Check out here the first of Solarthermalworld.org's video interviews from SHC 2013 in Freiburg, Germany. The interview is held with Christoph Cappel, Researcher at Fraunhofer ISE. Christoph discusses how to increase takeup of solar thermal facade mounting in Europe.
Researchers from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada set out to investigate if they could use computer modeling to determine which solar thermal system design elements reduce electrical demand the most. The results provided in the paper on their study show that certain solar thermal components and design strategies have an important impact on system efficiency. This paper was presented at Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Sydney, 14-16 November.
This case study from Rushforth Solar, LLC details the solar thermal water heating installation of the Longwood Manor apartment building complex in Philadelphia, PA. The project was spearheaded by owner of the apartment buildings, who knew they would be a great fit for solar thermal.
This document, prepared by the “European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling”, identifies major technological and non-technological challenges to the update of the RH&C systems, and specifically assesses the potential of solar thermal heating to contribute to European and national energy needs and targets.
Check out here a video summary of Solarthermalworld.org's visit to the 2013 International Solar Heating and Cooling Conference in Freiburg, from 22-25 September. With a dedicated stand to publicise the website, it was great to speak with so many different people from the solarthermal community. In the next weeks, we'll be uploading video interviews to give an overview of the types of issues being discussed at this conference.
This study, which was published by members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), examines if it is possible to use commercial solar thermal evacuated tubes as a power source for a thermodynamic engine. Through their different simulations and experiments, they find that it is in fact possible.
These installation requirements and guidelines from the city of San Rafael, CA lay out how new residential dwellings in the city must be designed as solar ready for solar thermal water heating systems. The city decided to issue this regulation to increase the ease of solar thermal water heating installations, as the cost of installing the necessary components beforehand is much less than retrofitting a unit.
Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA has adopted a Climate Action Plan with a goal of creating a completely climate neutral campus by 2050. This report written by students at the school lays out their plan to install a solar thermal water heating system for the campus pool to help them meet their climate target.
This research paper from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute investigates the impact of solar thermal water heaters on residential electrical distribution circuits. The researcher found that the use of residential solar hot water significantly impacts residential electrical loads by increasing energy savings and reducing demand during peak production.