesota. It focuses on where potential growth in the solar thermal market could be in the US and what new technologies could help advance solar thermal.
Cost so far has been a key impediment to the growth of the solar thermal market. However, as costs continue to fall thanks to new and better technologies, a neutral-cost system could be feasible by 2020, according to the presentation. These better system materials could include better glazing technologies, heat exchangers, and hybrid systems. Also, there are many cost and environmental benefits to scaling solar thermal.
Author: Professor Jane Davidson
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