Check out here the fourth of Solarthermalworld.org's video interviews from SHC 2013 in Freiburg, Germany. Katharina Resch, Assistant Professor at the University of Leoben, a discusses bio plastics for Solar Thermal Applications.
This presentation was given at SHC 2013 in Freiburg, and outlines the role of solar thermal energy in the future energy mix. Facts are given that heat accounts today for more than half of world’s total final energy consumption with more than 26.7% of the energy being used in the transport area and 25.9% in buildings. It informs us that renewables contribute 43% of final energy use for heat in the buildings sector, but 90% of renewable heat is biomass in non-OECD countries. Though, 90% of industrial heat demand is met with fossil fuels.
This abstract, prepared by Ensymm in 2013, compares the applications and differences between solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems. Today’s notable growing need for countries to reduce their emissions and achieve greater energy independence is due to several factors. Increasing volatility in fossil fuel prices; significant increase in energy demand and CO2 emissions in emerging countries, as well as the decreased nuclear generation in the energy mix of developed and developing countries are the main factors.
This presentation, given by the University of Melbourne’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Group, was held at the Australian Solar Cooling Interest Group Conference 2013. It has been found that heating, ventilation and air-conditioning of commercial buildings in Australia account for 40-50% of electricity consumption and 80% of electricity is generated from fossil fuels. Also, the cooling demand in this country has high sensitivity to global warming. An alternative solution for conventional cooling is solar cooling.
This paper from researchers with North Dakota State University was first published at the 2012 International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality. It investigates the use of CO2 as the working fluid in heat pump assisted solar water heating systems.
This case study from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation profiles the active solar thermal system on the Riverdale NetZero home in Edmonton, Canada. The solar hot water system is a key element of this award-winning, carbon-neutral demonstration house.